Olga Speranskaya is a CoChair of IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network) and Director of Eco-Accord Program on Chemical Safety. Dr. Speranskaya holds a PhD in Environmental Physics from the Russian Academy of Science. Since 1998 Speranskaya has been providing training and development programs on environment and sustainable development to non-governmental and governmental organizations and institutions in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to raise their capacity and facilitate their involvement into international activities related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements.
Being IPEN CoChair she bridges scientific achievements and technological innovations with the work on the ground with the goal to identify hot spots and monitor toxic chemicals in the environment, products and human bodies. Since 2004 more than 200 projects have been implemented by IPEN participating organizations which significantly contributed to actual reduction of chemical pollution. Dr. Speranskaya assures to make this data public with the goal to get IPEN environmental concern to a very broad audience of people from different background and social status.
Speranskaya is the European winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2009 for her successful campaign to tackle the Soviet legacy of hazardous chemicals in the former Soviet Republics of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia (EECCA). To address the problem of the growing number of toxic chemicals stored in the EECCA region, Speranskaya connected hundreds of organisations with the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN). She created the EECCA campaign for a toxic-free future which puts pressure on governments to acknowledge and clean up toxic sites. Spearheading the campaign, Speranskaya raised awareness of the environmental damage and serious health risks associated with toxic chemical waste, fought to ban the transportation and burial of hazardous chemicals in former Soviet Republics, and provided information to government decision-makers to encourage policy change.