Ms. Iryna Herashchenko

First Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine, President’s Commissioner for Peaceful Situation Resolution in Donetsk and Luhansk regions

A politician and journalist of Ukraine.

She is a Merited Journalist of Ukraine (2000). She is the current First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament), Herashchenko worked as a journalist for Inter and then as a presidential press secretary in 2005–06 for Viktor Yushchenko.

In 2006–07, she was a president of the Information Agency UNIAN. In November 2007, she entered parliament for the first time as a member of the Our Ukraine–People’s Self-Defense Bloc. For the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary elections, she joined the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform of Vitali Klitschko.

In June 2014, during the war in Donbass, Herashchenko was appointed President Petro Poroshenko’s envoy for his Peace plan for Eastern Ukraine.In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election, she was re-elected into parliament after being in the top 10 of the electoral list of Petro Poroshenko Bloc. There she became Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on issues of European integration. On 14 April 2016 Herashchenko was elected First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament).