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Welcome to the Ukrainian Financial Forum 2018 (UFF) – a leading platform for discussion of the most crucial financial events and trends in Ukraine and the world.

The annual Forum takes place in Odesa, September 20-21 at the Bristol Hotel and brings together world-famous speakers from politics, industry and academia.

The 2018 program moves the discussion on from last year, focusing on the global economy and the wider financial context for the latest trends in investment and asset management.

On the first day of the Forum representatives from leading developed markets, including China, the United States and the United Kingdom, will provide a benchmark for global economic performance. Later in the day, leading figures in the Ukrainian government and the country’s largest public and private businesses will put forward the outlook Ukraine.

Our distinguished speakers will also debate the future of transatlantic cooperation, the effects of Brexit and new trade wars, and many other important issues facing international businesses. As in past years, the discussions will be moderated by Anne McAlvoy, leading journalist for The Economist and BBC broadcaster.

On the second day the Forum's agenda will feature investment panels looking at, amongst other things, the development of the Ukraine’s capital markets, Ukraine's opportunity in technological leadership, the future of cryptocurrencies, and Ukraine’s venture capital landscape. The day will conclude a panel on Ukraine’s startup success stories.

Visitors to the UFF are also invited to participate in the evening program held at some of the City’s top restaurants and featuring star musical performances. The informal networking opportunities with the exclusive circle of representatives of the business, political and academic elite makes for unforgettable evenings.

The Forum is jointly organized by ICU, an independent asset management, private equity and investment advisory firm specializing in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, and the Kyiv School of Economics, one of the leading educational institutions in Europe.

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UKRAINIAN FINANCIAL FORUM 2018
AGENDA
September 20, 2018
Day 1: Global and Ukraine Macro
 7:45-8:45  Registration, coffee

OPENING SPEECH

 8:45-9:00 Kostiantyn Stetsenko, Makar Paseniuk, Managing Partners, ICU

KEYNOTE SPEECHES

 9:00-10:00
 
 
"The Outlook for US Monetary Policy"
Narayana Kocherlakota, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 2009-2015, Lionel W.McKenzie Professor of Economics

Keyu Jin
, Associate Professor of Economics, the London school of Economics
 

KEYNOTES PANEL

 10:00-10:45
Winsor Grand hall

GLOBAL FINANCES AND THE WORLD ECONOMY: WHAT CAN UKRAINE EXPECT FROM TWO SUPERPOWERS?
Moderator: Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of The Economist, head of the Economist Radio

Narayana Kocherlakota
, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis 2009-2015, Lionel W.McKenzie Professor of Economics
Keyu Jin, Associate Professor of Economics, the London school of Economics

 10:45-11:15 Coffee break
PANEL 1

11:15-13:15
Winsor Grand hall

WILL POLITICS PREVENT PROGRESS? REFORMS IN AN ELECTION YEAR
Moderator: Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of The Economist, head of the Economist Radio
Video speech: Yakiv Smolii, Governor of the National bank of Ukraine

Part 1. THE POLICY MAKERS VIEW

Speakers:

Oksana Markarova, Acting Minister of Finance of Ukraine

Kateryna Rozhkova, First Deputy Governor, National bank of Ukraine

Pavlo Petrenko, Minister of Justice of Ukraine

Lajos Bokros, Professor at the CEU, former Minister of Finance of Hungary

Representative of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine


Part 2. THE INVESTMENT VIEW

Speakers:

Makar Paseniuk, Managing Partner, ICU

Francis Malige, Managing Director, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, EBRD

Yulia Kovaliv, Head of the Office of the National Investment Council

Chinese investor

Arabian Investor

 13:15-14:15 Lunch
KEYNOTE SPEECH
 14:15-15:00

CHALLENGING CONVENTION IN UKRAINE’S ENERGY SECTOR
Edward Lucas, Senior vice-president at the Centre for European Policy Analysis, formerly a senior editor at the Economist (1994- 2017)

Q&A with Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor of The Economist, head of the Economist Radio)

PANEL 2 A

15:00-16:30
Winsor Grand hall
 
UKRAINE'S ALTERNATIVE ENERGY REVOLUTION
Moderator:

Speakers:
Marina Petrov, Deputy Director in Ukraine, EBRD
Kyrylo Shevchenko, Chairman of the Board, UKRGASBANK
Oksana Kryvenko, Head of National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation
Peter O'Brien, Director, EuroCape New Energy
Sergey Shakalov, General Director, Podilskyi Energoconsulting
Daniel Bilak, Director, UkraineInvest; Chief Adviser on Investments to the Prime Minister of Ukraine
 
 
PANEL 2 B

15:00-16:30
Greenwich hall
 
GOVERNMENT AS AN ACTIVE OWNER
Moderator: Olyana Gordiyenko, Associate Director, Governance and Political Affairs, EBRD
 
Speakers:
Oleksandr Saienko, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers and Chairman of the Government Privatization Working Group
Oksana Markarova, Acting Minister of Finance of Ukraine 
Ivan Miklos, Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reforms, SAGSUR
Kateryna Rozhkova, First Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine
Şevki AçunerBoard Chairman of Ukrzaliznytsia
 
 16:30-17:00 Coffee break
PANEL 3 A

17:00-18:00
Winsor Grand hall

 

ORGANIZED COMMODITY TRADING IN UKRAINE 
Moderator: Timur Khromayev, Chairman of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission
 
Speakers:
Rostin Behnam, US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioner
Jan van Aken, EFET Secretary General
Naftogaz representative
 
PANEL 3 B

17:00-18:00
Greenwich hall

WHAT CAN HAPPEN IN A YEAR? A LOOK AHEAD FOR UKRAINE’S ECONOMY
Moderator: Timothy Ash, Senior EM sovereign strategist, BlueBay Asset Management

Speakers:
Volodymyr Lepushynskyi, Head of the Office for Monetary Policy Strategy, Department of Monetary Policy Methodology, National Bank of Ukraine 
Alina Slyusarchuk, Chief economist for Russia, Ukraine and CIS, Morgan Stanley
Vladimir Osakovskiy, Russia & CIS Economist, Bank of America Merill Lynch
Christopher Miller, Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale

 20:00-23:00 Dinner: BERNARDAZZI

 

UKRAINIAN FINANCIAL FORUM 2018
AGENDA
September 21, 2018
Day 2: Ukraine’s financial markets making progress a reality
 8:30-9:30  Morning coffee

KEYNOTE SPEECH

 9:30-10:30
Winsor Grand hall

Jerome Booth
, Chairman at New Sparta, former Head of Research at Ashmore Group, leading expert on emerging markets

Q&A with Yuriy Bender, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Wealth Management at Financial Times
PANEL 4 A

9:00-10:30
Greenwich hall
 
UKRAINIAN PENSION REFORM IN THE LIGHT OF EUROPEAN PRACTICE
Moderator: Grigoriy Ovcharenko, Director, Head of Local Asset Management, ICU

Speakers:
Yuriy Solovey, MP, Deputy Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on the economic policy
Olexandr Panchenko, Commissioner, National Securities and Stock Market Commission
Dariusz Stanko, Administrator (Pensions – IOPS), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Ambrogio Rinaldi, Central Director at COVIP (Commissione di Vigilanza sui Fondi Pensione)
Nikola Altiparmakov, Member of the Fiscal Council of the Republic of Serbia
Volodymyr Yatsenko, Senior Economist and Pension Advisor, USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project
 

KEYNOTE PANEL

PANEL 4 B

10:30-12:00
Winsor Grand hall

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES IN EMERGING MARKETS: KNOWN RISK AND BETTER REWARDS
Moderator: Yuriy Bender, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Wealth Management at Financial Times

Jerome Booth
, Chairman at New Sparta, former Head of Research at Ashmore Group, leading expert on emerging markets
Yuriy Butsa, Government Comissioner for Public Debt Management
Oleksandr Lyubarev, Director, Corporate Finance & Treasury, Metinvest Group
Ryad Yousuf, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

PANEL 4 C

10:30-12:00
Greenwich hall

TO SELL OR NOT TO SELL: HOW TO MOVE UKRAINIAN PRIVATISATION FROM A STANDSTILL
Moderator: Andriy Boytsun, Privatisation and SOE Reform Advisor at the Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reforms, SAGSUR
 
Speakers:
Vitaliy Trubarov, Acting Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine
Maksym Nefyodov, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine
Piotr Piela,  Partner at EY Business Advisory Poland, privatization advisor on Centrenergo

Jason Pellmar, Regional Manager for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine at IFC

 12:00-12:30 Coffee break
PANEL 5 A

12:30-14:00
Winsor Grand hall
 
BLOCKCHAIN: OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS FOR CRYPTO CURRENCIES IN UKRAINE
Moderator:
 
Speakers:
Artem Afyan, Uskutum law firm
Olexiy Goncharuk, Head, BRDO
Emal Bakhtari, Head of Projects&Programs, National Bank of Ukraine
Timur Khromayev, Chairman of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission Swiss regulator representative

PANEL 5 B

12:30-14:00
Greenwich hall

MEETING GLOBAL STANDARDS FOR CAPITAL MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING THE DOMESTIC MARKET
Moderator:
 
Speakers:
Hannes Takacs, Associate Director, Local Currency and Capital Markets Development, EBRD
Vladyslav Sushko, Economist, Monetary & Economic Department, Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
Oleg Churiy, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine
Mindaugas Bakas, CEO at National Depository of Ukraine
Dmytro Tarabakin, Commissioner, National Securities and Stock Market Commission Clearstream representative

 14:00-15:00 Lunch
PANEL 6 A

15:00-16:30
Winsor Grand hall

A VIBRANT OPPORTUNITY: UKRAINE’S VENTURE CAPITAL INDUSTRY
Keynote speaker and Moderator: Vitaly M. Golomb, Managing Director & Global Head of Principal Investments (30-min speech)

Speakers:
Viktoriya Tigipko, Founding Partner and Managing Director, TA Ventures
Andrey Kolodyuk, Chairman of UVCA Supervisory Board, Managing Partner of Aventures Capital
Roman Nikitov, Director, ICU

PANEL 6 B

15:00-16:30
Greenwich hall
OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES IN DOMESTIC SOVEREIGN AND CORPORATE BONDS
Moderator: Ruslan Kilmukhametov, Head of Debt Capital Markets, ICU

Part 1. SOVEREIGN BONDS

Speakers:
Oleg Churiy, Deputy Governor, National Bank of Ukraine
Konstantin Stetsenko, Managing partner, ICU
Olexander Zaletov, Member of the National Commission for state regulation in the field of financial services
Dmitriy Maslovsky, Fixed income Electronic Trading - business development, Bloomberg
Ministry of Finance representative


Part 2. CORPORATE BONDS


Speakers:
André Küüsvek, Director, Local Currency and Capital Markets Development at EBRD
Oleg Serdyuk, Head of Fixed Income and Equities, OTP Bank Ukraine
Konstantin Lykhytsky, Head of Treasury, AXA Insurance
Vladimir Osakovskiy, Russia and CIS economist, EEMEA Cross-Asset Strategy & Economics, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Maxim Libanov, Commissioner, National Securities and Stock Market Commission

 16:30-17:00 Coffee break
PANEL 7

17:00-18:15
Winsor Grand hall

THE SECRETS OF MY SUCCESS: UKRAINE’S TOP START-UPS IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Moderator: Giles Farley, Director, ICU

Speakers:
Yaroslav Azhnyuk, Petcube
Oleg Naumenko, Hidee
 
 20:00-02:00 After Party: AZUMA

 

* Please mind that some of the speakers are yet to be confirmed or added.

Cost and terms of participation
  1. Registration fee:
    • both days (September 20-21) 20 000 UAH
    • second day (September 21) 10 000 UAH.

      The first day is not charged separately.

    Please note that the registration and payment prior to September 1, 2018 gives a 25% discount on the full ticket price.

  2. To participate in the Forum, please register on the UFF website, choosing the desired number of days to visit.
  3. This year you can choose a suitable payment method for you:
    • instant payment by card with a receipt for payment (for individuals)
    • either sign an agreement and act with a legal entity and transfer the fee to a current account (for legal entities).
  4. WARNING! The organizers reserve the right to refuse the registered person to participate in the Forum and return the paid fees.
  5. For all registered participants there is a special discount for accommodation in Odesa hotels. The details will be sent upon completion of your registration application for participation in the Forum.

 

CONTACTS:

General information:

+38 067 009 65 34

Accommodation:

+38 050 788 51 85

Press-centre:

+38 098 876 99 56

Registration