Iryna Ozymok photo

Iryna Ozymok

Iryna Ozymok photo
Local Economic Development Director

Iryna leads the Local Economic Development Program, under which Ukraine-Moldova American Enterprise Fund supports local projects with economic and social impact. In particular, the e-public procurement system ProZorro, 1991 Open Data Incubator, CANactions School of Urban Studies, reconstruction of schools in the post-war territory, the projects “Hub Schools”, and New School Menu. In Moldova, the program supported the development of the MTender e-procurement system.

Iryna is a founder of the International Mayors Summit, a knowledge exchange platform for local government leaders, a place where projects and partnerships are born. UMAEF organizes the International Mayors Summit since 2016. Also, for five consecutive years, UMAEF supports Technovation Girls, a women’s leadership program through IT entrepreneurship, and Iryna became a Regional Ambassador of the project in Ukraine.

Previously, Iryna was a Director General at ADETEF, a public agency of French international technical assistance under the Ministry of Finance of France that ensures intergovernmental cooperation between the two countries at the national and regional levels in the field of public finance, audit, public service reform, energy efficiency and transport. Prior to that, she had experience working in bilateral cooperation projects between Ukraine and the EU to approach European integration of Ukraine.

In 2014, Iryna conducted a study on the role of graduates of foreign universities as change agents in Ukraine, the results of which were provided to the team of reformers at the Presidential Administration.

In 2021, Iryna published the first book for children, “The City Is Me,” which was recognized among the best books of 2021 by PEN Ukraine, and awarded by Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2022. The book inspired several projects in youth urban education.

As a Master of Advanced European Studies at the College of Europe (Warsaw), Iryna taught European integration policy at the National Academy of Public Administration, where she was doing her thesis. Iryna periodically publishes columns in Ukrainska Pravda and NV.

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