Operations Manager at UNDP Ukraine since 1 April 2021
Agnes has over 15 years of experience in UN Operations Management. Before joining UNDP Ukraine, she served as a Programme Finance Assistant (1997 – 2002) and later as a Head of Resource Management Unit (2001 – 2014) of UNDP Bratislava Regional Center. In 2014 Agnes supported UNFPA CO in Sierra Leone as Operations Manager during the Ebola outbreak.
Since 2015, Agnes has been working in Pakistan as Operations Manager initially with UNFPA, and as of November 2018 with UNDP.
She holds a master’s degree of Environmental Chemistry and Technologies from the Slovak Technical University, Bratislava.
Programme Specialist, Democratic Governance (Team Leader) since April 2020
Olena has been working with UNDP Ukraine for over 15 years now. Throughout these years, she has coordinated projects and initiatives aimed at advancing the democratic policies and practices needed to accelerate progress on sustainable human development. These included support for enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations for participating in decision-making, advancing democratic reforms and promoting human rights; promoting openness, transparency and accountability of state bodies and local governments through open data, open budgets, and citizen-driven innovations for better public services. Prior to joining UNDP Ukraine, from 2001 to 2004, Olena worked with private consultancy firm Continent-Consulting Ltd, supporting consultancy projects for the local and regional authorities of Ukraine.
Olena holds a diploma in Finance from Ostroh Academy National University. She is married and has three children.
“My work at UNDP Ukraine has been driven by a strong passion to transform Ukraine into a country with effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, capable of providing quality public services and ensuring access to justice for all, ultimately leading to a decent quality of life.”
Team Leader for the Inclusive Development, Recovery, and Peacebuilding (IDRPB) portfolio since April 2023
Maria has more than 10 years of professional experience in the development sector. Her main area of expertise relates to area-based development, recovery, peacebuilding, and restoration of infrastructure. Since 2018 Maria provided quality assurance and oversight to the IDRPB portfolio as Programme Analyst and covered partnership building, resource mobilization, and day-to-day management during the portfolio's transition period. She joined UNDP in 2012 as Executive Assistant, performed programme support/RBM functions, and practiced in area-based implementation as Innovative Governance Officer with the CBA-III project. Maria is a member of the Local Staff Association. She started her professional path with the national think tank International Centre for Policy Studies (ICPS) and the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
Maria holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the Institute of International Relations (Taras Shevchenko National University). Among her hobbies are psychology, theatre, and traveling. She can be reached at email@example.com.