Olga Afanasyeva serves as the Executive Director of UVCA. Financial Times and Google nominated as a Changemaker New Europe 100 in 2016. In 2017, Olga was appointed as Ukraine’s Ambassador of Women in Venture Capital. Olga holds a Ph.D. in Finance at the Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine. She has been studying at the University of Applied Sciences of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Academy of Capital Market Leaders at Lesław A. Paga Foundation (Poland). Olga has 8 years of experience lecturing at Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine, University of Greenwich (London, UK), as well as at the Jean Monnet Program of Erasmus +. She has experience in corporate governance and international cooperation. She also worked at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Olga is an author of more than 50 scientific papers, researches, and 3 books on finance, investments, and banking. She was nominated in Top-50 Business Women in Ukraine (2018).
Olga was a co-organizer of Ukrainian Davos Nights (January 2017), first Ukraine Davos House (January 2018) and initiator of first-ever Ukrainian Startup Pavilion at Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.
Serves as Advisory Board member of ALTFinator (Horizon-2020-backed project) which is focused on capacity-building of the financial ecosystem and its participants for improving innovative SMEs’ access to alternative forms of finance in Europe with focus on South, Central and Eastern Countries.