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Олена Зеленська

Olena Zelenska

First Lady of Ukraine

Olena Zelenska was born in Kryvyi Rih on February 16, 1978.

1985-1995 – studying at Kryvyi Rih Gymnasium №95. This is where Volodymyr Zelensky’s first met his future wife Olena Zelenska.

1995 – 2000 – studying at the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute with the major in Architect (master’s degree).

On September 6, 2003, she married V. Zelensky. After the marriage, the couple moved to Kyiv.

Olena Zelenskaya is one of the founders of Studio Kvartal 95, which is the most famous, the most rated and the largest in Ukraine, producer of show projects, entertaining programs, films, and serials.

After Studio Kvartal 95 creation, O. Zelenska joined a separate group of authors and participated in writing texts for all projects of Studio Kvartal 95.

Olena Zelenska’s author group worked on the concept of the “Liga Smichu” program, which is one of the most humorous projects in Ukraine.

O. Zelenska was one of the writers of the comedy film “How the Cossacks …”, which aired in December 2009, and she is also one of the producers of the project “Women’s Kvartal”.
Social initiatives

The social activity of the First Lady of Ukraine has three main directions: the health of future generations, equal opportunities and cultural diplomacy.

At the initiative of Olena Zelenska, such projects as improvement of the school nutrition system and development of the National Strategy for a safe school environment, counteraction to domestic violence, barrier-freeness, introduction of audio guides in Ukrainian in museums around the world have been launched and are being implemented.

On December 10, 2019, the President’s wife initiated Ukraine’s accession to the Biarritz International Partnership for Gender Equality.

On January 13, 2020, it became a member of the Council for the Development of the National Cultural and Art Museum Complex “Art Arsenal”.

As of November 1, 2020, at the initiative of Olena Zelenska, seven audio guides in Ukrainian have been launched in museums in Austria, Latvia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, and three more – for museums in Montenegro, Italy and Lithuania – are being translated and recorded. An agreement has also been reached with five museums in France, the United Kingdom, the Vatican, Israel and Germany to introduce Ukrainian-language audio guides.

Olena Zelenska also actively supports and promotes Ukrainian Paralympic athletes.