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RSA Webinar Professional Development Webinar Series - Career Development: Career paths outside academia

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Silvia Grandi
@University of Bologna, Italy
Silvia Grandi has a double career path touching public, private and academic positions in research and management. Currently, she is Director at the Italian Ministry for the Economic Development and Adj. Professor at the University of Bologna in Geography of territory and Geopolitics and financial instruments for development. She works closely with the Industries, Think Tanks, National and Regional Governments, OECD, the UN, the World Bank, the Joint Research Centre, National Research Council in research-related projects. She has actively coordinated research and in-field research projects and programmes (including cohesion policy funds) with national, European and international geographical coverage. She holds a PhD in Economic and Political Geography from University of Bologna (Italy), an academic specialization period at SPRU – University of Sussex, a Post-Grad Dipl. in Management from the VUB (Belgium) and an MEng in Environmental and Territorial Engineering.
Olga Mrinska (Webinar Chair)
@European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UK
Olga Mrinska is Associate Director, Senior Evaluation Manager at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Originally from Ukraine, her previous roles include: lecturer at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv; Deputy Head of the Ukraine Programme for the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Research Director at the Institute for Public Policy Research North (ippr north); and consultancy for the World Bank, European Commission and other international organisations. Olga is co-founder of Urban Space 500 – a social enterprise in Kyiv where profits are directed towards urban development projects. Olga’s research interests include: regional economic policy and governance; urban development; innovativeness and competitiveness of cities and regions; multi-national comparative regional studies; and impact investment in transition economies. Olga has been the RSA Ambassador/representative for Ukraine since 2002.