Team

TechUkraine is an organization with a European core but global outlook. One lead represents each initiative. The organization has working groups focusing on specific issues defined by the team, opinion leaders of the industry and members of TechUkraine.

TechUkraine is a non-governmental organization which aims to be a neutral broker, ecosystem builder, communicator, enabler, and service provider and consists of a Program office, Supervisory Board and General Assembly.

The program office is the core of TechUkraine which executes the projects. Office structure: Program Director, Operations team, Leads to initiatives and their team.

Some of the initiatives are co-launched with ecosystem partners; some are done as own projects.

The objective of Program office: make the initiatives sustainable and have a life of their own.

The work of program office is steered by Supervisory Board.

Supervisory Board (in progress)

advises, supports, guides, represents, empowers TechUkraine. It will be represented by five trusted and respected people of the ecosystem.

General Assembly

gives ideas about the needs in the ecosystem for the strategy, provides opinions and insights about the work, connects people. Changemaker community constitutes the Assembly.

Who is in the Supervisory Board?

Ruben Nieuwenhuis

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Ruben is an entrepreneur and now an Entrepreneur in Residence acting as the director of TechConnect, a program spearheaded by the Amsterdam Economic Board.

He was the former director of StartupAmsterdam and a driving force in connecting leading Dutch startup initiatives & tech clusters into a catalyst program: StartupDelta. Now he is guiding tech ecosystems around the world to grow stronger and internationally connected.

Ruben is an Advisor of TechUkraine project aimed to build the flourishing tech ecosystem in Ukraine.

Nataliya Mykolska

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  • Co-founder and a member of the Supervisory Boards at Trade+ Center with Kyiv School of Economics
Nataliya Mykolska is a visionary, expert on strategic transformation, building bridges between Ukraine and the world.
In 2018-2019 she was visiting Fellow of Stanford Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program with the Stanford Center for Democracy Development and Rule of Law. Before starting her Stanford journey Nataliya was the Trade Representative of Ukraine – Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. In the government, Mykolska was responsible for developing and implementing consistent, predictable and efficient trade policy. She also was driver of women economic empowerment initiatives within the Government.
Before joining the Government Nataliya for 15 years was working in top Ukrainian law firms and was recognized top international trade lawyer in Ukraine.

Who is in the team?

Advisory Board

Emilie Verbunt

Strategic Advisor
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Emilie is the Director of DutchBasecamp, a Dutch non-profit organization fully geared towards the international growth of startups and scale-ups and offer internationalisation readiness programmes, masterclasses, coaching, demand-driven trade missions and a Lean Landing network across the globe. Emilie is an Advisor to TechUkraine, aiming to co-build the flourishing tech ecosystem in Ukraine.

Emilie’s motto: “Preparation is key

Olesya Zaluska

Strategic Advisor
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Olesya has more than ten years of experience in investments and international trade. IT Sector and Creative Industries Export Strategies for 2019-2023 developed under her leading role as Navigator of Export Strategy of Ukraine. For now, Olesya focuses on the promotion of Ukrainian startups through the launching of business incubators, and a $12,5 mln grant program for Ukrainian SMEs and BSOs as Deputy Chief of Party at USAID Competitive Economy Program.

Thanks to good connections with both business and public sectors, Olesya will be advising on strategic partnerships at TechUkraine and building bridges locally, and internationally.

Olesya’s motto is “Sharing is caring.”

Olga Afanasyeva

Internationalization Advisor

Olga Shapoval

Regional Development Advisor
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Olga is an expert in management, marketing, and community building, with 15+ years of experience on the TOP-positions in business and non-profit organizations. 

Olga’s passion is life-long learning, based on a strong foundation of university education in international marketing and finance, and an MBA degree. 

Working as CEO of Kharkiv IT Cluster since 2018, Olga with the team implemented a lot of projects in education, marketing and charity areas, focused on IT ecosystem building. 

The «Win-win» philosophy helps Olga to consolidate the IT industry around ambitious projects to develop the environment for technological business.

Ivan Pohrebniyak

Project Management and Delivery Advisor
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Ivan brings 11+ years of experience in the Ukrainian IT industry within sales, marketing, software product development and delivery management. He also represents the community of Ukrainians who choose to gain knowledge and experience abroad and then return home to spread that experience further. Ivan brings management experience ranging from public companies to medium size enterprises to start-ups. Currently, Ivan holds a full-time position of Client Delivery Director at Master of Code, an AI conversational design & apps development studio.

Ivan will contribute to TechUkraine’s organization in the role of the advisor on Project Management, helping the team to run effective projects’ delivery.

Ivan believes that “Any change starts with oneself, by oneself personal example foremost.”

Alexandra Govorukha

PR Advisor
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Alexandra has more 15+ years of successful experience in B2B Sales/Marketing/PR of products/services at the biggest IT companies of Ukraine, media houses and innovational park.

She will be in charge of building a national network of founders, CEOs and other professionals in tech hubs in Ukraine.

Alexandra’s motto is “create value by connecting people and ideas”

Inna Stelmakh

Portal Creative Advisor
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Inna has more than 10 years of experience in building & maintaining strong partnerships within different industries (tech startups, co-working spaces, telco, FMCG) across the world.

Since 2016, Inna is a co-founder of UTEW Tech Tribe community, which unites more than 3K Tech entrepreneurs and represents Ukraine as a technology country at world tech events.

Inna will be in charge of building an international network of (Ukrainian) founders, CEOs and other professionals in tech hubs across the globe.

Inna’s motto is “making the world better by building meaningful connections”.

Evgenia Shalenko

Portal Content Advisor
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Evgenia is Top-Level Manager with more than 15 years in marketing and communications, 3 years in worldwide marketing and communications;

Marketing strategic consultant, communications advisor  for startups;

Founder of Famous WorldWide (communication agency).

Team

Nataly Veremeeva

Director
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Nataly is a passionate community builder, with 13 years of experience in Ukrainian tech on sales and top management positions, C-level clubs with 3 cities and 300+ members in total.

She has successfully launched capital Kyiv IT Cluster, an Export strategy of ICT Sector that united 110+ industry leaders and influencers. 

Nataly is leading the TechUkraine foundation to realize the recommendations of the strategy and continue inspiring and managing cooperation among the most prominent and skilled people of the ecosystem. 

Nataly’s motto is “make this world a better place to live – together” 

Iryna Supruniuk

Communication
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Iryna is a communication professional with 8+ years of experience in business, politics, and arts. A trendwatcher and a philosophy major, who has a professional background in crisis communication campaigns, narrative creation, and project management, Ira has joined TechUkraine team in an afford to make the platform more visible and helpful for stakeholders. We will rock the world tech ecosystem)

My motto is “Never stop exploring”.

Iryna Novikova

Director of corporate development, marketing and innovations
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Iryna is an entrepreneur, TOP manager and professional with 20+ years of experience in marketing, advertising, communications, and innovation development.

Iryna was recognized as “TOP 20 Woman Entrepreneurs of Ukraine 2020” (Innovation Awards 2020).

Iryna is an active participant and builder of the Ukrainian Innovative ECO System: an expert of USF (Ukrainian Startup Fund), mentor at Founders University and Sector X, Head of Startups&Innovations Committee at AllUkrainian Advertising Coalition.

Iryna supports the women leadership movement (mentor in different programs for women-owners, women-startupers), a member of the Women in Tech Global Movement.

Iryna is a founder of several startups with a social impact: Nanofluid +, NxTechnologies, P.aid. EBRD Accredited Marketing Consultant for Small and Medium Business Support Programs. Member of the Advisory Board at tech companies and startups.

PhD in Economics, Singularity University graduate (Silicon Valley, USA, 2013).

Iryna’s motto: ”Think positive! CREATE! Love what you do!”

LET’S INNOVATE AND DEVELOP UKRAINE!

 

Alissa Bankovskaya

Startup in Residence Lead
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Alissa strives to develop cities of the future in Ukraine and in the world and is the founder and CEO of SYNCHRO SPACE – an incubator of innovative objects for urban environment.

She is a thought-maker and organizer of unique urban hackathons SYNCHRO SPACE (2018) and SMART CITY: redesign and innovations. It brings together IT professionals, architects, designers, engineers and urbanists with city government to develop and implement innovative tech and urban solutions in cities.

Alissa has 10+ years of experience in architecture and design, she is the founder of “Alissa Ban’kovskaya Architecture & Design”, associate professor of Environment Design Department in KSAACD named after M. Boychuk, and developer of a number of design solutions for public locations in Kyiv.

Valerie Kuzmenko

Director on Strategic Partnership and Investor Relations
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Valerie is a serial entrepreneur, TOP manager, and professional with 20+ years of experience in building strategic partnerships, business development, sales, leadership, marketing, and investor relations with experience in running her own businesses and managing sales functions in international corporations: lifecell (Tukrcell), Intertelecom, as well as in launching and developing American, European and Ukrainian IT companies and startups.
Valerie is a Tech ecosystem enabler, co-founder of the IT Product People community. Valerie’s motto is: «Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. With love for Ukraine and Tech!»

Tatyana Terina

Director of Organizational Development
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Tatyana is an entrepreneur, TOP manager and professional with 15+ years of experience in various business areas: retail, construction, international logistics, foreign trade consulting, and management consulting in the IT-sphere. The area of professional activity includes crisis management, operational management, building marketing, and sales functions, BUT the most important thing was and always will be the ability to unite people and build effective and friendly teams around a global goal.
Tatyana is a Tech ecosystem enabler, co-founder of the IT Product People community, and Partner of advisory company SalesTech.
Tatyana’s motto is: «Try not to become a person of success but try to become a person of value. Love what you do and never give up»
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