Which tourism sectors Crimea should bet on?

Tourism sector and MICE (Meetings-Incentives-Conferences-Events) industry was the focus of an open dialogue between the international and Ukrainian participants during the second day of the IV International Black Sea Forum on the 25th of October, 2013. Forum participants discussed best practices in the region and proposed how to unlock the potential of tourism in Crimea, evaluated prospects for the MICE sector and recreational tourism.

Beka Jakeli, Officer of the regional programme for Europe, UN World Tourism Organization, underlined that the Black Sea tourism market is growing and has potential for further development in the future: «In 2012, the worldwide number of tourists made up over 1 billion people despite economic strains, geopolitical challenges and dramatic natural disasters. In 2012, the Black Sea destinations attracted over 94 million international tourists that represents 18% of the whole European inbound tourism». According to the forecasts, the European market also has significant potential for growth and will be increased from 500 million to 750 million by 2030.

The discussion during the second day of the Black Sea Economic Forum demonstrated that different countries and regions can succeed both in traditional recreational tourism and in MICE sector depending on the chosen strategy.

Guniz Atis Azrak, CEO of Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre, ICEC, shared her experience in developing tourism in a large industrial and cultural metropolis: “More than 9 million tourists come to Istanbul every year. At the same time the city became one of the world leaders for congress organization and was ranked number 1 in Europe. What are the reasons for this? Istanbul is easily accessible; there are 3 world biggest centers for exhibitions and conferences and all key five-star hotel networks. But no less that buildings, people are important, and staff that works here is highly professional.”

Magnus Wetterholm, CEO of Reikartz Hotel & Resorts, gave the positive example of Gothenburg city, which is big center for MICE tourism, as well as Istanbul: “The second largest city in Sweden has slightly more than 500 thousand inhabitants. At the same time in 2012, guests and residents of the city have spent more than 3.6 million days and nights in hotels.  Comparing to Kyiv, where the same index was about 1 million, and this number is quite impressive. One of the reasons, why Gothenburg became one of the most successful organizers of big events in the MICE sector, is the decision, which was made by owners of the hotels, restaurants, transportation companies about 25 years ago. Instead of being concerned only about their own prestige, they focused on the shared vision and started cooperation with the government.”

With significant potential for development of different types of tourism, Crimean peninsula is developing on the base of existing infrastructure. Particularly, Georgiy Psariov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, shared his experience and plans for development of medical and health tourism: “There are about 2 thousand institutions of this profile in Ukraine. However, there are three problems in the market: outdated industry standards, lack of sales network and marketing promotion. However we think that this particular tourism sphere will allow Crimea to gain a competitive advantage. That is why we pay more attention to it, today there are three projects with TUV standards underway, and from the beginning of 2014 we will begin preparation for the promotion of medical tourism of Crimea on the European markets.


An outlook for gas supply in the Black Sea region by 2020

During the panel discussion, dedicated to gas production and transportation, Forum participants discussed the following issues: will Russia remain the key regional gas supplier? The Bosphorus: the window of opportunities or closed doors for the liquefied natural gas? When to expect the advent of shale and tight gas?

While discussing possibilities of gas production in the region Ivan Plachkov, Chairman of «Kyivenergo» Supervisory Board, stressed that Ukraine can produce up to 28-30 billion cubic meters: «In that case we will only need to buy about 5 billion cubic meters. Only then we can talk about energy security.»

Okan Yardimci, Energy Expert in Energy Market Regulatory Authority of Turkey, in his report drew attention of the discussion participants to the enormous perspectives for gas production in the Black Sea: » Black Sea is a virgin territory for natural gas, because at the moment there is a very small amount of gas fields explorations».

Asaf Hajiyev, Head of the delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in PABSEC, underlined the fact that, in turn, gas supply gives a strong impulse to development: «The pipeline brings high technology, development of education, banking and other sectors. So we need laws to protect and attract investments in this segment. Black Sea should not divide us, but unite».



How to turn Crimea into «European California»?

Leading experts on agricultural development analysed ways to turn Crimea into major exporter of agricultural products in the region, and in particular they discussed agricultural projects that can be implemented in the Crimea on the basis of public-private partnerships, and how to finance them.

Nikolay Polyushkin, Minister of Agriculture of the ARC, drew attention of the forum participants to the fact that Crimea is in “investment fever” now. He encouraged investors to invest in business on the peninsula now, because soon Crimea may turn from the acceptor of investments into the donor. "If not now, then it will be too late" — underlined the minister.

Elena Voloshina, IFC Country Officer in Ukraine, in her turn, offers local businesses to develop the production of niche products: "Niche products are something to focus for small and medium businesses of Crimea. Spa oils, Yalta onion, Crimean figs are products that can create added value without participation of large agroholdings."


Looking for strategic investors

Analysing best practices from the Black Sea Region Forum participants discussed how to attract a strategic investor to Crimea.

Jeffrey Donaldson, Member of the House of Commons, UK Parliament, stressed that development of regions should be in focus of a modern state: “Europe today is a land of regions and the power and wellbeing of the state depends first of all on the success of its regions”, — Mr Donaldson stresses when talking about regional development.

Discussing development of Black Sea Region and Crimea Courtney Fingar, Editor, fDI Magazine/ Financial Times said that this region substantially undersold. As a solution she proposed banding this region together: “But we have to think what we mean when we talk about Black Sea region. Is it only about tourism? Or maybe something else too?”

When talking about best practices Giorgi Pertaia, Director of the Georgian National Investment Agency, underlined that in order to attract investor and provide all the necessary conditions for them first of all political will is needed: “We say we do not have corruption, bureaucracy and that we have the lowest crime rate in Europe. How did we do it in Georgia? It's a very long story. But the main point is that all it takes to change the situation is about politics. Economy is not a problem.”

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What could be аn investment breakthrough model for the Crimea?

Experts, investors and and representantives of international organisations were searching such a model today. Participants discussed the experiences and perspectives of strategic investment projects of the ARC.

During the session speakers  reviewed recent changes in investment attractiveness of Ukraine, as well as business environment : “Why I've already started to invest in Crimea? — this is a question Frederik Paulsen, Chairman of Ferring, answered today. — Ukraine has been the most challenging environment in whole EE region,  however times and winds change. Besides every risk contains an opportunity. And Ukraine is full of opportunities”. Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki, head of the Western CIS and Caucasus Department of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe, also marked, that the situation in Ukraine changed significantly.

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Forum participants discuss potential growth areas of the region

How does Black Sea region face the new challenges of the global economy? This issue was discussed during  the session "Macroeconomic outlook and growth areas of the region”. The participants of the discussion shared their opinion about the respond to the recession through economic integration, discussed strategic industries and projects in this direction, as well as prospects for partnerships of the Black Sea region and EU.

H.E. Mustafa Sever, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey, stated: "Black Sea countries grow faster than Europe, but their potential has not yet been fully opened. The key to the development of any region is development of intraregional trade and cooperation, it is the key to the welfare of our nations. I hope that today at the Forum the specific solutions will be offered for the development and strengthening of economic cooperation in the region
Pavlo Sheremeta, President of Kyiv School of Economics, pointed out that Crimea has the same tasks as Ukraine as a whole: "In order to fulfill its mission and save Europe Ukraine should do its homework, which is about implementation of structural reforms for future economic growth, so that we could become a driver of development in the region”.

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Anatoliy Mogilev invites investors to Crimea

At the opening of the Forum Anatoliy Mogilev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, explained the development strategy of  Crimea, and enocuraged investors to pay attention to the opportunities and benefits offered by the region: “Crimea is a unique place that deserves a special attention of investors. Firstly, due to its political and social stability, on top of that Crimea has a unique natural potential. Thus we have prepared the strategy of Crimea development, which defines the main directions of development , where we encourage to invest. The main priorities are the development of a recreational complex, agriculture and transport infrastructure. The Crimean government is ready to give a green light to investors, who want to develop these spheres and will provide full support and act as a guarantor on investment in these sectors".

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Viktor Yanukovych welcomed the participants and organizers of the Forum

In official welcome words to Forum participants from Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych the importance and uniqueness of the event was admitted: "The successful development of Ukraine and member countries of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation should be impossible without establishing strong business contacts and joint investments. So today, while fighting the consequences of global economic crisis, constructive and reciprocal dialogue between trading partners who are united around the effective use of all resources in the Black Sea basin is highly important".

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Mykola Azarov, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, opened the IV International Black Sea Economic Forum

IV International Economic Forum started its work in the Livadia Palace. During the official opening the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov on behalf of the President of Ukraine welcomed everyone on the Forum. Noting the importance of the event for the development of regional cooperation, Mykola Azarov said:  "I am delighted to welcome everyone at the opening of the IV Black Sea Economic Forum. It is a pleasure to see here today representatives of many countries of the Black Sea region. The solutions that were taken in this historic place some time ago ensured peace and stability in Europe for many years. Today, I want the decisions that are going to be made at the Forum to bring the Crimea new good commercial projects, to develop infrastructure projects and to strengthen cooperation with all countries of the Black Sea region".

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Mykola Azarov will open the Black Sea Economic Forum

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov, will open the Black Sea Economic Forum on the 24th of October.

Jeffrey Donaldson, Member of the House of Commons, UK Parliament, Dr. Frederik Paulsen, the Honourary Consul for the Russian Federation in Lausanne, Chairman of Ferring and other leading government officials will also participate in the Forum.


The pool of Forum participants is growing

Among honourable speakers and moderators of the forum, who have already confirmed their participation, are leading government officials: Oleksandr Vilkul, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Giorgi Pertaia, Director of the Georgian National Investment Agency, Mustafa Sever, Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey, Andriy Yermolaev, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine; representatives of international organizations: Beka Jakeli, Regional Programme for Europe Officer of UN World Tourism Organization, Olena Voloshyna, Head of IFC in Ukraine, Liliya Chernyavska, Head of Office of European Investment Bank Resident Representation in Ukraine; Heads of delegations of PABSEC and Ambassadors of the Republic of Turkey and Azerbaijan; editors of top international media: Courtney Fingar, Chief editor of fDI Magazine, Financial Times, David Dalton, Eastern Europe analyst of Economist Intelligence Unit, Sevgi Akaresme, Senior editor of Today's Zaman (Turkey); and also business representatives: Yuriy Golianych, General Manager, New Markets Eastern Europe & Central Asia at Kraft Foods, Stanislav Kuznetsov, Vice-Chairman of the Board, Sberbank of Russia, Mykola Guta, Member of the Supervisory Board and CEO of Mriya AgroHolding, Magnus Wetterholm, COO of Reikartz Hotels & Resorts, Guniz Atiz Azrak, CEO, Istanbul Convention and Exhibition center, and other honoured guests.

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Anatoliy Mogilev about the Forum

The Head of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anatoliy Mogilev: "Being held for the fourth time in Crimea, the Black Sea Economic Forum has already established itself as one of the significant events in the Black Sea region. This year the new format of discussions and dynamic agenda will provide forum’s participants with a wide range of opportunities to exchange experience and best world practices in economic development and investments. I am sure that the high level speakers and participants will be the key to constructive dialogue between representatives of government, business, media and experts circles".


The Forum will focus on macroeconomics

This year International Black Sea Economic Forum will open with a session focusing on macroeconomic outlook and growth areas of the region. Leading government stakeholders and economists will discuss how the Black Sea region faces the new global economic challenges and how to respond to the recession through economic integration.

Distinguished speakers of this session include Olexandr Vilkul, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Iryna Akimova, the First Deputy Head of Administration for the President of Ukraine, Oleh Ustenko, Executive director of the Blazer International Fund, Pavlo Sheremeta, the President of the Kyiv School of Economics, and Sevgi Akaresme, senior editor of Today's Zaman (Turkey). Ihor Burakovskyi, Head of the Institute of Economic Studies and Political Consulting, will moderate the first panel session.

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For the fourth time the International Black Sea Economic Forum raises the agenda of the economic outlook of the region

The IV International Black Sea Economic Forum will take place on October 24-25, 2013 in the historic Livadia palace in Yalta, held by the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.


The Forum has emerged as a vibrant platform for the leading government and business stakeholders, international experts, and media, to discuss economic growth and cooperation within the Black Sea region. High-level participants are drawn by the collaborative and collegial spirit of the event and its dynamic agenda, enjoying the networking opportunities amidst the historic setting of the Livadia Palace on the Black Sea coast. 

This year, the Forum will focus on vital issues shaping the regional economic agenda, including macroeconomic outlook and breakthrough growth areas, viable models for attracting investments and boosting agricultural production, infrastructure development, as well as spurring growth in tourism and MICE sectors. By introducing new talk-shows and discussion panels to the Forum’s agenda in 2013, we aim at animating the dialogue and exchange of opinions, while guided tours to the Crimean historical places of interest on Friday afternoon will give the perfect final touch to your networking experience at the event. 

The Forum attracted more than 700 participants from 30 countries in three years. In 2012, Yalta brought together over 200 state officials, experts and business leaders from 21 countries including Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the USA, etc. Distinguished speakers of the Forum included Valeriy Khoroshkovskiy, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Serhiy Tigipko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, Ertuğrul Günay, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Alexander Markus, Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Ukraine, Victor Tvircun, Ambassador, Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, a noted economist and public figure, Member of the Club of Rome, Volodymyr Lavrenchuk, CEO, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Taras Lukachuk, Vice President of Kraft Foods, General Manager in Ukraine and New Markets, Pavlo Sheremeta, ex-president and senior fellow, Malaysia Blue Ocean Strategy Institute, Giorgi Petraia, First Deputy Director of the Georgian National Investment Agency, Rachel Ziemba, Director of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and global macroeconomics, Roubini Global Economics, and other esteemed guests.

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Ioseb Abuladze

First deputy Minister of Agriculture of Ajara A.R. (Georgia)

Mr. Abuladze previously worked in the Ministry of Transport of Georgia and was also an assistant to deputy Minister and chief specialist of regional management division in the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Agriculture (Department of mechanization). He had also worked for several years as service manager of ‘Iberia Trans’ LTD and chief of mechanization and technical support service in ‘Mechanic’ LTD.  

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Sevgi Akarçeşme

Senior editor, Today’s Zaman, Turkey

Sevgi Akarçeşme received her B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University in 2001 with a full scholarship. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University and another M.A. in Political Science from Temple University, where she attended the PhD program and worked as a teaching assistant. Following her graduate studies in Philadelphia, she joined the Turkey Project at CSIS in Washington D.C.Upon returning to Turkey, she worked at the Office of the President from 2008 till the end of 2010, where she gained invaluable government experience. After working as an advisor at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s Center for Strategic Research from Dec 2010 to July 2011 she moved to Istanbul, where she is currently working at English daily Today’s Zaman.Sevgi Akarçeşme’s Master’s thesis was published as a book in 2010 entitled Military or Civilian Supremacy in Turkey? The New Framework of Civil-Military Relations in the Post- Feb 28 Era. In addition to academic articles she co-authored with Prof. Bülent Aras in International Journal and Europe’s World, she has published articles, commentaries and blog posts in Insight Turkey and Today’s Zaman in English.


Igor Burakovskiy

Head of the Board of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting

Mr. Burakovskiy graduated from the faculty of international relations and international law of the T.Shevchenko National University and has studied at Birmingham University (United Kingdom), the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Stanford University (USA). He holds a PhD in economic studies and is a professor in the department of economic theory at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and a member of the American Association for Comparative Economic Studies. Mr. Burakovskiy is one of the leading experts in the project of Public Expert Monitoring of Fulfillment of the Agenda for the Ukraine-EU Association. He has also worked as a chief economist at the East-West Institute. He specializes in the analysis of problems associated with economic reform in transitional economies, integration processes, international trade and trade policies.


Pavel Burlakov

First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Pavel Burlakov started his political career in 1995 as a representative of the Liberal Party of Ukraine in Makeevka city. In 2000 he was appointed deputy to the Makeevka mayor. Since 2005 he was the chief of the Party of Regions’ Administration for Ideological Work in the city of Kyiv. In 2006 — 2010 he was a people’s deputy of Ukraine for the Party of Regions, a member of the committee on environmental policy and liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident of the fifth convocation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and a member of the budget committee. In 2010 he was appointed First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. On 16 February 2011 he became First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea — Minister for regional development of the Republic’s residential-communal sector.


Liliya Chernyavs’ka

Head of Office, European Investment Bank Resident Representation in Ukraine 

Before joining the EIB office in Ukraine, Ms. Chernyavs’ka worked in Security of Supply Division of Energy Department at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. In 2008 – 2009 she was Research fellow within Policy group at Institute for Transport Studies at University of Leeds, UK. In 2003 – 2008 she was Senior researcher within the group “Energy – Electricity Market” and Research director and principal investigator on Zero-Regio project (FP6) at Institute for Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy at Università Commerciale L. Bocconi, Milan, Italy. In 2004 – 2006 Ms. Chernyavs’ka was Grant departmental researcher at Division of Transport Economics, Faculty of Economics at University of Genoa, Italy.  Ms. Chernyavs’ka graduated with MA in Transport and Network Industrial Economics from Université Toulouse 1 — Sciences Sociales, France and PhD in Transport Economics from University of Genoa, Italy.




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David Dalton

Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit

David Dalton is a macro-economist and editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he is responsible for producing news analysis, and political and economic forecasts, for a number of countries in the former Soviet Union (mostly the European CIS and Central Asia). He has been covering Ukraine for about two years. His degrees are in Economic and Social Studies from Manchester University and Transition Economics from the University of London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES).


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Genadiy Druzenko

Executive director of ‘The Gedeminovich Tour’, Association of the local governments

Mr. Druzenko graduated from Kyiv T.Shevchenko National University in 2000 and got LL.M. from the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 2008. He worked for the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine as a deputy director of the European and Comparative Law Center in 2001-2004 and for Ukrainian Parliament as the head of staff of the Committee on European Integration in 2010-2011. In 2004-2007, Mr. Druzenko was a vice president of the Institute for European Integration, a Polish NGO based in Rzeszow, and still is a pro bono member of its Board. In 2009-2010, he as a Fulbright Scholar carried out research at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In 2008-2010, Mr. Druzenko was advising the Kamyanets-Podilskiy mayor, Khmelmytsky Oblast, on tourism development, destination marketing, and investment attraction. In 2011-2012, he worked for Chemonics International as Tourism Development Coordinator of the USAID Project “Local Investment and National Competitiveness”. Since 2013 he has been an advisor to Lutsk mayor, Volyn Oblast, on tourism development. In May 2013 he was elected executive director of ‘The Gedeminovich Tour’, an Association of the local governments, and coordinator of the namesake international project aimed at elaborating a new cultural tour that would cover Belarus, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.

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Courtney Fingar

Editor, fDI Magazine/ Financial Times

Since 2004, Ms. Fingar has been the Editor of fDi Magazine, a publication from the Financial Times Ltd that reports on cross-border investment for a senior-level executive readership. She has extensive public speaking experience having chaired conferences, moderated panels and made presentations to large audiences in the UK, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She is a regular panelist at key international events, and also has appeared on television and radio as a commentator on international investment. Before 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfeiting Review (London). Up until 2001, Ms. Fingar worked for the National Journal Group (Washington) as a reporter and editor for Global Business magazine. Ms. Fingar has a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama (USA) and an MSc in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).

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Yuri Golianych

General Manager New Markets Eastern Europe & Central Asia at Kraft Foods

Since 2011, Yuri Golyanych has been responsible for developing the business of Kraft Foods on the new markets of Eastern Europe and Central Asia,covering 11 countries. He has been working for Kraft Foods Ukraine since the foundation of the company, driving growth of the company's brands, ensuringleadership in the categories of salty snacks, coffee and chocolate products, and developing the company’s sales department. In total, Mr.Golianych has over 15 years of experience in marketing, sales and business management. Before, he had worked for British American Tobacco and advertising agencies Leo Burnett and Grey Worldwide.

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Mykola Guta

CEO of Mriya AgroHolding

Mykola Guta is a graduate of Ternopil Academy of the National Economic University with a degree in Ukrainian-Dutch Economics and Management. Mr. Guta received a Masters degree in Economics, Management and Accounting from Hogeschool van Utrecht, the Netherlands. Mykola Guta is a member of the Supervisory Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mriya AgroHolding. Since joining the company in 2002 Mr. Guta has been responsible for the day-to-day management of Mriya AgroHolding.

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Beka Jakeli

Officer of the regional programme for Europe, UN World Tourism Organization

Mr. Jakeli represents the Regional Programme for Europe of the United Nations World Tourism Organization with the headquarters in Madrid, Spain. Over 12 years of experience in tourism combines his valuable professional expertise on the governance of tourism both on national and local levels. Prior to joining UNWTO, Mr. Jakeli was the Deputy Chairman at the National Tourism Administration of Georgia in charge of policy and strategy, destination planning and management, statistics and the economic measurement of tourism, market research and international affairs. Earlier, Mr. Jakeli served as a Manager of one of the Black Sea coastal resorts of Ureki managing business operations. In 2005, he obtained the MBA degree majoring in Hospitality and International Tourism Commerce and Marketing. Mr. Jakeli is the author of 10 scientific publications and a book “Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality” funded by the USAID. He is a co-founder of the Tourism Researchers International Association. In 2011, by the decree of the President of Georgia Mr. Jakeli was awarded with the “Order of Honor” for his special contribution to the development of tourism industry.

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Sergey Kasyanov

Chairman of the Board, agricultural holding KSG Agro S.A.

Mr. Kasyanov graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk Engineering and Construction Institute and hasPh.D. in technical sciences. He is Chairman at KSG Agro S.A., an agricultural holding that carried out an initial public offering (IPO) on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2011. 33% of the shares were sold for $ 43 million. Mr. Kasyanov is in charge of the strategic management of KSG Agro. He has extensive commercial experience, as an example in 1994 he founded the company «Olvia» that was further successfully sold to Procter & Gamble in 2004. In 2002 – 2006, Mr. Kasyanov was actively involved in politics as an MP of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the IV Convocation; Chairman of the joint parliamentary-governmental commission on Ukraine’s integration into WTO; Chairman of Under committee on coordination of cooperation between the EU, WTO, BSEC and the Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on European integration. Mr. Kasyanov is a member of the regional comittee on economic reforms of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, an advisor to Dnipropetrovsk region governor on investment issues and regional development.

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Anil Keselioglu

Sales Director East Europe, Russia+CIS, Middle East & Turkey at SOGEFI

Mr. Kecelioglu is a Sales Director at SOGEFI and is responsible for Eastern Europe, Russia+CIS, Middle East and Turkey. Mr. Kecelioglu graduated from IEDC-Poslovna šola Bled (got PhD), MIB School of Management, Università degli Studi di Trieste and Università degli Studi di Udine. Before SOGEFI he worked at Pirelli Tyres as an Area Manager (2008-2012), Marketing and Operations Manager (2006-2008), Sales and Marketing Manager (2005-2006), Marketing Manager at Ariston Thermo Group (2003-2005) and Key Account at Samer & Co. Shipping Group (1994-2003). Mr. Kecelioglu knows many languages such as Italian, Turkish, English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Serbo Croatian and Russian.

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Oleksandr Kharchenko

Managing Director, EIR Center

Mr. Kharchenko has realized dozens of projects in energy industry, especially in renewable and energy efficiency. Main accent in his activities is within biomass, biogas and district heating projects. He has vast experience in supporting foreign investors’ activities in Ukraine, including business development, government and public relations. He has also realized many projects of various scale and size in the field of marketing and communications for companies in industrial and FMCG sector – from go-to-market campaigns to creation and implementation of communication strategies. The list of his clients includes Alfa Laval, Amway, Barents Group, Interpipe, Kraft Foods, Samsung and others. Many projects, including Interpipe and Kraft Foods, had international coverage: Europe, USA, and the Middle East. Mr. Kharchenko successfully leaded the rebranding of Interpipe Corp. and creation of KLW brand. He also leaded adaptation and introduction of Kraft Foods brand to Ukrainian market.


Vladimir Konstantinov

Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Volodymyr Konstantynov was elected Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in March 2010. Mr. Konstantinov was elected as Member of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for 1998-2002, 2006-2010, 2010-2014 convocations. In 1981 – 1991 Mr.Konstantinov worked in a state-owned company “Ukreremstroymaterialy”, a trust specialized in construction and repair works. From June 1991 to June 1993 he was General Director of the “Console” rental company. From July 1993 he has worked as the General Director of the company “Console Ltd”. He became the Chairman of the Board of “Console Ltd” in September 2001. From December 2001 till August 2004 he has become the Chairman of “Ukrrosbud” corporation. Vladimir Konstantinov obtained a degree in Industrial and Civil Construction at the Sevastopol Instrument-Making Institute in 1979 (Simferopol, Ukraine). He is a Honored Professor at the Crimean Instituteof Environmental Protection and Resort Construction.

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Tatiana Korotka

Director of PPP Professional Service Group, Public-Private Partnerships Development Program, USAID

Ms. Korotka is the Director of Professional Services for USAID-funded Public Private Partnership Program. She holds MBA from IBR School of Executive Management, Steinbeis University (Germany), PhD in Economics from Kyiv State Trade and Economic University (Ukraine). Ms. Korotka was the official member of the Ukrainian government negotiation team to the EU. She was a top manager in the Ukrainian branches of the global financial companies ING and PZU, a Board Member, Head of Legal and Compliance at ING Life Ukraine and a Director of Corporate Governance at PZU Insurance Group.

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Stanislav Kuznetsov

Deputy Chairman of the Board, Sberbank Russia

Stanislav Kuznetsov graduated from the Red Banner Military Institute of the USSR Ministry of Defense and from Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He has a PhD in Law. From 1979 to 2002 he completed his military service and service in Russia’s internal affairs agencies. From 2002 to 2007 he held a number of executive positions in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. In 2007 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade. He has worked in Sberbank since 2008. Mr. Kuznetsov holds several state awards, an Honourary Diploma issued by the Government and a Unit Citation by President of the Russian Federation. 


Andrei Lobatch

Programme Director at the Foundation for Effective Governance

Mr. Lobatch has worked as associate professor at the department of international business at the Belarusian State Economic University, deputy dean at the department of economics and management at Grodno State University, Ph.D. in International Economics. He has a degree from Sussex European Institute, the University of Sussex (United Kingdom), and undergone internship at the Directorate for Regional Policy of the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), at University of Oxford and University of Oslo. He participated in the intergovernmental consulting group on issues of the EU’s neighbourhood policy. Mr. Lobatch took part in international research projects of UNDP in Belarus, University of Hokkaido (Japan), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Center for Social and Economic Research CASE (Warsaw).

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H.E. Eynulla Madatli

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Ukraine

H.E. Eynulla Madatli graduated from Nakhchivan State University, the Faculty of History, he has PhD from the Institute of Philosophy and Law of Azerbaijan National Academy of Science. Until 1996, he had worked in various governmental, academic and educational institutions, worked as chancellor, and International Relations Department Head of the Nakhchivan State University. In 1991-1995 he was a member of parliament of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, in 1996 – 2001 — an adviser in the  Azerbaijan Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Iran. From 2001 to 2002 H.E. Eynulla Madatli was an advisor to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2002 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Pakistan, and in 2005 he was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Afghanistan, with residence in Islamabad. In 2010 he was recalled from the post of Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Ukraine.


Mark Magaletsky

Senior Banker, Head of Infrastructure and Energy, Ukraine European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

In this capacity, Mark Magaletsky is overseeing EBRD operations in transport, municipal infrastructure, energy and natural resource sectors in Ukraine, which currently comprises 41 projects for the total amount exceeding $2 billions as well as policy dialogue with the central government and local authorities. Mark Magaletsky joined the bank in 1998 and has extensive experience in Ukrainian infrastructure operations in both state and private sectors. Prior to joining the EBRD, he worked for Bain & Company, a leading international strategic consultancy. Mark Magaletsky is a graduate of Kyiv National University of Economics.


Anatoliy Mogilev

Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Mr. Mogilev graduated from the Faculty of Physics, Slavyansk Pedagogical Institute of Donetsk Oblast. In 1982, Mr. Mogilev began to serve in the system of internal affairs as District Inspector of the Juvenile Inspection of Slavyansk Rayon Department of Internal Affairs. In 1993, Mr. Mogilev graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Internal Affairs. Since December 2007, he worked for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. From March 2010 to November 2011 as Major General of Police he held the post of Minister of Internal Affairs. Later, he received a special rank of Colonel General of Police. He was granted many awards, including “Cross of Glory” Award. On November 8, 2011 he was appointed the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.


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Olena Netetska

People's Deputy of Ukraine

Ms. Netetska holds a degree in Law from Donetsk National University and has a Master degree in public service. She has worked in local and stategovernments since 2001. Currently Olena Netetska is a Secretary of European Integration committee in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Secretary of Temporary Special Commission on issues of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Also, she is Vice President on Finance in Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC), Head of the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to PABSEC. Ms. Netetska waselected in single-member district №3 (Autonomous Republic of Crimea).


Dr. Frederik Paulsen

Chairman of Ferring

Frederik Paulsen is Chairman of Ferring, a global speciality biopharmaceutical group headquartered in Saint Prex, Switzerland, and the Honourary Consul for the Russian Federation in Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Paulsen studied chemistry at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, and business administration at Lund University, Sweden. Dr. Paulsen has a large number of interests, encompassing science, art and philanthropy. His interest in polar exploration has led him to all 8 of the Earth’s poles. His worldwide philanthropic interests range from the islands of South Georgia, to Russia, Western Europe, the US and to the Kingdom of Bhutan. He is a Swedish national and speaks English, Swedish, German and French.


Giorgi Pertaia

Director of the Georgian National Investment Agency

Mr. Pertaia obtained a Diploma in Finance from Tbilisi State University and MBA from Western Illinois University. Mr. Pertaia is responsible for FDI facilitation in Georgia, creating an investment portfolio of Government initiated projects and promoting Georgia’s investment climate. Earlier he had worked as Business Ombudsman of Georgia, where he has been the mediator between the government, the tax payers and the businesses. Mr. Pertaia has also worked as the Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia, advising on the questions of private sector protection. Mr. Pertaia has a rich experience in the sector of trade and customs which he has acquired by working for different public and private institutions in Georgia and abroad.

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Ivan Plachkov

Chairman of Kievenergo Supervisory Board

Mr. Plachkov is a famous Ukrainian politician and one of the most qualified Ukrainian power engineering specialists. From 1995 to 2005 he was the Head of JSC “Kievenergo”; worked as the Minister of Energy and Fuel in three governments: the government headed by V.P. Pustovoytenko, the government headed by Yu.I. Yekhanurov, the government headed by Yu.V. Timoshenko; was the head of Odesa regional administration. Currently he is also the deputy of the Kyiv City Council from Klitschko bloc and is the Chairman of the “Ukrainian Bureau of Wine and Vine”. Mr. Plachkov is the author of 11 scientific works, the candidate of technical sciences (2005); the laureate of the State award of Ukraine in the science and engineering sphere in 1991; got the title of the “Honoured power engineering specialist” in 1996; was granted the Order of St. Prince Vladimir of the IV class in 1999; was granted the Order of Merit of the III class in 2004. He was elected as a deputy of the Kyiv City Council of XXIII, XXIV, V and VI convocations (1998-2011).  


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H.E. Mehmet Samsar

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Ukraine

H.E. Mehmet Samsar began his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, as Attaché at the Directorate of Gulf and Islamic Countries and later at the Directorate of America-Pacific. H.E. Mehmet Samsar also worked at Turkish Embassies and Consulates in Tashkent, Afghanistan and New York, in the Permanent Office of Turkey to the UN (Vienna) and in the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN (New York). Mr. Ambassador graduated from Gazi University, Institute of Social Sciences, and the Middle East Technical University, Political Science and Public Administration.

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Aaron Schapper

Vice President and General Manager of International Irrigation, Valmont

Mr. Schapper earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Bachelors of Art in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Utah. Than Mr. Schapper graduated from Kellogg Northwestern University (Masters of Business Administration) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His professional career began in the carbon fiber composites industry with experience in both Europe and Asia.  He then moved to Orbit Irrigation Products, where served as General Manager of Asia Operations. Mr. Schapper joined Valley Irrigation in 2011 as Vice President and General Manager of International Irrigation, where he is responsible for sales & service, manufacturing, international product development.

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H.E. Mustafa Sever

Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Turkey

Mustafa Sever holds a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Ankara University (1989) and MBA (Business) from South Bank University (London, UK, 2002). From 1990 till 1994 he worked in the Undersecretariat for Treasury and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Turkey. In 1994 Mr. Sever continued his career in the Undersecretariat for Foreign Trade of the Republic of Turkey, occupying positions of specialist (1994-1999), Deputy Commercial Counselor, London/UK (1999-2002), Head of the Section of Agriculture, General Directorate of Imports (2002-2003), Head of the Department of Agriculture, General Directorate of Imports (2003-2004), Head of the Department of Agriculture, General Directorate of Exports (2005-2008), Deputy General Director, General Directorate of Imports (2008-2009), General Director, General Directorate of Imports (2009-2012). From August 2012 till present Mr. Sever has worked as Deputy Ministerof Economy of the Republic of Turkey. Mr. Sever was also a candidate from the Justice and Development Party for the Parliamentary Elections (June 2011).


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Tengiz Shergelashvili

First Deputy Minister of the Regional Development & Infrastructure of Georgia

Mr. Shergelashvili graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Economics. He has an active educational activity and is an Analyst at European Initiative Liberal Academy, Lecturer on Economics and Public Finance at Ilia Chavchavadze State University and at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA). He is a member of National Committee, Head of Socio-Economic and Institutional Themes of The Republican Party and was active in politics in past, taking the positions of the Head of Regional Service (The Republican Party) and Expert at “Democratic Front” faction in the Parliament of Georgia.



Pavlo Sheremeta

President, Kyiv School of Economics

Mr. Sheremeta holds a Degree in Economic Theory from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine), he also completed a postgraduate management programme at the International Center of Management in Budapest (Hungary) and has an MBA from the Emory Business School, USA. He had worked as a director of the MBA International Management Institute – Kyiv, as a project manager at the Open Society Foundation established by George Soros (Budapest, Hungary), as an Advisor to the Ukrainian MP who later became Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister. He has been the President and a Senior Fellow at the Senior Blue Ocean Strategy Network — a consulting company founded by Professor Chan Kim and the Government of Malaysia (2008-2011). Mr. Sheremeta was the Founding Dean and CEO of the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, country’s top and most innovative business school at that time (1999-2008). He has been the President of Kyiv School of Economics since November 1, 2012.



Iryna Starodubova

Partner, Horizon Capital

Ms. Starodubova joined the team of Horizon Capital in 2006. She has extensive experience in a number of industries including FMCG, construction materials and industrial manufacturing. Prior to joining Horizon Capital, Ms. Starodubova served for ten years as a top manager at AVK, the second largest confectionery in Ukraine. As CEO of AVK, she led the company through four M&A transactions. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as CFO of the firm, completing the first issue of corporate bonds by a FMCG company in Ukraine. Ms. Starodubova has extensive experience with both modern financial mechanisms and accounting systems. She received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from International Management Institute (MIM) in 2005 and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Donetsk Polytechnic Institute in 1980, majoring in Economics.



Andrei Stas

Stas Marketing Founder, Group Managing Partner

Mr. Stas graduated from Moscow State University where he studied Russian medieval history, he also studied French language and culture at College Universitaire Française. In 1995 he started his marketing career that includes brand management positions in MARS and NESTLE, as well as Marketing VP position at Russian Wines and Spirits Company. He authored numerous publications on marketing and brand management. In 2001-2004, Mr. Stas was editor-in-chief of the Brand Management Journal. The most recent area of his academic interest is place marketing and branding. He is the only Russian expert at Association of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy and Director of Institute of Place Marketing and Branding. He is also Guest Lecturer at several Executive MBA programmes in Russia. Since founding Stas Marketing in 1999, he personally supervised over 100 projects.

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Rustam Temirgaliev

Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Mr. Temirgaliev graduated from Kyiv National Economic University, the Faculty of Economics (1998), has PhD in Public Administration from The National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2010). In 1998 he started his career as an economic policy lecturer in Crimean Institute of Economics and Commercial Law, in 2001 — 2002 he worked as Chief Credit and Investment Specialist, Ukrainian State Innovations Company, Crimean department, in 2003 — 2004 – as Deputy Chairman of the Republican Committee for Family and Youth of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC). From 2004 till 2005 Mr.Temirgaliev worked as Chief Specialist in Insurance Supervision department of the Territorial Office of State Commission for Regulation of Financial Services Markets of Ukraine, and as an advisor to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the ARC. After completing his PhD, from 2010 till 2013 he worked in the Supreme Council of the ARC: as Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Economic Affairs and Investment Policy, Chairman of the Permanent Commission of the ARC on Health-Resort Complex, Tourism and Entrepreneurship. On October 1, 2013, Mr. Temirgaliev was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.


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Bate Toms

Managing Partner, B.C.Toms & Co

Bate C. Toms is the founder and managing partner of B.C. Toms & Co and is the Chairman  of the British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce. He graduated from the Washington and Lee University (B.A., 1971) (Phi Beta Kappa), Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1969-1970) (Soviet Studies) and Yale University (M.S., 1977). He is also a lawyer with substantial previous experience practicing in the US and Western as well as Eastern Europe.  Prior to establishing B.C Toms & Co (with offices in Kyiv, London and Lviv), Mr. Toms was a partner in the London office of one of the largest US based multinational law firms. His primary areas of practice include advising Ukrainian and international clients on construction and project finance law, oil and gas law, both for exploration, development, production and pipeline projects, telecommunication law, securities law, electricity regulatory law, environmental law, franchising and distribution of products  and corporate, banking, and bankruptcy law. He has written numerous articles on Ukrainian law, including as the principal author of the ICC book «Doing Business with Ukraine».



Oleg Ustenko

Executive Director at The Bleyzer Foundation

Mr. Ustenko has a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Kyiv State Economics University. He also attended the Ph.D. programme in economics at Brandeis University. He joined The Bleyzer Foundation in 2004 and since then has been actively involved in all major projects, including assessments in macroeconomics, investment and the overall business climate in the regions of analysis. He also acts as a consultant to the Ukrainian government and other CIS countries. He is an active participant at major economic and business conferences in the region and is one of the most published and quoted economists in Ukraine. His economic and financial research is focused on transitional and developing economies. The CIS region and Ukraine are his particular areas of interest. Prior to joining The Bleyzer Foundation, Mr. Ustenko was involved in different economic policy-oriented projects of The World Bank, OECD, governments of CIS countries and leading universities including Harvard University and MIT. 

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Oleksandr Vilkul

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine

Mr. Vilkul graduated from Kryvyi Rih Technical University in 1996, qualified as mining engineer. Since 2010, he has studied in the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine. He started his career as an assistant engine driver of excavator at a mining and beneficiation plant. In 1997-2003, he worked in Chief commercial financial Department as Deputy Director General, Deputy Chairman of JSC Southern mining and beneficiation plant (Kryvyi Rih). In 2003-2004 — Chairman of JSC Central mining and beneficiation plant (Kryvyi Rih), in 2004-2006 — Chairman of JSC Central mining and beneficiation plant (Kryvyi Rih) and Chairman of JSC Central mining and beneficiation plant, director of mining division of JSC Metinvest Holding, in 2006-2010 – MP of V and VI convocation, deputy head of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship. In 2010 - 2012 he was the Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. On December 24, 2012, Mr. Vilkul was appointed the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine. He is a companion of the Order "For Merit" III and II levels (2008, 2011), Honoured Worker of Industry of Ukraine (2005). He is awarded by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (2004).


Elena Voloshina

IFC Country Officer in Ukraine

Ms. Voloshina coordinates the work performed by IFC in Ukraine. She carries out investment promotion as well as work on certain investment projects. She is also actively involved in the work of advisory donor-funded programs that IFC is implementing across Ukraine. Prior to her appointment in 1996, Ms. Voloshina occupied the position of Deputy Project Manager and then Project Manager for IFC’s Small-Scale Privatization Project (1994 — 1996) supervising the work of consultants on small-scale privatization in 18 cities of Ukraine and coordinating IFC relations with the Ukrainian Government at all levels. Ms. Voloshina began her career with IFC in 1992 when IFC first launched its operation in Ukraine. During her tenure at IFC up to present, Ms. Voloshina has acquired extensive experience in consulting on a wide range of privatization and investment related issues. She graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages of the Kyiv State University in 1985 and in 1990 was conferred a PhD degree in Linguistics.

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Magnus Wetterholm

CEO, Reikartz Hotel Group

Magnus Wetterholm manages Reikartz Hotels & Resorts in Ukraine. He has a profound experience in hospitality industry and MICE which he has acquired while working on management positions in many companies in Sweden and abroad such as Skandinavia Country Club (Russia),  N.E.W.S. Airlines (Sweden), Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden (Sweden), Amaryllis Beach Resort (Barbados), Quality Hotel Arlandastad (Sweden), Excellent Travel (Sweden) etc. Mr. Wetterholm speaks Swedish, English and German. He graduated from Hermods Liber College specializing in Economy studies.


Okan Yardimci

Energy Expert, Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), Turkey

Mr. Yardimci is a Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer, MBA, LL.M. Candidate, Ph.D. Candidate (finance). He worked as a Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineer in an international oil company. Mr. Yardimci is also experienced in econometrics, finance and regulation, Turkish energy market and tariff applications. He is currently working for the National Energy Agency of Turkey, Energy Market Regulatory Authority, as an Energy Expert. He is giving lectures in some universities and participates in many conferences. He is publishing his articles and materials on the web: 


Andriy Yermolaev

Director, National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine

Mr. Yermolaev graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, T.Shevchenko State University in Kyiv. Since 2000 he has been the president of the Center for Social Research "Sophia" (Kyiv). The Centre is engaged in researching and elaborating development strategies, political and economic analyses of private and public institutions, development and implementation of political technologies. From 1997-1999, Mr. Yermolaev worked as an expert on the Staff of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, and as an assistant to the Prime Minister. In 1996-1997, he was the executive director, head of information and analytical service for the all-Ukrainian charitable foundation "Our Future". In 1994-1996, he worked as a senior consultant in the information and analytical service of the Administration of the President of Ukraine. He was appointed to the current position in 2010 by decree of the President of Ukraine. Mr. Yermolaev is also a co-founder of the expert seminar "Ukrainian club."



Jorge Zukoski

President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine

Mr. Zukoski is an American citizen of Venezuelan and Polish decent, received his Master of Business Administration in international management from the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University (Texas, USA). He lived and worked in Mexico City and the Cayman Islands prior to arriving in Ukraine in 1996. In 1998 Mr. Zukoski took over as the leader of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.
One of the American Chamber of Commerce’s principle activities is to represent the internationally oriented investment community operating in Ukraine. Therefore, the organization cooperates closely with the Ukrainian authorities in order to improve the business environment and attract domestic and foreign investment into the economy as well as to promote Ukraine's integration into the larger global community.