Christopher Kaczmarski is the chief of party for the Comunitatea Mea (My Community) project. He comes to IREX with over 30 years of professional experience developing and managing programs to strengthen public administration and civil society organizations.
This includes more than 20 years of continuous overseas service throughout Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, South East Asia, and the Middle East in high-level positions of responsibility, such as chief of party, team Leader, program manager, and long-term resident advisor.
He has experience with implementing large-scale programs in the areas of decentralization, regional and local development, energy conservation, public utilities restructuring, and public–private participation. He has a strong technical background in asset management, capital investments planning, public works, project development and financing, and a solid professional background in designing and implementing infrastructure projects. Christopher has in-depth understanding of participatory approaches, technical standards, project preparation, and financing principles, as well as donor procedures and regulations.
Christopher is recognized as a pioneer of municipal bonds in the Central & Eastern Europe region, bringing the first issue to the market in 1997 and introducing municipal creditworthiness assessment methodology that was applied at over 350 cities across the region. Christopher holds an MS degree in environmental management from Lublin Institute of Technology. He is a US Registered Professional Engineer and a licensed Class IV Water and Wastewater Utilities Manager. Prior to joining IREX, he worked in the UN Asia–Pacific regional hub in Bangkok leading a range of local development and finance initiatives.