Olga Mrinska is Associate Director, Senior Evaluation Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Originally from Ukraine, her previous roles include: lecturer at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv; Deputy Head of the Ukraine Programme for the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Research Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research North (ippr north); and consultancy for the World Bank, European Commission and other international organisations. Olga is co-founder of Urban Space 500 – a social enterprise in Kyiv where profits are directed towards urban development projects.
Olga’s research interests include: regional economic policy and governance; urban development; innovativeness and competitiveness of cities and regions; multi-national comparative regional studies; and impact investment in transition economies.
Olga has been the RSA Ambassador/representative for Ukraine since 2002.