In 2001, she graduated from Donetsk National Technical University majoring in Electrical Systems and Grids. Ms Protopopova received a finance degree from International Finance University in 2008.
Irina started her professional career at Kramatorsk Power Grids in 1999. From 2001 to 2013, Irina worked at Service-Invest where she made her way from an engineer to the Economics and Finance Director. She has been working at DTEK for the past six years. From 2013 to 2015, Irina chaired the Regulatory Compliance Department at DTEK. In 2015, she was promoted to the director of the department for control over tariffs and settlements on the wholesale electricity market of DTEK Energy.
Ms Protopopova has been leading the Regulatory Compliance Department of DTEK Grids since 2018.