Ukrainian Energy Forum

Transforming the Ukrainian energy sector for an integrated, sustainable energy future in Europe

14-16 July, 2021

PARKOVY Congress and Exhibition Centre


Andriy Kobolyev

Chief executive officer (chairman of the executive board) since 25 March 2014

Andriy began his career at the international audit and consulting group PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), where he specialized in issues of strategic management and corporate transformation. From 2002 to 2010 he worked at Naftogaz, rising from a chief specialist to adviser to the chairman.

Some time later, Andriy co-founded AYA Capital investment banking group where he focused on debt and equity capital raising, debt restructuring and corporate reorganizations of large enterprises and holdings.

Andriy holds a master's degree in international economic relations with honors from the Institute of International Relations at Kyiv Shevchenko National University.

Graduated from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Institute of International Relations, with a major in International Relations and International Information.

In January 2020, Sergiy Oleksiyenko was appointed CEO of Ukrtransgaz. From March 2019, he was temporarily acting President of Ukrtransgas. Previously, Serhiy Oleksienko worked as an advisor to the Chairman of the Board and Commissioner for prospective projects at Naftogaz of Ukraine.

Before joining NAK, he held several leadership positions in investment and banking companies.

Mr Janez Kopač heads the Energy Community Secretariat as Director since December 2012. The Energy Community is an international organisation which brings together the European Union and its neighbours to create an integrated pan-European energy market based on EU internal energy market rules and principles.


Before taking up this post, Mr Kopač was Slovenia’s Director General for Energy in the Ministry of Economy (2008-2012), where he was responsible for the implementation of the Third Energy Package and other energy acquis. He served as Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy (2000-2004) and Minister of Finance (1992), in addition to a ten-year career as Chairman of Budget Committee in the Slovenian Parliament.


Born in 1961, Slovenian citizen Janez Kopač holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Science from the University of Ljubljana. He is fluent in English, Serbian and Croatian and has a working knowledge of German.

More than 12 years’ work experience in the European Commission in area of energy policy and legislation. After joining the European Commission in 2007, the main areas of responsibility included international and regional energy cooperation, EU energy and renewable energy policy, markets and legislation in the EU Member States, support for the EU Presidency in the Council in energy sector.

Since 2017: a Member of the Energy team in the Support Group for Ukraine, a dedicated Task Force in the European Commission for the support of the reform process in Ukraine, the implementation of the Association Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Energy Partnership between the European Union and Ukraine.

Before joining the European Commission: civil servant and carrier diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. Including in positions as Head of units for EU Economic Policy and Enlargement, Deputy Head of Mission in Vienna.

Robert Perkowski is an economist (PhD in Economics) and member of the local government. He completed a post-graduate course in Management Analytics at ORGMASZ Institute of Industry Organisation and Management, where he also completed International Doctoral Studies. His PhD program was opened and conducted at the Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He also completed a full-time MA program at Independent University of Business and Public Administration in Warsaw, majoring in Marketing and Management, and in Finance and Banking. He has written more than a dozen research articles. Mr Perkowski started his professional career in 2001 as an intern at the financial department of Dacon Corp. LTD at Queen's University in Canada. In 2002, he started working at the Ministry of Justice, where he was responsible for preparing draft financial plans for the Prison Service’ salaries and wages. In 2006–2018, he was Mayor of the town of Ząbki. He also served as President of the Polish Local Governments Association (Związek Samorządów Polskich), in which he provided training services, and was a member of municipality and county councils.

Robert Bensh is an international energy executive with over twenty years of chairman and chief executive experience primarily in Ukraine and eastern Europe as well as South America and in the Mid continent United States shale plays. He has held leadership roles in corporate finance and oil and gas operations. Bensh has previously sourced, led and financed three initial public offerings in London and one in Canada. He has also led ten major acquisitions and then the follow on integrations responsible for Finance and Operations; Corporate Governance and Government relations. Previously, Robert built and managed finance, corporate governance, capital markets, government relations, strategy and business development, information technology and supply chain organizations models worldwide while fostering a performance-driven culture. He secured and developed top talent who understood the importance of business partnering and accountability, and helped set and execute overall company strategy both in times of growth and cost control. Bensh has led and maintained responsibility for all debt and equity financings as well as the capital allocation and returns for all businesses. He balanced costs and service levels as well as risk and assurance against timely information needed to make decisions. Robert Bensh is a demonstrated leader in building strong work place diversity.

Mr Vadym Bodayev is the Director of the representative office of SigmaBleyzer Investment Group, LLC. in UKRAINE.


In 2000, Mr Bodayev joined SigmaBleyzer to manage the Ukraine office. Since 2005, he has been a Director of the company focusing on Government Relations.


Almost 20 years, Mr Bodayev has devoted to the Company, designing and developing methods and business model of SigmaBleyzer, the operation of which is the use of the investment model developed specifically for market economies. The model uses the best Western models of binding specific local market. Promoting investment in more than eighty enterprises in Ukraine and abroad. Driving direction GR at all levels to ensure the effective and transparent company in the market of Ukraine.


Mr Bodayev is an expert on many issues regarding the investment climate in Ukraine and the development of a global strategy. He took part in a large number of expert events as a speaker, an expert. He was published in authoritative publications.


Over the past couple of years, Mr Bodayev has been actively engaged in a strategy to achieve energy independence of Ukraine. Today, this topic is one of the key and priority ones, including creating an investment climate and attracting foreign investment. The geopolitical situation has developed in such a way that Ukraine urgently needs to build effective energy security.

Mr. Sukru Bogut serves as the Senior Energy Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine since October 2015 and oversees the USAID energy sector assistance to Ukraine. Mr. Bogut has a 30 years of experience in petroleum sector in the U.S. Gulf Coast and overseas.
Mr. Bogut designed and manages the five-year $85 million Energy Security Project (ESP) in Ukraine activity with goals to establish competitive electricity, gas and district heating markets, including required legal and regulatory framework development, integration of Ukrainian energy markets with Europe, technical, human and institutional capacity development.  
In 2010 – 2015 Mr. Bogut managed U.S. Government’s $ 130 million post-conflict assistance to Georgia, that included construction of main gas pipelines, electricity transmission lines, smart grid and enhanced emergency control systems, development of energy policies and strategies, development of the Georgian Electricity Market Model and the Energy Trading Mechanism.  

Walter is a Senior Advisor for European Energy issues, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC MGU, the owner of the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System Operator GTSOU LLC, member of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) Board of Appeal, member of Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) Strategic Advisory Council as well as member of the Electric Power Research (EPRI) Advisory Council.

He is former Vice-Chair of the ACER Board of Regulators and Vice-President of the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER). Walter headed the Austrian Regulatory Authority E-Control for 15 years. Furthermore, he chaired the ACER and CEER Gas Working Groups for many years. In this period the Third Energy Package, the Security of Supply Regulation and the Energy Infrastructure Package were discussed, developed and implemented. Under his auspices, the first and the second EU Gas Target Model were developed together with the involvement of market participants. Walter has worked on electricity and gas issues since more than twenty years and in management and consulting for more than thirty years.

Olha Bosak is the only Ukrainian and only woman on the Board of Directors of the Norwegian energy company AICE Hydro; founder/CEO of Olha Bosak Management Consulting with a focus on energy issues; member of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian-Austrian Association; founder and volunteer of the Ukrainian Freedom Fund; author of Live Free Project at the UN headquarters in New York. In 2019, she has received an award “Woman of the Year of the Ukrainian Energy Industry” in the nomination "Leader of the Year".

During the last few years, Olha Bosak has succeeded to make a contribution to mitigating challenges Ukraine’s energy industry was dealing with. Has provided advisory services to improve the prospects of investment in oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy. Has more than 10 years of management experience including working with large international companies. Has worked in the Administration of the President of Ukraine, with Ministries, international organizations in Ukraine and abroad. During 2017-2018, worked with Naftogaz of Ukraine as a Director of the Centre for Reforms of Oil & Gas Sector and Corporate Governance of SOEs. 

As an OECD consultant, Olha has provided local support in the implementation of the strategy for improvement of Ukraine’s competitive ability, especially in the sphere of alternative energy sources and energy efficiency. Working on the team of the Deloitte project on the reform of the natural gas market, she contributed to the improvement of the investment attractiveness of Ukraine’s oil and gas sector. She was involved in corporatisation of Energoatom as an advisor on sustainable development. In June 2019, she started Energy Salon XXI.

Olha is co-author of two books and author of articles that raise important management and energy issues. Graduated with honours from Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, where she studied Physics. Received two master’s degrees in Economics and Philosophy-Theology. Also completed training programs in Austria, Germany, France and the US. In the past years, Olha has also developed a distinguished international career as a painter. Her artworks were on display in Ukraine, Austria, Italy, France, the US and Canada.

Nick Butler is Visiting Professor and founding Chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London.  He was formerly Group Vice President for Policy and Strategy at BP and subsequently senior policy adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  He has served on the Strategic Advisory Council of Statoil (now Equinor) and is a member of the advisory board of DTEK.  He writes a regular blog column on Energy and Power for the Financial Times.

Eugene Chausovsky is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Policy and lectures on the geopolitics of Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. He previously served as Senior Eurasia Analyst at Stratfor for more than 10 years. His work focuses on political, economic and security issues pertaining to the former Soviet Union, Europe and Latin America. 


Dubovskyi Oleksii Ievgenovych - Chairman of the Exchange Committee of the Commodity Exchange "Ukrainian Energy Exchange", ideologue of the introduction of market exchange instruments for energy resources trading in Ukraine and the approximation of pricing mechanisms to world practice. Has 15 years of experience in exchange markets, is an expert of energy markets, process of their functioning and liberalization, activities of the world exchange market. Participant and expert of working groups and public platforms on reforming energy markets of Ukraine, developing normative support for the process of their reform.

Ivan has 39 years of experience in oil & gas sector. Prior to coming to DTEK Oil&Gas, he was Head of the Geology Department – Chief Geolgist in Naftogazvydobuvannya PJSC for two years. Previously, he had been occupying positions in Nadra group of companies, he had been working in production divisions of Ukrgeofizyka SE, Borislavskaya Neftyanaya Kompaniya JV, and in Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Fossil Fuels of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He has higher education in Mining Engineer major. Candidate of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences.

Dr. Oleksandra Gumeniuk has more than 10 years of professional experience in jurisprudence and circular, environment-friendly economy area with an innovative approach and clean energy solutions. Last few years Dr. Gumeniuk devoted her career to the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ukraine at the position of Director of European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA). Currently, EUEA takes the leading position in the renewable energy market which promotes fair and sustainable business practice, raising of public awareness of energy issues, and by influencing government energy policy.

Rengy Development founder and CEO, co-founder of Trust Capital Group, a corporate finance and investment entity.
Educational background: Master’s degree in International Finance, PhD in Management, MBA from the University of Oxford.

Andy Hunder is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, representing more than 600 US and international investors and corporate members.

A native Londoner, Andy was a TV presenter on a leading Ukrainian television channel. He headed the Public Relations department at Ukrainian Mobile Communications (now Vodafone Ukraine) and subsequently was External Affairs and Communications Director at GlaxoSmithKline with responsibility for Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Hunder was the director of the Ukrainian Institute in London regularly delivering analysis and comment on Ukrainian current affairs on BBC, CNN, SKY, Bloomberg TV, ITV, Al Jazeera and others. He has spoken on Ukrainian affairs at the UK Houses of Parliament, House of Lords, Oxford University, London School of Economics and University College London.

He currently serves as Treasurer of AmChams in Europe, the umbrella organization for American Chambers of Commerce in 43 countries throughout Europe accounting for more than $ 1.1 trillion in investment on both sides of the Atlantic. Andy is a member of Ukraine’s Business Ombudsman Council, National Reforms Council and National Investment Council.

Magnus Johansen is the General Manager for NBT Ukraine - a Norwegian company that is currently constructing the 250 MW Syvash project and soon starting the construction of the 800 MW Sophia project (largest onshore wind projects in Europe). Prior to NBT, he working for Scatec Solar, where he coordinated much of the country-entry and development of a 400 MW portfolio of solar power plants currently under construction in Ukraine.

Magnus, moreover, has experience working for different funds (VC / PE) with a focus on emerging markets, including the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).

With a strong passion for human connection and multicultural experiences he has lived and worked in several continents and speaks 4 languages.

Magnus has completed an MBA at IESE Business School/Kellogg School of Management and an MSc in Political Economy at the Norwegian Business School.

Gennady Kobal has 14-year experience in the oil and gas industry. He has started in Ukrgazvydobuvannya as a marketing specialist. In 2005-2006 he worked as a correspondent responsible for energy direction in the business periodicals, including Economic News, Delo, and Business. Later he went to work as press-secretary in the largest producer, Ukrgazvydobuvannya.

Since 2013 he has been working in the consulting business. In 2016 he established his own company, Exploration & Production Consulting (ExPro) providing services for the oil and gas industry companies.

Gennady, with his enormous experience in journalism and publishing, issues news digests and an oil production market reviews on the ExPro basis. Weekly Digest, famous both in Ukraine and among the foreign companies operating in Ukraine, is ExPro’s calling card.

The other important direction of the company’s activities is marketing studies. Moreover, Gennady writes a lot for the leading Ukrainian periodicals, including the Zerkalo Nedeli and Delovaya Stolitsa (Weekly Mirror and Business Capital) and is one of the leading experts in Ukrainian oil and gas market.

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi manages the Finance Directorate, Directorate for Investments, Directorate for Grid Operation and Development, Department of Efficiency Management, Strategic Planning Unit, Construction and Repair branch (separate unit) and branches of Ukrenergo Power Systems. He is in charge of Ukrenergo’s financial, investment, construction and repair activities, as well as strategy development and implementation, operational management, grid operation and development. He also coordinates the activities of the Ukrenergo Expert Council.

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi has been First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of NPC Ukrenergo since September 2019, having previously held the role of Deputy Director for Investment. Prior to joining Ukrenergo, Volodymyr held the position of Development Director at PJSC Ukrtransnafta and served as Operations Manager and Director for Internal Audit at leading international and Ukrainian companies: MHP S.A., EastOne, TNK-BP, and Grant Thornton.

Throughout his career, Volodymyr has been involved in a wide range of projects related to business efficiency and corporate governance in capital investment, procurement, logistics, sales and trading, and production organisation.

Mr. Kudrytskyi holds master’s degree in International Economics from Kyiv National University of Economics; he is a member of the UK’s Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and a Certified Internal Auditor of the US Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He is a member of the consultative and supervisory group of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST).

Founder and General Director of IMEPOWER Consulting. Dr. Kubrushko graduated from Kyiv National Economic University and started his career in consulting and investment business in 1997 when he advised AES Corporation and Tractebel on investment opportunities in power and gas sectors of Ukraine. From 1999 until 2003, he was Deputy Project Director of the USAID project performed by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu EMG providing assistance to the Government on privatization of power distribution and power generating companies.
Since 2003 Dr. Kubrushko has been advising international clients on investment and market entry strategies in Ukraine with focus on structuring and development of investment projects in power and gas sectors, asset due diligence and valuation, preparation of risk mitigation schemes. He was involved in such projects as construction of Dniester Hydro Pumped Storage Station, reconstruction of hydro power plants in the Western Ukraine, construction of the back-to-back station between Ukraine and UCTE, construction of CCGT power plant in Crimea, reconstruction of the high voltage power transmission line from Moldova TPP to the substation Isaccea in Romania.
Dr. Kubrushko was in charge of valuating several Ukrainian power distribution companies for the London Court of International Arbitration, coordinated due diligence of Moldova TPP in Trans Dniester Republic and power distribution company in the Eastern Ukraine, was involved in assessment of the investment program of Ekibaztus TPP in Kazakhstan.
Dr. Kubrushko has significant experience of transaction advice related to electricity export from Ukraine to the Eastern Europe. For the last years, he has been actively involved in structuring and analyzing renewable energy projects with focus on wind farms and small hydros.

Philipp Leckebusch appointed CEO of DTEK RENEWABLES in April 2018.

Mr Leckebusch started his career in the aerospace industry with MBB Deutsche Aerospace in Germany and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan. He looks back at over 20 years of experience in multiple senior management positions in the electrical power and utility industry. During his industrial career with ABB, ALSTOM Power and Ferrostaal he was responsible among others for project development and engineering of multiple fossil fuelled and biomass power plants in all major regions of the world.

Besides his extensive conventional power plant know-how he simultaneously led also for more than 10 years the development and operation of numerous renewable energy projects in the areas of geothermal, wind, solar and biogas, which qualified him in his last position as head of MVV Energie’s group generation division to successfully manage the transformation of the company’s conventional power plant portfolio towards a continuously growing renewable energy asset base.

Mr. Leckebusch earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Orest Logunov oversees procurement in the group, develops procedures and introduces common corporate standards and policies. He also coordinates the group’s units and improves procurement efficiency.​

Graduated from INSEAD, the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and obtained the degree in finance at the Presidential University of the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management.

​Orest started his career in 1995 with Xerox where he grew from loader to logistics director within a five-year period. For several years, he coordinated procurement at McDonald's Ukraine. Between 2003 and 2008, Orest headed the logistics and procurement department at Foxtrot group. In 2009, he was appointed head of procurement department at Raiffeisen Bank Aval. Three years later, he joined ArcelorMittal as chief procurement officer and deputy CEO. In 2015, Orest Logunov served as DTEK Energo board member.

Founder and CEO of IPU Renewable Energy – an investment advisory and development company focusing on development and implementation of solar and wind power plants in Ukraine. IPU Renewable Energy plays the role also as on line green project marketplace where investors, EPCs, owners can find the relevant verified solar or wind projects to buy or to sell. IPU Renewable Energy works with the leading foreign renewable players and investors from USA, Europe, China, Hong Kong, UAE, Turkey.
From 2010 to 2014 worked in Ukrainian and international law firms where in particular he received experience in legal assisting of energy projects and transactions.
From 2014 to 2015 - the chief lawyer in the strategic EU Commission project on synchronization of Ukraine energy system with the European energy system ENTSO-E. Having coordinated his activity with Ukrenergo and European system operators (Transelectrica, PSE, MAVIR, Moldelectrica, EMC, Elia), he prepared the regulatory basis for synchronization of both energy systems.
From 2015 to 2016 worked as the lawyer at the Ukrainian project office of the Energy Community Secretariat, where he took part in preparation of many secondary legislative acts for the new model of electricity market of Ukraine.
From 2016 to 2017 worked as the electricity market specialist in the World Bank Project at the Ministry of energy and coal industry of Ukraine and provided preparation of the new draft law on electricity market of Ukraine, the author of many provisions of this draft law. As the member of the work group at the Fuel and Energy Committee at the Parliament of Ukraine, he assisted all period of preparation of the draft law till the final its adoption on April, 2017.
Among the higher legal education in Ukraine, he graduated from the University of York (United Kingdom) with the master’s degree international corporate and commercial law (LL.M).

Julien Mauduit is a Senior Banker within the Energy EMEA team (part of the EBRD
Sustainable Infrastructure Group), who has currently the primary coverage
responsibility for the Bank’s operations in this sector in Central and Eastern
Europe. He also had coverage responsibility in the past and led landmark transactions
for the Bank in other countries of operations such as Romania, Turkey, Jordan,
Morocco or Tunisia. He has nearly twenty years of experience and has developed a
strong expertise in the origination and execution of both debt and equity transactions.
Prior to joining the Bank in 2009, Julien worked for the investment banking practice
of HSBC, mostly focusing on the energy sector and emerging markets. He holds a
Master degree from Sciences Po Paris and a BAA from HEC Montreal. Julien is also
a CFA charterholder.

Yaroslav was responsible for M&A and greenfield projects development in CIS countries including coal-fired power plants, wind farms and biomass CHP at US based company ContourGlobal. Since 2011 was responsible for all export-import operations with power, gas, coal and CO2 with a turnover over about USD 1 bn within the largest Ukrainian energy company DTEK. Yaroslav managed to increase Ukrainian power export from 4.1 TWh in 2010 to 9.7 TWh in 2013 and implemented new coal sales strategy. Yaroslav negotiated first reverse contracts for gas imports from Poland and Hungary on behalf of private companies. In 2014-2015 Yaroslav took position of Head of coal trading at DTEK with 40 mn t of coal under management. In September 2014 Yaroslav managed coal import deliveries over 2 mn t from Russia, Australia and South Africa to Ukraine.

Responsible for development and preparation of the Company’s regulatory documents for the implementation of a new electricity market model in Ukraine as well as organization and conduct of auctions on the allocation of carrying capacity of the interstate power transmission lines. Responsible for the construction of modern and secure IT infrastructure allowing the company to implement a service model for maintenance of the company’s key processes.

Before that, he worked as Deputy Director at Ukrinterenergo and was responsible for the coordination of the company’s foreign economic operations.

He has the experience of working (in 2015) in the Council of Wholesale Electricity Market of Ukraine, where he participated in resolving the problematic issues regarding the electricity market’s functioning and preparation of draft resolutions concerning the organization of Ukrainian electricity market’s functioning.

As Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine (in 2015), he was responsible for analyzing energy markets of foreign countries and preparing proposals on supplying fuel to generating companies.

In 2011-2014, Andrii Nemyrovskyi worked as a top manager at a number of commercial companies, gaining experience in business management. He ensured the implementation of investors’ strategic plans and relations with foreign partners and suppliers.

His employment history also includes the position of chief inspector at the State Customs Service of Ukraine (2008-2010). During this period, he gained extensive experience in controlling compliance with customs rules when clearing goods and in detecting tax evasion schemes.

A graduate of Kyiv National University of Economics and Trade, majoring in business management.

Fluent in English.

YASNO is a supplier of electricity, energy efficiency and e-mobility solutions for 3.5 million customers in Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions.

Before joining YASNO, Oleksandr Onyshchenko worked for 14 years in senior positions in various structures of the DTEK energy holding. Since 2006, he led the business strategy group for the generation and distribution of electricity. He managed M&A projects, integration of new assets, developed long-term strategies for the development of energy enterprises, value propositions and products for customers in the electricity market.

He graduated from Donetsk State Technical University with a degree in Enterprise Economics. At the Donetsk Institute of Entrepreneurship, he received the qualification of an Economist-Legal Counsel. In 2016-17 passed the Executive MBA Executive Program (INSEAD – DTEK).

Igor Petryk has more than 25 years of experience in international energy companies, is an expert and active supporter of the balanced power system development based on the deliberate use of modern technologies, including renewable energy sources and the means of their integration into existing power systems.

Since 2011 he works at Wärtsilä (Finland). Was engaged in the development of power markets strategies and major power plant projects; actively promotes advanced methods of power system optimization, contributes to the creation of new opportunities for sustainable development of societies through smart technologies.

During his career, he worked in engineering and management positions at Mobil, BP, THK-BP. He was a Senior Consultant at RPS Energy (UK).

By education is a mechanical engineer.

Permanently resides in Finland.

Simon Pirani has written widely about natural gas supply and market issues in Russia, Ukraine and the Caspian region. He is Senior Research Fellow on the Natural Gas Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. His most recent book is Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (Pluto Press, 2018).

Ilya Ponomarev has almost 30 years of international operational and investment experience with a primary focus on energy and new technologies. During the recent decade, it was complemented with active political and social life involvement as well as government relations practice.


Currently, Ilya is the CEO of New York and Kyiv based Trident Acquisitions Corp (NASDAQ: TDAC), a company established in 2016 to facilitate US investments in oil and gas industry in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea area, primarily Ukraine. It successfully completed its IPO in 2018, raising more than $200mln and became a major investor in the Ukrainian economy, the only of its kind.


In 2007-2016 Ilya served as a member of Russian Parliament – State Duma, Social Democrat representing Novosibirsk – the capital of Siberia, and chaired Innovations and Venture capital subcommittee, introducing legislation to support emerging innovation economy in Russia. Among his achievements was the amendment to the Civil Code, legalizing LLPs in Russia, and Net Businesses Act. He is one of the authors of the State Procurement system. In 2012-2014 he became famous for his opposition to Pres. Vladimir Putin, and in 2014 he was the only dissent vote in the parliament against the annexation of Crimea and war with Ukraine and was illegally prosecuted by Russian authorities and forced into exile afterwards.


Before being elected, Hon. Ponomarev was working for Secretary of IT and Telecom as national coordinator for hi-tech parks task force - $6 bln. private-public project to develop a network of small settlements across the country for fostering innovation and R&D activities. He has also spearheaded Skolkovo Foundation – managing company of the project chaired by Pres. Medvedev, which was to become the spinal cord of Russian innovation ecosystem. He was in charge of International Business Development, Commercialization and Technology Transfer, and negotiated formation of SkolTech – a joint university between Russia and MIT.


Earlier Ilya held various positions in government offices and private companies. Most remarkable positions include:

- Vice president of Yukos Oil Company, largest Russian oil and gas corporation. Ilya’s duties during four years at Yukos at different times included being corporate CIO as well as chief executive and chief of operations in Yukos’ oilfield technologies and services subsidiaries and daughter investment company (specialized in high technologies);

- Director for Business Development and Marketing in CIS for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, responsible for scouting and adopting into Schlumberger product lines and further global marketing of Russia-originated technologies in the energy sector;

- Vice president for strategy, regional development and government relations at IBS, largest Russian system integrator and consulting company.


Before joining Schlumberger, Ilya was among the founders of two successful high technology start-ups in Russia. His first job position was in Institute for Nuclear Safety (IBRAE), Russian Academy of Sciences.


Ilya Ponomarev holds BSc in Physics from Moscow State University and MSc in Public Administration from Russian State Social University. He is member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (IT), Council for Foreign and Defense Policies, and Council for National Strategy. He is also the member of Permanent Committee for Free Russia Forum.


In 2008-2013 Hon. Ponomarev was supervising innovation policies research at Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR, a think-tank chaired by Pres. Medvedev), and in 2002-2012 political studies and regional development projects at Institute of Globalization Studies (IPROG). Until 2014 he was the member of Central Committee, Political Party “Fair Russia” (Social Democrats). Hon. Ponomarev served in 2010-2016 as the member of Global Science and Innovations Council (GSIAC), chaired by Prime Minister of Malaysia. Since 2009 he is also co-chairing Korean-Russian Business Council.


Ilya Ponomarev is the author of numerous research papers and magazine articles about economic development, regional development policies and international relations.

Katherine is a senior policy analyst in BNEF's Energy Transition Team. She leads coverage of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and manages BNEF's research on coal phase-out and energy transition policy in eastern and emerging Europe. Katherine contributes to the team’s regional market outlooks and research notes on renewables developments and power market trends in EMEA. Prior to joining BNEF, Katherine worked at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Athens, Greece as a Junior Research Fellow. Katherine holds Masters degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Athens, and a BA from the University of Cambridge.

Chairman of the State Commission of Ukraine on Mineral Resources

Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Academician of the Higher School Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the Academy of Mining Sciences of Ukraine, Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine for Science and Technology, Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Honorary Subsoil Explorer, awarded with the Medal of V.І. Luchytskyi, the Medal of L.І. Lutuhin, a distinction of the Ministry of Extraordinary Situations; a Member of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Harmonization of Mineral Reserves and Resources Terminology (UNECE).

He graduated from the Geological Faculty of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Geographical Faculty of the Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.

Georgii Rudko is the author of over 700 scientific papers, including 72 monographs, 16 textbooks for higher educational establishments, 20 preprints and brochures, regional programs on study and forecasting of hazardous geological processes, the economic use of groundwater, oil and gas, metallic and non-metallic minerals.

Aura Sabadus is a senior journalist with a ten-year experience in covering gas markets in Turkey, Romania and Ukraine for ICIS. She holds a PhD in International Relations from King's College London and is a research associate of the London-based European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS). Aura has contributed articles for Turkish academic journals, the Atlantic Council and the NATO Association of Canada.

Igor has been working in DTEK Oil&Gas since 2011. He was in charge of the company’s major production asset – Naftogazvydobuvannya PJSC – from April, 2013 to September, 2016. He had been previously in charge of Novatek-Tarkosalneftegaz company with annual production of 14 bln cubic metres. During the several following years he occupied managing positions in Yukos oil company. He has two higher education majors: ‘Oil & gas fields development’ and ‘Finance and credit’. Candidate of Engineering Sciences.


Graduated magistracy of Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (KNTEU) with the specialty of state financial control.

More than 10 years works in energy sector. Participated in the training program of Ukrainian leaders by Open World in USA and in the training program of young managers of Ukrainian Government of German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy with support of International project GIZ.


2014 – 2019

The main attention is on an effective state policy formation for renewable energy and energy independence development. As a result, a list of relevant legislation acts has been prepared, in particular:

- The Law of Ukraine on the provision of competitive conditions for the production of electricity from alternative sources, which improve the "green" tariff and tied it to the euro;

- The Law of Ukraine to stimulate the heat production from alternative sources, which provides a simplified and transparent scheme for setting incentive tariffs for heat from local fuels at a level of 90% of tariffs for heat from gas;

- The Law of Ukraine on joining the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), that gives an opportunity for Ukraine to improve the investment climate of "green" energy and to attract preferential loans for the development of this industry;

- The draft law on  development of liquid fuel production market, which will allow the use of agrarian potential in transport, reduce the cost of automotive fuel and reduce imports of petroleum products;

- The draft law on Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Combined production of thermal and electric power (cogeneration) and utilization of waste power potential" to development of highly efficient cogeneration.


Achievements for 2014 – 2019:

- the annual gas consumption in 2018 compared to 2014 is reduced by 6 billion m3 (- 24%). This allowed to leave in the country's budget nearly 1.2 billion € a year;

- more than 2 300 MW of new capacities of thermal energy working on local fuels;

- 5 965 MW of new capacities of renewable energy working on the "green" tariff;

- 22 000  families have installed the solar power plants with a total capacity 553 MW.

Generally, during 5 past years in Ukrainian pure energy projects have been invested nearly 5,5 billion €.


Thus, the renewable energy sphere occupies the first place in the ranking of attracted investments in the Ukrainian economy!

Rob Shantz is a partner and the Head of the Corporate and Compliance practices of Redcliffe Partners.

He is a US-qualified lawyer of more than 30 years of experience, including some 23 years in Central and Eastern Europe, and is also a member of the Florida Bar Association. Rob specialises in cross-border corporate law and corporate governance matters, as well as in FCPA compliance investigation.

Before joining Redcliffe Partners, Rob worked for several years as the Head of the Legal practice at PwC Ukraine, before which he was a tax and legal partner at KPMG. Before relocating to the CEE region, Rob practised corporate law for eight years in the US.

Konrad Świrski is a Prof., D.Sc. at Warsaw University of Technology, Institute of Heat Engineering. He successfully conducts active international cooperation with Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, supporting strategic initiatives to aim the industry development.

Since 1995 Konrad Świrski has been occupying the position of CEO at Transition Technologies Capital Group, where he has been practically realizing his interests, related to IT and automation technologies, as well as R&D activities. Prof. Świrski is an expert in the energy sector and a well-known researcher of ways to optimize industrial processes. The main areas of Prof. Świrski’s activities include innovative technological solutions for the energy and natural gas industry.

Konrad Świrski is the author of nearly 100 articles, research and science works, the member of multiple advisory and expert teams. Besides the world's first use of the artificial immune system approach to optimize industrial processes, Prof. Świrski is well known for other Polish and European patents, as well as dozens of implementations in the United States, Asia and Europe. In the expert blog, he discusses current issues related to electricity and gas trade together with transformations in the IT market.


Doug Wood is the Chair of the Gas Committee of the European Federation of Energy Traders since January 2015, and is a member of the Board of EFET.  From 2002-2014, he was Head of Regulatory Affairs for BP’s European gas business, and was founder and Chair of EFET’s Gas Hub Development Group.

Since 1991 he has held commercial, operational and regulatory management positions in liberalising downstream gas markets, for major supplier, trading and producer companies.  Over this time he has been a frequent participant in workgroups, think tanks, and industry associations related to energy markets and liberalisation.  This ranges from membership of the oversight panel of the GB Network Code in 1994-6 to more recent participation in the EU Gas Target model advisory group and EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council workstreams.  He holds a degree in Economics and Mathematics from Aberdeen University.

Henrikh Yeremyan is the banker of energy and natural resources business group in the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the regional multilateral IFI, where he is responsible for all functions of the project processing cycle, including origination, project screening, due diligence, structuring, negotiation, preparation of documentation, signing and monitoring of projects, including corporate finance and project finance, implemented in 11 member countries of the bank's operations (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine).  During his career, he has been working in various capacities in the banking and investments.

Olga Yeriomina is employed as Associate Director, Senior Banker Energy EMEA, Sustainable Infrastructure Group at the EBRD Resident Office in Ukraine since 25 August 1998.

Olga Yeriomina is dealing with sector policy dialogue matters as well as preparation and implementation of the EBRD funded investment projects in the electricity sector of Ukraine. The investment portfolio of the Bank in this industry equals EUR 1bn.

In the course of the recent years, Olga Yeriomina has been leading EBRD projects in the power sector of Ukraine covering construction of various renewable facilities, high voltage power infrastructure, rehabilitation of hydro facilities as well as nuclear safety upgrades.