Oksana Grechko is Digitalisation Policy Specialist at “Digital, Inclusive, Accessible: Support to digitalisation of public services (DIA Support Project)” project, which is implemented by UNDP Ukraine with the support of Sweden. Oksana has over 10 years of practical experience in the e-governance area previously working in relevant civil society organisations and private sector.
Currently Oksana is responsible for leading project activities aimed at enhancing capacities of the government institutions of Ukraine to design and implement digitalisation policy in line with HRBA and gender mainstreaming principles. Within online courses and tailored training programmes produced by the DIA Support Project, she contributes to strengthening capacities of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and other stakeholders on digital accessibility, participatory policy-cycle, quality assessment of public services provision, etc.
Last year, despite a full-scale war, Oksana coordinated the launch of two educational programmes aimed to empower women working or willing to work in the field of digitalisation policy design and reengineering of public services. The first initiative is the Leadership programme for women civil servants, who are mid-career specialists in digital transformation management. Within the second programme, a two-month online internship in the Ministry of Digital Transformation was arranged for women students obtaining STEM professions.
Beyond fostering gender equality, Oksana also strives to improve the state of digital accessibility in Ukraine. Recently, the Project Team has managed to advocate the adoption of the National Standard on Digital Accessibility, which fully mirrors the EU 301 549 standard. Also, in 2023, Oksana contributed to the development and release of the authorized Ukrainian translation of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) portal. Both these interventions now form the baseline for the policy framework to improve the state of digital accessibility requirements in Ukraine and to harmonize the national legislation with the legal regulations of the EU.
All these activities were implemented in tight partnership with the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
Oksana obtains a PhD degree in Political Science. She graduated from Kyiv Mohyla Academy and Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. She also upgraded her knowledge and skills related to digital transformation, transparency and accountability through the fellowship programme in the USA (Professional Fellows Programme) and educational courses in Poland and Sweden (WEASA and SAYP programmes).
Oksana is an author of over 20 scientific and analytical papers related to e-governance and migration policy. As a certified trainer in e-governance, she delivered lectures at a Centre of Excellence for civil servants and joined a range of hackathons as a mentor and jury member.