Olena Boytsun

Olena Boytsun

Investment Director, Central and Eastern Europe, Luminate, Ukraine

Olena leads investment activities in Central and Eastern Europe at Luminate, a global philanthropic organization focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. It was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and before 2018 Luminate has worked in Ukraine as Omidyar Network. To date, it has supported 236 organizations in 18 countries with $314 million in funding. In Ukraine, the portfolio includes Prozorro and Dozorro procurement reforms, Ukrainian emerging leaders program of the CDDRL at Stanford University, Ai for Kyiv project at the Kyiv Smart City initiative, 1991 Civic tech center, and others. Olena is a member of the steering committee for Civitates, a philanthropic initiative for solidarity and democracy in Europe, and serves as a jury member at Seedstars’ startup competitions in post-communist countries.