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FT/BUCC Ukraine Business Forum

Harnessing Opportunities from a Post-Brexit Relationship

London |
Speakers include:
The Rt Hon Liam  Fox MP

The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

UK Government

Stepan Kubiv

Stepan Kubiv

Government of Ukraine

Oleksiy  Pavlenko

Oleksiy Pavlenko



Europe’s second largest country has been going through a period of ambitious and wide-ranging reform, making it more attractive to businesses in the agriculture, tech and tourism sectors. As two of the biggest export earners, agriculture and IT can combine to create a truly globally dominant agro-tech sector and help Ukraine to regain its historical position as the bread basket of the world.

FT/BUCC Ukraine Business Forum: Harnessing Opportunities from a Post-Brexit Relationship will bring together political and business leaders to explore opportunities and challenges in this evolving market. Join us to find out about potential trade opportunities for UK and Ukrainian companies in a post-Brexit world. Discover how UK-Ukraine economic relations are progressing; explore how the UK and Ukraine are cooperating to provide opportunities for investors; discuss the role of free trade in promoting opportunities between the two countries; find out about trading with Ukraine; and learn about regional investment opportunities.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/09/2018 08:15:0010/09/2018 20:00:00trueFT/BUCC Ukraine Business ForumEurope’s second largest country has been going through a period of ambitious and wide-ranging reform, making it more attractive to businesses in the agriculture, tech and tourism sectors. As two of the biggest export earners, agriculture and IT can combine to create a truly globally dominant agro-tech sector and help Ukraine to regain its historical position as the bread basket of the world.FT/BUCC Ukraine Business Forum: Harnessing Opportunities from a Post-Brexit Relationship will bring together political and business leaders to explore opportunities and challenges in this evolving market. Join us to find out about potential trade opportunities for UK and Ukrainian companies in a post-Brexit world. Discover how UK-Ukraine economic relations are progressing; explore how the UK and Ukraine are cooperating to provide opportunities for investors; discuss the role of free trade in promoting opportunities between the two countries; find out about trading with Ukraine; and learn about regional investment opportunities.FT/BUCC-Ukraine-Business-Forum70063e431fa902838407e5e447099a1dMM/DD/YYYY

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Agenda - 9th Oct

  • 8:15am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair's opening remarks

    Yuri Bender, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Wealth Management (FT Group)

  • 9:10am
    Keynote address: Investing in Ukraine

    Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Ukraine

    David Thomas, Executive Chairman,Council of British Chambers in Europe (COBCOE)

    Bate C Toms, Chairman, British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

  • 9:50am
    Panel discussion: The accelerating Ukrainian economy and areas of UK-Ukraine cooperation
    • What are the general reform trends in the Ukrainian economy?
    • How is the new privatisation law providing opportunities for investors?
    • How are reforms helping to improve the legal environment and reduce corruption?
    • How can the UK and Ukraine work together to achieve mutual goals?
    • How is the development of technology driving new opportunities in Ukraine’s economy?

    Adomas Ąžuolas AudickasAdviser to the Prime Minister, Government of Ukraine

    Ihor Burakovsky, Head of the Board, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting

    Maryana Kahanyak, Director, Export Promotion Office

    Makar Paseniuk, Managing Partner, ICU

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Former UK Foreign Secretary (1995-1997) and Defence Secretary (1992-1995), and former Chairman of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015) 



    Yuri Bender, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Wealth Management (FT Group)

  • 11:00am
    Networking break
  • 11:25am
    Spotlight on UK-Ukraine post-Brexit trade relations

    Keynotes: Government perspectives of UK-Ukraine trade

    The Rt Hon Liam Fox, MP, Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, UK Government

    Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine


    Panel discussion: UK-Ukraine post-Brexit trade relations

    • How will trade relations between the UK and Ukraine develop and evolve following Brexit?
    • How can we harness the opportunities of a partnership between Europe’s largest net food importer and Europe’s largest food exporter?
    • Should the UK and Ukraine replace or modify the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) to obtain better trade terms?
    • How could a change to the DCFTA change food imports to the UK?
    • Could the UK benefit from a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Ukraine?
    • Could an FTA reduce food inflation and ensure future food security?
    • What impact could an FTA with Ukraine have on the UK’s balance of payments?
    • Could Ukraine become a more important consumer of UK goods and services as its economy develops?
    • How will tech innovation drive post-Brexit trade relations between the UK and Ukraine?


    Oleksiy Pavlenko, Former Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Government of Ukraine

    Serhiy SvistylVice President, Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

    Erika Szyszczak, Professor of EU Law, University of Sussex

    Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBEMPUK Parliament



    Neil Buckley, Chief Leader Writer, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch
  • 2:20pm
    Keynote: UK and Ukraine: Free trade, agriculture and post-Brexit economic growth

    Alex Lissitsa, CEO, IMC, and President, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club

  • 2:40pm
    Followed by panel discussion: Trading with Ukraine – Post-Brexit opportunities in the agriculture and food sectors
    • How can UK agriculture and food processing firms benefit from trading with Ukraine?
    • What are the prospects for Ukrainian farming firms?
    • What is the perspective of a UK firm that has entered the Ukrainian market?
    • What is the role of technology and innovation in the food and supply sector? And how does that translate into investment opportunities?
    • How are new energy sources such as solar and wind helping to power the sector?

    Yuriy Kosyuk, Chief Executive and Founder, MHP

    Irina MirochnikPresident, IMMER Group

    Guy Smith, Deputy President, National Farmers’ Union

    Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration, Government of Ukraine


    Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine (Financial Times Group)

  • 3:30pm
    Networking break
  • 3:50pm
    Business Networking Platform: Ukraine Now


    Artem Bidenko, State Secretary, Ministry of Information Policy, Government of Ukraine

    Daniel Bilak, Director, UkraineInvest

    Vasyl Bovdilov, Country Director, Unilever Ukraine

    Maryana Kahanyak, Head, Ukraine Export Promotion Office

    Stepan Kubiv, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

    Yaroslav Lyubinets, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, SoftServe

  • 4:20pm
    Panel discussion: The improved climate and framework for doing business in Ukraine

    Oleksandr Martynenko, Head of Kyiv office, CMS Cameron McKenna

    Jock Mendoza-Wilson, Deputy Chairman, British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

    Mykola Povoroznyk, First Deputy Head, Kyiv City State Administration 

  • 5:30pm
    Chair’s concluding remarks

    Yuri Bender, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Wealth Management (FT Group)

  • 5:40pm
    Networking drinks reception

Speakers (28)

The Rt Hon Liam  Fox MP

The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
UK Government

Liam Fox was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade in July 2016. The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the business of the departmentandleadson trade and investment promotion in the defence and security sector.

He was elected as the Conservative MP for North Somerset in 1992. 

Dr Fox held several ministerial roles in John Major’s Conservative government. He served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998-1999), Shadow Health Secretary (1999-2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003-05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005-10). In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, a position from which he resigned in October 2011.

Dr Fox worked as a GP before his election to Parliament and is a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance. 

He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School., graduating with MB ChB degrees in 1983.

Stepan Kubiv

Stepan Kubiv

First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade
Government of Ukraine

Stepan Kubiv has been a member of Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers since April 2016. Dr Kubiv is responsible for macroeconomic stabilisation and economic reforms. He oversees the work of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. As a First Vice Prime Minister he is also responsible for the Government’s relations with Parliament.

Before starting his political career in 2012, Dr Kubiv was one of the most successful managers in the Ukrainian banking sector. He was Chairman of KredoBank for eight years, during which time this small local bank became a nationwide financial institution. He was a People’s Deputy of Verkhovna Rada (2012-2014), Head of the National Bank of Ukraine and a member of the Council on National Security and Defence of Ukraine (February-June 2014), and a President’s Representative in the Ukraine Parliament (2015-2016)

He majored in Mathematics (1984) and Finance (2002). He also has a PhD in Economics.

Oleksiy  Pavlenko

Oleksiy Pavlenko

Former Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food

Oleksiy Pavlenko became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mriya Farming Plc (UK) in 2018. He has been a Member of the Supervisory Board of Ukraine’s National Agrarian Universityand an Expert at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future since 2016, and Chairman of the Ukrainian-Dutch Business Council since 2017.Mr Pavlenko was the country’s Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food from 2014 – 2016.

From 2013 – 2014 he was a Member of the Supervisory Board at European Milk Technologies, and a Consultant with Agroprogress Holding Ltd and Forum Capital. From 2009 – 2013 he was a Member of the Advisory Boardof the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. Mr Pavlenko was CEO of Foxtrot from 2007 – 2009 and CEO of Rise Group (Ukraine) from 2004 – 2006. From 2002 – 2003 he was a member of the Audit Committee, Restructuring and Business Development teams at Damen Shipyards Group (Netherlands) working on projects in Ukraine, Romania and the Netherlands.

He has a degree in Economics from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, and an MBA from Nyenrode Business School, the Netherlands.

Sir Malcolm  Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Former UK Foreign Secretary (1995-1997) and Defence Secretary (1992-1995), and former Chairman of the UK Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015)

Sir Malcolm Rifkind lived in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and taught at the local university from 1967-69. On his return to the UK he was called to the Bar and practised as an advocate until 1979. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985.

In 1974 he was elected as MP for Pentlands and represented that constituency until 1997. In 1979, he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then, during the Falklands conflict, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he was promoted to Minister of State in 1983. He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defence. From 1995-97 he was Foreign Secretary.

In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service. He has served on the Court of Edinburgh University and has been an honorary colonel in the Reserve Forces. He is a member of the Queen's Bodyguard, the Royal Company of Archers.

In May 2005 Sir Malcolm was elected as the MP for Kensington and Chelsea, and in May 2010 he was elected as MP for Kensington. He remained in Parliament until 2015.

He served as UK representative on the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group from 2010-2011 and as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament from 2010-15. He is currently a member of the OSCE’s Eminent Persons Group, which reportson relations between Russia and the West.

Sir Malcolm was educated at George Watson's College and Edinburgh University, where he studied Law before taking a postgraduate degree in Political Science.

Olexander Martinenko

Olexander Martinenko

Senior Partner, Head of Commercial, Regulatory and Dispute Resolution
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Olexander Martinenko is Senior Partner and Head of the Commercial, Regulatory and Disputes Practice Group at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang.

Olexander is a recommended expert for general commercial issues, as well as dispute resolution and litigation with more than 25 years of experience.

His experience includes advising multi-national and local companies, institutions and organisations on their business activities in Ukraine for almost three decades. Olexander is a highly acclaimed and recommended expert in competition, corporate and commercial law, as well as mergers and acquisitions, and a number of sector practices.

Olexander was recognised as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A and Antitrust/Competition by Chambers Europe 2008-2018, and has been recommended for Dispute Resolution by Legal 500, 2013-2018.

Igor V Burakovsky

Igor V Burakovsky

Head of the Board
Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting

Igor Burakovsky has been Head of the Board of independent economic think tank the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting since 2002. He has worked as a research fellow in the UK (Birmingham University), Japan (Economic Planning Agency, Japan Institute for International Affairs) and the USA (Fulbright Scholar, Stanford University), and participated in a number of international research projects.

Prof Burakovsky has also been elected to the governing bodies of the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels (a non-profit organisation that unites leading Ukrainian and EU think tanks), of which he is Head of the Board, and the Ukrainian Association of International Economics, of which he is a member of the Board.

His research interests include economic reforms in countries in transition, international trade and trade policy.

Prof Burakovsky graduated with honours from Kiev State University, Ukraine, in 1980. He received a degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences in 1985, Doctor of Economic 1999. He started his professional career as a lecturer at Kiev State University.

Yuriy  Kosyuk

Yuriy Kosyuk

Chief Executive and Founder

Yuriy Kosyuk is an entrepreneur, leading businessman and Chief Executive and Founder of MHP, one of the top international agro-industrial groups and the leading producer of poultry products in Ukraine. 

Yuriy founded MHP in 1998 having studied other poultry producers around the world. This led to the development of his integrated business model, controlling quality from the feed grains to the shop floor, which formed the basis of MHP and its international success. MHP now has around a 60% market share of industrially produced chicken in Ukraine and its poultry is exported across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

From July to December 2014, Yuriy served as First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, where he was responsible for the improvement of the administration’s structure. 

Yuriy is an Honorary Professor at Odessa National Academy of Food Technology. He has a degree in Process Engineering (Meat and Milk Production) from the Kiev Food Industry Institute.

Irina Mirochnik

Irina Mirochnik


Irina Mirochnik is the President of IMMER Group, global producer of flexible packaging materials, films and labels. She has been Chairperson of the board of IMMER Ukrplastic since 2013. Under her leadership, the company has expanded its operations to the European market through the opening of an additional flexible packaging factory – IMMER Digital – in Latvia, becoming one of the top 15 largest European manufacturers in the sector and grown its workforce to more than 1,400.

Irina has 25 years of professional experience in the implementation of innovative business development models of high-tech modern packaging materials production. She is the Founder and President of the Ukrainian Association of Flexible Packaging, and a board member of the European Rotogravure Association (ERA). She has been an official representative of the UN Save Food Initiative in Ukraine since 2015.

Irina has a DPhil in Law and is an Honored Industry Worker of Ukraine. She has appeared in Focus magazine’s Top 100 list of the most influential Ukrainian women. Irina is involved in scientific, educational and charitable activities. She is the author of several books and has been published in scientific journals.

Alex  Lissitsa

Alex Lissitsa

CEO, IMC and
President, Ukrainian Agribusiness Club

Alex Lissitsa has been CEO of IMC, one of the top 7 agricultural companies in Ukraine, since May 2013. The integrated agricultural business is based in northern and central Ukraine, has 130,000 ha of land under cultivation and has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2011. Under the leadership of Mr Lissitsa, who is one of the most cited Ukrainian agricultural experts worldwide, the IMC has become one of the most innovative and efficient agricultural companies in Ukraine and has established a close and long-term relationship with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Mr Lissitsa is also President of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB), which he helped to set up in 2007 and which has since become the most powerful agricultural association in the country.

He has a diploma in Economics of Enterprises from the National Agricultural University of Ukraine (Kyiv) and a PhD in Agriculture from Humboldt University,Germany.

Artem Bidenko

Artem Bidenko

State Secretary, Ministry of Information Policy
Government of Ukraine

Artem Bidenko is the State Secretary at the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine. Prior to this he was leader of an advertising trade union. He was also a blogger and contributor to online media such as Ukrayins'ka Pravda, UBR, Liga and Mr Bidenko has worked as a freelance journalist and political observer and editor on newspapers including Ukrayins'ke Slovo, Delovaya Ukrayina, Delovaya Nedelia and Argumenty i Fakty v Ukrayine, and magazines such as Business Communication, Profil' and Kompaniyon. He is a co-author of two books on election campaigns in Ukraine.

He was appointed Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine and Chief of Staff in February 2015.

Serhiy  Svystil

Serhiy Svystil

Vice President
Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

Serhiy Svystil has been Vice President of the Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (UCCI) since 2013.

He started his career in the Armed Forces of the USSR as an Officer, working in the direction of interaction with the defense industry, organization of scientific and research, research and design works and development of new technology samples (Kyiv) between 1974 – 1991. In 1992 he became a member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, stationed at Arms Headquarters, Department of Intergovernmental Relations. From 1992 – 1995 he was Head of the Department of Analysis and Export Policy Adjustment of the Expert and Technical Committee at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and Secretary of the Governmental Expert and Technical Committee. In 1996 he became Deputy Head of the Expert and Technical Committee at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Mr Svystil was Deputy Head of the State Service of Export Control of Ukraine from 1997 –2000. Between 2001 and 2013 he was a manager in private business in the sphere of foreign economic activity, and Head of the Council of the Association of Exporters and Importers in foreign economic activity.

He also lectures in Ukraine on foreign economic activity and has managed many international trade, logistics and customs projects.

He has completed a number fellowships in foreign trade in the USA, Japan, Belgium and Germany.

Mr Svystil is a Co-Chair of the joint work group of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and the UCCI, a member of the Board on issues of investment stimulation and entrepreneurial activity at the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, and Head of the Committee for foreign economic activity at the UCCI. He coordinates the activity of the following UCCI committees: the Tax Committee, the Committee on Issues of Protection Against Unfair Competition, the Committee on Combating Corruption and Corporate Responsibility, the IT-Committee.

He holds the title Honored Inventor of Ukraine.

He graduated with honours from the Military Institute of Telecommunications and Information, Military Relations Academy, Central Institute of Certification Training for Management Staff in the Patent Sphere, and has completed Higher State courses on Patent and Licence Work. He also studied at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA.

David  Thomas

David Thomas

Executive Chairman
Council of British Chambers in Europe (COBCOE)

David Thomas is Executive Chairman of the Council of British Chambers in Europe (COBCOE). He is an experienced leader of boards internationally who has also delivered success in the not-for-profit sector, as demonstrated in his role as Chairman of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce and, earlier, the British Polish Chamber of Commerce. He is a senior executive who has run several organisational and financial restructurings in the Polish finance, telecoms, utilities, petrochemicals and shipbuilding sectors. He is also an experienced supervisory board member who has held Chairman and board positions in public companies in the country. In addition, heis a member of the Advisory Board of the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE),a leading London-based NGO that brings the business and diplomatic community together. He has extensive experience across Europe and beyond in the finance sector having held senior management (FSA-registered) roles in the London-based investment banks of Baring Brothers, HSBC and Schroders,as well as running the Corporate Investment Banking and Markets division for HSBC in Poland.

Olga Trofimtseva

Olga Trofimtseva

Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration
Government of Ukraine

Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration.

Olga Trofimtseva was appointed the Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine on European Integration in September 2016.

She was Programme Coordinator and Deputy Director at the National Agrarian University of Ukraine (Kyiv) from 1999 – 2001; its Professor of Management for Foreign Economy Activities from 1999 – 2002; and its Assistant Vice-Rector for International Affairs from 2001-2002.

From 2002 – 2005 Ms Trofimtseva was Doctoral Candidate of Agrarian Policy chairs at Humboldt University, Germany, and a Senior Fellow in Agrarian Policy at the university from 2005-2006. From 2006 – 2007, she was a Project Assistant at AbiTEP GmbH, Berlin and reprised this role at Wegweiser GmbH, Berlin, from  2007 – 2008. From 2008-2011 she was in private business. Between 2011 and 2012 Ms Trofimtseva was the leading expert on national standardisation and harmonisation for the German Association of Dairy industry. From 2013 – 2014 she was the head of office at Agrotechnika GmbH, Berlin. She returned to her role at the German Association of Dairy industry from 2014-15. Ms Trofimtseva was the Project Manager for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture between January and August 2016.

She has a degree in Management for Foreign Economy Activities from the National Agrarian University of Ukraine (Kyiv) and a PhD in Agrarian Policy from Humboldt University, Germany.

Bate C Toms

Bate C Toms

British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

Bate C Toms is Chairman of the British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce. He had many years of experience in the oil and gas sectors, including US and UK (North Sea) exploration and development, before coming to Ukraine, where he has handled most of the initial legal work for western investment in Ukrainian oil and gas projects for several major oil and gas companies. Mr Toms also organised the first IPOs and project financings in the country for leading independents. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and also studied Law at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. He is a member of the DC, Virginia and Paris Bars.

Jock Mendoza-Wilson

Jock Mendoza-Wilson

British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce

Jock Mendoza-Wilson has extensive experience of developing communications strategies and implementing public and regulatory affairs programmes for leading global corporations to develop governmental, institutional and investor relations.

Jock joined System Capital Management, Ukraine’s largest financial and industrial group, as Director of Corporate Communications in 2005. He is Chairperson of the UN Global Compact in Ukraine, is a member of the Advisory Board of the EU-Ukraine Business Council, a Director of the British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and serves on the President’s Advisory Council of the US-Ukraine Business Council. He also serves as a member of the UN-led Humanitarian Country Team in Ukraine which coordinates the response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the conflict in the country’s Donbass region. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship by Mariupol University for his contribution to international relations.

Rt Hon John  Whittingdale OBE MP

Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP

UK Parliament

John Whittingdale has been Member of Parliament for Maldon in Essex since 1992.

Prior to this, he worked both in Whitehall and the City. Having been Head of the Political Section in the Conservative Research Department, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in 1984, serving three successive Secretaries of State until 1987. He then worked at NM Rothschild Merchant Bank before returning to government work in 1989 as Political Secretary to the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. 

During his time in parliament, John has held roles including Opposition Whip; front bench Treasury spokesman; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition; Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; Chairman of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee; Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; member of the Privy Council; Vice Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary 1922 Committee; and a representative on the Board of the Conservative Party. He was a member of the Campaign Committee for the Vote Leave Campaign in the EU Referendum in 2016. He then became a member of the new Select Committee on Exiting the European Union and in 2017 was elected Vice Chairman of the Committee.

John is Vice Chairman of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. He is a full member of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He is also Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Lithuania, Vice Chairman of the APPGs for Hungary and Armenia, and Chairman of the All Party Writers Group.

John has a degree in Economics from University College, London.

Mykola  Povoroznyk

Mykola Povoroznyk

First Deputy Head
Kiev City State Administration

Mykola Povoroznyk has been First Deputy Head of Kiev City State Administration (KCSA) since December 2017.

After serving in the Armed Forces, in October 2001, he became a Chief Specialist and later Head of Division, Department of Entrepreneurship, at KCSA.

From March 2003 Mr Povoroznyk was Deputy Head of Board for Licensing and Registration at the General Department of Entrepreneurship at KCSA. He went on to become Deputy Head of the General Department of Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship, which he headed from December 2006. From November 2012 he was the Senior Deputy Head of General Department –Head of Board for Regulatory Policy and Permit Issuance of General Department of Industrial, Scientific, Technological and Innovation Policies. In December 2012, he became the Senior Deputy of the Department – Head of Board for Regulatory Policy and Permit Issuance at the Department of Industry and Enterprise Development.

From June 2013 he was Deputy Head of Department – Head of Board for the Coordination of Regional Economic Policy at the Department of Economy and Investments and was promoted to Head of the department in August the same year. In January 2016 he became Deputy Head of KCSA.

He has a degree in Electronic Engineering from Kiev Military Institute of Management and Communications, Ukraine, and a Master’s in State Administration from the National Academy of State Administration of the President of Ukraine.

Guy Smith

Guy Smith

Deputy President
National Farmers Union

Guy farms a mixed and diversified family farm in north-east Essex.

He served for eight years on the NFU Council as the Essex delegate. Other NFU positions include four years as a member of the Governance Board and six years as Chair of the NFU Communications Group.  

In the past, Guy has served on the boards of FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), HGCA (Home Grown Cereals Authority) and Landskills New Entrants Committee.  He is a founder of the Essex Schools Food and Farming Day.

Guy is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate for services to Agriculture from Essex University.

Erika  Szyszczak

Erika Szyszczak

Professor of EU Law
University of Sussex

Erika Szyszczak is a Professor of EU Law and, until retirement in 2017, was a practising barrister and mediator. She is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex where she provides advice and consultancy services on the effects of Brexit and trade policy for the UK and the EU. She is especially interested in the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Erika is also a member of the Western Ukraine Research Centre in European Studies at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and regularly gives lecture tours in Ukraine on EU law.

She specialises in antitrust law and has a special interest in the application of antitrust to activities of the State. She has had a long-term interest in advising Accession States to the EU and has an on-going commitment to training national judges in EU competition law. Erika was a Special Adviser to the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee Inquiry on ‘Brexit: Competition and State Aid’.

Makar  Paseniuk

Makar Paseniuk

Managing Partner

Makar Paseniuk is Managing Partner of ICU, a leading independent asset management, corporate advisory and private equity franchise in Ukraine. He has been instrumental in building a US$400m asset management business and completing US$5.5bn of M&A, equity and debt capital markets, and debt restructuring transactions.

Prior to joining ICU in 2009, Makar spent more than a decade at ING Bank’s franchises in Ukraine and the UK, rising from Equity Analyst to Head of Securities Services to Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance. He has worked on numerous major transactions such as the US$2.7bn restructuring of Ukraine’s external debt (2001); the first Ukrainian initial public offering (IPO) on London’s AIM Stock Exchange (XXI Century Holdings, 2005); the first Ukrainian IPO on Warsaw Stock Exchange (Astarta, 2006), the IPO of Kernel shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2007; a US$850m private and public debt restructuring (Donetsksteel, 2011); and a US$1.3bn corporate debt restructuring (Mriya, current).

Maryana  Kahanyak

Maryana Kahanyak

Ukraine Export Promotion Office

Maryana Kahanyak is the co-initiator and Head of the Ukraine Export Promotion Office (EPO) as well as the co-initiator of the She Exports Program. She has also been an advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade since May 2015 and is an expert advisor at the Interagency Commission on the Popularization of Ukraine in the World. She was previously a member of the core team of Ukrainian experts developing the country’s export strategy.

Ms Kahanyak has more than 15 years of experience in business development, project management, international economic relations, sales and marketing. She led the commercial and promotional aspects of complex country image-building events such as UEFA Euro 2012 and EuroBasket 2015. She was the lead business development expert for several high-profile PR agencies and a TV channel. Ms Kahanyak also has substantial expertise of project management for a range of Ukrainian and international companies. 

Vasyl Bovdilov

Vasyl Bovdilov

Country Director
Unilever Ukraine

Vasyl Bovdilov is the Country Director of Unilever Ukraine. He joined the company in 1995 as National Account Manager and became National Sales Controller in 1997. In 1999 he became General Sales Manager and was Regional Sales Manager at Unilever RUB, from 2000-2002. In 2002 he was appointed the Country Manager for Unilever Ukraine. In 2015 he became a member of the Unilever RUB board and the European Business Association in Ukraine.
Mr Bovdilov has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kiev Tank Engineering Military School, Ukraine, and a PhD in Military Techniques and Armaments from the Kiev Army Institute of Engineering, Ukraine. He has completed language courses at the Defense Language Institute, USA, and specialised military courses at the US Army Armor Center, USA. Mr Bovdilov has also studied Marketing Confidence at Ashridge Business School in the UK and completed Unilever RUB’s Executive Education programme at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA.

Daniel  Bilak

Daniel Bilak


Daniel Bilak was appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as Director of UkraineInvest, the country’s investment promotion office, and Chief Investment Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, in 2016. In July 2018 he also became Chairman of its Supervisory Board. A Canadian-qualified lawyer with 26 years of professional experience in Ukraine, he has advised international companies in the energy, agribusiness, infrastructure and technology sectors, most recently as Managing Partner of the Ukraine office of global law firm CMS Cameron McKenna. He has also been Counsel to Ukraine’s Business Ombudsman and a senior governance expert to the Ukrainian government, including twice serving as Chief of Staff to Ukraine’s Minister of Justice.

Daniel is a member of the Senate, the governing body of the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Yaroslav Lyubinets

Yaroslav Lyubinets

Chairman of the Board

Yaroslav Lyubinets joined SoftServe in 1995 where he worked in various engineering, client facing and management roles. In 1997, he was appointed the firm’s Vice President of Engineering. His responsibilities have included driving all aspects of the software development lifecycle, from testing and quality assurance to launch and commercial success. For many years he has also been a researcher and a professor at Lviv National Polytechnic University, Ukraine, lecturing on information systems.

Mr Lyubinets has a PhD in Computer Science from Lviv National Ivan Franko University, Ukraine. He has completed the President’s MBA at Kiev Mohyla Business School, Ukraine, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Adomas  Ąžuolas Audickas

Adomas Ąžuolas Audickas

Adviser to the Prime Minister
Government of Ukraine

Adomas Ąžuolas Audickas is an Adviser to Ukraine’s Prime Minister having previously been an Adviser to the Minister of Economy. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in investment banking, corporate banking, public administration and management consulting. 

In 2010, as Lithuania’s Vice Minister of Economy,Adomas led the reform of state-owned enterprisesin the country. In 2013, Adomas was responsible for resolution of Lithuanian NASDAQ-listed commercial bank, Ukio Bankas. He went on to become a Partner at the largest management consulting company in the Baltic region. 

In 2015, Adomas led the reform of state-owned enterprises in Ukraine.

Adomas has an MBA from INSEAD, a BSc from ICMA business school and a BSc from Vilnius University, Lithuania.

Neil  Buckley

Neil Buckley

Chief Leader Writer
Financial Times

Neil Buckley is Chief Leader Writer at the Financial Times. He has a particular interest in central and eastern Europe and the republics of the former Soviet Union, and served previously as the FT’s Eastern Europe Editor for eight years and Moscow bureau chief from 2005 to 2008. In an FT career spanning more than 25 years, he has also been New York correspondent, an EU correspondent in Brussels, and twice worked as a writer on the agenda-setting Lex Column. He is a former Business Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards.

Courtney Fingar

Courtney Fingar

fDi Magazine

Courtney Fingar is the Editor-in-Chief of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication from the Financial Times, and the head of content for its associated data division, fDi Intelligence. In her role she oversees all elements of editorial production for the bimonthly magazine and its website, as well as editorial outputs for fDi Intelligence.  

She is also the presenter for the ‘fDi On Location’ video series.

A trained journalist, she interviews political and business leaders at the highest levels about economic and investment issues, and has covered business stories in all major regions of the world. She has a special interest in post-conflict investment sparked by her on-the-ground reporting from Iraq in 2009-11.

She is a popular panellist and moderator at international economic gatherings and has appeared on television and radio in dozens of countries as a commentator on international investment. 

Before joining fDi in 2004, she served as the editor of Trade & Forfaiting Review, a London-based magazine focusing on trade finance. She worked previously in Washington, DC. 

Yuri Bender

Yuri Bender

PWM (Professional Wealth Management)

Yuri Bender is a journalist covering banking, asset management and capital markets. He has launched and edited several magazines and websites at the Financial Times group and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Professional Wealth Management global magazine, website and events hub. He moderates panel discussions on financial, business and cultural issues in Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia.  He has reported from Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine for the FT Wealth magazine and writes regularly for FTfm, the fund management section of the FT newspaper. He studied Investment Management at the London Business School and International Relations at Cambridge University, writing his thesis on the economics of armed conflict.


Who Attends

The event will gather an audience of over 150 senior executives within agriculture and farming, food and beverage production, major food retailers, logistics and transport, technology, tourism, banking, financial services, investment, lawyers, management consultants, accountants.

Complimentary places will be awarded to:

C-suite and top level management

Directors & Heads of Commercial, International Business Development, Import/Export and Investment within the above industry sectors;

Directors & Heads of Energy/Agriculture/Commodities/Eastern Europe/Brexit/FDI/Asset Management/Wealth Management and Economists within Banking, Financial & Professional Services.

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The Savoy
London WC2R 0EU

United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7836 4343


Organisers (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

The British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (BUCC) was originally established in 1997 to promote trade and investment between the United Kingdom and Ukraine. Since then, it has broadened its approach significantly and now promotes business internationally between Ukraine and a wide range of regions including Europe, North and South America, the Far East and the Former Soviet Union. The Chamber is registered in the UK and carries out its activities principally in Kyiv and London.

Media Partners (2)

fDi Magazine is firmly established as the leading title for the business of globalisation. Published bi-monthly with an ABC audited circulation of active corporate readers, fDi Magazine provides senior decision-makers with an up-to-date image of the ever-changing global investment map. Register for a free one-year print subscription to fDi Magazine.

Published by the Financial Times, Professional Wealth Management (PWM) specialises in analysing the growth strategies of private banks and the regional financial centres in which they operate.PWM carries the latest analysis of private banks, wealth managers and regional financial centres, along with in-depth reporting on asset allocation, the fast moving regulatory agenda, digital operations and technology, with input from a broad range of thought leaders.PWM is devoted to analysing the delivery of wealth solutions to private clients and entrepreneurial families. This can be through traditional banks, private investment or family offices and increasingly robo-advisers. PWM is also helping financial institutions to set up relevant distribution and advice models in developing markets such as the Middle East and parts of Asia and Latin America. Register for a free print subscription to receive PWM bi-monthly.

Ukrainian Week in London (1)

Ukrainian Week in London, to be held October 8–11, 2018, is a major initiative launched by Bate C. Toms, Chairman of the British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (BUCC), and Yuriy Kosyuk, founder and Chairman of MHP, an agricultural company listed on the London Stock Exchange. For this initiative, business joins forces with the civil society and the expert community to explore the common interests of the UK and Ukraine in the context of rising global challenges and to call attention in the UK to investment, trade, and other opportunities in Ukraine.

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