With many of her family still in the Ukraine, and at the time of this writing, some trapped in a cellar in the Mariupol war-zone, Oksana Tkachenko is juggling her successful career, and family life in Australia, with the constant worry of the horrors that are happening in her birth country.
In part one of a two part conversation with Oksana, we discuss her childhood in the Soviet Union and the volatile conditions in the Ukraine after it gained independence in the 90's, and how she's a testament to the resilience of the Ukrainian people.
She shares how she ended up moving to South Australia in 1999 after being separated from her husband for almost two years; and how speaking 4 languages, and being educated, was still not enough to secure her a job in male dominated industries.
Through her company, Brisbane based, Lean Finance (link in description) Oksana discusses an initiative to create a socially responsible foundation, Solar Flower, to attract charitable donations and investment which would provide aid to those in, and those who escaped, war torn Ukraine.
(Note: The interview occurred 8 April 2022. All information regarding the events in the Ukraine should be reflective of that date, unless specified)
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Battle for Mariupol: Civilians holed up in Azovstal steel plant - Al Jazeera 24 Apr 2022: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjsOtCekJaU
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After an eye opening childhood growing up in the Soviet Union and then an independent Ukraine, Oksana Tkachenko now lives in Brisbane, Australia.
With an entrepreneurial spirit, a Masters in Finance, and the ability to speak four languages, Oksana now runs Lean Finance, a social conscious company that creates innovative funding platforms, partnerships and investable solutions.