The WICT Companion Network

By now you are all aware of the devastating effects that the war in Ukraine is having on people’s lives. According to UNHRC figures, more than 3,4 million citizens (mostly women and children) have since fled the country and are seeking refuge and employment in European countries.

With the government requiring men aged 18-60 to stay, it is now up to women to find employment and support their families and older relatives. Ukrainians are eligible to work throughout the 27-nation bloc for up to 3 years.

Recently, we rebranded WICT to ”The WICT Network” and I find the new description of our organization as “network” quite apt during these times. Professional Ukrainian women in the Media, Entertainment and Technology industries are looking for employment and I believe that we can all tap into our networks to help them find employment and settle in their new countries.

As a result, we have, together with 3 Ukrainian colleagues living in the Netherlands, created the WICT Companion Network, allowing our members to offer their time to professionals landing in their countries. This “buddy system” will ask you to assist your companion in finding employment, offer help with adapting in a new country or just to be a friend and answer questions about our industries. Needs are different, but we believe that you can all offer so much. This is not a formal mentorship or coaching programme, but an opportunity to give back and support someone in an unfortunate situation that could have happened to any of us.

Eke Vermeer
President of The WICT Network Europe

How to get involved?
Click on one of the buttons below to apply for a Companion or become a WICT Companion. We will match you with someone in a similar industry or field.


Mariia Mykhailiuk: I am Ukrainian living in the Netherlands for 7,5 years. I work as a Recruiter at Philips recruiting for digital marketing, marketing and communications roles. I have 10+ years experience in international recruitment (Ukraine, Netherlands, Belgium, UK). I have hired talent for Philips, Canon, Electrolux, Danone, IBM and many other international companies. I understand the e-to-e recruitment process in large international corporations. I have done 1000+ interviews and hired 500+ people. I can help with job search strategy, creating CV and updating LinkedIn profile & salary negotiations. I have an affinity with the creative industry, because in my free time I write short stories and novels.

Anna Bilenka: I am a Ukrainian living in the Netherlands. This summer, I released my first novel and have been to Ukraine for two months, doing book presentations all around the country. Before the war, I built content-marketing strategies for different brands and worked on theatre play in Ukraine. I also ran an international book club for seven years. Right now, all my energy goes to help Ukraine. My whole family is in Chernihiv, one of the most heavily attacked cities in Ukraine.

Elisa Viaud: I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. I’m Organisational Psychologist and Strategic Talent Advisor. I spent last 15 years interviewing and hiring candidates for companies like Uber, Tesla and worked for world top Executive Search firms in Europe, Middle East and Africa markets.  I’m certified Performance Coach (ICF, PCC) and completed several Executive Programmes at MIT Sloan and Yale School of Management. In addition to my professional experience I have a broad network of HR Professionals,  Startups and Scaleups Executives who will be interested in helping Ukrainian talent to find suitable positions.