Ukraine's Top 30 Under 30

Denys Zhadanov: Readdle’s vice president hobnobs with Branson, knows how to sell

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Name: Denys Zhadanov Age: 28 Education: Bachelor’s degree in foreign economic activity, Odesa Mechnikov University, master’s degree in business and management, Aston University (United Kingdom) Profession: Vice president at Readdle Did you know? He says he mastered his English and teamwork skills...

Hordyslava Yemets: Anesthesiologist saves children with heart disease, seeks to improve her skills

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Name: Hordyslava Yemets Age: 29 Education: Bogomolets National Medical University Profession: Pediatric anesthesiologist Did you know? She is the first doctor in her family in five generations. Hordyslava Yemets is one of those lucky people who combines one of the things she loves with her job. A...

Oleg Verniaiev: Olympic champion seeks to improve training conditions for Ukraine’s athletes

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Name: Oleg Verniaiev Age: 24 Education: Ukraine National University of Physical Training and Sports Profession: Gymnast Did you know? Verniaiev has more than 50 medals and other awards, including state ones — the Order of Merit and the Order of Prince Danylo Galytskiy Oleg Verniaiev, a 24-year-ol...

Stepan Veselovskyi: Lviv tech evangelist believes ‘free spirits’ of sector are helping to build s...

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Name: Stepan Veselovskyi Age: 29 Education: Lviv Polytechnic, Lviv Business School Profession: entrepreneur; CEO at Lviv IT Cluster, IT Arena conference organizer Did you know? He is a vegan. He believes it’s impossible to be good at sports — he does swimming, fitness, and tennis — without caring...

Oleksandr Toporivsky: Village head fights for better future for his western Ukraine town of 4,800...

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Name: Oleksandr Toporivsky Age: 27 Education: Kyiv Academy of International Economics and International Relations Profession: elected local official Did you know? Toporivsky is among the youngest heads of village councils in Ukraine. Oleksandr Toporivsky brought his own desk and a chair when he w...

Roman Tychkivsky: CEO of Ukrainian Leadership Academy says graduates will soon change nation

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Name: Roman Tychkivsky Age: 29 Education: Economic science and innovations, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Profession: CEO of Ukrainian Leadership Academy Did you know? He plays three musical instruments — saxophone, clarinet, and sopilka (Ukrainian wooden flute.) Roman Tychkivsky was bor...

Elina Svitolina: Ukraine’s top female tennis player is 6th best in world, aims to be champion

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Name: Elina Svitolina Age: 23 Education: Children and Youth Sports School of Olympic Reserve Profession: Tennis player Did you know? During her career, Svitolina has defeated tennis stars including Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, and Simona Halep. Born into a family of athletes, Elina Svitolin...

Oleksandr Todorchuk: Vegetarian activist launches initiative to promote better treatment of animals

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Education: law, Kyiv International University Profession: Founder of UAnimals Did you know? At school, he headed a one-day strike during which all pupils skipped classes to support the 2004 Orange Revolution, which denied Viktor Yanukovych the presidency because of a rigged presidential election....

Dmytro Schebetyuk: Activist fights to improve accessibility of businesses for those with disabili...

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Name: Dmytro Schebetyuk Age: 28 Education: Kyiv National Aviation University Profession: Founder of Dostupno UA initiative, blogger Did you know? A keen swimmer, he plans to swim across the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey. Dmytro Schebetyuk, 28, suffered a spinal injury seven years ago, and is now a w...

Yulia Shevchuk: Paramedic risks life, suffers wounds, to save injured soldiers at Donbas war front

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Name: Yulia Shevchuk Age: 24 Education: Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv Medical University of UAFM Profession: Paramedic, student Did you know? Shevchuk was awarded the state medal “For Saving a Life” from President Petro Poroshenko Yulia Shevchuk, 24, has been to the ...

Oleksandr Maksymenko: Reconnaissance officer risks life to end war; ‘my duty, my job to be there’

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Name: Oleksandr Maksymenko Age: 29 Education: Military Academy in Odesa Profession: reconnaissance officer Did you know? He was awarded the Bohdan Khmelnytsky medal “For Personal Courage” for carrying out a successful reconnaissance mission in Donetsk Oblast in 2015. Since early childhood, Oleksa...

Natalya Mazharova: Organizer of popular Vyshyvanka Festival organizer promotes a patriotic Odesa

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Name: Natalya Mazharova Age: 26 Education: legal education at National University Odesa Law Academy, Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Profession: CEO of Vyshyvanka Festival in Odesa Did you know? Mazharova opened Odesa’s first store of vyshyv...

Iryna Lytovchenko: Tabletochki pioneer wants to improve health care, make giving even easier

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Name: Iryna Lytovchenko Age: 28 Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, master’s degree in international information at Institute of International Relations Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, MBA from MIM Kyiv Business School Professio...

Alexandra Kutas: Ukrainian woman breaks barriers as ‘first professional model in wheelchair’

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Name: Alexandra Kutas Age: 24 Education: Dnipropetrovsk National University, psychology Profession: Model Did you know? Kutas is currently working on the script of a film about bipolar disorder and wants to to draw people’s attention to this problem in Ukraine. Alexandra Kutas, 24, was born paral...

Bogdan Logvynenko: Restless writer aims to unite Ukrainians with a travel show

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Name: Bogdan Logvynenko Age: 29 Education: National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theater, Cinema and Television University Profession: Journalist, writer, traveler, activist, music promoter, anchorman, Ukraїner travel show creator Did you know? Logvynenko had bee...

Darya Leshchenko: Entrepreneur aims to create global tech empire after success with SupportYourApp

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Name: Darya Leshchenko Age: 28 Education: Zaporizhzhya National University Profession: CEO of SupportYourApp Did you know? Leshchenko was selected to help represent Ukraine on a trade mission to Canada. Darya Leshchenko has come a long way from her hometown of Zvenyhorodka. In that Cherkasy oblas...

Liza Smith (Kostyrkina): After documentary about war in Donbas wins major award, director will tu...

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Liza Smith is a film director whose documentary film “School No. 3,” co-directed by German theater director Georg Genoux, won an award at the 67th Berlinale Film Festival. The film tells the story of 13 teenagers growing up in Ukraine’s war-torn Donbas. “It’s a story about life. We didn’t shoot, ...

Alyona Kryvulyak: Activist helps victims of domestic violence win their freedom

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Name: Alyona Kryvulyak Age: 27 Education: National Pedagogical University, Social Protection Profession: Director of the national hot lines department at the La Strada-Ukraine women’s rights center Did you know? She broke up with an abusive boyfriend and now helps others do the same. When s...

Margo Gontar: Face of StopFake is a pioneer journalist in combating false news, propaganda

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Name: Margo Gontar Age: 29 Education: Journalism at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Profession: Co-founder of StopFake.org Did you know? She is a singer and a songwriter for a synth-pop band Anakard. The 2016 U.S. presidential election and the U.K. Brexit referendum brought the phrases...

Roman Hryshchuk: Comedian gathers talented people to develop Ukrainian comedy, cinema

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Name: Roman Hryshchuk Age: 28 Education: biomedical engineer, National Technical University of Ukraine Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Profession: Founder of Mamahohotala Did you know? He proposed to his girlfriend at a Mamahohotala show on stage, in front of a large audience. After grad...

Rimma El Joueidi: Teach for Ukraine CEO wants students to have opportunities for equal education

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Name: Rimma El Joueidi Age: 27 Education: National Technical University of Ukraine Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Institute of applied system analysis Profession: CEO and co-founder of Teach for Ukraine Did you know? Rimma El Joueidi runs and has done a marathon in Munich, Germany. It’...

Maksym Chernysh: Only 26, he is now a commander of older men, ‘a true warrior’ with a bright future

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Name: Maksym Chernysh Age: 26 Education: Odesa Military Academy Profession: Reconnaissance company commander Did you know? Of all of his fellow military academy mates, Chernysh was the only one to be put in command of a large combat unit deployed in the Donbas war zone immediately after graduatio...

Illia Filipov: Founder of online education platform is bridge between teachers, students

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Name: Illia Filipov Age: 25 Education: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, radio physics Profession: Founder of EdEra online education platform Did you know? The last stage of a job interview with Filipov is often held in a bar. Illia Filipov, 25, is the founder and CEO of online educat...

Vitaliy Diatlenko: Tech entrepreneur who started Uklon decides to stay and help build Ukraine

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Name: Vitaliy Diatlenko Age: 29 Education: National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Profession: Entrepreneur and mathematician; founder and CTO at Uklon Did you know? Diatlenko could have become a professional soccer player. He went to a sports school and then played for his university team as ...

Bohdan Chaban: Donbas war veteran decides to go into business and help his fellow soldiers adjust...

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Name: Bohdan Chaban Age: 24 Education: Donetsk Polytechnic College (secondary technical education) Profession: War veteran, entrepreneur Did you know? Chaban founded his first business, an advertising agency in Donetsk, when he was 17 years old. Bohdan Chaban, 24, was born in Donetsk, the eastern...