Yarik Turianskyi is a Ukrainian national living in South Africa since 2001. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria. From 2006 Yarik worked as a junior lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. He then joined SAIIA’s Governance and APRM Programme as a researcher in 2008. Yarik’s work focused around both research and advocacy on the APRM, continentally as well as nationally. During his time with the Programme Yarik carried out APRM-related work in South Africa, Lesotho, Senegal and Mozambique. In early 2012 Yarik left SAIIA to become the Head of Media and Communications at Good Governance Africa, a new initiative of the South African Institute of Race Relations. However, in July 2012 Yarik returned to SAIIA as a Programme Manager on the institute’s new Governance and APRM Programme, which was jointly launched with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). He is part of a team that is working on discovering lessons from Multi-Stakeholders Inititatives (MSIs), which SAIIA is jointly running with Democracy International (DI). Yarik has also been involved at various South African radio stations as both a presenter and correspondent since 2002.