Message from the First Lady of Ukraine

The summit will take place in extraordinary times. Times when all countries, regardless of their level of development, are facing enormous challenges without exception. Challenges can be tackled only through joint efforts.

There is a role and place for First Ladies and Gentlemen on this path. The “soft power” of the First Ladies, who have no actual political power, is capable of changing the surrounding reality. The spouses of Heads of State achieve the set goal and get the expected result not by engaging in politics, but through humanitarian projects and social connections.

In the new reality, it is soft power with firm decisions that can help the world. Welcome to the first Kyiv Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen!

Olena Zelenska

First lady of Ukraine,

host of the Summit

Summit’s mission

Kyiv Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen is held to create an international platform to exchange experiences and implement joint projects for the well-being of people in the world

Summit’s goal

  • to bring together First Ladies and Gentlemen to create an international platform to exchange experiences and implement joint projects for the well-being of people in the world;
  • to discuss current issues of the day and the activities of First Ladies and Gentlemen to address them;
  • make the voice of each individual First Lady and Gentleman more influential;

Issues to discuss:


  • Where to get inspiration, energy and powers?
  • How to turn a crisis into opportunity? 
  • What to do in the world where every nation faces similar challenges?

Participants: First Ladies and Gentlemen


  • What is the role of the First Lady/Gentleman in improving public health?
  • How to make education universally accessible in the new reality? 
  • How you contribute to the world without barries and discrimination?

Key topics: Health, Education and Equal opportunities.

  • The future of the education system: opening new schools vs “internetization” of the learning process
  • Online education as a new established practice: development of certified national online curricula; retraining and adaptation of teachers
  • The question of quality of online education
  • Accessibility of on-line learning: availability of high speed internet and gadgets
  • Psychological adaptation: development and implementation of mental health programmes, psychological support and rehabilitation programmes
  • Vaccine availability and transparency of vaccine distribution
  • Vaccine promotion programmes
Equal opportunities
  • The issue of gender equality
  • Domestic and gender-based violence
  • Women’s economic empowerment

Participants: First Ladies and Gentlemen and invited experts

Guests and Speakers
First Ladies
Olena Zelenska

First Lady of Ukraine
Founder of the Summit

Andra Levite

First Lady
of the Republic of Latvia

Diana Nausėdienė

First Lady
of the Lithuanian Republic

Claudine Aoun

Daughter of the President
of the Lebanese Republic

Tamara Vučić

First Lady
of the Republic of Serbia

Amélie Derbaudrenghien Michel

Spouse of the President
of the European Council

Michal Herzog

First Lady
of the State of Israel

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Elke Büdenbender

First Lady
of the Federal Republic of Germany

Michelle Bolsonaro

First Lady
of the Federative Republic of Brazil

Claudia Vanessa Dobles Camargo

First Lady
of the Republic of Costa Rica

Sanja Music Milanovic

First Lady
of the Republic of Croatia

Sahraa Karimi

An Afghan film director and producer. Сhairperson of the state-owned Afghan Film movie production company.

Robin Wright

Robin Wright An actress and a devoted advocate for the women of eastern Congo subjected to sexual violence during conflict, amplifying their voices due to her off-screen influence.

Photo Credit Édouard Caupeil
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a former trader, had spent 21 years as a risk taker before becoming a researcher of philosophical, mathematical, and mostly practical problems involving probability. Author of a multivolume essay Incerto.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General of the World Health Organization. He held a number of leading positions in the area of global health care, including as Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Maria Efrosinina

TV presenter, Honorary Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund, co-founder of the Charity Weekend Festival.

Kateryna Levchenko

Ukrainian Government Commissioner for Gender Policy. Member of the Public Council for Human Rights under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Chairman of the Board of the La Strada International Association.

Viktor Liashko

A Ukrainian doctor. Minister of Health of Ukraine. Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine. Honored Doctor of Ukraine.

Zoya Lytvyn

Ukrainian public figure, Chair of the Osvitoria Public Association, founder of the Novopechersk School and the Global Teacher Prize Ukraine. Since 2010, she has been helping children in orphanages to acquire professional skills and adapt to life as part of society.

Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Since 2002, he has been in charge of the PISA program.

Ăsa Regnér

Deputy Executive Director, UN Women. She has been dealing with the issues of enhancing the rights and opportunities of women and gender equality for long-lasting and sustainable development.

Yana Panfilova

CEO Teenergizer, Ukrainian activist born with HIV. She addressed a special session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS.

Summit's Documents


On 23 August 2021, Kyiv will host the first international summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen.

The location of the summit is the National Sanctuary Complex “Sophia of Kyiv”, located in the heart of the Ukrainian capital. The choice of the site is not accidental: Sophia of Kyiv is the birthplace of Ukrainian statehood, and it was here that Anna Yaroslavna, a Rus’ princess, Queen of France and a great-grandmother of many foreign kings and queens, was born and grew up. Anne of Kiev may be considered the prototype of the modern First Lady.


Office of the President
of Ukraine


of Foreign Affairs
of Ukraine

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