Olivera Jankovska, M.Sc., is native of Kriva Palanka, Macedonia. She works and lives in Houston, TX where she is a Global Citizenship Fellow at UNICEF USA. Olivera received the 2017 President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national award recognizing outstanding volunteer service, for her contributions above and beyond contractual commitments and expectations at UNICEF. Additionally, Olivera holds two other roles; she is a Nonresident Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy where she conducts research on electricity and gas markets. She is also a manager at Essentia Advisory Partners and serves as a consultant on questions regarding energy policy, environmental regulations, and international trade and development. Prior to these roles, she served as senior analyst at Calpine, a large electric generation company. Olivera is a global citizen, proficient in seven languages and an avid traveler. She has more than ten years of non-profit work experience and she has held multiple leadership roles. Olivera’s volunteering work extends to many cultural, educational and business organizations. Because of it, she was recently recognized as one of the 2015 United Macedonian’s Diaspora “40 under 40”. Olivera holds an associate degree in marketing for the food industry (valedictorian) from Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece. She received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural business (summa cum laude) from the University of Arkansas, and a graduate certificate in international research & development and a master of science degree in agricultural and applied economics (summa cum laude) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. At both universities, Olivera was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumna Award for 2018. She is also the winner of the 2009 Wall Street Journal Academic Achievement Award. Recently, Olivera founded Atlas Ink, which strives to help caregivers, parents and educators raise multicultural kids by publishing personalized children’s books and other educational content about their homeland. Check out the published books here!
World Electron. These two words describe who I am.
World is for global citizen, for my heritage and where I have left a trace in the world, and for my sense of belonging.
Electron is because like all matter, electrons have properties of both particles and waves: they can collide with other particles and can be diffracted like light. That how I see myself, being a particle that collide easily and adapt to new environments and people. I’m also like I wave, I swerve with the force, but always make my own path. I diffract the obstacles in life like light bends as it passes around an edge of an object and the bigger the obstacle, the better I deal with it.
The electron interpretation goes even further. Electrons play essential physical roles in nature, such as magnetism, thermal conductivity, gravitational interactions and many more. Analogically, I believe my nature to promote ‘unity’ in the world can happen if we all behave as magnets and be open minded, we offer thermal conductivity by promoting friendships and remember to respect ‘gravity’ as you fly up with your achievements, remain humble and stay down to earth.
Finally, an electron is what my profession is. As a specialist in international electricity markets I utilize my economic and market skills to promote efficient and effective flow of electrons around the world. My recent focus is my dedication to promote the development of the Mexican electric market.