International Conference – Leadership in a Global World Ukraine in Washington 2012

Andy Card, Gen. Colin Powell, Amb. Olexander Motsyk, Amb. Roman Popadiuk, and Nadia K. McConnell (from left to right)
Andy Card, Gen. Colin Powell, Amb. Olexander Motsyk, Amb. Roman Popadiuk, and Nadia K. McConnell (from left to right)

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S., hosted Ukraine in Washington 2012, its second annual Conference and Gala Awards Dinner, on November 30th and December 1st.  Through the Ukraine in Washington International Conference, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, sought to provide a clear and open discussion on many topics regarding Ukraine.

The conference, Leadership in a Global World, was a two-day event attracting approximately 250 key government officials, businessmen, and NGO leaders to the Omni Shoreham Hotel and The Capital Hilton in order to discuss Ukraine’s future as a growing European nation.

The conference, which began at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, focused on the future for Ukraine and its role on the international stage.   Welcoming conference participants were  U.S.-Ukraine Foundation President Nadia K. McConnell, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko and Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S.  Olexander Motsyk.

The panel, Ukraine’s Vision for the 21st Century, set the tone for the rest of the weekend.  This panel included Vera Rychakivska, Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, who on behalf of Sergiy Arbuzov, Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine, greeted conference attendees. Dmitry Mormul, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, Vitaliy Sabluk, Director of Economic Development at the Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry of Ukraine, Sergiy Korablin, Director of Money Market Analysis and Forecasting Department of the National Bank of Ukraine, and Volodymyr Kuchyn, Deputy Director, External Economic Relations Department of the National Bank of Ukraine, were all contributors during this first panel.

Moderating this discussion was the first U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Roman Popadiuk.  Ambassador Popadiuk, currently with Bingham Consulting LLC, has a long history in foreign service and is on the Board of Advisers of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Amb. Steven Pifer

Kostyantyn Gryshchenko              Amb. Steven Pifer                 Amb. Oleh Shamshur

During the first day of the conference, Ambassador Popadiuk would also introduce the luncheon guest speaker, Andy Card, who is a former chief of staff to President George W. Bush and is the acting Dean of The Bush School of Government & Public Service.  Card spoke on the Leaders and the Challenges of a Global Society

The State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine led a discussion, moderated by Morgan Williams, Director of Government Affairs at SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Group and the President/CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, entitled, Ukraine: The Best Investment Opportunities.  This included a number of Ukrainian business experts, such as Igor Zhovkva, Director of the  International Cooperation Department, Yuriy Husyev,  Director of National Projects, Viktor Kryvenko, Head of the Technopolis National Project, and Viktor Galasiuk, Vice President of the Bionic Hill Project.

The theme of business and Ukraine continued with other panels such as Business Builds A Better Ukraine – Capitalizing on Market Opportunities, Ukraine’s IT Sector – Keeps Clicking Forward, Corporate Contributions to Community Development, and Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities to Accelerate Ukraine’s Energy Self-Sufficiency.

Contributors to the Capitalizing On Market Opportunities panel included Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute Anders Aslund, Country Representative for the International Finance Corporation Elena Voloshina, and Director of International & Investor Relations at System Capital Management Jock Mendoza.

Corporate Contributions to Community Development featured Maryna Saprykina, Executive Director for the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility Development, Ukraine.   During her presentation, Ms. Saprykina announced the winners of the CSR Case Contest 2012 in the field of community development – firms Nycomed (a Takeda company) and Myronivsky Hliboproduct.  For more information regarding the CSR Case Contest 2012 and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s partnership with the Centre, please go to:  http://www.usukraine.org/events/corporate-social-responsibility-partnership.shtml

The Ukraine 2020 Program, which supports Ukraine’s European integration and which is supported by the U.S. Government, The Maria Hulai Lion Foundation, and private donations, brought some of its task forces to the conference to discuss matters relevant to Ukraine’s future.

For more information regarding the Foundation’s Ukraine 2020 Program, go to: http://www.usukraine.org/ukraine-2020/.

Ukraine 2020’s National Security and Defense Task Force was included in the panel discussion How to Propel Ukraine’s Legacy in Science, Space, and Aeronautics to Compete Globally.  This task force was comprised of Scott Harris, former President of Lockheed Martin-Continental Europe, Jean-Paul George, European Regional Manager of Raytheon, and Peter Marquez , Vice President of Orbital Sciences Corporation.   The moderator for this discussion was Robert Nurick, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Leading the section, Foreign Direct Investment Opportunities to Accelerate Ukraine’s Energy Self-Sufficiency, was Ukraine 2020’s Energy Task Force.  This group included Edward Chow, Director of the New European Democracies Project, Jonathan Elkind, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, and Oksana Gryshchenko, Deputy Minister at Ministery of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine, and Adviser to Minister at Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.

Along with the business focus, a major theme of the weekend was Ukrainian leadership,  Various discussions took place, such as, Bipartisan Vision for Leadership Development, Ukraine’s Emerging

Skip Rutherford, Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy and Andy Card (from left to right)

Skip Rutherford, Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy and Andy Card (from left to right)

Leaders, Elections Matter-Charting a Country’s Direction, and Looking Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Club of Leaders which featured Michael Duffy, Executive Editor for TIME Magazine, Michael Duffy, and Nancy Gibbs, Deputy Managing Editor for TIME Magazine.

Mr. Duffy, co-author of the best-selling book, The Presidents Club, is one of Washington’s most distinguished journalists, specializing in U.S. national affairs.  Since beginning his work at the Washington Bureau of TIME Magazine in 1985, Mr. Duffy has produced over 50 TIME cover stories, regarding presidents, politics, the Pentagon, the White House, and the U.S. Congress. His work has earned him numerous awards such as the Gerald R. Ford Award for both his reports on the White House in 1994 and U.S. defense and national security in 2005.

Alongside publishing his distinguished work, Michael Duffy taught as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and is a frequent guest on PBS’s Washington Review talk show.

Speaking at the Saturday lunch on the topic of U.S.-Ukraine relations were U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John F. Tefft and Ukraine Ambassador to the U.S. Olexander Motsyk.

The Culture and Education Task Force of Ukraine 2020 led the Ukraine’s Emerging Leaders panel, which consisted of moderator Ambassador William Green Miller, Marta Farion, President of Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America, Anatoliy Tolstoukhov, Former Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, and Ian Hansen of the George H.W. Bush School of Government & Public Service.

Ukraine’s Emerging Leaders segment of the conference included recipients of the first-ever 40 Under 40 awards.  The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation launched the 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Initiative in September 2012.  The goal of the initiative is to annually identify 40 outstanding young Ukrainians, who are under the age of 40 and who are demonstrating leadership within their profession while making a significant contribution to the development of their community and Ukraine.  Honorees Oleksander Kapitan, Aleksey Koval, George Kurbanov, Vasyl Myroshnychenko and Lesia Orobets attended the conference and were recognized with awards.

Discussing Ukrainian elections in Elections Matter – Charting a Country’s Direction was Ukraine 2020’s Foreign Policy Task Force.  The task force featured such former ambassadors as William Courtney (U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan and  Georgia), Steven Pifer (U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine), Oleh Shamshur (Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S.), and a Member of Verkhovna Rada, Lesia Orobets.

Marta Farion and Amb. William Green Miller

Marta Farion and Amb. William Green Miller

Skip Rutherford, Dean of Clinton School of Public Service, made opening remarks on the second day of the Conference.  Individuals from the Bush School of Government and Public Service and Clinton School of Public Service led the Bipartisan Vision for Leadership Development discussion panel.  Speakers were Senior Lecturer and Director of the Public Leadership Program at the Bush School Dr. Joe Cerami, Bush School graduate student Tatyana Mueirhead, and Clinton School Associate Professor Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick and student Matt Orr.

The former Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, Andy Card, was in attendance and spoke about government and public relations for Ukraine.  Card, the acting Dean at The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, has also served as  Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush.

The Ukraine in Washington Conference & Gala was excited to welcome retired four-star General and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to conclude the first day of the conference with a presentation and book signing.

General Powell recently published a book of his memoirs titled, It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership.  The first African American to serve as Secretary of State, General Powel spoke about life experiences that have shaped his professional outlook during his distinguished public service career.

For the past two years, the Ukraine in Washington event has proven to be a superb forum for a clear message to be presented to “official Washington” on the positive developments that occur in Ukraine.   The positive accomplishments of human endeavor along with a vibrant civil society enable Ukraine’s future to be an exciting one.

For the past two years, the Ukraine in Washington event has proven to be a superb forum for a clear message to be presented to “official Washington” on the positive developments that occur in Ukraine.   The positive accomplishments of human endeavor along with a vibrant civil society enable Ukraine’s future to be an exciting one.

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, through the Ukraine in Washington Conference, seeks to provide an open discussion regarding Ukraine on many topics so that both the novice and expert can learn and discuss the issues impacting Ukraine and its democratic future.

The Foundation holds the Conference and Gala on or about December 1st in order to recall and celebrate the anniversary of Ukraine’s People’s Choice, The Referendum, the parliamentary declaration of independence for Ukraine.  The conference, therefore, is meant to remember this triumph and to further encourage Ukraine’s democratic path.

The mission of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is to support democracy, a free market, and human rights for Ukraine. The Foundation continues to work for these values through the conference, presenting to the world what Ukraine offers and what it may become in the future.

Edward Chow

Amb. John Tefft and Edward Chow

Financial Support

The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is deeply appreciative of the generosity provided in support of Ukraine in Washington 2012 by individuals, non-profit organizations, governments and commercial companies. We extend a special expression of gratitude to Ambassador Motsyk and the staff from the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States.

The sponsors and partners for Ukraine in Washington 2012 included Bingham, Caterpillar, Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility Development – Ukraine, Clinton School of Public Service – University of Arkansas, Coca-Cola, Embassy of Ukraine in the U.S., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, IRASET Group LLC , McConnell & Associates, Monsanto, Natalie Shear & Associates, National Projects Agency – Invest Ukraine, Open World Leadership Center, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Raytheon, Self-Reliance NY – Federal Credit Union, System Capital Management, The Bush School of Government and Public Service, The Heritage Foundation of 1st Security Savings Bank, The Livingston Group, Ukrainian American Coordinating Council and UkrAutoProm.