Ukrainian Energy Forum

Raising domestic output, diversity and security of supply through reform, transparency and modernisation

26 - 28 February 2019

InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine

Speakers Confirmed 2019:

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.

Oleg Kirilyuk works as Deputy Head of the State Service of Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine,currently temporarily fulfills the duties of the Head of the State Service of Geology and Subsoil of Ukraine from May 25, 2017


General Director

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


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.

Ilya Ponomarev

Ilya Ponomarev has served as our director since our inception and has  been our Chief Executive Officer since February 15, 2018. From December 2007 to the present, Hon. Ponomarev served an opposition  member of Russian Parliament — State Duma representing Novosibirsk — the capital of Siberia, and is chairing Innovations and  Venture Capital (formerly Hi-Tech development) subcommittee. Although he was a member of parliament until 2016, after his lone vote  against the war between Russia and Ukraine, he was not permitted to return to Russia after traveling to the United States. 

Earlier Ilya Ponomarev  held various positions in government offices and private companies, including Vice president of Yukos Oil Company, the largest Russian oil and gas company, and prior to that Director for CIS Business Development and Marketing for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. 

Ilya Ponomarev holds BSc in Physics from Moscow State University and Master of Public Administration from Russian State Social  University. He is an author of a number of research papers and magazine articles about new economy development, energy, regional  policies, education and international relations. 


Simon Pirani has since 2007 been Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, working on the Natural Gas Research Programme. His research focuses on the development of natural gas markets, and changing consumption patterns, in the former Soviet Union. He was, most recently, editor of and contributor to The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change (Oxford University Press, 2014). His publications on the Ukrainian gas sector and Russo-Ukrainian gas relationships include Ukraine’s Gas Sector (2007), What The Ukrainian Crisis Means For Gas Markets (2014) and (with Katja Yafimava) Russian Gas Transit Across Ukraine Post-2019 (2016). Prior to joining the Institute, Pirani wrote about Russia and Ukraine as a journalist and historian.

Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega joined Ifri's Centre for Energy as a Director in September 2017.

Prior to joining IFRI, he spent six years at the International Energy Agency (IEA), notably as Russia & Sub-Saharan Africa Programme Manager where he conducted oil and gas market analyses and was responsible for institutional relations with these countries and regions. He also held various other positions, such as at the Robert Schuman Foundation, where he was in charge of a Ukraine observatory.

A French and German national, he holds a Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris in international relations.

Hendrik Pollex started his career within the gas business at the Dispatching Centre of the former German company BEB Erdoel Erdgas GmbH in 1984. Hendrik is an expert in operational matters having worked in a lot of different positions along the total gas chain including being head of Contract Dispatching and Capacity Management Department. As Manager of the Balancing Energy department within Gasunie Deutschland, Hendrik was responsible for the daily operation and cooperation of the market areas Aequamus and Gaspool in Germany.

Hendrik worked on an assignment basis as Business Adviser for Shell Energy Europe in The Hague and as Project Manager for Gas Transport Services BV in Groningen. As BEB’s representative Hendrik was member of different WGs under the umbrella of EASEE-gas and GTE to define and develop business rules, CBPs and GGP for harmonising and streamlining the gas transport across Europe and was involved in the negotiation of IAs for cross border points.

Since September 2012 Hendrik has been working for the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas. In his current position as Business Area Manager for System Operations he is in charge for activities related to technical cooperation between members or between members and non-EU TSOs as well as for activities related to Transparency including the Transparency Platform, the Union-wide platform where TSOs publish data related to the operation of their networks.

He graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University in Brno. He started his professional career as a senior designer in Automation and Mechanization, OKD Ostrava, later as Specialist of Measuring & Control Systems in Energoprojekt Praha. From 1991 to 2003 he became Executive Director, later Chairman of the BoD at company VAE, a.s. (EPC Company in Energy Sector).
In 1996 he started his political career as Member of Czech Parliament. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. In 2009 he was President of the European Council. In this year he was actively involved in solving the gas crisis and had organized 1th Southern Corridor Summit.
After leaving high politics he has been active in energetics business and educational activities. In 2011 he was elected the Chairman of the Association for the District Heating of the Czech Republic (ADH CR). He is also Chairman of the Supervisor Board of the Opatovice Power Plant. From 2013 to 2014 he was appointed as the Director for Development & Foreign Relations in company NAFTA Bratislava. Since November 2014 he has held position of the Director of International Development and Public Affairs Director in Slovak TSO Eustream. Since 11 August 2015 he has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Eustream.

Member of Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine), Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety. Member of the Bloc Petra Poroshenko Parliament Faction. Permanent Member of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE.
Public Policy Focus Areas: Energy Reform, Gas sector fiscal regime improvement, Energy Independence, Entrepreneurship and Investment Climate, Banking sector reform, Digitalization of Ukraine, Gender Issues.
Co-chair of the Parliamentary Non-Partisan Caucuses “For Energy Independence of Ukraine” and “For digital Future of Ukraine”.
Olga was elected as a Member of the Parliament in Ukraine and started her duties on 12 December 2012 being part of the political party and Parliament faction “UDAR V. Klychko”. Before elections she was one of the Managing Partners of – startup business accelerator in Kyiv. Before joining Eastlabs, Olga Bielkova was part of the executive management team for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. As Director of International Programs at the Foundation, she led projects for Ukraine’s integration into the global community, supervised the international grant-making activity, and worked closely with several well known international organizations. Olga Belkova directly oversaw the largest privately funded Ukrainian scholarship initiative, the WorldWideStudies, designed to support young talented Ukrainians pursuing their Master’s degrees in leading universities outside Ukraine. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Financial and Administrative Director for the Land O’Lakes, a USAID-funded agricultural marketing project in Ukraine. Olga also worked as Deputy Director for the Junior Achievement International branch in Ukraine, introducing economic education to more than 30,000 students in 500 high schools throughout Ukraine.

Olga Bielkova is a Harvard Mason Fellow and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from the Kyiv Shevchenko National University and a degree in economics from the Cherkassy State Engineering University.

Mark Rollins joined Ukrnafta as the Chairman of the Executive Board in September 2015. He has over 25 years of work experience in the oil and gas industry, having worked as part of the senior leadership for such global energy companies as Shell, ARCO, and BG Group. Mr Rollins has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, and a DPhil in Engineering Science from Oxford University.

Mr. Mavriky Kalugin, is a career oilman with extensive international experience in brownfield and greenfield developments, field management, IOR/EOR projects, technical operations, and general management.  In February 2016, Mr. Kalugin accepted the position of the Executive Vice President Upstream and a member of the Executive Board of Ukrnafta.  Prior to joining Ukrnafta, Mr. Kalugin served as the Country Manager for Petrofac - Romania.  Previously, Mr. Kalugin held senior technical and operating positions with Petrofac Integrated Energy Services – Russia, Cairn India, TNK-BP, Occidental, ConocoPhillips, and ARCO, Alaska. Mr. Kalugin holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho, is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and a fluent Russian speaker.

Oleg Gez has over 15 years of working experience in oil industry with a strong focus on the development of Downstream business segment, oil products processing and sales, operational efficiency of sales, retail management and transformations, M&A deals management in oil and gas industry.
Oleg Gez joined Ukrnafta’s team in 2016 first as Director of Planning and Efficiency Control Department. From October 2017 he has been Executive Vice President for Downstream and member of the Executive Board. Before joining Ukrnafta Mr. Gez spent 10 years of his career with TNK-BP where he obtained managerial experience in strategic planning, assets management and sales in B2B sector. He was Deputy Director for Economics in VDS (Belarus) as well.

With his 25-years’ experience in gas industry, he was in charge of the unbundling process, and the founding of Gaz-System S.A., Poland’s independent TSO, in 2003-2004.

Born in 1963, Mr. Stańczak got his engineering degrees at Emilian Konopczyński Institute and the Warsaw University of Technology. Later, he continued his study at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). After a few years, he received MBA diplomas from Leon Koźmiński Academy Of Entrepreneurship and Management (Warsaw) and University of Bradford.

Between 2004 and 2008, he served as a Technical Director – Member of the Board of Gaz-System. He was responsible for developing and implementing investment plans, daily maintenance of the transmission system, coordinating permitting and licensing processes with relevant state regulators and authorities.

During the past five years Paweł Stańczak hold different positions within PGNiG Technologie S.A. (Krosno, Poland) as the R&D Manager (2012-2014), Construction Project Manager (2014-2015), and Technical Director, Member of the Board (2016-July 2017).

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.

Julia Kovaliv has almost ten year experience of executive positions in the energy sector and public administration. Before the creation of NIC Office she served as the First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade and was responsible for reforming state enterprises and for investment policy. From April 2016 to April 2017 Julia Kovaliv also held the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board in “Naftogaz Ukraine".She was also a member of the state regulator of the National Commission, which perform state regulation in the energy and utilities.
In her early career Julia worked for Ernst & Young, LLC "Financial Consulting Company". For the next  three years she held the position of financial director of LLC "Gazex Ukraine." From 2011 to 2013 she worked in the Coordination Center for economic reforms.
After gaining Bachelor degree in Economics Julia Kovaliv continued her training program of economics at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy". In 2011 she graduated from the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, where she gained a Master of Social Development Management. Julia also attended training programs at Harvard Kennedy School. 

He is a member of the political party Obiednannya Samopomich and a deputy team leader on the inter-parliamentary relations with Poland. He is a member of the inter-parliamentary relations with the United States. Lev is a General Director of JSC Pivdenzahidelektromerezhbud. He was the initiator and president of Lviv tourism alliance. He lives in Lviv. He is an expert in the areas of electricity, tourism.

Oleg Prokhorenko is CEO and Chairman of the Board of UkrGasVydobuvannya (UGV) since June 2015. UGV is Ukraine’s largest natural gas producer, with ~15 bcm pa of production (~75% of Ukraine’s total), and one of the largest companies in Ukraine. Prior to UGV, Oleg Prokhorenko spent almost 8 years as associate principal, engagement manager and consultant with McKinsey & Company in Kiev, Ukraine and Dubai, OAE. At McKinsey Oleg worked with largest private companies and significant state institutions in oil and gas, power generation, metals and mining, and public sector on strategy development, operational improvement, and organization restructuring. Oleg Prokhorenko holds Master of Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government (with honors) from Dartmouth College.

Marina Petrov has been appointed EBRD Deputy Director, Ukraine on 19 January 2015. Marina has joined the EBRD in 1995 as part of the team that opened the EBRD Resident Office in Chisinau, Moldova.

In 2001 Marina has moved to Financial Institutions department first in London and later in Moscow. In 2009 Marina was appointed the Head of St. Petersburg office in charge of the EBRD’s business in the North-West Federal District of Russia. 

She also held numerous Supervisory Board positions in financial institutions and equity funds in Russia. 

 Marina has graduated from Moscow State University.

Edward C. Chow, senior associate in the Energy and National Security Program at CSIS, is an international energy expert with 40 years of industry experience. He has worked in Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America, Europe, Russia, Black Sea and Caspian regions. He has developed government policy and business strategy, while advising governments, international financial institutions, major oil companies, and leading multinational corporations. He has negotiated successfully multibillion-dollar oil and gas agreements and specializes in investments in emerging economies.

Chow spent 20 years with Chevron Corporation in headquarter and overseas assignments, including head of international external relations and country manager in China. Chow is a graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in international affairs. He has published articles in leading academic and foreign policy journals on global energy developments, spoken on energy at international conferences, universities, and think tanks in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America, and appeared on major international media. He currently teaches at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Since his appointment in August, 2014 Mr. Savchuk has achieved a significant success in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy spheres of Ukraine. Due to the initiated and implemented measures and incentives in Ukraine there are some main achievements:

·        adopted National Action Plans on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy till 2020;

·        more than 400 thousand Ukrainian families became participants of the state energy efficiency support program;

·        Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) and energy management in the public sector were introduced for the first time in Ukraine;

·        More than 3 hundred EPC tenders were announced through the ProZorro e-procurement platform in 4th quarter of 2017;

·        Since 2014 there have been installed 2 GW of new non-gas heat power capacities with investments of more than 460 million euros;

·        6,02 bln m3 (25%) of natural gas consumption were reduced and substituted by individual consumers, heat production companies and public institutions in Ukraine in 2017 in comparison with 2014. About 1,2 billion euros a year were saved;

·        Since 2015 there have been installed 408 MW of renewable electricity capacities worth 400 million euros;

·        3010 households installed solar panels with total capacity of 51 MW;

·        Ukraine has become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


Overall, Mr. Savchuk has more than 20-year professional experience. He held executive positions both in public administration and private sector. Thus, Mr. Savchuk worked as a Deputy Head of the Energy Department at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Particularly, in 2004 he led the project on the completion of two nuclear power plants construction. Then he became a Member of the Supervisory Board at the JSC Naftogaz of Ukraine in 2010, a Deputy Head of the License Control Department at the National Energy Regulation Commission in 2011, an Advisor on energy issues to the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2012, a Member of the Supervisory Board at the commercial bank in 2013. Working in private sector, Mr. Savchuk led renewable energy project in 2012-2013.


Mr. Savchuk holds a master's degree in public administration from the Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2003) and a degree in business management from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (1997).


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.


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.

Adviser to Director of SC “Energorynok”. He is responsible for development of reform strategy for SC “Energorynok” during transition to the new electricity market of Ukraine, coordinates work concerning reorganization of SC “Energorynok” and implementation of software for day-ahead and intraday markets. He provides coordination of activities around electricity market reform with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, NEURC, Ministry of energy and coal industry and other state bodies, international organizations.

Deputy Head of Project Office on electricity market reform at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

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).


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.

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.

Andriy Konechenkov is Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, Director of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Agency LLC, Vice-president of the World Wind Energy Association. Since 2015 – an adviser to the Chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, in 2016 became a Board member of the Ukrainian Energy Expert Council.

Mr. Konechenkov is one of the leading experts in the field of RE in Ukraine particular in wind energy. 24 years of experience in Renewable Energy sector оf Ukraine.

Andriy Konechenkov is a co-author of special editions on wind energy in Ukraine including “Wind Power for Ukraine - a proposal for the coming 20 years” (1999), “Wind Power of Ukraine: Data and Comment” (2001), “Vision 2050 for Ukraine” (2004); “R&D Strategy Analysis for Ukraine's Wind Power” under KSP Ukraine programme (2009), “Wind Power for the World” (2014), “Wind Power Plants. Manual on Development and Implementation of Wind Energy Projects in Ukraine” (2017).

The author of more than 300 publications devoted to renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy saving issues, including two school textbooks devoted to energy saving issues and Russian version of international Internet course DIERET - Distance Internet Education for Renewable Energy Technologies, Co-author Wind Power for the World, 2014, "Wind power plants. Guidelines for the development and implementation of wind power projects in Ukraine "(2017), Standard of organizations in Ukraine:" Wind power plants. Guidelines for the development and support of projects in the field of wind power "(2018)