Oleksandr Akymenko

Co-founder and CEO of «Yes&Design» and «Platformedia». Publisher of the Internet magazine, innovation advisor. He was an editor and a journalist up to 2014.

In July 2016, he graduated from the JSK Fellowship program at Stanford University, where he studied strategic management, entrepreneurship, basics of venture capital, media business, investment, design thinking, disruptive innovation, and the democracy development.

He headed the department of journalistic investigations of the Ukrainian version of Forbes magazine from early 2012 till August 2013. Majored in exposing corruption of the state senior officials: tender, financial fraud, offshore schemes, smuggling, and ownership transparency.

After the Dignity Revolution victory participated in the project YanukovychLeaks.org, which was aimed at preserving and providing free access to documents of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych that were thrown into the Dnipro river. As a result of the project, more than 20 thousand internal accounting documents of Yanukovych companies were dried up, digitized and posted for open access.

At various times in his career, he worked on materials for Thomson Reuters, Buzzfeed, Ukrainska Pravda, Dzerkalo Tyzhnia; Svidomo bureau, «Inter» TV channel.

In 2016, together with his wife Kateryna, created a concept and offered the Center for the Democracy and Rule of Law of Stanford University to establish Ukrainian Emerging Leadership Program, an annual educational program for the new leaders of Ukraine, which, starting from the fall of 2017 will accept three professionals in the field of reforms, law, economic development, and entrepreneurship per annum.