More than 20 years of experience in the area of sustainable development in Europe and the CIS region with progressive leadership responsibilities. In-depth understanding of the UN system and excellent skills in partnership building. Strong expertise in programme management, cross-sector collaboration and resource mobilization, with specific experience in government and private sector financing. Elena worked as Senior Programme Coordinator for the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, Deputy Country Director in UNDP Ukraine and Programme Analyst in UNDP Bulgaria. Prior to joining UN, Elena was a business development consultant, working both for private industry and local government.
She holds Master’s degree in International Law and Foreign Trade from the University for National and World Economy and master’s degree in Microelectronics from the Technical Chemical University.
He is a lawyer with a Master of Laws degree in International Human Rights from the University of Ottawa and a Magister Juris from the University of Gdansk. Over the last twenty years he has worked at the UN in Russia; the Canadian Red Cross Society; UN Women; the Canadian Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; the Canadian International Development Agency; OHCHR; and the UN Peacekeeping.
Head of Office in Turkmenistan
Azat has more than 20 years of experience and has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, UNFPA, UNDP and UNODC. His areas of expertise include human rights, democratic governance, population and development, and trafficking in persons. He holds an MA in International Relations from Kyiv State University and Political Science from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ayna is an international development specialist with more than 18 years of extensive experience in programme management within the United Nations system in Turkmenistan. For the last 12 years Ayna worked as Cross-Sectoral Programme Specialist at UNICEF Turkmenistan leading the social development, communication and youth programmes, and covering the Partnerships and Resource Leveraging portfolio. In her earlier UN career (2001-2006), she coordinated an advocacy and communication component with UNFPA Turkmenistan.
Ayna graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK (2006-2007). She holds a Master of Science in Media and Communication with a focus on Behavioral and Social Science. She is the UK Chevening Scholarship Programme Alumna. She also holds a university degree from the Turkmen State University with a Diploma in World Economy and International Relations.
Natia has over 15 years of experience in the field of development working in international institutions such as UNDP, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Master in Physics and Mathematics from Tbilisi State University.
He brings more than ten years of work experience in law enforcement, and is a specialist in drug-related and crime prevention issues in Turkmenistan. In 1996 he joined UNODC and previously worked at UNDP (Global Fund). He received his diploma from the D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, and has undertaken research at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New-York.
Prior to this post he held various postions at the World Bank (Uzbekistan, Germany, Kosovo, Montenegro), at the International Monetary Fund (USA, Albania), World Economic Affairs and Badische Zeitung. He holds a PhD in Economics from McGill University, Canada; a MSc in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bsc in Economics from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität.
Before her appointment in Turkmenistan, she worked as the Head of the WHO Country Office in Poland for more than 15 years. Dr. Paulina Karwowska received a degree in medicine from the Medical Academy in Warsaw and a Master of Public Health from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She also holds a doctorate in medicine from the National Institute of Public Health, Warsaw, Poland.
She has worked in the humanitarian and development field for more than 25 years with UNHCR (Switzerland, Albania, former Yugoslavia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Pakistan, Iraq and Brazil), Japan International Cooperation Agency, WFP and the private sector. She holds a BL from the Kwansei Gakuin University, an MSc in Economics from the University of Wales, and an MA from Tufts University.