Регіональне врядування та розвиток - Regional Governance and Development
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In Ukraine

IHOR SANZHAROVSKYI – Ukraine Project Manager

Ihor Sanzharovskyi manages CUI's Regional Governance and Development (RGD) Project in Ukraine. Prior to joining CUI in 2005, Mr. Sanzharovskyi served as Project Manager/Senior Research Associate of the Community and Regional Development Project of the East-West Institute's Kyiv Center. He has expertise in international project management, regional and community economic development, governance and public administration, monitoring and evaluation, and results-based management. Ihor has previously served as Head of Department at the Association of Ukrainian Cities, where he coordinated the training program for municipalities across Ukraine. Mr. Sanzharovskyi also was elected as a Member of Cherkasy City Council and has served as a lecturer in Management and Economics at the Department of Economics of the Cherkasy Institute of Technological Engineering (Ukraine) in the mid 1990s. He is the author of a number of books and articles on citizen participation, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and grant writing. Ihor received a Specialist Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Cherkasy Institute of Technological Engineering (Ukraine) and a Masters of Public Administration from the National Academy of Public Administration (Ukraine), office of the President of Ukraine, and the University of North London (Great Britain). Mr. Sanzharovskyi speaks Ukrainian, Russian and English.

Contact Ihor: isanzharovskyi@canurb.org


VITALIY KUCHYNSKY - Curriculum Development Specialist

Vitaliy Kuchynsky is the Curriculum Development Specialist for CUI's Regional Governance and Development (RGD) Project. He is responsible for coordinating the design and management of a Training of Trainers (ToT) Program and a National Training Program (NTP) on regional economic development for Ukrainian civil servants. Vitaliy has extensive experience in designing in-service training programs for civil servants through his involvement over many years with the Main Department of Civil Service of Ukraine and the National Academy of Public Administration of Ukraine.  He has co-authored a range of publications and manuals related to economic development planning, capacity building and civil society strengthening. In recent years, he has worked on numerous international cooperation projects funded by the European Union and Department for International Development (UK). Vitaliy holds a Master of Science degree from Robert J. Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at New School University (New York City, USA). He is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and English, and has working knowledge of French.

Contact Vitaliy: vkuchynsky@canurb.org


NATALIYA HELETSKA - Project Administrator

Nataliya Heletska provides logistics and financial administrative support to CUI’s Regional Governance and Development (RGD) Project in Ukraine. Prior to joining CUI, Nataliya worked at the National Association of Regional Development Agencies (NARDA), CUI’s Ukrainian partner organization on the RGD Project. At NARDA she provided financial support to the chief accountant and administrative support to the organization’s main office in Kyiv. Nataliya holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Economy and Law in Kyiv, specializing in the Economics of Enterprise, and a junior specialist certification in Economy and Entrepreneurship from the College of Economy, Law and Informational Technologies. She speaks Ukrainian, Russian, and English.

Contact Nataliya: nheletska@canurb.org


In Canada


Andrew Farncombe directs CUI's portfolio of international initiatives undertaken in partnership with cities and communities around the world. He is skilled in all aspects of design, planning, implementation and results-based management of large international cooperation projects related to local governance and urban management. He has worked on projects in Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Balkans funded by CIDA, AusAID, UN-HABITAT, World Bank and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Earlier in his career, Andrew worked as a municipal planner, as a public affairs specialist in the financial services sector, and as a legislative assistant in the House of Commons. Andrew holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (Planning) from York University (Toronto) and a Bachelor of Arts (Geography) from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). He is a professional planner, with membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).

Contact Andrew: afarncombe@canurb.org  


ELENA DINU - Project Manager, International Partnerships

Elena Dinu is a Project Manager with CUI's International Partnerships centre. She currently is the Canadian-based manager of the Regional Governance and Development (RGD) Project in Ukraine, funded by the Europe, Middle East & Maghreb Directorate of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Before joining CUI in 2008, Elena served as the Canadian-based Project Director of the CIDA Vietnam Program Support Unit, and has managed a wide range of programs and projects for 28 countries in Central and South America, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle East, funded by CIDA, IBRD, USAID and other donors, since 1993. The programs focused on democratic governance and legal reform, environment, economic competitiveness in financial services, tourism, agriculture. A certified Project Management Professional, Elena is fluent in French, English and Romanian. Ms. Dinu holds a Masters degree in education, and an LLB equivalent degree from the University of Bucharest.

Contact Elena: edinu@canurb.org


CHRISTINE MEEHAN - Project Officer, International Partnerships

Christine Meehan coordinates the Canada-Ukraine Regional Governance and Development (RGD) Project, funded by the Europe, Middle East & Maghreb Directorate of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). With a background in international business and urban planning, Christine’s experience is rooted in regional growth management, community economic development, renewable energy and planning for multiculturalism. For the past several years, Christine was a planner with the Institute’s Canadian Programs where she worked on a range of important projects including the Revitalizing Downtown Niagara Falls Study, the Mississauga Arts and Culture Master Plan, the Broadband Communications and Ontario’s Green Initiatives report, the Hamilton Infrastructure and Community Asset Strategy Study, and the Integrated Energy Mapping for Ontario Communities. Before joining CUI, Christine worked on the Lawrence Heights Revitalization Project, a social housing redevelopment initiative of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.  She brings to the team experience in project coordination, event organization and facilitation with the public and private sector, and applied research. Christine graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto, Canada and holds a degree in International Business from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She is a member of the American Planning Association. Christine has a working ability in French.

Contact Christine: cmeehan@canurb.org


EMESE DOMBOVARI - Project Assistant, International Partnerships

Emese Dombovari provides financial, administrative, and logistical support to CUI's Ukraine RGD Project. She is responsible for project accounting and records' management, coordinating logistics for international missions of staff and consultants, liaising with administrative staff in the overseas offices, and providing hands-on support to the project team. Ms. Dombovari holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism from the International Institute of Travel and is currently attending Sheridan College to pursue a Business Certificate. She speaks English and Hungarian.

Contact Emese: edombovari@canurb.org


About the project

The Regional Governance and Development (RGD) Project is a seven-year initiative that promotes regional economic development (RED) in Ukraine. RGD’s current efforts focus on working with its Ukrainian partners to establish a practical in-service training program on RED for some 600 civil servants from 13 oblasts across Ukraine.


RGD - encouraging progress

RGD - enabling creativity

Collaborating Projects:

Municipal Local Economic Development Program (MLED)

Policy Reform and Implementation Support Mechanism (PRISM)

Evidence-Based Economic Development Project (EBED)