Mehri Druckman

Mehri Druckman

Chief of Party/Country Director for Ukraine
Europe & Eurasia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Romania, Ukraine, Civil Society, Gender Equality & Inclusion, Governance, Media, Technology, Youth

Mehri Druckman is the country director for Ukraine and chief of party for the Ukraine National Identity through Youth (UNITY) program.

As IREX Ukraine Country Director, Mehri Druckman leads IREX's largest office providing strategic program development for a portfolio of $100M programs and senior managerial support to 100+ staff implementing complex, multi-donor portfolio, ranging from media and information literacy program that is being embedded into the education system, to veteran’s reintegration, supporting public diplomacy, tackling disinformation and supporting independent media.

As a Chief of Party, Mehri Druckman oversees all aspects of implementation of the $58M USAID-funded Ukraine National Identity through Youth (UNITY) activity, providing vision to the program and ensuring that objectives are met on time and within budget. UNITY has been working on expanding economic opportunities through youth innovation, entrepreneurship, and career preparedness, increasing civic activism and volunteering, strengthening youth potential to be the driving force of Ukrainian pluralism and respect for diversity, and using research and data to inform effective and sustainable changes in youth policy. To help Ukraine overcome challenges in education caused by the full-scale invasion, USAID UNITY will provide additional support to increase access to formal and non-formal learning opportunities.

Mehri designed and managed Learn to Discern project, an innovative solution to disinformation that reached over 15,000 Ukrainians that is now applied in over 20 countries.
The approach has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Christian Science MonitorThe Wilson QuarterlyWorld Economic Forum's Global AgendaProject SyndicateColumbia Journalism Review, and in reports by the Center for European Policy Analysis and Legatum Institute. She also served as the Global Technology Advisor for IREX's Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Beyond Access project, helping build capacity of public libraries to deliver efficient services that meet local community needs.