Ukrainian Energy Forum

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

25-27 February 2020

InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Victor Logatskiy

Leading expert, Energy programmes

Specialist in the field of economics of natural resources, investment and corporate governance, Ph.D. (economics). Over 20 scientific

publications in Ukraine and abroad.

He has successful practical international and domestic experience in business restructuring and legal entities reorganization.

Expert in a number of international projects and researches in the field of the construction, development and operation of energy infrastructure and ecology.

Member of the Working Committee "Liquefied natural gas (LNG)" of International Gas Union (2000-2005).

Certified engineer-designer.

Worked in key positions for leading Ukrainian and international oil and gas and engineering companies: Ukrnafta, Naftogaz of Ukraine, TNK,

Khantymansiyskneftegasgeologia, Metso Automation, ILF Consulting Engineers.

Works at the Razumkov Centre from January 2015.

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).

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.


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.

Dr. Johannes Baur is Deputy Head of the Energy Team in the Support Group for Ukraine of the European Commission.

Before starting his career at the Commission in 2000, he was working for the Foreign Ministry of Germany and in the private sector. He has been working in different functions in the European Commission’s Directorates-General for Energy and Transport with a focus on external energy and transport relations and negotiations. From 2004 to 2009 he was negotiator for aviation agreements between the EU and third countries and negotiated for example the Open Aviation Area Agreement between Canada and the EU. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as coordinator of the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue.

The Support Group for Ukraine was created in spring 2014 as focal point for the Commission's support to Ukraine and the new Ukrainian government.