Olga Afanasyeva

Executive Director, Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
Age 31, Ukraine
for building the bridge between the new generation of talented Ukrainians and global society
startup ecosystem
startup
VC

About Olga Afanasyeva

Olga Afanasyeva was appointed as the Executive Director of Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) in March 2016 and since that has contributed a great sense of personal devotion to the development of Ukrainian venture and business ecosystem.

Olga Afanasyeva has over 8 years’ experience in researching and lecturing at Ukrainian Academy of Banking of the National Bank of Ukraine, University of Greenwich (London, UK), as well as she is Jean Monnet Program lecturer of Erasmus +. She got an experience in corporate governance and international cooperation while working at the International Scientific Publishing House. In 2015 she has been working at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Ms Afanasyeva is the member of EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Working Group “Economic Integration & Convergence with EU Policies", author of more than 50 scientific researches, and 3 books in finance, investments and banking. Olga studied at University of Applied Sciences of the Deutsche Bundesbank, and she is Alumnus of Academy of Capital Market Leaders at Lesław A. Paga Foundation (Poland).

Standing on the point of incorporating global values in emerging Ukrainian venture capital and business ecosystems both as building the bridge between the new generation of talented Ukrainians and global society, Ms Afanasyeva is constantly adopting the experience learned from of international communication, market research, civil society interaction to the development of Ukrainian investment market and venture ecosystem.

Olga Afanasyeva implements various initiatives to let talented Ukrainian startup teams being presented worldwide. Her meritorious performance includes organising workshops and meetings of Ukrainian entrepreneurs with experienced experts from Europe, USA, Canada etc - investors, founders, professionals thereby applying the experience of Western society to the development of Ukrainian entrepreneurship. Significant part of her job is devoted to promoting investment opportunities of Ukraine to global professional community to make the country and its opportunities visible on the world arena.

Being convinced in the bright future of new generation of Ukrainians, cherishing the responsibility and her mission in frames of working as the Executive Director of UVCA, Olga Afanasyeva not only has already become a helper for Ukrainian startups and entrepreneurs, but also looks forward to applying more efforts and personal devotion to the development of Ukraine as the prosperous European country and a dignitive member of CEE region.