Our small and dedicated staff makes up our Kyiv office of operations, ensuring that the organization remains agile in our on-the-ground operations in Ukraine.
Igor Noshchenko | Head of Ukrainian Operations
I was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. I graduated from Kyiv polytechnic institute with a master’s degree in system engineering. Since the year 2000, I’ve founded and developed many business projects in Ukraine. Since the Orange Revolution in 2004, I have participated in social movements. After the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, I graduated from the Civil and Political (CAP) School in 2015, where I discovered my social responsibility to drive positive changes in Ukraine. Since the war began, I joined the Nova Ukraine team as the Head of Ukrainian Operations.
Anastasiya Padpora | Project Manager
I was born and raised in Belarus, a country currently under a dictatorial regime. After protests caused by an illegitimate president’s large-scale deception of the population in 2020, I decided to migrate to Ukraine, where I had spent part of my childhood. On February 24, 2022, my life changed fundamentally, as it did for most Ukrainians. I decided to stay and help the country and the people who welcomed me with love and warmth during a difficult time. I firmly believe that Ukraine will be independent, strong, and prosperous; the brave people of Ukraine prove this every day. I am proud to be a small part of this big story.
Maria Remez | Social Media Manager
I am a native of Kyiv, graduated from KPI, and am a technologist by profession, but my soul was and is creative. Since childhood, I have been doing arts, and over my time at university, has always liked photography and social media. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I found a job as a Social Media Manager and have been working in this field for four years. When the full-scale war began, I initially left the city, but after a month, I returned home. I started volunteering with friends, transporting humanitarian help around Kyiv and the region. When I learned about Nova Ukraine, I realized I could help more, so I became part of the team. Ukrainians are brave, dedicated, and beautiful; they do everything possible to bring a peaceful sky to Ukraine.
Iryna Roik | Project Manager, PR, and Marketing
I was born in Kyiv, where I graduated with higher philological education and got my first job as a journalist. Before the full-scale war, I worked in advertising and volunteered in a non-profit organization. I dreamed of celebrating my twenty-ninth birthday in Italy. Instead, on my birthday, just like millions of Ukrainians, I stayed home and raised a glass of champagne for the victory of Ukraine. At Nova Ukraine, I work as a writer, manage projects, and interact with our volunteers and partners. Together, we are working to move a victory for Ukraine closer every day.
Yaroslava Fomina | Project Manager
My superpower is to love with all my heart. I love my family, my country, and my native city of Kharkiv. By profession, I am a teacher and head of educational institutions, and for ten years, I have been teaching teachers and principals how to build a happy childhood. I helped open preschool educational institutions in Ukraine, and my husband and I have a dream kindergarten for every child. My life changed on February 24, 2022. Since then, we have been building a new future in our country, in our beloved city of Kharkiv. I know that in the Nova Ukraine team, together with such inspired and courageous people, we will help our country because we are the reliable back for Ukrainians to lean on during the most challenging times!
Rodion Bronnikov | Regional Coordinator (Kharkiv)
I am of Kharkiv in the flesh and blood, and during my entire adult life have been trying to make this city better within my modest means. ‘Kharkiv is Ukraine’ – these are not empty words for me. While being a film critic and an arthouse evangelist for the last few years, my inner task was to instill a love of art within cinema and promote culture. Significantly, I often said that community service is not my thing; I always considered myself a loner. But the war in my country and right in my city in 2022 has significantly shifted my settings and attitude. There is no morality in remaining indifferent. This led me to Nova Ukraine, where I am happy to be a part of this big, international motivated team. Big ship, big sale, as we say here. The same I could say about my beloved and strong Ukraine.
Olesia Levytska | Back Office Manager
A year ago, I got a tattoo of the word “LOVE.” Since February 24, it has become a manifesto of love for everyone living on our land, measuring 603.5 thousand square kilometers. I joined the team to be able to help Ukrainians go through this challenging time together with minimal losses and maximum support. I have no doubt Ukraine will win because each of us is ready to volunteer, support those in need, innovate and not give up.