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Olga Bielkova
Member of Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine), Member of the Committee on Finance and Banking of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the head of the subcommittee on the functioning of payment systems and e-commerce.

Olga was elected as a Member of the Parliament in Ukraine and started her duties on 12 November 2012 being part of the political party and Parliament fraction “UDAR V. Klychko”. Before elections she was one of the Managing Partners of – startup business accelerator in Kyiv. Before joining Eastlabs, Olga Bielkova was part of the executive management team for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. As Director 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. 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 Bielkova 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.

Entries by Olga Bielkova

When Politicians Struggle to Find a Pathway to Peace, Business Must Step It Up

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:41 AM

It's hard to disagree that with great power comes great responsibility. And, in today's world, much of the power resides with global business. Nowhere is it more apparent than in Davos. Last week, I took part in a special session of the WEF, which was designed to bring business elites...

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Economic Success of Ukraine: A Shared Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:30 PM

A number of "prophecies" made by the world's leading analysts spelled doom for the Ukrainian economy, and today, indeed, it is teetering on the edge. While the IMF, the international donors, and investors alike recognize the risk of putting money in Ukraine, I wanted to highlight an opportunity. Not just...

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From Holodomor to Maidan: How the Kremlin 'Brotherly Love' Cost Ukraine Millions of Lives

(10) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 9:14 PM

The problem with history is twofold: it tends to repeat itself, yet we never learn from it. On Friday, Ukrainians have gathered on Maidan (the Independence Square in the center of Kyiv) to honor the Heavenly Brigade who gave up their lives defending our dignity. On Sunday, we commemorated the...

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Three Reasons We Need a Parliamentary Election in Ukraine

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 7:03 PM

First. It reflects the desires of our citizens. There is no inherent value in any mechanism of authority, unless there is popular support for it. About 70 percent of Ukrainians are in favor of early parliamentary elections, and it must be scheduled this fall. If for no other reason, we...

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How Many Plane Crashes Will It Take for the Terror To End?

(3) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 7:36 PM

On July 17th , the world was shaken to the core when a Malaysian airliner was shot down by a ground-to-air missile, which is widely believed to have been fired by the Russian-backed terrorists of a self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR). On July 18th, nearly every pundit who has been...

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Putin adesso richiami i ribelli filorussi

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 7:24 AM

Kiev - Il mio cuore sanguina per le vittime innocenti del volo della Malaysia Airlines precipitato lo scorso 17 luglio. Non c'è nessuno in Ucraina che non abbia pianto per questa tragedia. Per mesi abbiamo pianto la morte dei figli e delle figlie ucraini, ed ora che l'offensiva...

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Putin Needs to Call Out Pro-Russian Rebels

(24) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 1:58 PM

KIEV -- My heart is bleeding for the innocent victims who died in a crash of a Malaysian airliner two days ago. This tragedy left no one in Ukraine without tears. For many months, we have been mourning the death of the sons and daughters of Ukraine, and now that...

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The Vicious Art of Swapping Words for Deeds, or Who Will Hold Mr. Putin Accountable?

(17) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 8:39 PM

While some celebrate the cooling of Kremlin's incriminating rhetoric towards Ukraine, the bloodshed in Donbas continues. Pundits are fooled, willingly or not, by the smoke and mirrors, such as Russian Duma revoking the use of force authorization law, as they forget to focus on the hard evidence. The...

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What Do Ukrainians Really Want From Russia?

(43) Comments | Posted June 1, 2014 | 9:17 PM

Many in the West who have been following the news from my homeland may have been wondering about Russia's objectives in Ukraine. What is it that Putin really wants? Isn't it striking that every other op-ed seems to offer a hypothesis about it, but barely anybody is inquiring into what...

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Ukraine: What We Have Learned This Winter

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 3:21 PM

What differentiates a free people from the oppressed? Is it independent media? A strong civil society? Universal suffrage? All those matter, but, at the fundamental level, the difference boils down to one thing, and one thing only: the ability and willingness of the citizens to take personal responsibility for their...

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Beware of the Putin-Rendum

(8) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 3:25 PM

In early November, every four years, Americans go to the polls to elect a president. This is an integral part of a checks-and-balances system on which America is built, but much of the world doesn't have that luxury. Such simplicity, predictability, and basic guarantee of voice to the ordinary citizens,...

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Helping Ukraine: How?

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 10:14 PM

On June 29, 2009, Bernie Madoff, who came to symbolize the vices of the 1 percenters in America, was sentenced to 150 years in prison. He defrauded his clients of $18 billion and got what he deserved when justice finally caught up with him. But imagine a different scenario where...

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