Head of the Board.
Vladlena has been involved in the public sector for over ten years. She is a co-founder of NGO Ecoaction. Currently, Vladlena is a Bankwatch representative working on the international as well as Ukrainian projects. Since 2007 she has been working in the Central Asia and Caucasus region. Her qualifications include extractive industries in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Armenia; communities support in Ukrainian agriculture; and applying a gender and women’s rights lens to project assessments.
Vladlena received degrees from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (MS, 2006) and Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (MS, 2007).
Irina holds more than 10 years of experience working in environmental NGOs. Currently, she is the National campaigner at Central and Eastern European ‚Bankwatch‘ Network. At Ecoaction, where Irina is a co-founder, she coordinates activities towards transition to renewable energy sources and reduction of coal and nuclear energy sources usage.
Iryna received a Master’s Degree in environmental science from the Ukrainian State University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 2007. During her first year in graduate school, she worked for the Japanese government grant project “Grass-Roots”, aiming to support the recovery and development of local communities in the regions affected by the Chernobyl accident.
Anna Ackermann is a young professional in the field of energy and environment with more than 5 years of experience in NGO, energy design and research sectors in Eastern and Central Europe. Her main spheres of expertise include energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy, climate change and policy advocacy. Between 2016 and 2018 she managed the expert “Energy Policy Reform” group of Ukraine’s largest civil society platform Reanimation Package of Reforms, and is one of co-founding members of “Ecoaction”.
Anna holds two M.Sc degrees: in Power Engineering, and in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management.
Irina joined the environmental activists’ movement in 2015. She participated in the COP21 International Climate Talks as a representative of environmental NGOs. Combining her work in the field of energy-efficient solutions in the construction sector, Iryna is the active leader of the Ecoaction volunteer community.
Oleg Savitsky is a climate and energy policy expert with international experience. As part of the delegation of public observers at the Climate Action Network, Oleg participated in the UNFCCC conference in Paris in 2015, and in 2016 was a fellow of the Michael Zukkov Nature Conservation Fund (Greifswald, Germany).
The main areas of expertise are the protection of the atmosphere from industrial pollution, coal energy, renewable energy, decarbonization of the energy sector and energy policy, journalism. Author of numerous blogs and articles in the media, including in the English language, as well as case studies and publications. Oleg holds a master’s degree in radio electronics (NTUU “KPI”).
Maksym holds more than 5 years of experience in renewable energy projects in the NGO sector, followed by 2 years of sustainability services in one of the largest Ukrainian audit companies.
Today Maksym coordinates a platform started by major consulting companies supporting renewable energy investments. He complements these responsibilities with participation in educational initiatives and Ecoaction activities.
Maksym graduated with a Master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Protection at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine.
Sofia Sadogurska has been working in the NGO sector on adaptation to climate change and climate policy for over three years. During 2017-2018 as NGO observer she participated in the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations. In 2018 she was a member of the Board of the Ukrainian Climate Network. She has 3 years of experience as a mentor in non-formal education programs for youth.
Sofia graduated with a Master’s degree in Biology from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Now she is a PhD student and conducts scientific research in the field of marine biology and biodiversity conservation. She worked at research institutes and additionally attended courses on environmental management and maritime policy in Germany, Israel and Malta.