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Management Team

Gayle Turner

Project Principal

Gayle has designed, managed, monitored and evaluated international development projects for more than 25 years. She joined Agriteam in 1991 as vice-president.

Guy Innes

Canadian Project Director

Mr. Innes is a development economist and senior project manager with more than 20 years of experience directing, managing and evaluating successful, complex, multi-million dollar international development assistance projects. His career history has focused on a number of different development challenges similar to the work of EDGE including overseeing a governance reform initiative that brought about improvements in Ukraine’s agriculture sector and another that introduced e-governance to the Philippines. Countries of Experience: Ukraine, Philippines, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Brunei, Canada.

Tawnia Sanford Ammar

Project Field Director

20+ years of experience managing reforms in developing and transition countries as diverse as Latvia, Russia and India; has worked in Ukraine for 6 years. Key areas of expertise: strategic planning, governance, rule of law and criminal justice.

Oleg Shymanskyi

Deputy Director

Oleg Shymanskyi is a former Director of Communications for the Minister of Economy Aivaras Abromavicius and a Team Lead for Communications reform at Ukrainian Parliament. For the past 2 years he focused on building citizen-oriented communications teams within government bodies, establishing international outreach and enhancing digital communication tools. Oleg has studied European Politics at University of Maastricht and undertook internships in Brussels and Jakarta. He is also a youth NGO alumni, having devoted considerable time to non-formal education and training through European Youth Parliament. In his spare time he gets a kick out of hiking, photography and running.

Sector Leads

Valeriy Dobrovolskiy

Economic Growth Sector Lead

10 years of professional experience in government, business and NGO areas. Key areas of expertise include: municipal projects, PPPs, capital markets, anti-money laundering.

Liudmyla Ikonnikova-Skutsennya

Local Gender Advisor

Responsible for oversight of the project gender equality strategy implementation that supports all operational and programming activities. Local Gender Advisor is to consider, model and promote gender equality and gender mainstreaming as part of a set of cross-cutting themes.

Daria Volchenko

Senior Sector Lead, Governance and Finance

12 years of professional experience in macroeconomic research, finance, investment banking and project management, including two years in reform facilitation teams at MinEconomy and MinFin. Key areas of expertise: public finance, banking sector, capital markets, state-owned enterprises.

Arseniy Polozhiy

Sector Lead

15 years of professional experience in diplomatic (consular) field within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (regional experience includes service in Ukraine, Malaysia, Canada) and work in business sector - legal consulting within large multinational holdings (Ukraine, EU, CIS). Key areas of expertise include: governance, administrative services, legislation drafting, corporate and contractual law. Attorney-at-law.

Kateryna Fedorchenko

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Provides monitoring and evaluation of projects. Manages trainings on implementation of the Result-Based Management (RBM) methodology for project offices, ministries and EDGE partners.

Kateryna Novokhatnia

Senior Sector Lead

Responsible for reforms of (i) the childcare system and deinstitutionalization, (ii) probation service. Ms. Novokhatnia has 8 years of professional experience in project management, development and overseeing implementation of project initiatives in the area of criminal justice, in particular for juveniles.


Lenore Rogers

International Gender Advisor

Ms. Rogers earned her Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics and specializes in the design and delivery of evidence-based international gender equality initiatives and strategies. To EDGE she brings this knowledge and experience as well as her toolbox of innovative gender mainstreaming tools, including gender-based policy and program analytical frameworks. Countries of Experience: Countries from the continents of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Canada.

Professionals for Reform Mechanism

Iryna Tushnytska

PRSM Manager / Sector Lead

Iryna runs contracting for the PRSM, a multi-donor fund established by EDGE to provide human resource support to critical reform initiatives undertaken by national governmental agencies.

Daria Fesenko

HR/Operations Manager, Professionals for Reform Support Mechanism

Daria manages recruitment process; reviews and approves experts’ monthly narrative reports; contributes to team efforts by accomplishing related results as needed.


Olga Veselovska

Finance Officer, Professionals for Reform Support Mechanism

Olga keeps track of the project related information is up to date; maintains PRSM Procedure Checklist; prepares file supporting documents for each reform initiatives; helps manage the project’s finance and accounting

Valeriia Savarets

HR Assistant, Professionals for Reform Support Mechanism

Valeriia coordinates capacity development and networking events for reformers; assists PRSM team in day-to-day operations.

Finance and Administration

Alla Kopelets

Finance Manager

Alla manages the project’s finance and accounting.

Victoria Egorova

Finance Assistant

Victoria helps to manage the project’s finance and accounting.

Tetyana Iakovenko

Administrative Officer

Tetyana provides assistance with various administration related issues.

Zied Ammar

IT and Logistics Officer

Zied provides technical support to all projects and manages the project server and websites.

Vitalina Ivakhnenko

Office/HR Manager

Vitalina deals with the project’s office administration.

Vesna Duricic

Canadian Administrative Officer

Ms. Duricic is EDGE’s Canada-based Administrative Officer and brings her extensive experience in administrating large multi-year projects, including several initiatives in Ukraine, to the project. Her role focuses on contracting, budgeting, liaising with project stakeholders, and coordinating study tours to Canada. Ms. Duricic holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics, is bilingual in English and Serbo-Croatian, and speaks conversational French. Countries of Experience: Bosnia, Croatia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Ukraine.

Dawn Robertson

Canadian Finance Officer

Dawn Robertson is the Canadian Finance Officer on the EDGE Project and is responsible for accounting for all project expenditures of the EDGE Project. This includes auditing and reconciling field and Canadian expense reports as well as preparing financial forecasts and reports for the project’s principal funder, Global Affairs Canada. Countries of Experience: Ukraine and Ethiopia.

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