Iryna Shchoka, International Fundraising, based in Ukraine
Iryna Shchoka is a creative and experienced project manager, tried and tested economist, addicted to her job.
Her wilderness motto: Only wilderness makes us really free on this planet, free from day-today routine, temporary hardships and banal bad mood. Only intact nature empowers us, provides unique exiting feeling and gives us special inspiration! Therefore as much wilderness we will have as many really free and happy people will be on the Earth!
Her first long-term employer was UniCreditBank where she started in 2002 as an economist and finished in 2011 as a branch office head.
In 2006 she started working at the Swiss-Ukrainian forestry development project FORZA which continued with its successor Agency for sustainable development of the Carpathian Region, FORZA.
Working with FORZA she coordinated a Cluster analysis of the forest sector of the Carpathian region of Ukraine which also included sustainable tourism and local communities wellbeing issues, supported SMEs in marketing and in state-private partnership activities, implemented climate change mitigation and adaptation measures project.
Since 2013 she was for more than one year the project manager of the project implemented by the NGO “Cross-Road Connections”. This project was dedicated to improvement of environment situation at small cities of Ukraine, education of adults and teenagers.
Since early 2012 until the end of 2014 she worked as a project manager and developer, internal expert at Communal enterprise “Agency of Regional Development and Cross-Border Co-operation “Transcarpathia” of Zakarpattya Oblast Council”. There she provided and improved her expertise on environmental, tourism and social development projects. This also includes cross-border cooperation, renewable energy sources utilization, organization of events, multistakeholder approach, capacity building, training needs assessment and conduction of trainings, preparation and moderation of meetings, fundraising.
She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, English, Hungarian, Slovakian and started to learn German language.
In December 2015 she joined the European Wilderness Society as International Fundraising Manager. She will continue working hard to find the best possibilities to implement brilliant wilderness ideas of the European Wilderness Society team and partners all across Europe.