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 with focus on finance and entrepreneurship in emerging markets and developing economies.

She studied at 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 in the fields of energy, waste, materials, and others by providing business acceleration and investment facilitation services. 

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