VoxUkraine invites you to international conference "Forward and Upward: Reforming Ukraine during the War"

VoxUkraine invites you to international conference “Forward and Upward: Reforming Ukraine during the War”

25 April 2023

Following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, our country faced many daunting challenges. During 2022, Ukraine had to demonstrate its resilience both on the battlefield and in supporting its citizens who lost their homes or jobs, as well as in implementing reforms to push the country forward. At the “Onwards and Upwards: Reforming Ukraine During the War” conference organized by analytical platform VoxUkraine with support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), we will explore how we managed to cope with these tasks, look at success stories that need scaling up, and draw valuable lessons from our experiences.

The event scheduled on May 19th, 2023 will bring together Ukrainian and foreign government officials, civil servants, business leaders, experts, and representatives of civil society to foster a productive discussion and exchange of insights and experiences.

Among the speakers are Roman Kachur, Ukraine’s representative at the World Bank; Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, former president of Croatia; Mustafa Nayyem, Head of the Agency for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Development; Ivan Miklos, former Finance Minister of Slovakia and adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, and other well-known professionals.

To participate in the event, please register at forms.gle and receive confirmation of participation from the organizers.

During the event simultaneous translation in Ukrainian and English will be available.

Title: Conference Onwards and Upwards: Reforming Ukraine During the War 

Audience: expert community, policymakers, journalists, businesses, media

Number of guests: 100-150 people

Topics discussed: Implementing reforms during wartime; success stories and failures.

Outcomes: conclusions: which regulations and practices can be left as they are, which should be further developed, and which must be abandoned so that Ukraine can quickly recover and grow after the active phase of war is over

Date and time: May 19, Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:50 p.m.

Venue: Kyiv, Radisson Blu Hotel, 22 Yaroslaviv val street.

The host of the conference: Yarema Dukh, communications expert

Information partners of the event: Media center Ukraine, internet media Vechir, SPEKA, thePage, Hromadske radio, EU Anti-Corruption Initiative

Conference program:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration of participants, welcome coffee
9:30 – 9:40 Welcome address by Maksym Skubenko, CEO of NGO VoxUkraine 9:40 – 9:50 Welcome address by Yehor Hryhorenko, Partner, Head of Consulting and Risk Advisory practices at Deloitte Ukraine, member of the Supervisory Board of VoxUkraine9:50 – 10:00 Welcome address by The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) (TBC)
Block 1. Dark dawn. Can a crisis be a teacher?
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Kseniia Alekankina, Reform Index project leader, VoxUkraine
10:20 – 11:15 Panel discussion “Resilience. Taming the fire”Participants:

  • Yehor Hryhorenko, Head of Consulting and Risk Advisory practices at Deloitte Ukraine, member of the Supervisory Board of VoxUkraine
  • Serhii Kovalenko, CEO at the YASNO company of DTEK Group
  • Kateryna Rozhkova, First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine
  • Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of economy of Ukraine, Trade representative of Ukraine

Moderator: Boris Davidenko, editor-in-chief at Forbes, member of the Supervisory Board of Vox Ukraine

11:15. – 12:10 Panel discussion “Communities matter”

  • Oleksandra Keudel, research communication advisor, a consultant on Open Government, anti-corruption policies and public integrity for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, UNESCO Institute for Educational Planning  (online)
  • Bohdan Kelichaviy, Kopychyntsi city community (Ternopil region) 
  • Yuriy Bova, Trostyanets city community (Sumy region)
  • Halyna Skipalska, HealthRight Country Director for Ukraine

Moderator: Myroslava Savisko, Kyiv School of Economics

12:10 – 12:25 Coffee break
Block 2. Challenge has been accepted
12:25 – 13:05 Open interview “New approaches to social protection”Guests: 

  • Daryna Marchak, Deputy Minister of Social Policy 
  • Masi Nayyem, lawyer and co-founder of NGO Principle 

Interviewer: Iryna Andreitsiv, editor-in-chief of the thematic media department of the ABO Local Media Development Agency 

13:05 – 14:00 Panel discussion “Ukrainian Atlases. Holding the economy on their shoulders”

  • Anastasia Frolova, Country manager Ukraine at  SoftServe 
  • Roman Slastion, Director General of Ukrainian Agribusiness Club (UCAB)
  • Mauro Longobardo, Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih
  • Iryna Diachuk, Director of interaction with state authorities, Fozzy Group

Moderator: Oksana Kuziakiv, Institute of Economic Research and Policy Consulting

14:00 -14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:35 Panel discussion “Through the war. Whom the health care system helped”

  • Igor Kuzin, Deputy Minister of Health (TBC)
  • Iryna Nadashkevych,  Deputy Head of The National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU)
  • Inna Ivanenko, Executive Director, Charitable Fund “Patients of Ukraine”
  • Svitlana Slipchenko, VoxCheck project leader

Moderator: Anastasiia Ivantsova, communications director at VoxUkraine

Block 3. Forward and Upward
15:35 – 16:05 Online presentation Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovich, President of Croatia (2015-2020), “Time of Formation: Lessons from Croatia for Ukraine” (online) 
16:05 – 16:45 Open interview “European Integration and Reconstruction”Guest: 

  • Ivan Miklos, reformer, ex-deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Slovakia (online)

Interviewer: Dmytro Goriunov, Senior economist, Centre for Economic Strategy. 

16:45-17:00-Coffee break
17:00 – 17:55 Panel discussion “Signposts on the road to reconstruction”

  • Roman Kachur, representative of Ukraine at the World Bank  (online)  
  • Yuriy Gorodnichenko, professor, University of California at Berkeley, chairman of the supervisory board of VoxUkraine (online)  
  • Sergii But, CEO, Prozorro.Sale
  • Mustafa Nayyem, Head of the Agency for Reconstruction and Infrastructure Development

Moderator: Volodymyr Lavrenchuk, member of the supervisory board of Vox Ukraine

17:55 – 18:50 Panel discussion “Integrity reconstruction. Look inside”

  • Oleksandra Azarkhina, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine
  • Yuriy Nikolov, editor at Nashi Groshi, investigative journalist
  • Allan Pagh Kristensen, Head of the European Union Anti-Corruption Initiative 
  • Oleksandr Solontay, executive director of Recovery and Development Agency, expert of Institute of Political Education

Moderator: Olha Atamanova, strategic director of Mediacenter Ukraine, general director of the communications agency Core agency

18:50 – 19:00 Closing remarks, Svitlana Slipchenko, head of the VoxCheck project, VoxUkraine
19:00 – 19:30 Сoffee, conversations 19:00 – 19:50 Dinner for the speakers


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