Feedback from people I worked with 

“Olena Sadovnik has proved to be one of the most capable project managers I have worked with globally during my 15 years at the Thomson Foundation. Attention to detail, ability to master complex and fast-changing editorial and budgetary tasks combined with a dedication and willingness to take responsibility all combined to make her a great asset. Her desire to learn, and expand her skill set towards project development and acquisition further deepened TF’s relationships with donors, partners and media communities beyond Ukraine and leaves us much strengthened in the region.”

David Quin, Director of Development, Thomson Foundation  


“It's not an exaggeration to say that the part Olena played in the successful implementation of the EU's Regional Voices project was huge. Her enthusiasm, local and thematic knowledge, ability to have all the necessary information at her fingertips and produce quality reports to tight deadlines was invaluable."

Helga Pender,  Sector Manager for Crisis Response, EU Delegation to Ukraine



"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Olena - she is a real drive for change. Highly responsible, cheerful, with a can-do approach, incredible energy and unparalleled communications skills, she will inspire you for high goals and guide you through to reach them."

Svitlana Yavorska, Policy and Programmes Co-ordinator, British Embassy in Kyiv



“As Olena took up the position within our consortium, she immediately stood out as an exceptional achiever. With demanding schedule, Olena managed to handle her duties with high professionalism and authority. Her attention to detail, self-organisation, a calm and composed manner of dealing with difficulties and the ability to follow through to ensure that the job would get done was remarkable. As for personal qualities, Olena is a unique individual with positive attitudes who can accept responsibility and complete rigorous assignments.”

Rasťo Kužel, Head of Memo 98, Slovakia



"Ms. Sadovnik proved to be an exceptionally able administrator, organizer, and host of the OSCE PCU conference, which brought together a diverse range of opinions and experiences valuable to Ukrainian journalists in the midst of a violent and divisive conflict. She understood the importance of nurturing a free press and civil society, and the values of transparency and credibility."

Alan Chin,  photojournalist for the New York Times, Newsweek, TIME, Reuters and others


Olena is by far one of the most responsible, talented, and competent project managers I have ever worked with. Ours was a complex project, since our organization is based in New York, but our scholarship program was intended for Ukrainian students and thus much of it had to be run out of Kyiv and Lviv.  The competition had 75 applicants, of which 35 were invited to come in for interviews. We completely relied on Olena to manage all contacts, organize the meetings and travel for both the selection committee and applicants, handle financial matters, including final arrangements for disbursement of scholarships, maintain records of the interview results, prepare summary documents and final reports for our board, set up follow-up meetings with donors, and much other troubleshooting. She organized the interviews within a week and completed all other tasks in record time. She was particularly helpful with media contacts for post-program publicity. It was a privilege to work with her and we would gladly do it again. I am happy to give her the highest recommendation without hesitation. 

Halyna Hryn, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, President of Shevchenko Scientific Society