Ukrainian Energy Forum

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

25-27 February 2020

InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine


Maxim Timchenko has headed the company since July 2005.

From 2002 to 2005, Mr Timchenko worked as a senior manager at System Capital Management, where he was responsible for SCM’s energy business until it was spun off into DTEK. He began his career as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1998.

In 1997, he graduated with honours from the Donetsk State Academy of Management with a degree in Production Management. He continued his education at Manchester University and received a BA degree in Economics and Social Sciences with honours.

Maxim Timchenko has been repeatedly recognised as one of the best top managers in Ukraine, and in 2014, he ranked first in the 'Top-100. Ukraine's Best Top Managers' rating published by Ekonomika Communication Hub

She graduated the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv (Ukraine) with honors and received Master’s degree in Law, studied law at the Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany) and the Institute of Energy Economics in Tokyo (IEEJ) under the program «Energy Policy B» (Japan).

 Worked at the Center for Environmental Consulting and Audit, as well as in the international company ERM Central Europe (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), specialising in energy projects.

 After returning to Ukraine, she worked as the Senior consultant at Chief Department of Reforms Implementation, Administration of the President of Ukraine, later - the Energy Reform Manager of the Project Office and Support Manager of National Council for Reforms, chaired by the President of Ukraine.She was Advisor at Administration of the President of Ukraine and Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.

 From March 2017 - Deputy Minister for European Integration in the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine.

Olga Buslavets graduated from the Faculty of Power Engineering of Donetsk State Technical University in 1997. Began its activity since 2000 in a power supply company. In the Ministry of Energy began to work in 2005 as the chief specialist of the Department of Electricity, from 2006 to senior positions, in 2015-2017 she headed it. Since December 2017, as a result of the competition, she has been appointed General Director, Directorate for Energy Markets, Ministry of Energy and Coal.

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

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.

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.

Oleksandr Romaniuk is First Deputy Chairman of the Board – Chief Operating Officer of JSC “Ukrgasvydobuvannya” (UGV) since July 2015. UGV is Ukraine’s largest natural gas producer, with ~15,5bcm pa of production (~3/4of Ukraine’s total), and one of the largest companies in Ukraine. Prior to UGV Oleksandr spent 5 years with EastOne Group as advisor to CEO on natural resources and real estate projects development.
Prior to EastOne Group Oleksandr Romaniuk spent 5 years as associate & engagement manager with McKinsey & Company in CIS region. In McKinsey Oleksandr worked with the largest private & state companies on strategy development, operational improvement & organizational restructuring.
Oleksandr Romaniuk holds master’s degree of international investments activities from Kiev National University of Economics and is qualified by ACCA.

Pawel Stanczak is responsible for the functioning of the “TSO of Ukraine” brunch and unbundling of the gas transmission operator according to the European Union's Third Energy Package requirements. 
Mr. Stanczak has been in the field of gas transmission, distribution, and storage for more than 25 years.
In 2003-2004 in Polish company PGNiG he was in charge of the unbundling process and founding of the Gaz-System S.A., Poland’s independent TSO.
Between 2004 - 2008 served as a Technical Director – Board Member of Gaz-System. He was responsible for developing and implementing investment plans, daily maintenance of the transmission system, coordinating licensing processes with the regulator.
During the past five years, Paweł held different positions within PGNiG Technologie S.A.
Mr. Stańczak has engineering degrees from Emilian Konopczyński Institute and the Warsaw University of Technology. Later he continued and MBA study at Leon Koźmiński Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management, University of Bradford.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mr. Mykhaylo Paduchak has 15 years of professional experience in O&G industry.
He joined UGV in July 2016 and was appointed Head of Drilling Department. Before UGV he worked at international and Ukrainian market, held various of operation-based senior positions in Smith Eurasia, INTEGRA GROUP, NEWTECH.
Mykhaylo began his career as a driller assistant and has passed all stages of the balanced career growth until Director’s position in Drilling and Well Completions. He was involved in many onshore and offshore projects around Eastern Europe and CIS countries.
Having technical education in Drilling, in 2018 he holds a Masters in Business Administration from Kyiv School of Economics.

Tetyana Fedorova coordinates legal affairs at “Ukrtransgaz” JSC and ensures legal support of the company matters, interests, and other related issues.
Before the Ukrtransgaz Tatyana Fedorova was responsible for the court work in the Legal Department of the Naftogaz of Ukraine. In 2006-2015, she held senior positions in the Raiffeisen Aval Group. Before that, from 2001 to 2006, she worked as a legal adviser to Golden Telecom.
Tetyana received her Master’s in Law from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" in 2001.

Mr. Gelyukh has been heading the company since February 2018.
Joined the DTEK team in 2005, working as head of the investment department from 2005 to 2008. He then moved to the Kyivenergo JSEC as head of the investment department, in 2011 he headed the Regulatory Policy and Investments Directorate, and the Strategy Directorate of Kyivenergo in 2012. He has held the post of Deputy Commercial Director of DTEK Energy since September 2013 and exercised the functions of Electricity Distribution and Sales Director of DTEK Energy since March 2017.

He graduated from Academy of Municipal Administration as an economist in 2004. In 2012 he also graduated from National University of the State Tax Service of Ukraine as a lawyer.
In 1999-2003 he worked at the enterprises of the national economy of Ukraine.
In 2004 he was a chief Economist of Planning and Economic Department of the State Enterprise Donbass-Anthracite.
In 2004-2007 he was Engineer of 1 category and manager of monitoring and ensuring repayment of the Interagency Commission Settlement Center of the State Enterprise Energorynok.
In 2007 he was Deputy Director for the supply of electricity JSC A.E.S. Kyivoblenergo.
and Commercial Director of A.E.S. Energolayn.
In 2007-2008 he was Director of "Central Energy Company".
In 2008-2014 he was Deputy Head of the settlement center, deputy chief of Business development Department, Head of Advanced Development WEM Department of perspective development of Energorynok. He headed Energorynok on 20 March 2014.

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. 

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.

Sergei Glazunov was appointed CEO of Smart Energy in February 2016. Prior to that, from October 2014, he held the position of Smart-Holding’s Chief Investment Officer.

He joined Smart-Holding in 2010 as the corporate development director. In 2011, he became the CFO of Smart Energy and held that office until December 2013 when he was installed as the acting CEO of Smart Energy.

 2007 – 2009 – deputy CEO at Concern Avec & Co (Kharkiv, Ukraine).

 2005 – 2007 – vice president at the investment banking business of JP Morgan Chase (New York, USA).

2000 – 2004 – senior analyst and head of investment performance measurement group (from 2002) at the investment management business of Bank One Corporation (Detroit, USA).

Starting in 1993, Mr. Glazunov was actively engaged in scientific research and teaching activities, including various roles at Institute of Mathematics (Kiev, Ukraine), Michigan State University (East Lansing, USA), Wayne State University (Detroit, USA) and National Transport University (Kiev, Ukraine). He has a number of publications in academic periodicals of Ukraine, Europe and USA.

 He is also a member of the Board of Directors at Regal Petroleum Plc.


Graduated from Kiev State University (Ukraine), department of mechanics and mathematics, in 1992.

Earned the Master of Science degree in Statistics from Michigan State University (East Lansing, USA) in 1998.

Earned the MBA degree from Wayne State University (Detroit, USA) in 2000.

CFA Charterholder since 2003.

Jussi Heikkinen is the leader of Growth & Development for Wärtsilä Energy Business in the Americas. He is currently based in Houston, TX, USA.


Mr. Heikkinen has 35 years of professional experience in Wärtsilä Energy Business in various managerial positions. He has lived in Finland, Sweden and USA. He has developed several new businesses for Wärtsilä through the years and has had a leader role in developing the skill set and approach on modelling power systems and quantifying the value of flexibility in power systems.


Mr. Heikkinen holds a MSc degree in Energy and Power Plant technology.

 Honorary power engineer of Ukraine.
Was awarded a diploma of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine for his active participation in the development, processing and coordination of the draft law “Aboutthe Electric Energy Market”
Born in 1972 in Donetsk. In 1994 graduated from Donetsk State Technical University. In 2012 - Classic Private University. In 2014, he received a Ph.D. in public administration.
Sergey Bedin works at NNEGC Energoatom from May 2014, first as Director of the Center for Implementing a New EnergyMarket andadvisor ofthe Energoatom’s president, and from March 2018 to the present as General Director of the Energoatom-Trading subdivision.
From March 2010Sergey Bedinworked as director of the state-ownedcompany“Energy Market»From 2006 to 2010 - Director for Economics and Finance - Deputy Chairman of the Board of Dneproenergo OJSC, from 2004 to 2006. - Director for Economics and Finance - Deputy General Director of the «Pavlogradvugilya»Mining and Chemical Company, from 1994 to 2004 - worked at the enterprises of the national economy of Ukraine   

Yuri Nagorniak graduated from the University of Oil and Gas in 2003 with a degree in drilling.
The first experience in the drilling industry was gained in 1999 in “UkrBurGas” Drilling Division. Over 8 years until 2007 he made his way from a driller assistant to a driller, rig manager and chief engineer.

Years 2007-2008 in Ukraine were marked by an active inflow of foreign investments in gas production, which in turn created the prerequisites for the formation of the oilfield services market. In 2008, together with other engineers, Yuri Nagorniak founded an oilfield service company specializing in coiled tubing technologies, which in one year had become a technological pioneer in Ukraine.

In 2010, it merged with the Dutch company “Coil Services BIV” that operated at the North Sea, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, resulting in the formation of “Esta Well Services Holding AG.” In the same year, he headed the company, and in 2011 the company began operating in Western Siberia. Until 2013, EWS had transformed significantly and compised activities in the oilfield services segments: hydraulic fracturing, coiled tubing, drilling, workover, hydraulic fracturing with coiled tubing.
Since 2015 Yuri Nagorniak has worked in JSC “UkrGasVydobuvannya” on production enhancement and the range of oilfield services, such as drilling, hydraulic fracturing, workover, geophysics, stimulation.

In 2016-2017, after new management headed the company, there was the biggest-ever growth of the oilfield service market in the fracturing and coiled tubing segments (CT), which turned from exclusive technology into a commercially demonstrated process. The drilling and workover market, and a number of other high-tech services have grown significantly.
In 2017, UGV reached the largest annual gas production in the last 24 years – 15,251 m³.
And in 2018 UGV reached the 20-year old record of production - 15 496 m³, That year UGV performed 173 hydraulic fracturing operations.

Mrs. Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska is a Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Sustainable Development, Strategy and Investments of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety. She obtained MA in Law and Economics from University College London (UCL). She has more than 15 years of professional experience in the area of corporate governance, consultingand energy. As an MP, Mrs. Katser-Buchkovska's responsibilities cover energy security and diplomacy, geopolitics, negotiations, conflict resolution and peace-making process. She is the author of many analytical materials and publications on energy security and diplomacy, peace making process and conflict resolution.

Born 1974, MBA in Business Management and BA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2010 serves as the Deputy Director of the Israeli Natural Gas Authority. As a part of his current position, Mr. Blyuz is responsible for Economic and Strategic issues as well as tariffs and other regulation activities of the developing natural gas industry of Israel.
In addition, Mr. Blyuz is an energy courses lecturer in several Israeli colleges such as the Netanya Academic College and the Magid College at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He is also involved in various volunteering and business activities, including promotion of chamber music ensembles, economics & history teaching in peripheral schools, co-managing of the social involvement NGO "Family Shield" and co-foundation and serving as an acting CEO of the start-up

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.

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. 

Franck studied Energy at the University of Rouen and received an Engineer Degree and then followed a Master of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University in United Kingdom. Later on, he earned an Executive Degree from the London Business School. Franck spent 25 years working for the Group Engie. Thus, he started his career at Gaz de France in the engineering department for 7 years and then moved to the Marketing and Sales with different functions in different countries such as France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Italy and UK before joining OMV Petrom. He was appointed member of the OMV Petrom Executive Board as of July 1, 2018.

Martin Slovak graduated from University of Economics in Bratislava, Business Administration Faculty in Košice. He joined NAFTA a.s. (NAFTA) in 2004 and worked on various positions in NAFTA. He started his career as controller responsible for UGS Division; continued in E&P division as Economist and later he was responsible for developing international E&P projects as project manager. In 2012 he was appointed as E&P Deputy Director. Since 2016 he is also representing NAFTA in CNG LLC as Executive Director (CNG LLC – Ukrainian entity developing joint Uzhgorod project in Ukraine together with partner – Cub Energy Inc.).

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.

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.

Eugene Chausovsky focuses on political, economic and security issues pertaining to the former Soviet Union, Europe and Latin America. He was previously a researcher at the University of Texas, where he focused on Russian demographic trends and their impact on the country's political and electoral systems. He also holds a degree in international relations from the same university.

Mr. Chausovsky was born in Moscow and is a fluent Russian speaker. He lived in Ukraine, Austria and Italy before moving to the United States.

Politics, economics and security trends in the former Soviet states
Russia's foreign policy and strategy in the former Soviet periphery
EU and U.S. policy toward the former Soviet states
Sovereignty and integration processes in Europe and the former Soviet states
Economic and political trends in Latin America

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.

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).



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.

Born 1989, double degree master in International Energy Economics from the University of Leipzig and MGIMO Moscow and B.SC. in Economics from the University of Bonn. Worked for three years for Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) which is Germany’s national competition regulator. Since 2016 working for the European Energy Exchange AG. Started 2016 in the Corporate Strategy and M&A department in Leipzig. Since 2017 working for Powernext (Part of the EEX Group) as a Business Developer in Paris. Powernext is operating 12 European gas markets in Europe. Gregor is responsible for International Market development and is leading the cooperation between PEGAS and CEGH focusing on central and eastern European gas market development.

In addition Gregor is involved in various volunteering activities, including the development of European grassroots think tanks called Argo in Paris, Foraus in Switzerland, Polis in Germany,  where he has a strong focus on energy policy recommendations and energy economics education.

Stepan Kozytsky is a General Director of the largest private drilling company in Western Ukraine – “Drilling company“Goryzonty” LLC.
He graduated from Ivan Franko Lviv National University and, later,fromIvano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas. Since 2006 he has been working at Truboplast and Ukrnaftogazinvest, and in 2009 he headed the gas production company “Goryzonty”LLC. Today Stepan Kozytsky heads the service company “Drilling company“Goryzonty” LLCand is a member of the Supervisory Board of Zakhidnadarservice LLC.

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.

During the last year been responsible for coordinating the development/acquisition of solar power plants in Ukraine totalling more than 250MW and with the establishment of a local office in Kiev (now 20 FTEs). While supporting the implementation of the broader portfolio he is also coordinating future expansion plans for Scatec Solar in Ukraine.

Prior to this he worked for different private equity funds and DFIs (FMO) with a focus on emerging markets. In addition, he has also worked as a financial markets reporter for various news agencies and has been an expert commentator for the largest private news channel in Norway.

With a strong passion for human connection and multicultural experiences he has lived and worked in several continents and speaks 5 languages. 

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

Mr. Jiao Chaoguang, Chinese citizenship, was born in year of 1974. Graduated in China South-West Petroleum University in 1997, majored in drilling engineering with bachelor degree. Have been working more than 21 years in oil & gas exploration and development industry, has rich experience in drilling and completion, particularly in HPHT well, gas producing well drilling and completion, well control, down hole problem mitigation and solution, well design, etc. Currently working as GM of LLC Beiken Energy Ukraine, a subsidiary company of Xinjiang Beiken Energy Engineering Co. Ltd.

Andy Hunder, a native Londoner, has over the past two decades become an internationally recognised professional in Ukrainian Public Affairs and Government Relations. He is highly experienced in working with business in Ukraine and has held high-profile management roles at GlaxoSmithKline and at Ukrainian Mobile Communications (now MTS Ukraine).
Hunder, a British citizen, has been director of the Ukrainian Institute in London since 2010 and is a regular commentator on Ukrainian current affairs in the global media. Over the past year he has been interviewed live more than 100 times on top international TV and Radio stations, including the BBC, CNN, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, ITV, Al Jazeera and others. He has spoken on Ukrainian current affairs issues at the Houses of Parliament, House of Lords, Oxford University, London School of Economics and University College London.
Hunder launched and managed the London representative office of Ukrainian law firm Magisters and, most recently, Sayenko Kharenko, where he also headed up the Government Relations practice. The Ukrainian law firms in London served as conduits to service multinational clients investing in Ukraine.
Andy studied Philosophy and Theology in Rome, Italy, and speaks fluent English, Ukrainian, Russian and Italian. He is married and with his wife have two sons.

DOB: 1960. Education & qualification background: certified economist, МВА, Honoured Economist of Ukraine. Professional experience duration: over 36 years. Mr. V. V. Gryhorovskyi worked in the Economic and Energy Departments of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers for over 10 years. In particular, he chaired the Energy Saving Monitoring and Energy Regulation Sector under the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers. Mr. Gryhorovskyi was the First Deputy Chair of the Ukrainian Energy Saving Public Committee (2003-2006), the Deputy and the First Deputy Chair of the Ukrainian National Agency for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (2006-2011), the First Deputy Chair of Ukrainian Governmental Agency for Energy Efficiency (2011-2014). Currently, Mr. V. V. Gryhorovskyi is the President of the Association of Power Distribution Network Operators (a public association).

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.  

Since the last year responsible for Acciona Energy business activities in Ukrainian RES market ensuring management and enforcement of construction and contracts with third parties. Leads the company strategy, business plan, policies and procedures within development and acquisition processes for solar and wind RES projects.

While working at the local engineering company Oleksandr gained more than ten-year experience on Ukrainian energy market. He has obtained Engineering Master of Science degree in National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI” as well as completed the program for Management Development in MIM-Kyiv International Management Institute.

Tvorg has been responsible for bringing the Syvash project up to  international banks’ standards. He is spearheading new wind development projects in Ukraine to become among the largest in Europe.

Since 2008 Tvorg has in the capacity of investment banker, been involved in financing of wind and hydropower developers and projects in Norway, Sweden and Turkey.

Tvorg has 25 years of broad operational and strategic experience to managing director and board level. Senior management positions in companies up to 850 employees, turnover up to €100m and investments up to €380m.

He holds a master degree in Business and Economics (siviløkonom) from BI Norwegian Business School.

He has held position of Chief Drilling Engineer of Smart Energy Group since 2011.

Prior to this fr om 2011 to 2013 he held position of Chief Drilling Engineer of  PrJSC Ukrgazvydobutok (Smart Energy Group), where he successfully implemented programs of new wells drilling and work-over of the existing ones.


 From 2002 to 2011 Mr. Boyko worked at LLC Scientific Production companies of modern technologies ZOND, wh ere he worked his way from Leading Engineer to Deputy CEO for Drilling.



From 1994 to 2002 he worked in the Mirhoryd Oil and Gas exploration expedition of deep well  drilling.




In 1994 he graduated from Poltava Oil Geological-Prospecting Technical School, specializing in Drilling Oil and Gas wells.



In 2002 graduated from Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, specializing in Drilling.

 In 2007 he graduated from the Center for Postgraduate Education of Poltava National Technical University named after Yuri Kondratyuk, specializing in Enterprise Economics. 


Participated in a number of international specialized trainings, in particular, in 2012 - Varel Europe «The fundamentals of PDC Bit Design and Manufacturing», in 2017 - Thunderbird Executive Education masterclass «Oil & Gas Industry», in 2018 - Varel Europe «The essentials of PDC Bit Design and Manufacturing».

He is a co-author of 4 research articles.

Since 2011 he has been appointed to technical director of the Smart Energy Group.

 During 2005-2011, Mr. Dudzich held management positions in Region LLC, a service company providing comprehensive services to oil and gas producers. For the time of his work, he successfully implemented different oil and gas production projects in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. 

In 1999-2005, he worked in Naftogaz of Ukraine National Joint Stock Company.


Earned the Master of Science degree in Drilling Oil and Gas Wells at Ivano-Frankovsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (IFNTUOG) in 1999.


Participated in a number of international specialized trainings, in particular, in 2013 - Germany, Weatherford «Drilling Technology and Equipment», USA, Schlumberger «Drilling Technology and Equipment», in 2017 – Thunderbird Executive Education masterclass «Oil & Gas Industry», in 2018 – Varel Europe «The essentials of PDC Bit Design and Manufacturing».


He is an author of 4 research articles.


Mr. Dudzich has 4 patents in co-authorship.

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)

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.

Rufat is a Senior Advisor with Socar-AQS and has spent 20 years working in the Drilling Sector of the Oil Industry. Having started his career in Azerbaijan with a Drilling Contractor he has worked in a number of global locations in Europe, Africa, North America and Middle East. He comes with an extensive knowledge and expertise in Onshore and Offshore Exploration and Production operations.

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).

1984 – 1988  Moscow Military Academy – Military Engineer
Work History:
         1984 – 1992  Military service
         1992 – 1994  Chief of auto glass production facility in Kherson, Ukraine
         1994 – 2005  Director of Kherson Company «Polus- Plus” involved in Agriculture products processing .
         2005 – deputy of Kherson district chief ( Novotroitski district )
         2005 – 2008 Dapartment chief at Kherson regional state administration.
         2008 – 2010  Chief of Chaplynka district state administration.
         2010 – Now, Director of SyvashEnergoProm.
Married, 2 children.

Volodymyr has been working in the IT sector for more than 20 years. Over the course of his career he has managed the large international projects in the energy, financial and government sectors. Since 2010 Volodymyr is working as a Managing Director of Unicorn Systems UA and taking an active part in the liberalization of the Ukrainian energy market. His main focus is the delivery of the IT solutions, which help companies to operate on the open market and bring them the high added value and competitive edge in the long term.

Vitaliy is a Partner of the Energy and Projects practice at the Kyiv office of CMS Cameron McKenna. His specialties are: Oil and Gas, Mineral Resources, Conventional & Renewable Power Generation and Kyoto Protocol Projects.
Vitaliy was ranked by the Chambers Europe 2012-2014 as a Band 1 lawyer in Energy and Natural Resources for Ukraine with commentators identifying him as “a standout figure for energy law in Ukraine” and “a superb lawyer, instrumental to the practice” as well as “one of the best for shale gas projects and PSAs”.
Vitaliy is an active participant of the Fuel and Energy Committee of European Business Association in Ukraine, Co-Chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce and, also, a member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiations (AIPN).

A member of the EC“HYDROGEN EUROPE”, a partner of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) (European Commission, Brussels ).
Partners of TheInstitut Renewable Energyof Ukraine NAS of Ukraine.
Organizer  and author of the idea of the First International Energy Forum, on the theme of hydrogen energy – “Wind and hydrogen”.
Member of Zaporizhzhia Regional Council and chairman of the Standing Committee on Construction, Transport, Communications and Fuel and Energy Complex.
Headof Supervisory Board “Tokmak Solar Energy”, the company that works in renewable energy sector in Ukraine and in the world. The company has designed and successfully implemented the construction of 4 solar stations in Zaporozhzhia, vinnytsia and kherson regions. In 2018 “Tokmak Solar Energy” launched of the largest solar power plant in Ukraine. The total capacity is 50 MW. Oleksandr Riepkin is an owner of the industrial design bureau, which is working on increasing the efficiency of using Pv modules. Inventor of the patented Ukrainian solar tracker and unique software for monitoring operation of solar plants.

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.


In 2002 graduated with honours from National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, faculty of Agricultural Mechanisation, with  diploma of Mechanical Engineering Specialist. In 2006 completed postgraduate studies at National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, in 2007  received PhD in Technical Sciences.
Professional life:
Starting from 2007 did internship and training in European companies, worked on implementation of alternative energy projects in Ukraine. Starting from 2011 – Director of PJSC“MHPEcoEnergy”, working on realization of alternative energy projects, mainly, the use of biomass, production of biogas from organic wastes, construction of solar power plants.


Henrikh Yeremyan is the banker of the energy, natural resources and telecom business group of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, 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 investment industry.