Marina Olshanskaya

Regional Technical Advisor: 
Energy, Infrastructure, Technology and Transport

Based in: UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre

From: Russian Federation and Ukraine

Studied at: Central European University, Moscow State Lomonosov University

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Slovak, French


Blond white young woman, blue eyes, smiling, long hair, wearing a grey suit

I'm Marina Olshanskaya, and I work on sustainable energy and climate change along the ancient Silk Road: from Central Asia, through the Southern Caucasus to the Western Balkans


My main areas of expertise:


  1. 1.  Energy efficiency, security and affordability
  2. 2.  Energy and local development
  3. 3.  Climate finance



My work

I'm supporting the development and implementation of UNDP-Global Environmental Facility (GEF) projects related to energy-efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport.

I'm helping UNDP’s partners to understand carbon markets and the benefits of carbon finance via the MDG Carbon Facility. I'm also proud to be part of the United Nations global team working on the Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative.


I primarily work in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  



Some recent achievements

2011 Led a programme on energy efficiency in the building sector for Central Asia and Armenia, which transformed construction policies and practices in favour of more (40 percent and above) energy efficient buildings


2010 Mobilized over $50 million from the Global Environmental Facility for climate change mitigation projects in Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States


2007 Facilitated signature of the MDG Carbon Facility’s first and largest carbon emission reduction project with the Government of Uzbekistan



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Marina in the news


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