Jaanika Merilo, an Estonian-born reformer, was ranked on Dec. 21 as the top contributor to startup businesses and investment in Ukraine by PaySpace Magazine.
Merilo used to work for investment and startup companies. These include Estonian Investor Association, Estonian Development Fund, US Invest AS, Estonian Business Angels Network and BrainBasket.
She is an advisor to Dnipro Mayor Borys Filatov, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy and previously also to ex-Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius.
Merilo has also been pushing for the introduction of electronic tickets in public transport. Parliament’s transport committee on Dec. 21 approved a bill on such tickets.
Merilo has been a key promoter of e-government and the ProZorro electronic procurement system in Ukraine to reduce corruption in public services.
Merilo is also an advisor at Estonia’s parliament, head of the ICT Competence Center non-governmental group and an expert at Ukraine’s Agency for E-Government.