The Opora Team

Our Board of Trustees

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Yegor Lanovenko

Founder and Chair of Opora; Born in Odessa, Yegor’s background includes senior strategy and product development roles in banking and financial services as well as advisory roles to student-led start-ups.

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Anja Kachetzhiyiva

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, based in London - Corporate finance and business analysis professional in consumer goods industry.

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David Dowle

London-based IT director and software developer with more than 25 years experience creating IT support services and business applications.

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Sophie Herbert

Sophie is a doctor working in a London based NHS hospital acting as a medical registrar with research and specialist interests in Respiratory medicine

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Sarah Pollard

UK qualified solicitor with a background in commercial law. Currently in-house for an international manufacturing company with expertise in contract law, board risk advisory, data protection and insurance.

Our Team and Volunteers

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Stanislav Beneš

Managing Director

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Anna Khyzha

Community and Communications Lead

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Alyona Lystopad


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Katya Gregory


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Galina Ryzhenko


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Kay Henderson


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Ksenia Nelipa


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Rachel Keightley


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Viktoriya Nelipa


A huge thank you to all our past volunteers and staff, and everyone else who has been an indispensible part of our journey!