Poland 2014 | Women Entrepreneurs in Central and Eastern European Countries

This September, women business leaders representing four Central and Eastern European countries — including Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Belarus — will convene in Warsaw, Poland, for the ninth installation of the Global Ambassadors Program, a week-long mentoring forum. The women entrepreneurs will pair with established women leaders (Ambassadors) from business, media and civil society to discuss strategies to grow and develop their businesses and nonprofit organizations, while navigating challenges associated in regions with emerging economies and developing democracies. The program will build upon a growing community of international leaders dedicated to women’s economic empowerment.
During the program, Ambassadors and their mentees will engage in one-on-one mentoring sessions and discuss opportunities and strategies to address economic, societal and political challenges facing their countries and communities. Ambassadors and mentees will also have the opportunity to visit a local mentee’s business, learning more about the impact her leadership and her business are having on the community, as well as the strategies she uses to succeed in an unstable economy.
To learn more about their journey, read updates on our blog and the featured participant bios below.

Poland Global Ambassadors

Anna Colton
Metro New York / Mid-Atlantic Region Executive, Bank of America
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Mentoring Victoria Butsich

Anna Colton is the Retail Banking Region Executive for the Metro New York / Mid-Atlantic Region for Bank of America. She leads a team of 7,000 employees working at 900 banking centers in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Metro New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In addition, Anna serves as the executive champion for the Preferred and Small Business Banking Employee Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion Council. She also is a member of the bank’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Associate Advisory Council.

Most recently, Anna served as the Small Business Banker National Sales Executive and was responsible for executing the Small Business Banker Sales Model to achieve targeted performance and growth of the segment. She built and led the sales team of approximately 1,000 small business bankers who deliver specialized financial expertise to local small business clients.

Anna has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She joined Bank of America as part of the merger with Fleet Bank as a Market Executive for the Healthcare & Institutions Market in Northern New England. During her career at Fleet and predecessor banks, she was responsible for helping to build the Healthcare & Institutions portfolio and business in New England.
Anna graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Economics. She also holds FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

Anna is the chair of the Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall School board of directors. She was also a past board member of the United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley, the Massachusetts chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a past chair of the Childcare Capital Investment Fund.

She and her husband, Peter, have three children and reside in Winchester, Mass.

Victoria Butsich
Director, ITMINE
Minsk, Belarus

Victoria is the Director of the Education Center, ITMINE, which provides exclusive education in Information Technology in Belarus and Russia. ITMINE is part of a larger family business, owned together with her husband, which includes a user experience and business analysis consulting company and a programming company.

Victoria’s professional path started more than ten years ago, but the real start of her career happened in 2006, when Victoria was hired by one of the most famous security companies in the world – Check Point Technologies LTD. In three years, she grew from Junior Quality Assurance Engineer to Group Manager, where she managed the entire Quality Assurance Department in the Minsk office of the company, and was one of the youngest managers of that level in the entire company.

After working at Check Point Technologies, Victoria moved to the newly opened BitTorrent office in Minsk, and started working as a Product Manager. A couple of months later, she entered an EMBA program. After several months, she decided to switch from product management to people management, and started working at EPAM Systems as an Operations Manager. She left EPAM after one year to start her own business. 

Her main interests include professional development and personal growth, which is why ITMINE’s philosophy is to help its students to grow both professionally and personally. Victoria follows modern coaching techniques in people management, and studied ICC methodology. She believes that people whose professions require creativity and/or high intellectual potential work effectively only if they have inner motivation to achieve their personal goals and desires in life. She believes that employees should share the core values of their employers.

Victoria believes that her personal experience and influence will inspire other people to achieve their personal and career goals, which will eventually improve the society of Belarus, cultivating more active, educated and powerful people who will change the country for the better.

Victoria received her EMBA degree from Kozminski University, Poland. She currently lives in Minsk, Belarus.

Beata Mońka
President of the Management Board, GBC
Warsaw, Poland

Mentoring Elena Lyakh

Beata Mońka graduated from the the Warsaw School of Economics, and is an economist by trade. She is on the faculty of Foreign Trade at the Warsaw School of Economics, and the business faculty at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

Beata has been active in the Polish market for over 20 years. Previously, she managed multi-person teams and comprehensive projects at Omnicom group, where she was deputy managing director and a member of the company operations board. Next, as a board member and managing director of Axel Springer Poland, she was responsible for growing the company’s business. For nearly six years, she was the president of the management board and CEO of the communication group from the WPP holding Young & Rubicam Brands, Poland. Young and Rubicam Brands was awarded advertising group of the year twice in a row.

In May 2011, she was appointed president of the management board and CEO of CANAL+ Cyfrowy, the operator of CYFRA+ digital platform and the broadcaster of the premium television channels CANAL+, CANAL+ Film, CANAL+ Sport, CANAL+ GOL and CANAL+ Weekend. They also operate the thematic channels ale kino+, PLANETE+, MiniMini+, teleTOON+ / Hyper+, Kuchnia+ and Domo+. In 2012, she was CEO during the biggest media transaction in Poland between ITI Neovision and Group Canal+.

Since October 2013, Beata has served as president of the management board of GBC, the biggest economics publishing house in Poland. She is the owner of the most quoted daily economics publication, “Rzeczpospolita,” a media publication for investors and stock exchange traders called “Parkiet,” a weekly magazine called “Bloomberg BusinessWeek Polska,” a monthly business magazine titled “Sukces,” as well as an internet business portal-building multimedia company.

She is proud to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and corporate social responsibility in each entity under her management by doing pro bono research for foundations and supporting their development through donations.

Elena Lyakh
Head, Agency of Economic Development of Togliatti City
Togliatti City, Russia

Elena Lyakh has worked at the Agency of Economic Development since 2013 and has been head of this organization for several months. The Agency of Economic Development is a managing company of the Togliatti Business Incubator. The goal of the Togliatti Business Incubator is to provide high-quality services to business projects at their earliest stages. The Business Incubator makes it possible to start a greenfield project by acquiring the office space, infrastructure, contacts and communications in the associated environment. They also provide a multitude of educational programs for start-ups.

In November 2013, Togliatti Business Incubator was named “the best classical business incubator” at the International Entrepreneurial Week in Russia.

Prior to joining the Agency of Economic Development, Elena was a Deputy Director of the biggest city business center in the private sector, “Qvadrat.” She was responsible for increasing the quantity of tenants, and managing economic activities, among other duties. She has considerable experience in and commitment to the fields of employee and organizational development.

She is actively involved in the city at local and regional levels. She participates in forums and conferences as an organizer and expert.

Elena is married with a son and a daughter.

Beata Pawlowska
Managing Director, Oriflame Poland
Warsaw, Poland

Mentoring Katerina Cronstedt

Beata Pawlowska is a management executive with over fifteen years of experience in start-ups and turnaround companies. Her experience includes a strong track record in general management, change management, strategy development, organizational structure building, company fundamentals, external relations and public relations. She has also worked in mergers and acquisitions.

Beata has work experience in top corporate, private and entrepreneurial businesses such as Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company, International Paper Company and Royal Unibrew. She has also worked in private companies listed on the stock exchange, such as Hoop SA and Selena FM SA.

Successful in different business sectors such as fast-moving consumer goods (food and non-food) and the construction industry, she is an innovative leader with the ability to identify strategic acquisition prospects to gain market share and capitalize on market opportunities in order to drive revenues, profits and growth.

Through her experiences, Beata has become a proactive and results-oriented professional with strong management skills and extensive operating experience in multinational and multi-industry environments. She is a charismatic team builder and coach, as well as an achievement driven manager who has operated in culturally diverse environments and complex organizations.

Beata is a professional expert with practical experience in creating and developing new brands and products, such as Velvet, Kropla Beskidu, Hoop Cola, Arctic, Łomża, Shade Cider and Tytan. During her time spent at international corporations, she has developed her skills and knowledge in managing total value chains, including sales, marketing, production, logistics, finance, legal and public relations.

Beata has managed companies in many different cultures and markets, including the US, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China and Finland.

Katerina Cronstedt
CEO & Founder, Katerina.ru
Moscow, Russia

Katerina is the Founder and CEO of a dinner kit company in Moscow, which she created in accordance with the Swedish Model. She has amassed over one thousand customers in six months, and delivered over three thousand grocery bags. Before the success of Katerina.ru, Katerina worked in fashion and hotel management for fifteen years.

Katerina graduated from the University of the Arts in 2005 with a Bachelors of Arts in Womenswear Technology and Design. She founded the company, A Mass Uniform Design, in 1998 and has sold products in over ten countries. As CEO, she supervised production in Estonia and managed the company’s expansion. Katerina has used her fashion skills at various brands, including H&M and the Melon Fashion Group. At H&M, she worked as a designer and print developer. A year later, she became brand manager for the “Zarina” brand. She led the creation of an imports department, overseeing an increase in imports from 0 to 50% of goods in one year.

In 2006, she began working in hotel management at UMACO Management. She served as the managing director from 2008-2014. She was responsible for the opening of Katerina Park Hotel in 2010, overseeing the staff, operations, and reconstruction of the hotel. By the second year of operations, Katerina Park Hotel grossed $10 million USD, and is currently rated #10 of all hotels in Moscow on Tripadvisor. It is the highest rated 4 star hotel. She was trained in hotel management at Scandic Park Hotel, the largest Scandinavian business class hotel chain, and at Cornell University, where she attended a strategic management course.

Katerina has global experience in management, having lived and worked in England, Sweden and Russia. She has strong organizational skills and a record of achieving high staff efficiency. She has a passion for business optimization, which shows through her incredible work ethic and various successes with hotel management.

Katerina is married with children, and enjoys traveling and endurance sports. She is fluent in Russian, Swedish and English.

Eileen O’Connor
Former CNN Correspondent and Lawyer
Washington, DC, United States
Mentoring Natalia Skobnikova

Eileen O’Connor is the deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia and senior director of Communications and Public Diplomacy in the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Eileen manages strategic communications and supports critical foreign policy goals through approximately $220 million in public diplomacy programs that build capacity in civil society and government institutions, counter violent extremism, expand information access, and improve education. She served in a similar role in Embassy Kabul from May 2011 to July 2012.

Previously, Eileen spent 24 years as an award-winning on-air reporter, producer, and bureau chief for ABC News and CNN, covering the White House and conflicts in Bosnia, Chechnya, Northern Ireland, Israel, Ossetia, Ingushetia and the fall of Communism from bases in London, Moscow, Tokyo and Washington.

Between her news and diplomatic careers Eileen worked as an attorney specializing in legal crisis management for high profile litigation, investigations and controversies both in the U.S. and abroad. She served as president of the International Center for Journalists, a nonprofit that trains journalists in emerging democracies, and provided other pro bono services to the Center for Justice and Accountability, the Women’s Refugee Commission and Vital Voices Global Partnership.

Natalia Skobnikova
CEO, DSF Logistic
Minsk, Belarus

Since 2011, Natalia has served as the CEO of DSF Logistic GmbH. She holds a trade license for the international transportation of goods.

Natalia has been active in business in Central and Eastern Europe for the past fourteen years. She served as Project Manager of Habau Hoch-und Tiefbauges m.b.H. in Austria for twelve years, where she oversaw international business in Eastern Europe through two offices located in Minsk and Moscow.

She founded and supervised the Russian Habau subsidiaries Hastroy, in Moscow, and Austrotech GmbH, in Smolensk. At Hastroy and Austrotech, she was responsible for the preparation of documents for the foundation, registration, licensing and negotiations with public authorities of the Russian Federation.

During her time at Habau, she also founded the joint venture Belstrojtransgas-Habau in Minsk, Belarus. At Belstrojtansgas-Habau, she supervised the company and was in charge of reports for associates. Her other joint venture work includes Kenkijak-Atyrau in Kazakhstan, the Druzhba pipeline in Belarus, the Jamal-Europa compressor stations in Belarus, and the Ostsibierien-Pazifik, in the Irkutsk region of Russia.

She also worked on the Kstovo-Jaroslawlj-Kirischi-Primorsk station near St. Petersburg for removing mineral oil products. On this project, Natalia worked on contract management with both the joint-stock company and the subcontractors, among many other licensing, accounting and assessment responsibilities.

Natalia was born in Belarus and received her MBA from the IPM Institute in 2007. She also holds a law degree from Juristic Academy Moskva. Natalia is fluent in Russian, German, Belorussian and English. She is married and has a ten year old son.

Galina Melnikova
Owner & Managing Partner, HR Partners, Ltd. and the Open Door Club International
Partner, Institute OD and Change Management
Moscow, Russia

Mentoring Tatiana Semikop

Galina Melnikova is an independent director on the Boards of Directors of several state-owned enterprises. She is the owner and the Managing Partner of HR Partners, Ltd. (founded in 2002) and the Open Door Club International (2014); and Partner at the Institute OD and Change Management (USA). She has been a member of the HR Committee and Social Responsibility Committee on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Her main professional areas include general management, business development, project supervision, employee relations, interaction management, situational leadership and transformational change. Her expertise covers HR functions, start-ups, compliance, benchmarking, strategy implementation, executive search and selection, motivation and career management. Galina is a certified coach and a professional advisor.

Earlier in her career, she was a CEO of ABB Electroengineering, working both in Moscow and Zurich. She also served as principal and the head of HR Consulting with Ernst & Young, where she established HR consulting practices for major banking, telecom and fast-moving consumer goods businesses in Russia and worldwide. Before that, Galina was a Vice President and a Chief Human Resources Officer with Citibank, responsible for overseeing HR policies and tailoring them to the local market, ensuring the established procedures were in full compliance with corporate policies and local regulations. She was also central in providing "peer" partnership on Human Capital projects. She implemented a grade and pay system, reward process, internal communication programs, as well as management, associate and internship programs.

Her background includes public affairs and philanthropic work. For more than ten years, Galina has been a member of the AmCham in Russia and was awarded “Best Co-Chair” of its Human Resources Committee. For ten years, she was a member and a Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Operation Smile in Russia. She was a Co-Founder and Vice President for the HR Professional League of Russia and a member of the Moscow International Business Association.

Tatiana Semikop
Head of the Public Movement, “Faith, Hope, Love”
Odessa, Ukraine

Tatiana’s current obligations are twofold. She serves as the head of the public movement “Faith, Hope, Love”, as well as the main director of the newspaper, “Here and Now.” She began working for “Faith, Hope, Love” in 1997, and quickly became the chairwoman. “Here and Now” is a newspaper that circulates among people living with HIV/AIDS, intravenous drug users and prisoners.

Most of Tatiana’s work revolves around the prevention of and education about HIV/AIDS in her region. She has served on multiple boards in the last 15 years for various organizations working towards the elimination of HIV/AIDS. Through her work, she has garnered many awards, the most recent of which was the Police Medal for Children’s Rights from the International NGO, Union Generals of Internal Affairs. She was also given the Order of MIA Ukraine of Honor in 2010.

Tatiana is the author and co-author of many pieces on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and is currently assisting with research on eight different research projects. 

Beyond her work with HIV/AIDS, Tatiana began as a Russian language and literature teacher for a secondary school in Odessa in 1982. In 1985, she started working for the police in Odessa. She held the position of the Chief of Criminal Police for the Children at the Main Ministry of the Interior in Odessa until 2011.

Tatiana received her PhD from the Odessa State Institute of the Interior in Legal Psychology, and is a licensed psychologist. She studied history and philology at Nalchik National University, Russia, where she graduated with honors.

Lidia Adamska
Business Consultant, Lidia Adamska Business Consulting
Warsaw, Poland

Mentoring Joanna Janczycka

Lidia Adamska holds a PhD in Economics from Warsaw University and graduated with distinction. She started her professional career working as a lecturer-assistant in the Warsaw University Department of Economics, conducting lectures and seminars for students.

She gained in-depth experience and knowledge of the Polish economy while working for the administrative organizations that supported the transition from a communist economy to a market economy. As a Liaison Officer for the Industrial Development Agency, Lidia was responsible for project implementation with UNIDO, the British Know-How Fund and EEC Phare Programme. She also worked for the Polish Agency for Foreign Investment, where she coordinated relations between Polish companies and foreign investors.

Lidia joined the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 1994. Between 2006 and 2013 she was the WSE board member and CFO responsible for WSE and WSE Capital Group financials, the financial content for Investor Relations, relations with international clients and business partners, and foreign companies in Central and Eastern Europe planning to be listed in Warsaw. She was also responsible for administration and financial education activities. Lidia effectively controlled the financials of mergers and acquisitions and bond issues for PLN 245 million. In 2010, she went on an international road show, traveling to London, Frankfurt, Vienna, Geneva, Dubai, New York and Boston to attract foreign investors for the successful IPO of WSE in 2010. Lidia was also responsible for a quarterly IR road show both in Poland and abroad in cities like London, Frankfurt and New York.

Presently, Lidia works as a business consultant, advising companies on restructuring as well as fundraising projects. She is also active in the venture capital and private equity business.
Since 2009, Lidia has been very involved in the Congress of Women. She is a member of the Program Board and represents the Congress during international events, including the Global Summit of Women in Malaysia in 2013. She has initiated and managed annual reports on female board participation in publicly listed companies. Recently, she completed a report on female board participation in Poland and other European Union countries. Lidia was also nominated as one of the Women Entrepreneurship Ambassadors of 2014 in Poland, the initiative inspired by the European Commission’s project of the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors, which focuses on providing role models that will inspire and encourage women to set up their own businesses.

Lidia is an excellent manager, organizer and public speaker. She holds a title of Distinguished Benefactor and Institutional Member of the International Atlantic Economic Society, which supports scientific research and cooperation between economists. She speaks fluent English and Russian, as well as basic German. Her interests are politics, macroeconomics, Russia and states of the former Soviet Union. She is also a long distance and marathon runner.

Joanna Janczycka
Advisor to the President, ARMA
Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Janczycka graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She completed postgraduate studies in negotiation and other alternate dispute resolutions at the University of Warsaw. She completed her doctoral studies at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Institute of Political Science. She was involved in the internal audit of the public finances sector at the University of Economics and Computer Science in Warsaw, and also has a postgraduate degree from the First School of Ombudsmen for Equal Treatment, supported by the Ombudsman for Civic Rights in Poland.

She has been an employee of the Agency of Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (ARMA) since 2002, and an advisor to the President of the ARMA since 2007. The scope of her tasks includes conducting projects at a level of strategic importance for the Agency; preparing analyses and reports containing solution proposals for the chosen areas of the ARMA; issuing opinions about the drafts of ordinances, decisions and internal regulations; collaborating with the controlling state bodies, and also with law enforcement and administrations of justice.

She is the chairwoman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Employees of Public Institutions, including, among others, the Trade Union of the Employees of the Agricultural Agencies and Institutions. She is also the chairwoman of the Trade Union of the Employees of the Agency of Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture – the largest trade union organization in the ARMA, having its structures in every county in the territory of the Republic of Poland. She is a member of the Central Management Board of the Forum of Trade Unions.

She is the founder and the President of the international association, “Bank of Social Initiatives.” The association works to support rural areas by promoting a positive image of the countryside and the importance of agriculture in society; facilitating farmers’ access to services; promoting the conservation of natural resources in rural areas; and contributing to an increase in the profitability and attractiveness of production and services in a household.

Through her many experiences in the professional world, Joanna has developed excellent analytical and communication skills. She often works in groups, and succeeds in high pressure environments. She is a member of the Working Group for the National Network of Rural Areas of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Joanna is interested in social and economic issues, international social dialogue, and international relations and diplomacy. Beyond her professional interests, Joanna enjoys traveling, theater, horse-back riding, golf, tennis and skiing. She is fluent in English and Polish, and has studied both Russian and French.

Lorna R. Sabbia
Managing Director, Head of Managed Solutions, Bank of America
New York, NY, United States

Mentoring Agnieszka Bilińska

Lorna Sabbia is a 19-year veteran with the firm and is currently Head of Managed Solutions for Global Wealth & Investment Management at Bank of America. In this role, Lorna is responsible for overseeing the discretionary and non-discretionary fee-based investment platforms, the global mutual fund and ETF offerings across all channels, and relationship management with third-party investment partners, as well as the firm’s wealth management specialist team. 

Prior to this role, Lorna served as head of the Client Solutions Group, leading all Investments & Wealth Management and Wealth Structuring specialists and support desks, the Portfolio Strategies Desk, Annuity and Life Insurance Product management, in addition to the management of investment partner and insurance carrier relationships.

In May 2011, Lorna was chosen as one of 44 employees across the company to serve as a Catalyst Team member for Project New BAC, an enterprise-wide initiative to increase revenue, simplify and streamline work, and align expenses.

Before joining the Client Solutions Group, Lorna was head of Sales and Marketing for Merrill Lynch Trust Company, where she led a team in providing trust, estate and philanthropic planning for Financial Advisors and clients nationwide. From 2002 to 2006, Lorna served as National Sales Manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Prior to this, Lorna was a specialist for nearly eight years in two markets, New York and New England, across three different disciplines.

Lorna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. She currently sits on the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council at Bank of America. Additionally, Lorna is a Certified Investment Management Analyst, as well as a Board Member and Chair-Elect for the Money Management Institute. In 2013, she was named to the “10 to Watch” list by Rep Magazine.

Agnieszka Bilińska
CEO & Founder, Vital Voices Poland
Warsaw, Poland

Agnieszka Bilińska currently serves as CEO and is one of the founders of Vital Voices Poland. She also works as Partner at RSQ Management, which owns the CEO Round Table forum of CEOs and board members from the biggest companies in Poland. Agnieszka is actively involved in the business community in Warsaw, most recently serving as President of the Management Board of the Polish Professional Women’s Network (PWnet) from 2009 to 2011. Previously, she served as Managing Director and board member of the Scandinavian–Polish Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2009 and the Budget and Administration Manager of Scandinavian Tobacco A/S from 1993 to 2002. She started her professional career at PwC after graduating with an MBA in Strategic Management at the Polish Open University in Warsaw and the London School of Public Relations. Agnieszka Bilińska is an alumnae of the US Department of State Program, “Women in Leadership: Advancing Women as Corporate Leaders and as Entrepreneurs” in 2011. She is a mentor and business trainer, as well as a certified executive and life coach. She speaks fluent English and basic Russian. Agnieszka’s daughters Alice and Alex are 12 and 6 respectively.

Sheri Bronstein
Global Banking & Markets and International Human Resources Executive, Bank of America
New York, NY, United States

Mentoring Olena Galushko

Sheri Bronstein is the Human Resources Executive for Global Banking and Markets and the regions which include Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and Canada. In this role, she serves as a strategic advisor and is responsible for all HR delivery across these lines of businesses and regions. Sheri is a member of the GBAM Operating Committee, and the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Sheri joined Bank of America as a Human Resources Executive in 2000 and has held various roles since. She has supported Global Markets, Global Investment Banking, Latin America and International HR as a Senior HR Executive. Prior to joining Bank of America, Sheri worked at JP Morgan, and her roles included: head of Campus Recruiting, HR generalist for Fixed Income and Global Markets Compensation Executive.

Sheri is based in New York City and holds an undergraduate degree from Colby College, Waterville, ME and an MBA from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She is a member of the Governing Board of Directors of the Robert Toigo Foundation. Away from work, Sheri enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, as well as skiing.

Olena Galushko
Partner & International Development Director, Association of Private Investors
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Olena Galushko was born in 1977 in Ukraine. She is CEO at Arlen LLC Consulting Company, which she founded in 2000. She has also been a Partner and International Development Director at the Association of Private Investors of Ukraine since 2007. Prior to starting her own business, she worked as an economist, finance expert on international trade and chief of the Research and Development Department in several Ukrainian companies.
Olena also engages in scientific research, and has published 47 scientific articles on management, marketing, finance and global market development. She frequently participates in international conferences, teaches training and master classes, and contributes to round table discussions and expert boards. She is an expert at the annual national “Innovation Breakthrough” competition, a member of the Investment board of Donetsk region and a Board member at the National Platform of Small and Medium Business.
Olena received her M.Sc. with honors in Economics of Enterprise in 1999 from the State Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine. She also received additional degrees in political science and foreign language studies for both English and German. In 2003, she completed a postgraduate program in Economy, Organization and Management of Enterprises at Pridneprovsk State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. She is working towards her PhD.


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