Vision and values

I believe in honesty and respect for each other. I trust people and believe that they are able to change for the better. Therefore, I am happy to help those who seek new knowledge, who are making efforts to change themselves and the environment for the better.

I believe that changes around begin with a change inside of you. That is why I chose the path of continuous learning and work on self-improvement in order to share this knowledge and awareness with people.

Professional activity

Dmytro Shestakov is the Managing Partner at the Thinkera innovation enabling company, the expert of UN Global Compact, the Board Member at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (Kmbs) Alumni Association, adjunct professor in innovations at Kmbs.

Dmytro has 15 years of experience in innovation management in Fintech, Big Data, Deftech, Cybersecurity, Solar energy, Agritech and Cryptoeconomic projects. He was collaborating with the biggest world innovation development organizations like DRDO (India) and DARPA (USA).

Until recently, Dmytro acted in the position of the Strategy Adviser at the Energy Efficiency Fund and at the UNIT.City innovation park, the Head of Innovations at the SpetsTechnoExport, a leading state-run defence industry company, and in the position of the Head of Strategy and Technological Development at the Ukrainian Interbank Currency Exchange (UICE).

 

Working experience

Since 2019, Dmytro Shestakov has been focused on the development of innovation solutions in the position of the Managing Partner at the Thinkera innovations enabling company. Since 2017, Dmytro has participated in the development of the strategy and launch of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the creation of the CryptoExchangeRanks (CER) analytical and trading platform in partnership with Hacken and Modex, the creation of the LimpidArmor augmented reality system and other innovation projects. In 2016-2019, he was the Strategy Advisor at the first Ukrainian innovation park UNIT.City and at the innovation platform RE:ACTOR.

In 2016-2018, Dmytro headed the Innovation affairs at the SpetsTechnoExport and was a member of the taskforce engaged in strategy development and reforms of Ukroboronprom State-Run Defense Concern. During that time, he coordinated the development of an incubator of innovative projects in cooperation with the Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Anthony Tether. Dmytro participated in the creation and development of the unmanned vehicles Sparrow LE and Fantom.

In 2013-2016, Dmytro Shestakov was acting as the Head of Strategy and Technological Development at the Ukrainian Interbank Currency Exchange where he was dealing with exchange technologies development in collaboration with NYSE Euronext and Bloomberg. In 2005-2013, he managed investment projects and developed new products at the Amadeus Asset Management Company, the Sokrat Investment Group, and the Goldman Milestone VC.

 

Education

In 2009 Dmytro was awarded the Master’s degree in economics from the Chernivtsi National University named after Yuri Fedkovich.

In 20013 he was awarded the MBA degree in finance at Kyiv-Mohyla Business School and graduated the School of Strategy Architect (Kmbs) in 2017.

In 2017 Dmytro graduated from the Doctoral School of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA). He passed the PhD examination in finance and innovation management in 2019.

Since 2019 he has been certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Dmytro is the Member of PMI Kyiv Chapter and the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA).

He is an author of international scientific papers on strategy, innovations and risk management.

 

Political activity

In 2014-2016 Dmytro Shestakov was acting as an assistant to the Deputy of Ukrainan Parliament (VIIIth convocation), Mr. Oleksiy Mushak.

 

Social activity

Since 2009, Dmytro has been the initiator of the creation, co-founder and Member of the Supervisory Board of the Chernivtsi NGO "Public Initiatives".

Since 2015, he has been the Member and Vice-President for Strategy and Analysis of the Ukrainian Agency for Cluster Development "CLAST-UA".

Since 2016, he has been the initiator of the creation, co-founder and Member of the Supervisory Board of the "Bukovyna" Apple cluster.

 

Sport achievements 

In 1995-2002, Dmytro was doing Karate, he holds the 1st Dan (Black Belt) certified by the World Karate Federation (WKF) and was repeatedly a winner of the championships of Ukraine.

In 2002-2006, he was doing Wing Chun, Thai boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA).

In 2006-2010, he was doing Taekwon-do.

Since 2011, Dmytro has been practicing yoga.

 

Creative activity 

Since 2001, Dmytro Shestakov has been playing guitar. In 2002-2004, he studied at the Chernivtsi Music School, played in a dixieland and performed on the stage of the Chernivtsi Drama Theater named after Olga Kobylianska.

He is the winner of the All-Ukrainian author song contest in 2002.