Oleksandr Elkin

Founder in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Oleksandr Elkin

Founder in Kharkiv, Ukraine

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Oleksandr Elkin is the Head of Board and inspirer of EdCamp Ukraine, a strong 45,000 teachers’ professional development community. Prior to this Oleksandr managed Ukrainian and international EdTech projects, as well as held university academic and administrative positions training future computer scientists.

Between 2016 and 2020, he was serving as an adviser to three Ministers of Education and Science of Ukraine and a member of the two cohorts of Public Council of the Ministry. In 2021, Dr. Elkin became a member of Presidential Advisory Council on Promoting the Development of the General Secondary Education System.

As a co-author of the New Ukrainian School concept and state standards, Oleksandr is currently participating in initiatives aimed at reforming secondary education. He was instrumental in the demonopolization reform of teachers’ professional development and the launch of the EdWay innovative platform designed to support the reform. Dr. Elkin has been advocating social and emotional learning with Emory University's SEE Learning program in Ukraine. He is the National project manager in Ukraine for OECD international Survey on Social and Emotional Skills. Co-founder of the educational platform POVIR for overcoming educational gaps and losses.

Awarded managerial honors. In 2021, Oleksandr was ranked among the 100 most influential Ukrainians according to FOCUS magazine and named Ukrainian Prometheus in education by NV. In 2022, he and the team received the award for the best practice in school-based family counseling from Oxford Symposium, and in 2023, the NGO was designated the Trauma Resource Institute ambassador of the year.

Additionally, Dr. Elkin is a founding curator of Kharkiv Hub of Global Shapers community, the World Economic Forum; a delegate at the 2014 Forum in Davos. He is the Global Dignity Country Chair for Ukraine.

Oleksandr is also a board member of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and Jewish cultural center Beith Dan.

He has a solid academic foundation, with a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences, M.A. in Computer Sciences and M.A. in Economics & Entrepreneurship and has had 15+ years of management experience in education, IT, and non-profits.

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    • EdCamp Ukraine non-profit