Senior Country Director, National Democratic Institute
Mary O'HAGAN is the Global Associate and Senior Resident Director for Ukraine at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). She first began working for NDI in 2001, when she was invited to contribute to the NDI Croatia program as a consultant. In early 2003, she joined NDI full time in Slovakia, moving later in the year to direct NDI's programs in Serbia. In 2005, Ms. O'Hagan moved to Moscow and led the NDI's country team in Russia. The following year she transferred to Tbilisi, where she served as the NDI's country director in Georgia. Later in 2009, Ms. O'Hagan moved to Nairobi to run a political party and other programs for NDI. She has represented NDI at a number of international events and produced a manual for the Institute on quantitative research methods. Prior to joining NDI, Ms. O'Hagan served as the head of research for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom. She was also responsible for their internal communication and led a team that developed the party's first online intranet. Her first political job was as a political advisor in the European Parliament on foreign affairs, institutional issues, and Northern Ireland. She later represented the merged EDG/EPP political group in London. Ms. O'Hagan was born and educated in the UK. She obtained a number of academic awards and a first class degree at Oxford University, specializing in Political Geography.