Country Chair For Ukraine
Oleksandr Elkin, PhD, is the inspirer of the 30,000-teacher-strong community EdCamp Ukraine, a network for school educators’ independent professional development. He is also the Head of Board of the NGO maintaining the EdCamp community’s network and organizing their signature (un)conferences, educational events, and public campaigns. As advisor to three different Ministers of Education and Science, he has co-authored the New Ukrainian School reform concept and state standards for teachers.
With more than 15 years of management experience in the fields of education and information technologies, he runs initiatives such as the Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning program, non-discrimination in textbooks and school curricula, integrity education, de-bureaucratization, de-monopolization in teachers’ professional development – and Global Dignity Day in Ukraine.
In 2017, Oleksandr was ranked among the 100 most influential Ukrainians according to FOCUS magazine.
He is a founding curator of the Kharkiv Hub of the Global Shapers community, an international initiative of the World Economic Forum; he was also one of the Ukrainian delegates at the 2014 Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Leader in Education Program of the Singaporean National Institute of Education and the U.S. Congress Open World Leadership Center program.