Olga Rataj

PhD fellow

Olga is part of the Economics of Innovation and Technology research group at UNU-MERIT. Her research interests lie in the field of circular economy transitions in low and middle-income countries.

She graduated from WU Vienna (Vienna University of Economics and Business), University of London - SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), and UCL (University College London) - Institute for Sustainable Resources. Olga obtained two Master's degrees in economics and development studies.

Olga is an Associate Industrial Development Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Currently, she manages the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) covering 15+ low and middle-income countries and amounting to more than USD 27 million. GCIP supports start-ups and SMEs with innovative solutions to climate change, with focus on circular economy, natural resources, energy, and others.

Prior to her employment at UNIDO, Olga worked in both private and public sector and gained extensive international experience in the field of: 

  • finance and investment (Raiffeisen, Morgan Stanley, WHO European Office for Investment, ICF Strategic Consulting for International Monetary Fund); 
  • environmental and natural resource economics (EuroGeoSurveys for European Commission on the PanAfGeo project, International Council on Mining and Metals on a project exploring the value of minerals and metals, University College London - Institute for Sustainable Resources on the Inno4SD policy outlooks); and 
  • public policy integrating economy and environment, with focus on circular economy and climate change (Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland).