Associate, Advocacy – Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency
Olga Gladkikh is a development communications specialist with more than 30 years of diversified experience as a communications practitioner and adult educator. Olga joined the Coady Institute in 1987 after 10 years working as a TV/radio journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She served as the Institute’s Communications Coordinator, then the Manager of Educational Programs, stepping down in 2009 to focus on her teaching and research interests. She retired in 2015 after 28 years of full-time work at Coady and now serves as an Associate.
Olga’s overseas work includes training and consultancies with local, national and international NGOs in Asia (Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Philippines), Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia and Egypt), South Pacific (Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and New Caledonia), Caribbean (St. Lucia, Antigua), as well in the US and Canada.
During her time at Coady, Olga has facilitated a variety of courses in the Institute’s annual Diploma Program (Development Leadership, Gender and Power, Strategies of Change, Co-operative Inquiry, Communications for Development, Promoting Accountable Democracies). She has also pioneered the development of new Certificate Programs (in Advocacy and Citizen Engagement, Social Accountability and Transparency, Women and Youth Leadership), and conducted skill building workshops in areas such as facilitation, presentation and fundraising.
Olga holds a MA in Journalism and a BA (Honors) in Psychology, both from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed course work towards a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Nottingham in the UK.