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 consist of a Program office, Supervisory Board, Steering Committee, and General Assembly.

The program office is the core of TechUkraine which aims to be a neutral broker, ecosystem builder, communicator, enabler, and service provider.

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 (controlled, supervised, decided on strategy) by Steering committee.

Supervisory Board (in progress)

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

Members are invited by the Program Office Director to join the Board.

General Assembly (in progress)

gives ideas about the needs in the ecosystem for the strategy, provides opinions and insights about the work, connects people. Check more in the document below.

NGO structure

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

Advisor

Olga Shapoval

Advisor

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”

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.”

Evgenia Shalenko

Portal 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” 

Inna Stelmakh

Portal & International Network Lead
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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”.

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”.

Stas Petriv

Operations and Administration Lead
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Stas has 13 years of experience in international cooperation including exchange programs, chain businesses (Radisson Blu, Hilton) and NGOs (United States Peace Corps and British Council).

Over the last 2 years, Stas worked at iHUB as a deputy regional manager developing the ecosystem for tech companies in Ukraine by providing education, connections and access to finance.

Currently, Stas is a regular host and organizer of tech events, a country ambassador at the Euro-Asian Startup Awards and an interpreter at the US Peace Corps-PEPFAR program.

Stas’ motto is empowering people and communities, supporting startup founders beyond borders.

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.

Mykola Slobodian

Strategy and Platform Growth Lead
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Mykola is an entrepreneur with 15 years in IT industry building development service companies and running tech projects. Today Mykola is co-founder of Swiss company Wild Dots where he drives innovations for Real Estate.

In TechUkraine he is in charge of platform strategy to ensure its sustainable and continuous growth.

Holding a Ph. D in Physical and Mathematical Sciences Mykola believes that every small piece of matter is a whole universe with infinite propabilities and opportunities giving huge synergy effect when assembled together.

Maksym Grant

Project Manager, International Relations
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Max strives to develop the Ukrainian startup ecosystem and promote it around the world.
Since 2018, Max started to build a startup community based on Lviv university, and after this, he  joined the team Center for Entrepreneurship (LvBS) and worked with the Lviv startup community.
Max will be in charge of the project promotion Ukrainian tech industry with embassies.
Max’s motto is “Creating a new reality together”.
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