Chairman of the Board of the Fund
Rev. Alexander Tkachenko
Father Alexander is a priest who has dedicated his life to caring for terminally ill children and advocating for their rights. In 2003, he established the first children’s hospies in Russia, located in Saint Petersburg. His efforts have led to the establishment of numerous children’s hospises across the country.
Due to his extensive experience and pioneering work in the field of children’s rights, Father Alexander was appointed by the Russian President as the head of the Circle of Good Fund when it was established. He also serves as the Chairman of the Commission on Charity and Social Work of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and is a member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the implementation of state policy in the field of family and child protection.
In addition to his administrative roles, Father Alexander actively engages in social activities, promoting the ideas of palliative care and striving to improve the quality of life for terminally ill children. He has authored numerous books and articles on this subject, further contributing to the field.
Director for External Communications
and Project Activities Circle of Kindness Fund
Anna Kudrya is a highly accomplished individual with a diverse background. She graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute and holds a diploma in higher education with a qualification of «engineer-economist» in the specialty of «Information Systems in Economics.»
Anna’s career began in 1994 as a correspondent for the press department of JSC «Agency of Capital Messages.» However, after working in various advertising and marketing agencies, she realized that business alone does not significantly impact the quality of life for those in need. This realization led her to shift her career towards the social sphere.
In February 1997, Anna joined the Moscow Center for Youth Employment and Labor, marking her transition into the social sector. Since 2001, she has been working at the UNICEF Children’s Fund Representation, where she has played a crucial role in establishing stable partnerships for program implementation at the regional level in the Russian Federation. These partnerships involve regional administrations, Children’s Rights Commissioners, NGOs, and state institutions.
From 2013 to the present, Anna has held the position of Development Director at the St. Petersburg Children’s Hospice, demonstrating her commitment to improving the lives of children in need. She is also actively involved in various organizations and institutions dedicated to helping children and families. Anna is a member of the Public Council under the Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Russian Federation, a public assistant to the Chairman of the Russian Federation Commission on Charity, Civic Education, and Social Responsibility, and serves on the boards of trustees and supervisory boards of several NGOs and state institutions.
Currently, Anna Kudrya serves as the Director of External Communications and Project Activities at the «Circle of Kindness» foundation, further contributing to her mission of making a positive impact on society.
After completing her postgraduate studies at the Research Institute of Pediatrics of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, she embarked on a successful career in the medical field. She worked at the Scientific Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology named after academician Kulakov, where she started as a junior researcher and eventually became the deputy director for research.
Throughout her career, she has made significant contributions to the field of medicine. She has published over 260 scientific papers, including the first Russian monograph on perinatal audit. Additionally, she holds 7 copyright certificates and patents for her inventions.
In recognition of her achievements, she was awarded the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in 2011. This prestigious award was given to her for her scientific substantiation, development, and implementation of a system of measures aimed at reducing infant mortality in the Russian Federation.
She has held important positions within the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, serving as the chief neonatologist and the chairman of the Ethics Council. Her expertise and leadership led to her appointment as the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance to Children and the Obstetrics Service, a position she currently holds.
Her work and dedication in the medical field have made a significant impact on improving healthcare and reducing infant mortality in Russia.
The Foundation’s expert council boasts members from the Russian Ministry of Health, renowned doctors, leaders of patient organizations, and prominent public figures. This diverse experience guarantees a well-informed and strategic approach in deciding on the choice of medication and treatment method.