UNDP Accelerator Labs

Building the world’s largest and fastest learning network around development challenges isn’t just about building 60 teams in 60 countries — it’s about changing the way we work. We’re moving away from learning and innovating in isolated pockets to operating as a globally integrated network where 60 teams build on each others’ knowledge and learning on a weekly basis.

We’re marrying grassroots innovations with cutting-edge research and design approaches. We’re backing it with the global reach and relationships of UNDP. All this so we can accelerate progress against the world’s toughest social and environmental challenges.

Four key approaches sit at the core of the Labs’ work:

  • Building on locally-sourced solutions, finding things that work and expanding on them
  • Rapid testing and iteration to implement what works and go beyond the obvious solutions
  • Combining the best understanding, ideas and expertise to generate collective knowledge
  • Accelerating progress by bringing expertise, creativity and collective intelligence to bear

Meet our Team


Head of Exploration, Ievgen Kylymnyk

Ievgen has Master’s Degrees in Public Administration, and in International Law and Business Administration.

Before joining UNDP, Ievgen worked at various positions in the European Union Advisory Mission to Ukraine on Security Sector Governance and the Administration of the President of Ukraine, dealing with a wide range of responsibilities related to overarching and crosscutting issues, focusing on strategy development, public policy issues, and governance reforms.

Ievgen is passionate about foresight, horizon scanning and the application of systematic approaches to reforms.


Head of Experimentation, Oksana Udovyk

Oksana has Doctoral Degree in Environmental Governance and Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from Linkoping University and Resilience Center in Sweden, as well as a BSc in Natural Science from Kyiv- Mohyla Academy in Ukraine.

Oksana is passionate about marrying grassroots innovations with cutting-edge research and design approaches. She is an activist in spirit, a researcher by profession and social designer by calling.

She has previously worked with companies, NGOs, research institutions, public authorities and International Organizations in several countries, making documentaries, volunteering, joining grassroots movements, exploring and learning from the wider global community, and from nature. 


Head of Solutions Mapping, Oleksiy Moskalenko

Oleksiy studied Social Anthropology and Development Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He worked in the field of user experience, market research and business development in the private sector in Shanghai , China for over six years. After obtaining his master's degree, he consulted for Oxfam, the Fairtrade Foundation and the Responsible Mining Foundation, where he mostly analysed the barriers to partner engagement.

Prior to joining UNDP, he conducted anthropological research at the Analytical Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

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