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Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Leadership

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Christina Katrakis

Ambassador for International Relations for the Foundation for United Nations SDG

A highly qualified and experienced international Ambassador, Strategic International Relations and Cultural Coordinator. Mrs. Katrakis has coordinated a number of major international projects worldwide, she is also an official International Coordinator for Centro UNESCO, Bologna. Her career defies convention and incorporates philanthropy, the arts, public relations, critical negotiation and administration skills, and other fields to produce a multi-disciplinary and diverse world-view. Mrs. Katrakis has outstanding communication and organizational skills, developed in complex environments populated by competing egos and significant risks. She has always applied her creative energies to help organizations put their best feet forward and to maximize their opportunities. Mrs. Katrakis has obtained a terminal degree (PHD equivalent) in Arts and History from the University of Memphis, USA and has studied in a number of renowned institutions, including Lorenzo de Medici and Sorbonne. She comes from a noble family with a rich heritage and background, holds aristocratic titles. As a symbol of Ukraine, she was the model for the Monument of Independence “Berehynia” on the Independence Square in Kyiv, she refused to evacuate and remained in Ukraine during the war, determined to Help. Mrs. Katrakis – made the impossible possible for the FFUN SDG, by sparking on the Project of a Humanitarian Base FFUNSDG-HELP.UA on the third day of Russian invasion into Ukraine and full-blown war, Feb 27th, 2022. This Humanitarian Response-Base and Storage-Hub function to this day, providing aid for more than 5000 IDPs on a monthly basis, as well as helping thousands of civilians at the frontline areas. Mrs. Katrakis’ ability to regroup, organize the team and the project on the major scale, be the visionary and the motivator fully devoted to the mission and be the global voice for the great cause - have earned her respect among her colleges, the team members and among the people she’s helping, alike. You can find more information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Katrakis 

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Roman Kudlay

International Crisis Coordinator for the Foundation for United Nations SDG

Mr. Kudlay is highly valued for his responsibility, creativity, communication and maintaining a strong work ethic. In our team, he is the one who has the skills and experience to get things done in the most challenging settings, while motivating people and managing resources to deliver every time, on time. As a Crisis Coordinator, he led the Humanitarian Response Hub and FFUNSDG-HELP.UA  Base in Ukraine, which began to operate on the third day of full-blown Russian invasion and supports more than 5000 IDPs, as well as frontline civilians, on a monthly basis.

He has studied in the renowned Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Technical University of Munich, specializing in technology and production. Mr. Kudlay is fluent in German, English, Ukrainian and Russian, and has been holding top managerial positions and running international projects for many years. He has a great understanding of: management, public relations, IT, technologies, teamwork, production, organizing and motivating people, human relations, networking, distribution and logistics, administration and accountability. As a Ukrainian native, Mr. Kudlay knows Ukraine very well, he’s been delivering aid, running logistics network, research network, statistics and response hotline for aid delivery to all the corners of the country, during his mission there as a Crisis Coordinator for the FFUN SDG. You can find more information here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/roman-couldlie-92400144/

Representatives:

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- is an American film director, winner of a Peabody Award and 25 Emmy AwardsPresident of Light Hand Productions LLC and the FFUN SDG - HELP UA USA Media and Communications volunteer-team member. David is fully devoted, both, to his calling as a director and story-teller as well as to the FFUN SDG - HELP UA and its mission. He has visited Ukraine and has lived with our team at our base in Vorokhta, during the first months of open war conflict (April-May 2022). Relentlessly, David spent his time recording our work on the ground, and in the process recording Ukraine. Above all, his footage has showcased the unbroken, fearless and defiant spirit of Ukrainian people, who daily shield with their own bodies the rest of the Western World from terror. David devoted himself fully to revealing the true values of democracy and light against tyranny and darkness.

 

After David returned to the US, he has continued to work with the FFUN SDG - HELP UA team daily, featuring our stories and struggle on an affiliate of the ABC network, editing video testimonies of victims and refugees, creating video promos for our mission, exposing our work on the ground on TV shows such as “This Week with Bob Mueller” on ABC, along with providing footage for other national and international channels such as Fox, CNN, BBC, RTE and CBC.

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Elisabeth Sewall

Elizabeth’s professional experience includes work in education, journalism, non-profit program management, and most recently in the consumer insights
and market research industry, working with clients in media, life sciences and healthcare, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and
a master’s degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner graduate school of Public Service. Elisabeth is also a former Fulbright fellow to Ukraine. She has joined
FFUN SDG-HELP UA team as one of our US based representatives, focusing of non-profits, strategic partnerships and fundraising.

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Daria Veligura

Daria is a lawyer, head of the Customs Lawyers bar association in Ukraine. She was forced to move to the USA with her two small children, after the war begun. While in the USA, Daria continues to support Ukraine. She organizes Ukrainian events in the state of Maine to preserve and spread Ukrainian culture, and unify the Ukrainian community. She has joined FFUN SDG-HELP UA team as one of our US
based representatives, focusing of public relations, partnerships and fundraising.

Leadership Assistance:

Oleksandr Vilkhovyk

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Oleksandr is an IT specialist from the frontline town of Dobropillia,
Donetsk Region of Ukraine. Prior to the war, Oleksandr was an IT student in the city of Dnipro.
He was among the first members of our FFUN SDG-HELP UA team. Using his IT training and
resources, he created the “Hotline Site” for all who were in dire need of help, aid and
evacuation. He also helped develop our FFUN SDG-HELP UA website. Oleksandr remained at
our base and is currently running all international visits to the site. In addition, he interprets,
communicates and does the work of a personal assistant to the FFUN SDG-HELP UA Leadership
team, preparing documentation, letters and agreements.

Accounting:

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Olha Ostapiuk

Olga is an economist from the frontline city of Mykolayiv, Ukraine. She was an
instructor at Mykolayiv’s Admiral Makarov National University Of Shipbuilding before moving
to our base at Vorokhta, Ukraine. There, Olga runs all of our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Accounting
and Monthly Reports. She’s also in charge of our “Family Dolls” Project, specializing in
handmade dolls creation and art therapy for Internally Displaced Kids at our FFUN SDG-HELP UA
Base.

Base & Storage Team:

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Ivan Matiichuk

Ivan manages our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Storage Operations. Prior to the war, Ivan ran a construction supply company and a hotel business. On the third day of the open invasion and war, Ivan offered his 7000 sq ft (650m sq) storage warehouse, 20 ton and 10 ton trucks, storage supply and services - all to be used by FFUN SDG-HELP UA for its Humanitarian Aid Mission. In addition, Ivan himself makes many of our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Humanitarian Aid trips with his trucks, while also overseeing a local hotel business that now caters to Internally Displaced People at the base.

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Liubov Vilkhovyk

Liubov is a medic from the frontline town of Dobropillia, Donetsk Region,
Ukraine. Prior to the war, Liubov was a Professional Nurse working in the hospital. As a FFUN SDG-HELP UA Storage Manager, Liubov now runs all of our FFUN SDG-HELP UA base and storage activities: including weekly aid distribution, frontline shipments, plus sorting and placing. In additional to her managerial chores, Liubov is our FFUN SDG-HELP UA medic: she
treats wounded civilians whom we evacuate to our base, and she prepares specialized medical
aid shipments for frontlines and hospitals.

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Mykola Klindukh

Mykola is our FFUN SDG-HELP UA storage coordination-assistant, running loading, unloading, sorting, shipment and distribution storage chores. Prior to the war, Mykola
was an electrician in the frontline town of Dobropillia, Donetsk Region, Ukraine. Now, FFUN SDG-HELP UA weekly storage activities rest on his shoulders, and our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Base relies on his assistance.

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Mykhailo Stovbun

Mykhailo is our FFUN SDG-HELP UA storage assistant and driver, assisting
in loading, unloading, sorting, shipment, and distribution as well as driving the FFUN SDG-HELP
UA trucks. Prior to the war, Mykhailo worked in construction supply storage as an assistant and driver. FFUN SDG-HELP UA weekly storage activities are now his responsibility, and our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Base relies on his assistance.

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Serhii Rezanov

Serhii ran his own construction business, supervising many construction projects: including resorts, homes and restaurants. Now, he is our FFUN SDG-HELP UA logistics coordinator-assistant and driver, assisting in loading, unloading, sorting, shipment, and distribution, as well as driving the FFUN SDG-HELP UA trucks. Serhii also uses his 5 ton bus to do additional FFUN SDG-HELP UA deliveries. Now, FFUN SDG-HELP UA weekly routes and deliveries rest on his shoulders, and our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Base relies on his logistics-
coordination and assistance.

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Vitalii Ostapyk

Vitalii is our FFUN SDG-HELP UA storage assistant and driver, assisting in loading, unloading, sorting, shipment, and distribution, as well as driving the FFUN SDG-HELP
UA trucks. Prior to the war’s beginning, Vitalii worked at the fire station as a Fire Rescue team
member and driver. Now, he provides assistance and weekly storage activities at our FFUN
SDG-HELP UA Base.

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Vasyl Druchkiv

Vasyl ran his own horse-care business, developing a very strong bond with the horses, catering to their needs, supervising their treatment, plus training and rearing. Now he is our FFUN SDG-HELP UA logistics coordinator-assistant and driver, assisting in loading, unloading, sorting, shipment, and distribution as well as driving the FFUN SDG-HELP UA trucks. Now the task of FFUN SDG-HELP UA weekly routes and deliveries rest on his shoulders, and our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Base relies on his logistics-coordination and assistance.

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Nazar Olesiv

Nazar is a lawyer from the frontline city of Kharkiv, Ukraine. When the war began, Nazar joined our FFUN SDG-HELP UA team as our storage assistant, helping with loading, unloading, sorting, shipment, and distribution. Now, FFUN SDG-HELP UA weekly storage
activities rest on his shoulders and our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Base relies on his assistance. In
addition, Nazar helps our volunteer team members and partners with a variety of legal issues
and is volunteering as our FFUN SDG-HELP UA lawyer.

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Mykola Ostapiuk

Mykola has experience at running his own construction business, specializing in fine tile roofing and building homes from scratch. Now, he is our FFUN SDG-HELPUA storage assistant, doing his part with loading, unloading, sorting, shipment, and distribution,as well as driving the FFUN SDG-HELP UA parcels for post office shipment. Now, FFUN SDG- HELP UA weekly routes and deliveries are part of his duties, plus our FFUN SDG-HELP UA Baserelies on his assistance.

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Ivan Chepil

Ivan is in charge of the unions for the national gas extraction company, UkrGazVydobuvannia. With the beginning of the war, he became an active volunteer, using his cars and resources to do dangerous frontline deliveries. Ivan runs FFUN SDG-HELP UA logisticsto frontline regions, securing safe passages of our humanitarian cargo. He personally delivers tothe front area and fully records the deliveries. He also collects information on current andparticular frontline needs to which our FFUN SDG-HELP UA team can then respond accordingly.

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Anna Olesiv

Prior to war, Anna was a civil servant, worked in the State Property Fund in Kharkiv. She is a Kharkiv native, Russian Aggression forced her to leave her native town with her two small kids and to become an IDP.  As a FFUN SDG-HELP UA Storage Assistant, Anna now runs all of our FFUN SDG-HELP UA base and storage activities: including weekly aid distribution, frontline shipments, plus sorting and placing. Helping the frontlines and the IDPs is a personal mission for Anna, to which she’s fully devoted to. 

IT & Tech Support Team:

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Mariya Soltys-Tkachenko

Maria is an IT, SMM, computer graphics specialist and a webmaster from Kyiv, Ukraine. During the war, Maria started her own animal evacuation and rescue
mission at the frontlines. Maria joined our FFUN SDG-HELP UA team as a webmaster and SMM
specialist, running our website and social media posts. As an IT specialist, Maria actively helps
FFUN SDG-HELP UA combat Russian bots that constantly attempt to damage our pages and
breach our system, our security, and other sites related to ours. Cyber security is now Maria’s
own battlefield.

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Myhailo Sheleh

Mykhailo is an IT specialist from Dnipro, Ukraine. Prior to the war, he was an IT student in the frontline city of Dnipro. He was also among the first members of our FFUN SDG-HELP UA team. Using his IT training and resources, he has helped to create and develop
our FFUN SDG-HELP UA website. Mykhailo was also widely involved in international SID
exchanges, running English correspondence with partners. Currently he’s involved in IT and
documentation support for the FFUN SDG-HELP UA team.

Our Team Makes the Impossible - Possibles Daily!

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Foundation for United Nations SDG 
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