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Yana Zaporozhets   

Project Administrator           

Ms. Yana Zaporozhets graduated from Donetsk National University, Faculty of Roman-Germanic Philology. She has worked for corporation “Ukrinterprodukt”, “Sergej Bubka Sport Club” Ltd, Donetsk State Institute for Physical Culture and Sports. Yana Zaporozhets has been working as the Project Administrator for GIZ since March 2012.


Mr. Dr. Benedikt Thanner                     

Project Team Leader          

Mr. Dr. Benedikt Thanner has worked as a senior researcher at the IFO (Institute for Economic Studies), Munich. 1993 – 1995 was a Project Manager for Eastern Europe at the KfW. Dr. Thanner has been working for GIZ\GTZ since 1995 in Eschborn, Germany. He specializes in privatization of the state-owned enterprises, enterprise restructuring, economic and political consulting of the transitional economy countries. 2003 – 2012 Dr. Thanner performed his duties as the country manager of the bilateral technical assistance projects for BMZ and BMF with the focus on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. 


Alexey Paschenko    

Project Coordinator

Mr. Alexey Paschenko is an experienced energy engineer and project manager. He has an extensive experience in providing advisory services to international developing agencies, local and foreign companies in Ukraine in order to channel their investments in Ukrainian energy sector. His experience covers areas of energy efficiency, sustainable energy projects, as well as design and construction of fossil and nuclear power plants. He has been UNDP Programme Coordinator for Energy and Energy Efficiency. In this position he was responsible for overall supervision of UNDP Ukraine energy projects, including projects on energy efficiency, renewable and district heating.