In the coming years, Ukraine will need not only material resources for recovery, but also experienced specialists in all areas of science and social reproduction. In particular, the new strategy of sustainable development - the circular economy - is gaining special importance. The research of young scientists of the Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship of the Faculty of Management and Marketing covers the problems of the development of industrial enterprises precisely in the conditions of the circular economy.

Anna Pohrebniak, associate professor of the Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship (KEP), explains how to adapt production to the existing lack of resource provision and achieve sustainable growth under such conditions: "The concept of circular economy appeared in 1990 as a new strategy for sustainable development and a possible alternative to classical economics. In the period when the structure of the linear economy was "take, make, waste", the principles of the closed-loop economy had the form of 3R: "reduce, reuse, recycle". The basis of the circular economy is the formation of new business models focused on reducing the amount of resources used, the introduction of reuse or a closed cycle of production (planning the need for production in materials) and recycling in production, which allows for environmental protection and reduces the primary need of industry for external resources".

The scientist became interested in the features of anti-crisis management at enterprises while doing postgraduate studies. Based on the results of the research, in 2016 she defended her thesis and obtained the scientific degree of PhD in Economic Sciences, majoring in "Economics and Management" (by types of economic activity). She showed an interest in scientific research from the first years of studying at the university: she passed her exams with "excellence", participated in student scientific conferences held on the basis of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, and academic contests in various subjects. From her third year, she was the head of the scientific society of students and post-graduate students of the FMM, received rector’s scholarships, scholarships of Kyiv Mayor, and others.

At the department, Anna Pohrebniak proved herself as an active, goal-oriented, conscientious scientist. She has published more than 75 scientific works for five years , including 12 articles in scientific journals indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. She is also a co-author of scientific publications indexed by scientometric databases and articles in foreign publications. The Google Scholar search system indicated 276 citations of Anna Pohrebniak's publications, the h-index (Hirsch index) = 9. The high citation rate of the young researcher's publications confirms her high professional and scientific methodological level. Last year, she was awarded a scholarship of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for young scientists as the author of current scientific and technical developments.

The young scientist also pays great attention to teaching activity. She teaches microeconomics, project analysis, anti-crisis management, financial management, development of startup projects. Some of the disciplines are in English. In addition, she participates in international projects and internships. "This helps to improve approaches to teaching and to motivate students to scientific activity by personal example, to show that science is not a matter of transferring pieces of paper from one pile to another, but a dynamic and exciting process," says the scientist. Indeed, students write articles, make successful presentations at conferences, and win research competitions under her guidance.

We have all become donors, volunteers, and co-participants in the events caused by the aggression of our northern neighbor without stopping our professional activities over the past year. Anna Pohrebniak is also actively engaged in volunteer activities, because since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, her family has been defending the country in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. "At first, the help was focused on my husband's unit,” the assistant professor shares, “I was looking for donors in Europe to provide the guys with everything they needed. In April, I participated in the work of a volunteer hub in the Kyiv Oblast, helping affected people from the Kyiv Oblast and Chernihiv. We organized humanitarian aid for colleagues from Chernihiv Polytechnic with the support of the Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship, and the Faculty of Management and Marketing." Since May, the volunteer has been involved in social projects to help families with children affected by the war, actively involving colleagues and business partners in their support. In the fall, they raised funds for a vehicle for one of the units of the Armed Forces.

Despite everything, the scientist believes in an indisputable victory and "the future restoration of the country with the strength and brains of young, determined Ukrainians."

Nadiia Libert