A volunteer-run organization

UGS is a lean and agile organization: we have one full-time staff (UGS President) and no office. Yet, people are at the core of the organization. We have a network of 100+ volunteers who effectively run UGS. Our Leadership Team provides strategic steer and supports key fundraising, admissions, community building, boarding school advising, college counseling, and academic advising workstreams. Our Mentors work directly with the scholars providing invaluable 1:1 guidance. Our Essay team and a team of professional editors support our scholars with essay writing. Our Admissions team runs annual publicity and admission campaigns and selects new cohorts of UGS scholars. Our Co-mentors, or recent UGS alumni, work alongside the more experienced mentors and already give back to our community by supporting new UGS intakes. Many volunteers contribute to multiple teams; all in all, about 75% of UGS alumni are involved with UGS in some capacity, paving the way for new scholars. Our Advisers, including former U.S. Ambassadors and prominent business thinkers, provide valuable strategic advice, enabling us to scale UGS operations. As a public charity UGS relies on individual and corporate donations to cover its operating costs. The majority of our donors come from the US and Ukraine.

Partners and Supporting Organizations

Marina Bayeva
Dnipro, Dnipropetrovska oblast, Ukraine
Marina Bayeva Director of Community Relations, Board Member

Psychiatry and psychotherapy fellow at the Austen Riggs Center, a premier residential psychiatric hospital in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. At UGS, Marina leads the Community Engagement Team and serves as a mentor to individual students.

Northwestern University '15 (MD)
Northwestern University '12 (PhD)
Vassar College '06
Pavlo Kononenko
Myrhorod, Poltavska oblast, Ukraine
Pavlo Kononenko Director of College Counseling, Board Member

Pavlo leads our College Counseling efforts, ensuring that each of our scholars has access to multiple scholarship opportunities at top universities around the globe and raising UGS recognition amongst university admission teams. Outside UGS, Pavlo is a healthcare industry executive and an avid alpine skier.

Harvard Business School '13
Harvard College '09
Leysin American School '05
Julia Lemesh
Odesa, Odeska oblast, Ukraine
Julia Lemesh President, Board Member

As a UGS President, Julia leads day-to-day UGS operations out of Boston with a special focus on fundraising and strategic projects, e.g., UGS Internships in Ukraine. Trained in Ukraine and the UK, Julia has 10+ years of experience as a banking and corporate lawyer. Most recently she worked at Imperial Tobacco's headquarters in Bristol, UK.

Queen Mary, University of London '11
Misha Lemesh
Zaporizhzhya, Zaporizka oblast, Ukraine
Misha Lemesh Co-Founder, Board Member

An Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm, leading McKinsey engagements in pharma across the US. At UGS, Misha leads the Boarding schools team responsible for building and maintaining UGS partnerships with boarding schools.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania '17
Harvard University '12
Deerfield Academy '08
Andriy Revin
Berdyansk, Zaporizka oblast, Ukraine
Andriy Revin Director of Education Advising, Board Member

After a stint in investment banking, Andriy has been working with tech companies for a number of years. Most recently, he has opened and is running the Ukrainian office of OpenVPN, a US tech company. At UGS, he leads the Mentors team.

Brown University '09
Yuliya Sychikova
Berdyansk, Zaporizka Oblast, Ukraine
Yuliya Sychikova Co-Founder, Board Member

As a COO at DataRoot Labs, Yuliya leads operations at one of the fastest-growing AI consultancies and development studios. She is also an Investment Director at AVentures Capital, a leading tech investment and advisory firm in Ukraine. At UGS, Yuliya leads admissions and supervises Ukrainian operations.

University of Pennsylvania '11