Olga Zykova is a 2023 Millennium Leadership fellow and the deputy minister of finance of Ukraine. As a policymaker, Zykova is leading international financial relations in the Ministry, focusing on multilateral cooperation and strategic communication with international financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the European Investment Bank, as well as foreign governments.
In her more than eight years of experience in the Ministry of Finance, Zykova has held several advisory positions to ministers and deputy ministers, and served as the head of department on international relations. Prior to joining the government, Zykova ran the investment policy departments in asset management for private companies and worked on investment promotion in Ukraine. She holds a PhD in economics and often guest lectures, serving as a mentor for students in several Ukrainian universities. She is the author of scientific publications on economic globalization and monetary policy.
Zykova has been awarded with scholarships for globally recognized programs, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program “Emerging Leaders,” the James Denton Transatlantic Fellowship at the Washington, DC-based Center for European Policy Analysis, the NATO Professional Development Program, and the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Academy.