Daryna Dvornichenko received her PhD in political science from National University "Odesa Law Academy" and earned an MA and BA in international relations from Odesa I Mechnikov National University. Additionally, she earned certificates at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the European Academy of Diplomacy (Warsaw), and the British Law Centre.
Before 24 February 2022, she worked as an associate professor at the National University Odesa Maritime Academy and as an adviser to the head of the Research Institute of Informatics and Law of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine. She has been a guest lecturer at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, the University of Zagreb, and Ukrainian Catholic University, and is the author of over 40 publications on issues of European integration and gender.
In 2021, Darina was affiliated with the University of Wroclaw as a Kirkland Research Fellow, and in 2022 she completed a year as a Research Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States doing research on the role of women in politics in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. She is also a founder of “Agents of Change!”—a nongovernmental organisation that promotes women’s participation in decision-making and non-formal education in Ukraine.