Hryhoriy Nemyria is the Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Deputy Chairman of the Batkivshchyna Party. In the previous Rada convocation, Dr. Nemyria chaired the Committee on European Integration. He served as Deputy Prime Minister responsible for European and international integration in the government of PM Tymoshenko (2007- 2010). Prior to this, he was a BYuT Member of Parliament where he chaired the Subcommittee on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. He also assumed the position the Deputy Head of the BYuT Faction. From 2006-2007, Dr. Nemyria was the Deputy Head of the Permanent Parliamentary Delegation to the PACE and the Ukrainian delegation to the Committee on Parliamentary Cooperation between Ukraine and the EU. In Ms. Tymoshenko’s first government (2005), he served as her Foreign Policy and European Integration Advisor. Dr. Nemyria comes from Donetsk where he began his academic career. He has an MA in History from Donetsk State University and a PhD from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University. He became Vice-Rector of the National University of Kyiv’s Mohyla Academy and chaired the Board of the International Renaissance Foundation. He is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.