Olesya completed a specialist degree in economics and political science at the University of Toronto. Throughout her studies Olesya worked as a research assistant and was involved in the publication of four academic articles. She was actively engaged in the Ukrainian community holding the position of executive secretary for seven years. Olesya supplemented her academic studies by completing internships in Ottawa, Europe and Hong Kong. With a commitment to understand the challenges of economic development in poorer regions Olesya is beginning her Masters degree in Development Studies at York University. Her research interests focus on the economic, political and social development in communist and post-Soviet states.
Keywords: Economic, political and socail development in communist and post-Soviet states; Russia; China