Meet the ENGin Team

Our experienced and enthusiastic team consists of students and professionals located across the United States and Ukraine. Most of us have personally experienced the challenges of mastering spoken English and the life-changing opportunities that English fluency brings. We are passionate about bringing these opportunities to every motivated student who wants to improve their spoken English.

Katerina Manoff


Katerina has 5+ years experience teaching English and managing online language learning programs. She has also helped launch multiple nonprofit and for-profit initiatives in the education space. She holds a Master's in Education from Harvard University.  

Nazar Shkurashivskyi

Program Manager

Nazar graduated from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin (Poland) with a bachelor's
degree in Management (specialization “Enterprise Management”). As an ENGin student himself, he's excited to work for the program to help other students achieve their language-learning goals.

Daniil Ozernyi

Curriculum & Assessment Advisor

Daniil is a linguist and an educator whose work includes (co)authoring textbooks, award-winning research in ELT (CLIL), multiple publications, and 1k+ hours of teaching. Most recently, he has switched to research in linguistics and is currently working on problems of generative approaches to second and additive language acquisition and multilingualism.

Nicolas Buonanduci

Curriculum Developer

Nicolas is a current Education Policy and Management master’s student at Harvard University. As a CELTA-certified English instructor, he has worked with elementary, high school, and adult learners in the US, Spain, and Ireland. As a language learner himself, Nicolas values the importance of building strong conversation skills and confidence in one’s language ability. Nicolas received his Bachelor’s in 2019 from Boston College, where he studied Hispanic Studies, U.S. History, and Faith/Peace/Justice Studies. 

Svitlana Dudka

Program Manager

Svitlana has been studying English since secondary school but made significant progress only during the last two years. She is a great example of the principle that speaking is the most effective way to improve skills in a foreign language. She is involved in many educational youth activities and engaged with volunteering in Ukraine's civil society. Currently, Svitlana is getting her PhD in History.

Mykola Popadiuk

Director of Student Recruitment

Mykola is engaged in different educational activities — he is a teacher, trainer, leader and a Project Coordinator of various educational programs and online courses. Especially, he’s involved in civic education and improving the digital skills of Ukrainians. He supports and implements changes in Ukrainian education both locally and nationally. Mykola is in the ENGin team in order to spread the educational opportunities of the program for students and teachers from all the corners of Ukraine.

Olesia Savka

Student/Volunteer Support Consultant

Olesia has experience developing e-democracy, supporting start-ups, and bringing innovations to local communities through her work at East Europe Foundation, a major Ukrainian NGO. She has also directed an international exchange program in Ukraine. 

Yana Lagoda

Social Media Manager

Having studied English on her own, Yana understands all the challenges one might face as a beginning English learner. She is excited to grow the ENGin community through social media to help others on this journey.

Anya Chan

Program Manager

Anya is a passionate and active participant at Erasmus+ projects and she has experience implementing her own social projects, always eager to help Ukrainian students to develop their English through ENGin and non-formal education. She’s also fluent in 5 languages and a Chinese-English-Ukrainian translator.

Ernest Protas

Interview Team Lead

Ernest has spent three years working at educational non-profits and striving to improve learning opportunities for Ukrainian students. He also enjoys tutoring English in his free time. He currently attends Amherst College.