Head of SDG Actions
Julia Skupchenko is the Co-founder and Head of SDG Actions of the Think Tank AlterContacts and a Board Member for AlterContacts Foundation. She specializes in scaling audacious social impact initiatives. Under her leadership, the think tank deserved recognition from the United Nations. Presently, her focus is on community-driven innovation and enabling global youth to thrive in the world of work.
She is an award-winning entrepreneur, business advisor, and writer for Entrepreneur.com, with in-depth knowledge of business challenges. She is a registered Expert on Business Development, Marketing, and Sustainability for the European Commission.
Before cofounding the Think Tank, Julia was a strategic advisor on Digital Innovation at CEO-4 level for a Fortune 500 company. Previous to that, she was responsible for communications, stakeholder engagement, and third-party advocacy at a FTSE 50 company.
Originally, Julia comes from the Arctic region. She wrote and taught two university courses on Northern Development. She is one of the authors of the Barents Encyclopedia.
In September 2021, the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business honored Julia as Gold Stevie Award Winner in four categories:
Woman of the Year 2021
Female Thought Leader of the Year 2021
Female Executive of the Year 2021
Mentor of the Year 2021
Additionally, Julia was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in two categories Female Innovator of the Year and Most Innovative Woman of the Year. She was also awarded the Bronze as the Social Change Maker of the Year.
In 2020, the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business named Julia the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in two categories Female Innovator of the Year and Mentor of the Year 2020. She was also awarded the Bronze as the Most Innovative Woman of the Year and the Woman of the Year 2020.