Coordination of Project

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  • Name Christophe Fréring
  • Position Team Leader
  • Phone +38 044 278 03 13
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Christophe Fréring has over 30 years of professional experience in project management with more than 20 years in the field of sustainable energy and 12 years working in the Eastern Partnership region. Mr Fréring has been coordinating the Covenant of Mayors East Office on behalf of the European Commission since 2011.

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  • Name Maksym Vereshchak
  • Position Deputy team leader, Local suistanable development coordinator
  • Phone +380 44 278 03 13
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Maksym Vereshchak brings 15 years of professional experience in working in/with international project teams in sustainable municipal development, municipal and energy management, and municipal finance. Out of these 15 years, he has over 10 years of first-hand experience with designing and practical implementation of development projects for local infrastructure, energy efficiency, climate, and RES.

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  • Name Iryna Horodyska
  • Position Capacity Building Coordinator
  • Phone +38 067 935 04 64
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Iryna Horodyska has more than 6 years of experience in energy efficiency and climate mitigation projects. As Helpdesk Coordinator for the project “Supporting participation of Eastern Partnership and Central Asian Cities in the Covenant of Mayors” she assisted municipalities on a daily basis, supporting them in data collection for CO2 monitoring, elaboration of a Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI), development of Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and in the conduction of Energy Days. Ms Horodyska provided administrative and technical support to experts working at municipal level in 11 EaP and Central Asian countries as well as Territorial and National Covenant Coordinators, Covenant Supporters and other stakeholders.

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  • Name Ivan Shchadranok
  • Position Policy and institutional relations coordinator
  • Phone +48 571 04 04 48
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Ivan Shchadranok has 16 successful years of experience in the development and management of several long-lasting international projects financed by EU, SIDA, GEF and the WB in all regions of Belarus, including Eastern Partnership countries. Mr Shchadranok has more than 5 years of experience in the elaboration and implementation of projects in the sphere of the sustainable energy, urban mobility and municipal lighting.

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  • Name Elena Nikitina
  • Position Communication Manager
  • Phone +38 067 734 41 70
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Communication specialist with 10+ years of experience of work in EU-funded projects. Highly skilled in the field of digital and on-line communications. Undertook main communication activities such as disseminating news, updates on the project’s website and social media platforms, promoting events, creation of publications and videos. Organised all types of events from high-level ministerial conferences to technical events (seminars, workshops, trainings) to public consultations to force the dialogues for energy cooperation between the EU and countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. 

Reliable partner with strong ability to carry out any task to full completion.

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  • Name Vitalii Ihnatusha
  • Position Web & IT Coordinator
  • Phone +380 44 278 03 13
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Vitalii has 10+ years of experience in managing IT and digital projects. Vitalii worked with city councils, government organisations in Ukraine and businesses all over the world. He managed software development company and digital agency and has the experience of cooperation with state authorities, international organisations, associations of local authorities and municipalities.

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  • Name Margaryta Kamasa
  • Position Office manager & Project assistant
  • Phone +38 068 262 74 47
    +38 044 278 03 13
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Margaryta Kamasa has 30-years of professional experience, including 20-years in international relations in local authorities at regional level. She has over 15 years experience in realization, monitoring of international and internal projects, including the areas of energy efficiency, transborder, inter regional and inter municipal, decentralization and local self-government development ones. Mrs. Kamasa, as a regional coordinator, coordinated the work and gave Institutional support to the territorial communities  for Ukraine of the EU Project «U-LEAD with Europe».

She has the experience of cooperation with state authorities, international organizations, associations of local authorities, hromadas and municipalities. 

National experts

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  • Name Artem Kharazyan
  • Position Country Expert for Armenia
  • Phone +374 91 211 102
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Mr. Artem Kharazyan has more than 18 years of experience in coordination and implementation of projects in climate change, energy saving and energy efficiency sectors, including 8 years of working expeience as CoM East Country Expert in Armenia and Techncial Helpdesk Expert. His management skills encompass the organization of overall project logistics and project planning, mobilization and coordination of activities of local and international experts and provision of consultancy and expert services. Mr Kharazyan has skills in providing of technical advice, organization of data collection, systematization and analysis as well as monitoring of project sites.

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  • Name Jahangir Afandiyev
  • Position Country Expert for Azerbaijan
  • Phone +994 50 320 40 98
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Mr Jahangir Afandiyev, energy and economy specialist, has more than 35 years’ civil servants and consultant experience in the energy sector. He had practical experience in the preparation of national energy policy documents. He was actively involved in development of the first 5-year National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for 2021-2025, draft Law on Use of renewable energy sources in the generation of electricity and draft Law on Efficient Use of Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency.

Within the framework of the Covenant of Mayors – East II project, as a country specific Helpdesk officer, he cooperated with the Ministry of Energy (as CNC) to assist in attracting 7 new CoM signatories and provided support to the existing signatory cities in SECAP preparation, implementation and monitoring.

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  • Name George Abulashvili
  • Position Country Expert for Georgia
  • Phone +995 322 242 542
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Mr. George Abulashvili is the director of the Energy Efficiency Centre Georgia (EECG). As former advisor of the Energy Charter member countries in energy sector investments, he was involved in the implementation of the protocol on energy efficiency and related environmental aspects (PEEREA). Mr. Abulashvili was an expert consultant to the Georgian parliament on energy issues. His experience spans from energy efficiency and renewable energy to related environmental aspects such as climate change mitigation and the analysis of related environmental policies and regulations. Since 1996, he has been the initiator and manager of many local and international projects and programmes focused on demonstration of the mitigation potential of various EE and RE technologies, as well as capacity building and awareness rising on climate friendly energy technologies. Mr. Abulashvili has been involved in the CoM East projects since the 1st stage.

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  • Name Irina Plis
  • Position Country Expert for Moldova
  • Phone +373 22 20 00 90
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Irina Plis is a co-founder and an Executive Director of a Moldova NGO Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewables (AEER) with over 20 years of experience in developing, promoting and implementing different donor-funded projects in energy and environment. Since 2012 Ms Plis has been providing tailored support to municipalities on the development of SECAPs, capacity building, networking with financing institutions and local stakeholders, public awareness and communication. Since 2014 Ms Plis developed and managed the implementation of complex and innovative energy projects to improve the municipal infrastructure including public buildings, street lighting, use of RES, municipal services with the total attracted budget of over 3 mln. Euros.

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  • Name Oksana Kysil
  • Position Country Expert for Ukraine
  • Phone +38 097 665 90 12
    +38 044 278 03 13
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Ms Oksana Kysil has a wealth of experience in fields related to the topics of the CoM initiative. Her expertise covers such issues as UA energy legislation, climate, and environmental policies (mitigation and adaptation) on state, regional and local levels; economic analysis of mitigation and adaptation projects of municipal infrastructure with various scenario and donors’/IFIs needs for investment; monitoring and evaluation of project results including GHG emissions. During the last 5 years, Ms Kysil was a Country Expert for Ukraine in the frame of the CoM East II project. She assisted UA SIGNS in adhesion procedure, elaboration of BEI/RVA/SECAP and monitoring, as well as development of bankable project for its further financing by IFIs and donors.

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  • Name Vitaly Volkov
  • Position Country Expert for Ukraine
  • Phone +38 097 665 90 12
    +38 044 278 03 13
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Vitaliy Volkov has more than 15 years of experience in project management in the field of energy efficiency, where the main beneficiaries are local governments. He is well versed in the methodology of the Covenant of Mayors through his work in the first Ukrainian support structure and participation in international technical assistance projects.

His main assignment in the project is to provides advisory support to the signatory communities of the Covenant of Mayors in compiling a baseline emission survey, setting targets and developing measures to mitigate climate change, monitoring the implementation of the SEAP and working with the online platform MyCovenant.

Technical Helpdesk Support

Communication support

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  • Name Tatevik Harutyunyan
  • Position Communication Expert for Armenia
  • Phone +374 91 09 69 74
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