From regional to global stage
In 2021, Yurii was selected as one of four participants in the Generation17 programme, a partnership between Samsung Global and UNDP that enables young leaders working on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to reach a global audience, interact with those from different countries, and improve cooperation and action.
Already working on solutions to social challenges in their countries, this helps them strengthen and scale up their activities and provides a network for communication and exchange.
During their first online meeting, Yurii was inspired by Yejin Choi’s (Korea) idea to develop a mobile application for children with disabilities. “They’ve developed a complex software solution and architecture, filling it with social content,” he says. “I hope that we’ll learn more and see how it can be adapted for Ukraine.”
Yurii's team will focus on three priority SDGs for their changemaking efforts.
“The story of how our organization started its activities fits perfectly with [Goal 3: Good health and well-being]!,” he says. “Then there is Goal 9, related to infrastructure development and innovation – we’re now involved in a major road haulage project – and the broader Goal 16, Peace and justice, which encompasses many components of our work.”
Yurii is mainly motivated by two things – change, and the people who drive change. “It really inspires me when I see that our work has brought some practical benefits – when you can see a concrete result for the authorities, citizens or business.”
“Why is it cool?,” Yurii asks. “Among other things, it’s a great opportunity to tell people more about Ukraine and our experience implementing the SDGs – to scale up our digital solutions and adapt the solutions of foreign colleagues that may be relevant in Ukraine.”
Yurii never expected to be in this position: “I always thought I would be a lawyer, but when I started doing this, I don’t know, I just feel myself on my way. I understand it’s what I want to do. And now it drives me.”
His success is noted. IAA has been ranked among the top-100 think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe the last three years. With this new opportunity, it has the potential to be even more impactful.
Read an interview with Yurii on the Samsung Mobile site.