Michael Druckman has worked with IRI in Ukraine since 2010. Michael currently oversees IRI’s multi-donor portfolio of programs in Ukraine which support nationwide public opinion surveys, political party strengthening and supporting democratic governance through engaging local municipalities. Previously Michael served as the Resident Program Officer for Ukraine working with IRI’s Crimea office and local governance programs. He has observed every election in Ukraine since October 2010 along with experience as an observer of elections for IRI in Tunisia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova.
He is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan embedded with the International Red Cross/Red Crescent. Michael received his BA with honors in Political Science from Providence College, during which time he completed coursework at Charles University and the University of Economics in Prague, Czechia. He received his MBA from George Washington University in 2009 and has spent time working in political risk for a boutique financial advisory firm focused in central and eastern Europe. He regularly writes on issues facing Ukraine and the Black Sea region in Business Ukraine magazine, the Atlantic Council’s “Ukraine Alert”, Kyiv Post and Ukrainian Truth.