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Introducing Ukraine’s CEP workshop associates

Creative Enterprise Programme Workshop Associates were recently recruited to facilitate the Creative Enterprise Programme, a three-day capacity-building workshop for creative entrepreneurs around the world.

There are now independent UK-based associates and “local” associates in Ukraine, East Africa, Egypt and West Africa. The local associates are based in British Council target regions in order to help embed the programme in the local landscape. They do this by increasing reach to creative communities, drawing on real market knowledge, connecting with participants through shared culture and language, and maintaining longer term engagements with participants for maximum impact. We hope to recruit more local associates in further regions throughout 2018/19.

Here, we are excited to introduce the four local associates flying the Creative Enterprise Programme flag in Ukraine.

Alena Kalibaba

Alena is CEO of Chasopys Creative Family, representative of Seedstars World in Ukraine, board member of Kyivstar’s telecom accelerator Radar Tech, and co-founder of the School of Ukrainian Entrepreneurship and the International School of Social Business. Alyona is an expert in entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation, and setting up and managing accelerators.

Kateryna Kravchuk

During the past seven years, Kateryna has worked as a Programme Manager, engaged mostly in strategy development, institutional capacity building and cross-sector facilitation. Kateryna is experienced working with large companies, small and micro businesses, as well as creative industries. Kateryna has authored a number of publications on local economic development in Ukraine and corporate social responsibility.

Kateryna Ushakova

Kateryna is an experienced marketing executive with 14 years working with both Ukrainian and international companies and brands. Kateryna is regarded as one of the best marketers in Ukraine and created and led the Liquid7 digital agency. Within one year of its founding, Liquid7 made the top three ‘most effective’ and top ten ‘most creative’ digital agencies in Ukraine.

Volodymyr Vorobey

Volodymyr leads economic development agency PPV Knowledge Networks, with green economy and creative economy focus areas. Volodymyr has over 15 years experience managing large cross-sector projects and advising companies, international projects and regional authorities on strategy development. Volodymyr is a member of Nestor Group, sits on several boards of local developing agencies in Ukraine and the Ivano-Frankivsk based civil society platform Warm City.


Kimberley Ballantyne

Kimberley Ballantyne

Kimberley Ballantyne

Learning and Development Manager

Kimberley worked as the Learning and Development Manager.

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Georgina Innes

Georgina Innes

Georgina Innes

Learning Services Manager

Georgina worked in the Innovation Skills team as a Learning Services Manager.

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