Brussels Forum Session: Building for the Future: A Green Marshall Plan for Ukraine

Oleksandra Azarkhina is deputy minister for communities, territories and infrastructure development of Ukraine. Her primary tasks are developing and strengthening the defense capability of the critical infrastructure sector and general strategic planning for infrastructure.

Azarkhina is working to create a unified digital system for the reconstruction of Ukraine. This is a key state anti-corruption tool that guarantees transparency and accountability in implementing infrastructure projects. The basis of the system is a digital register of damaged and destroyed infrastructure that has already been developed and approved at the state level.

Also within Azarkhina’s area of responsibility are logistics, particularly the construction of a multimodal transport system; anti-corruption policy, including the creation of transparent digital infrastructure management in cooperation with international partners; and collection and analysis of statistical information (Big Data).

Before she was appointed to the post of deputy minister of infrastructure, Azarkhina served as communications manager of the Reform Support Team of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (2018–20); director of the Reform Support Team at the State Roads Agency of Ukraine (2020–22); and external adviser to the minister of infrastructure of Ukraine (2021–22). 

Azarkhina is involved in formulating strategy for the postwar recovery of Ukraine, namely the recovery of the Crimean Peninsula, and in the oversight of international humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine. She is an ambassador of the Grain From Ukraine humanitarian program, the main task of which is to stabilize the global agricultural market and fight hunger in the world.