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

I am the Adviser at the Energy Efficiency Fund and at the UNIT.City innovation park, the Expert at the UN Global Network, the Member of Advisory Board at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (Kmbs) Alumni Association. I am the lecturer for executive MBA programs at the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School (Kmbs) in the subject of Innovation Management. 

I have 14 years of experience in investment and innovation management in Fintech, High frequency trading (HFT), Big Data, Deftech, Cybersecurity, Solar Energy, Agritech and Cryptoeconomic projects. Until recently, I acted in the position of Head of Strategy and Technological Development at the Ukrainian Interbank Currency Exchange (UICE) and in the position of the Head of Innovations at SpetsTechnoExport, a leading state-run defence industry company.

 

Working experience

Since 2018 Dmytro Shestakov has been focused on digital innovation solutions for corporate and consumer needs. I have managed to create and launch the Crypto Exchange Ranks (CER) analytical platform and the data integration platform for conventional trading solutions at the Modex software engineering company operating in Fintech.

In 2016-2018, I headed the Innovation Affairs at SpetsTechnoExport and was a member of the taskforce engaged in strategy development and reforms of Ukroboronprom State-Run Defense Concern. During this period, I have coordinated the Innovation Development Platform, an incubator of innovative projects in defense technologies, which is a spin-off project in the framework of the Breakthrough Projects Development Model implemented in cooperation with the former Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Anthony Tether.

Earlier, 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 family office.

 

Education

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

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

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

Since 2019 I have been certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and I have been the Member of PMI Kyiv Chapter.

I am an author of international scientific papers onstrategy, finance, risk management and innovations. 

 

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 I have been the initiator of the creation, co-founder and Member of the Supervisory Board of the Chernivtsi NGO "Public Initiatives".

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

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

 

Sport achievements 

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

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

In 2006-2010 I was doing Taekwon-do.

Since 2011 I have been practicing yoga.

 

Creative activity 

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

I am the winner of the All-Ukrainian author song contest in 2002.