Jaanika Merilo, who was born and graduated from high school in Tartu, Estonia, has been appointed deputy mayor of Dnipro, the fourth biggest city in Ukraine.
Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov announced that Merilo will begin performing the duties of deputy mayor on Aug. 15. "Ms. Merilo has kindly agreed to move to Dnipro and is ready to join our team," Filatov wrote on social media.
He said that Merilo's responsibilities will include property administration services, electronic services, IT technologies, developing the city government's call center as well as electronic ticketing on public transport. She will also be tasked with seeing to the transparency of procurements and work with investors and international donors.
Merilo has previously temporarily worked as advisor to the Ukrainian Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
On May 11 this year, she assumed the position of advisor to Ukraine's Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan. Her responsibilities in that position included interacting with other state authorities, developing a positive investment climate as well as protecting businesses against unlawful actions of law enforcement authorities.
With a population of approximately one million people, Dnipro, previously known as Dnipropetrovsk, is the fourth largest city in Ukraine.
Merilo has been President of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) since September 2014.
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