Founder & CEO
Olya Kudinenko CEO and Founder, Kids of Ukraine and Tabletochki, Ukraine Olya is the founder and chair of Tabletochki, Ukraine’s largest charity supporting children with cancer. At the age of 23, Olya founded the organization and since 2011, Tabletochki has helped transform the field of pediatric oncology in Ukraine, improving the quality of treatment for over 60,000 children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Tabletochki has raised millions of dollars to buy equipment, medicine, and pay for medical treatments abroad. Olya and her team have created partnerships with major international organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, SickKids Hospital, Princess Máxima Cancer Center, King Hussein Cancer Center, International Society of Pediatric Oncology and Childhood Cancer International. Tabletochki has changed the way pediatric oncology patients are viewed and treated in Ukraine. By creating awareness about the shortage of resources, inability of access to quality care and lack of governmental policies, Olya has encouraged a paradigm shift in the public perception of pediatric oncology. Over 2022 Tabletochki has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Hospital to coordinate the evacuation of over 1,500 children and their families to healthcare clinics in the U.S., Canada, and Europe to ensure their safe treatment. Olya is a board member of the Ukrainian National Children's Hospital, OKHMATDYT, and an expert in philanthropy, fundraising, and NGO management. Prior to founding Tabletochki, Olya worked in PR and corporate and non-profit communications. Olya has a seven-year-old daughter and currently manages the US-based NGO, Kids of Ukraine from New York as she raises funds and awareness of the situation of children with cancer are facing in Ukraine. Olya is a graduate of the Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, and has received the C4F-Davos “Relations of the Future Award.” Additionally, Olya represented Ukraine at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos as part of the Ukrainian House in 2019, and was named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Ukraine, NV Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Ukraine and Focus Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Ukraine.