Olga was elected as a Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Member of the Parliament of Ukraine) and will work full time in the 7th Rada of Ukraine starting December 2012.
Before joining Eastlabs, Olga Belkova was part of the executive management team for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. As Diector of International Programs at the Foundation, she led projects for Ukraine’s integration into the global community, supervised the international grant-making activity, and worked closely with several well known international organizations such as International Crisis Group, Brookings Institute, Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Amicus Europae Foundation. Olga Belkova directly oversaw the largest privately funded Ukrainian scholarship initiative, the WorldWideStudies, designed to support young talented Ukrainians pursuing their Master’s degrees in leading universities outside Ukraine. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Financial and Administrative Director for the Land O’Lakes, a USAID-funded agricultural marketing project in Ukraine. Olga also worked as Deputy Director for the Junior Achievement International branch in Ukraine, introducing economic education to more than 30,000 students in 500 high schools throughout Ukraine. Olga Belkova is a Harvard Mason Fellow and holds a Master of Public Administration by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from the Kyiv Shevchenko National University and a degree in economics from the Cherkassy State Engineering University.