Ukrainian Energy Forum

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

27 February - 1 March 2018

InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine

Speakers 2018:

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.


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 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.

Maxim Timchenko was appointed CEO of DTEK in 2005.  Prior to that he worked as a senior manager at System Capital Management and a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Timchenko holds a degree in Production Management from Donetsk State Academy of Management and a BA in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Manchester.

Before joining the company in April 2013 was the head of “DTEK Neftegas”. Prior to that, between October 2009 and September 2001, worked in the company “Novatek” – the largest independent gas producer in Russia. In particular, he was the head of its sister company “Novatek – Tarkosaleneftegas” with an annual gas production of 14 billion cubic metres. For several years held management positions in the largest private oil company “Yukos”. Has two degrees. In 1998 graduated from Samara State Technical University majoring in Oil and Gas Exprloration, in 2000 graduated from Samara Economics Academy majoring in Credit and Finance. Has a PhD in Technical Sciences.

Yuriy is holding the position of a Group Chief Commercial Officer at National Joint-Stock Company “Naftogaz of Ukraine”, where he is responsible for sourcing of gas in the European market, restructuring of Naftogaz, facilitation of company related economic reforms in Ukraine.

He has about 14 years of experience with Naftogaz, as well as substantial experience in the financial sector in Ukraine and abroad. Prior to his current position, Yuriy has been working with the company in a variety of roles, including head of corporate finance (2004-2005), senior advisor to the chairman (2006-2007) and non-staff advisor to the chairman (2008-2014), Managing Director, Head of International Business (2014-2016).

Yuriy began his career in the international audit and consulting group PriceWaterhouseCoopers (1998-2002), where he advised major Ukrainian companies on financial management.

He worked at Merill Lynch investment bank in London (2005-2006), was a Senior VP and COO of the international investment fund Amstar Europe, headquartered in Denver, US (2008-2010). In 2010 Yuriy co-founded a local investment banking advisory firm AYA Capital.

Yuriy holds an MBA degree from the INSEAD Business School (France, Singapore).

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.

Date and place of birth: 27 Nov 1974, Kyiv.
In 2002 graduated from Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics with MA in Banking.
In 2005 graduated from Brandeis International Business School (Master of Business Administration “International Finance”).
- 1994 – 1997 : PricewaterhouseCoopers, auditor;
- 1997 – 1999 : ING Barings Ukraine, Financial Controller;
- 1999 – 2001 : Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (Saloniki, Greece), Financial Controller;
- 2001 – 2003 : maternity leave;
- 2003 – 2005 : Brandeis International Business School, США, MBA Edmund S.Muskie Programm; Fund Raising Events Coordinator at Harvard Univesity;
- 2005 – 2007 : Concorde Capital, Director, Corporate Finance;
- 2007 – 2009 : “Cushman&Wakefield Ukraine”, Director, capital markets;
- 2009 – 2011 : Adamant Investments, Director, Corporate Finance;
- 2011 – April 2014 : JSC Tysagaz, Financial Director; CUB Energy Inc., VP Finance.
From October 2014 – Member of Parliament (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine), Secretary of Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.

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.

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.

Dr. Mikhail Korchemkin is the founder and managing director of East European Gas Analysis, a consulting company that specializes in cost-benefit and financial analysis of natural gas projects in the former Soviet Union.

His previous experience includes performing numerous feasibility studies for the USSR Gas Ministry, predecessor of Gazprom.

Prior to going into full-time consulting Mikhail taught at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also had visiting scholarships at Harvard University and Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Mikhail has consulted numerous corporate and governmental clients including ABN-AMRO Bank, Amoco, BP, British Gas, Chevron, Conoco, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, Gas Strategies, Gasunie, Neste Oy, Osaka Gas, OTA of the U.S. Congress, Ruhrgas, Shell, Statoil , Swedegas, Total, Vattenfall and The World Bank. He has acted as expert witness in arbitration cases concerning natural gas business in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Steve Walsh has over 30 years in various leadership roles within the energy & mining industry. He began his civilian career with the AES Corporation in 1999 leading both generation and distribution businesses in Latin America. In June 2006 he was appointed as President, AES Ukraine/Kazakhstan and in 2009 President/CEO AES South Asia & Middle East. Leaving AES in late 2011 he formed Tier One Capital Management LLC, a boutique investment & transaction advisory company and worked there until  2013 when he joined Traxys as their CEO of the Power Group and Chief Re-Structuring Officer. Recently he completed the re-structuring & sale of the assets of the power group and now serves as a Traxys managing director as well as a strategic advisor to several private equity companies. Prior to his civilian career, Steve served as an officer in US Marines, primarily in special operations assignments worldwide.


Steve serves on the board of PM Power Group, The Virginia Polo Center, and is a frequent guest speaker/author in the energy and mining space. A rated land/sea instrument pilot, he is a volunteer search and rescue pilot with the US Civil Air Patrol.


Steve is a graduate of the US Naval Academy (BS), Strayer University (MSBA) and Harvard Business School’s AMP.


George Rud'ko is Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, PhD, Professor, Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the Academy of Mining Sciences, chairman of the State Committee of Ukraine on Mineral Resources.
He was born in 1952 in the Tyumen region (Russia). He graduated from the Geological Department of Lviv University (1974) and graduated from the Faculty of Geography of Chernivtsi (1984) University.

He worked in the field of geological expeditions in Altai, Western and Eastern Siberia, Carpathian and other regions of Ukraine, the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Chechnya), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan), Kazakhstan. He participated in the exploration of industrial fields in Ukraine and Russia. Work experience is 35 years, including 19 years of practical field experience and 23 years of research experience.

He is a member of Group of Experts of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on harmonization of terminology concerning reserves and mineral resources.

Dmitry Malyar graduated from the Donetsk National Technical University with the specialist’s degree in business economics and Master’s degree in ‘Power Plants’.
Mr Malyar started his career in 2002 in the electricity-supplying company Service-Invest where he gained professional experience working in production and sales divisions of the company and later holding the position of the Deputy Economy Director and Deputy Marketing and Supply Director. In 2006, he moved to the position of the Deputy Director for Ensuring the Wholesale Market Activities in SE Energorynok. From 2008 to 2009 he was the head of the Energorynok Relations Department in the energy generating company Skhidenergo.
In 2009, Dmitry joined DTEK’s team where he worked his way from an Electricity Wholesale Sales Manager to the Head of the Commercial Optimization and Analysis Department.


In 2012 - 2015 she has been Energy Analyst at SSE Plc
In December 2009 - December 2011 she was Investor Relations Analyst in Scottish and Southern Energy
December 2009 she graduаted from University of Edinburgh Business School, MSc (2:1) , Finance & Investment
In January 2008 she received CISI Diploma from Charted Institute for Securities & Investment
In January 2002 - December 2008 she graduated from Kyiv Mohyla Academy, MA (Hons), BA , Finance
Also she graduated from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - ACCA, Level I&II

Peter O'Brien is the Country Director and Head of EuroCape's wind development projects in the Ukraine. He is based in EuroCape's Kiev offices and also oversees all operations and project development in EuroCape's offices in the Zaparosha region. Mr. O'Brien has extensive business and project development experience in Europe and the Ukraine where he has been based for more than eleven years. He was previously employed by ECE Projekt management GmbH in Hamburg, by ORCO in Luxembourg, Rodamco in Rotterdam, and NCH Capital in New York.

Degrees: Masters of Business Administration, INSEAD; BA, Wesleyan University, USA )

Languages: English; Russian; Spanish

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.

Sergiy Maslichenko has got a PhD from Kyiv National Economic University and carried out post-doctoral research at Oxford University in 2002-2003 as Chevening/FCO/OSF Scholar. From 1999 to 2002, he was an adviser on energy issues to the Parliament and the Cabinet. In 2003 he established Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Legal Analysis – a think-tank providing expertise on economic and energy issues. He also advised the British government on energy strategies in Russia and Kazakhstan’s. In 2007 Sergiy joined the EBRD, where he has been leading the Bank’s energy efficiency and renewable energy business development and policy dialogue in Ukraine and the Caucasus. This includes energy efficiency projects in industry and agribusiness, energy efficiency credit lines for commercial banks (UKEEP, IQ Energy, Ukraine Sustainable Energy Lending Facility (USELF,, FINTECC Ukraine (, ESCO financing for public buildings energy efficiency. In 2007-2016, over 150 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects obtained EUR 2.5 billion of the EBRD financing in Ukraine

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.

Oleg Ustenko is well-known Ukrainian economist, Executive Director at The Bleyzer Foundation and President of the Harvard Club of Ukraine. His economic and financial research is focused on emerging market economises. The CIS region and Ukraine are his particular areas of interest.

Mr. Ustenko has been actively involved in a number of projects, including assessments in macroeconomics, investment and the overall business climate in the regions of analysis.  He also acts as a consultant to the Ukrainian government and other countries. He is an active participant of major economic and business events in the region and is one of the most published and quoted economists in Ukraine.

Prior to joining The Bleyzer Foundation, Mr. Ustenko was involved in different economic policy-oriented projects of The World Bank, OECD, governments of CIS countries and leading universities including Harvard University and MIT.

Mr. Ustenko has a Master’s Degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Kiev State Economics University.


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.

He was born in Khmelnitsky region in 1974. In 1997 he graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", in 2003 he graduated from Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine in public administration, production management

DOB: 1961. Education & qualification background: four higher education diplomas, with two of them being European diplomas; Public Administration Candidate of Sciences, associate professor. Professional experience: 30 years of professional operation in the fuels and energy sector. Mr. S. F. Dubovyk worked in the Fuels and Energy Office under the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers (1997-2011), including five years in the office of the Chair of the Power Industry Department. Mr. Dubovyk was also the Deputy Chair of the Ukrainian National Agency for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (2011-2015) primarily focused on renewable energy sources development. Currently, Mr. S. F. Dubovyk is an active member of the Directorate of the Association of Power Distribution Network Operators.