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

Olena Pavlenko is president and co-founder of the Ukrainian think-tank DiXi Group and the Ukrainian Energy website. She leads a team of 17 people and has managed projects supported by USAID, the EU, OECD, the World Bank, and others. Pavlenko worked as a speechwriter for President Victor Yushchenko from 2005 to2008.  

Pavlenko has worked in the energy sector for more than 20 years, covering such issues as energy security, energy transparency, integration of the EU and Ukrainian energy markets, and open data in the energy sector. She also served as a non-staff advisor to the minister of energy and the minister of foreign affairs. 

Pavlenko is a deputy head of Ukraine’s EITI Multi-Stakeholder Group and was a global council chair of the PWYP global coalition from 2020 to 2022 and chair of the EU-UA Civil Society Platform in 2021-2022. She is an author of the brochure "Playing a Long Game: How Civil Society Can Lead Changes" about Ukraine's experience in EITI implementation for civil society organizations in other countries. 

After the full-scale invasion of Russia started, Pavlenko and her team joined the working group under the Ministry of Energy to help energy companies find replacements for damaged equipment. She and her team have also helped local communities to find generators and other equipment to remain resilient during power outages. She continues her advocacy work in support of the energy sector of Ukraine.