Ukrainian Energy Forum

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

14-16 July, 2021

PARKOVY Congress and Exhibition Centre

2021 SPEAKER PANEL

Maxim has been DTEK’s Chief Executive Officer since 2005. Under his leadership, DTEK has evolved from a regional conventional energy company to Ukraine’s largest private investor as well as leading energy company. Since its inception 15 years ago, DTEK has invested USD 11.9 billion in Ukraine’s energy sector and the country’s sustainable development over past 15 years. In 2020, Maxim Timchenko presented DTEK's new 2030 strategy, based on ESG principles, as well as plans and actions for DTEK's transformation into a modern digital company. This would see the company become an innovative, environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced organisation, serving as the leading player in Ukraine's new economy. Maxim Timchenko is a member of the Electricity Governors community, which brings together business leaders and partner organisations from the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the UN Global Compact Network Ukraine’s Supervisory Board, as well as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). On numerous occasions, Maxim Timchenko has been recognised as Ukraine's best business executive by various business media and was also among the top ten winners of «25 Best CEOs» rating by Forbes Ukraine magazine.

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi manages the Finance Directorate, Directorate for Investments, Directorate for Grid Operation and Development, Department of Efficiency Management, Strategic Planning Unit, Construction and Repair branch (separate unit) and branches of Ukrenergo Power Systems. He is in charge of Ukrenergo’s financial, investment, construction and repair activities, as well as strategy development and implementation, operational management, grid operation and development. He also coordinates the activities of the Ukrenergo Expert Council.

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi has been First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of NPC Ukrenergo since September 2019, having previously held the role of Deputy Director for Investment. Prior to joining Ukrenergo, Volodymyr held the position of Development Director at PJSC Ukrtransnafta and served as Operations Manager and Director for Internal Audit at leading international and Ukrainian companies: MHP S.A., EastOne, TNK-BP, and Grant Thornton.

Throughout his career, Volodymyr has been involved in a wide range of projects related to business efficiency and corporate governance in capital investment, procurement, logistics, sales and trading, and production organisation.

Mr. Kudrytskyi holds master’s degree in International Economics from Kyiv National University of Economics; he is a member of the UK’s Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and a Certified Internal Auditor of the US Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He is a member of the consultative and supervisory group of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST).

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.

Oleg Nykonorov, since November 2017, holds the CEO position at Regional Gas Company. He has 10 years of experience in the energy sector. Mr. Nykonorov started his career in investment companies, attracted investment in Ukrainian companies. He studied in the United States on a Future Leaders Exchange (FSA/FLEX) Program. He graduated from the International Christian University and the Ukrainian State University of Finance and International Trade. He holds Master's degree in management.

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Maris Kunickis is an energy expert with over 20 years’ experience of driving innovations and executing investment strategies for renewable energy sector development in the EU and Ukraine.

Mr. Kunickis has an extensive background in reforming energy systems in Baltic countries, modernization and transformation of energy business at the state level in EU, profound practical experience in development of renewable energy projects in Ukraine and Europe.

DTEK Renewables is the operating company managing the renewable energy assets of DTEK Group. DTEK invested $1.2 billion in wind and solar projects. DTEK Renewables is one of the largest electricity producers from the renewable energy sources in Ukraine. The commissioning of new power plants in 2019 allowed DTEK Renewables to increase the supply of green electricity by 71.7% to 2.4 billion kWh in 2020.  This is enough to provide electricity to more than 1.20 million households during the year. The use of this energy allows avoiding the equivalent of 2.5 million tons of CO2 emissions.

The company's development strategy is in line with the Ukrainian Energy Strategy, which is aimed at increasing the share of green generation in the country's energy balance, and DTEK’s 2030 corporate strategy.

In March 2021 DTEK Renewables announced launch of DTEK’s Tiligulska WPP construction. The wind power plant will start generating energy in 2022. The new wind farm’s capacity of 500 MW will help to reduce CO2 emissions by 2 mln tons per year.

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Philipp Leckebusch appointed CEO of DTEK RENEWABLES in April 2018.

Mr Leckebusch started his career in the aerospace industry with MBB Deutsche Aerospace in Germany and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan. He looks back at over 20 years of experience in multiple senior management positions in the electrical power and utility industry. During his industrial career with ABB, ALSTOM Power and Ferrostaal he was responsible among others for project development and engineering of multiple fossil fuelled and biomass power plants in all major regions of the world.

Besides his extensive conventional power plant know-how he simultaneously led also for more than 10 years the development and operation of numerous renewable energy projects in the areas of geothermal, wind, solar and biogas, which qualified him in his last position as head of MVV Energie’s group generation division to successfully manage the transformation of the company’s conventional power plant portfolio towards a continuously growing renewable energy asset base.

Mr. Leckebusch earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Vitaly Butenko has over 20-year experience in the energy and investment banking industries, has been leading D.TRADING since its foundation in January 2019. He first joined DTEK in 2007 as a Director of Strategy, Mergers, and Acquisitions, and then in 2014 became a Commercial Director DTEK Energo. 

Prior to joining DTEK, Mr. Butenko pursued the career in investment banking. After getting his MBA at the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1996, he worked in investment banking in Toronto, New York and Kyiv for more than 10 years.

Magnus Johansen is the General Manager for NBT Ukraine - a Norwegian company that is currently constructing the 250 MW Syvash project and soon starting the construction of the 800 MW Sophia project (largest onshore wind projects in Europe). Prior to NBT, he working for Scatec Solar, where he coordinated much of the country-entry and development of a 400 MW portfolio of solar power plants currently under construction in Ukraine.

Magnus, moreover, has experience working for different funds (VC / PE) with a focus on emerging markets, including the Dutch Development Bank (FMO).

With a strong passion for human connection and multicultural experiences he has lived and worked in several continents and speaks 4 languages.

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

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.
 

CEO of DTEK Oil&Gas since 2011. Over this period DTEK Oil&Gas has become a technological leader of oil and gas industry of Ukraine and the largest private gas production company in the country.

Over 25 years in oil and gas industry. Before he joined DTEK Oil&Gas, he had held managerial positions at oil and gas companies outside Ukraine for over 10 years.

Two higher educations – technical and economic ones, PhD in Technical Sciences.

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.

He has been working in the energy sector since 2002. He graduated from Donetsk National Technical University with a degree in economics. In 2012, he attended Donetsk Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and graduated with a degree in law. The same year he received his master`s degree from the International Institute of Business in the Executive MBA program.

He has worked at the enterprises of energy industry of Ukraine for more than 18 years. In SE Energorynok, 2010-2014, he was responsible for economy and finances of the enterprise. From June 2014, in SE NNEGC Energoatom he headed the Department of financial, economic and regulatory support of the Center for the introduction of a new market model. In 2018, he became the First Deputy CEO for sales at wholesale markets of SS Energoatom-Trading of SE NNEGC Energoatom.

 

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.

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMETAL LL.M. (TULANE LAW SCHOOL, LA, USA)

Ivan has over 7 years of experience in the areas of energy markets, energy efficiency and alternative energy. His experience includes working on energy projects as well as administrative, commercial and corporate law. In 2018-2021 he accompanied national and international investors of alternative energy projects with installed capacity of over 1 GW.

Ivan graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, where he received a Master of Laws degree in Energy Law.

Eugene Chausovsky is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Policy and lectures on the geopolitics of Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. He previously served as Senior Eurasia Analyst at Stratfor for more than 10 years. His work focuses on political, economic and security issues pertaining to the former Soviet Union, Europe and Latin America. 

Dr. Oleksiy Feliv is a recognized legal practitioner with over 15 years of experience in consulting mainly foreign business in Ukraine. His primary focus has been on large-scale projects in the energy sector, particularly in renewables. He offers complex legal support to international and local clients on the implementation of projects financed by international financing institutions, investment funds and private equity. Dr. Feliv also specializes in real estate and construction and related project financing.

Among his clients are big international companies, investment funds, developers, international banks, industrial manufacturers, construction companies, energy companies as well as alternative energy developers and logistics operators. Having a distinctive business-oriented approach, Oleksiy has been serving as a board member of international investment companies in Ukraine, including those in the energy sector. Dr. Feliv is an active contributor to policy development in the areas of energy, land issues and construction in Ukraine.

In 2007 he graduated from Kirovograd State Pedagogical University. He received his first specialized education in 2008-2009 at Poltava National Technical University, majoring in «Oil and Gas Equipment». He continued his studies at O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv in 2012-2015 in the field of «Economics and Entrepreneurship», and from 2014 to 2019 - in the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School in the field of Presidents' MBA.

He started his career in 2007 at PJSC «Poltavagas», then at PJSC «Sumygas». In 2009 he held the position of Deputy Head of the Gas Accounting Branch at PJSC «Dnipropetrovskgas», where he later headed the Department of Control and Organization of Gas Accounting, and later was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board for Gas Accounting. In 2013 he headed the natural gas department at «Regional Gas Company» LLC. In 2014 he became the director of «RGK-Trading» LLC, which was later renamed «EGAZ» LLC, and from October 2020 – «JE Energy» LLC. The company supplies natural gas and electricity to household and non-household consumers in Ukraine. In June, at the initiative of Artem Kompan, 30 gas suppliers merged into the Association of Energy Suppliers.

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.

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.

Aura Sabadus is a senior journalist with a ten-year experience in covering gas markets in Turkey, Romania and Ukraine for ICIS. She holds a PhD in International Relations from King's College London and is a research associate of the London-based European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS). Aura has contributed articles for Turkish academic journals, the Atlantic Council and the NATO Association of Canada.

Serhii Televnov was born in Donetsk. He graduated from Donetsk University of Economics and Law. He has been working in the banking sector since 2006, starting his career as a junior express lending expert at PrivatBank. Televnov worked as a risk manager and as head of SME division in a bank with foreign capital. In 2015, he joined the team of Pivdenny Bank as a corporate business project manager. He is currently in charge of the customer service department for heavy industry, transport, construction and the public sector.

Vitaliy Vitryk is a highly qualified specialist focusing on modern technologies for drilling deep oil and gas wells. He was among the first to develop and promote provision of the drilling services in Ukraine as an industry, fully appreciating the fact that exploration and development is not only about state-of-the-art equipment and tools but also about the latest engineering solutions and management strategies.
Mr. Vitryk was awarded the honorary title of the Distinguished Worker of the Industry for outstanding merit in the development of oil and gas fields.
Mr. Vitryk was born on February 23, 1954 in Poltava in a working-class family. Having chosen a profession by vocation, in 1973 he graduated from Poltava Oil Geological Prospecting Technical School with honors majoring in geology and exploration of oil and gas fields.
Mr. Vitryk began his career while studying at the technical school as an assistant driller in the Pokut party of deep drilling, Kalush expedition, Lvivnaftogazrozvidka trust in Western Ukraine.
After military service he studied at the Gubkin Institute of Gas and Petrochemical Industry in Moscow majoring in Drilling of oil and gas wells and obtained the qualification of a mining engineer in 1981.
He worked as a technician, engineer, senior engineer of the Poltava branch of the Ukrainian State Geological Exploration Institute, senior researcher of the Poltava and Noyabrsk (Tyumen region) departments of the All-Union Research Institute of Drilling Equipment.

Emanuele Volpe has been DTEK Chief Innovation Officer since 2018. He leads Innovation DTEK team that uses an Open innovation approach and cooperates with startups, customers, suppliers, funds, universities and corporations to implement innovative products and solutions at DTEK.

In 2018-2020, Innovation DTEK team reviewed 1,553 innovative solutions and launched 31 pilot projects in 6 DTEK businesses. The pilot projects meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and are aimed at solving business challenges. In 2021, Emanuele’s team lunched Ukraine’s first energy storage system. This project is one of the important components of DTEK 2030 Strategy. DTEK is the first industrial company in Ukraine that became a member of the Hydrogen Europe Association. In 2021, Innovation DTEK will validate the concept of decarbonization of the industrial cluster and will continue to work on the launch of the first pilot project for the application of hydrogen technologies on an industrial scale.

 

Emanuele Volpe is DTEK's key speaker on the Open innovation culture, new exponential and disruptive technologies, and new products and business models.

Henrikh Yeremyan is the banker of energy and natural resources business group in the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the regional multilateral IFI, where he is responsible for all functions of the project processing cycle, including origination, project screening, due diligence, structuring, negotiation, preparation of documentation, signing and monitoring of projects, including corporate finance and project finance, implemented in 11 member countries of the bank's operations (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine).  During his career, he has been working in various capacities in the banking and investments.

Mr Vadym Bodayev is the Director of the representative office of SigmaBleyzer Investment Group, LLC. in UKRAINE.

 

In 2000, Mr Bodayev joined SigmaBleyzer to manage the Ukraine office. Since 2005, he has been a Director of the company focusing on Government Relations.

 

Almost 20 years, Mr Bodayev has devoted to the Company, designing and developing methods and business model of SigmaBleyzer, the operation of which is the use of the investment model developed specifically for market economies. The model uses the best Western models of binding specific local market. Promoting investment in more than eighty enterprises in Ukraine and abroad. Driving direction GR at all levels to ensure the effective and transparent company in the market of Ukraine.

 

Mr Bodayev is an expert on many issues regarding the investment climate in Ukraine and the development of a global strategy. He took part in a large number of expert events as a speaker, an expert. He was published in authoritative publications.

 

Over the past couple of years, Mr Bodayev has been actively engaged in a strategy to achieve energy independence of Ukraine. Today, this topic is one of the key and priority ones, including creating an investment climate and attracting foreign investment. The geopolitical situation has developed in such a way that Ukraine urgently needs to build effective energy security.

Dr. Oleksandra Gumeniuk has more than 10 years of professional experience in jurisprudence and circular, environment-friendly economy area with an innovative approach and clean energy solutions. Last few years Dr. Gumeniuk devoted her career to the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ukraine at the position of Director of European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA). Currently, EUEA takes the leading position in the renewable energy market which promotes fair and sustainable business practice, raising of public awareness of energy issues, and by influencing government energy policy.

Responsible for development and preparation of the Company’s regulatory documents for the implementation of a new electricity market model in Ukraine as well as organization and conduct of auctions on the allocation of carrying capacity of the interstate power transmission lines. Responsible for the construction of modern and secure IT infrastructure allowing the company to implement a service model for maintenance of the company’s key processes.

Before that, he worked as Deputy Director at Ukrinterenergo and was responsible for the coordination of the company’s foreign economic operations.

He has the experience of working (in 2015) in the Council of Wholesale Electricity Market of Ukraine, where he participated in resolving the problematic issues regarding the electricity market’s functioning and preparation of draft resolutions concerning the organization of Ukrainian electricity market’s functioning.

As Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine (in 2015), he was responsible for analyzing energy markets of foreign countries and preparing proposals on supplying fuel to generating companies.

In 2011-2014, Andrii Nemyrovskyi worked as a top manager at a number of commercial companies, gaining experience in business management. He ensured the implementation of investors’ strategic plans and relations with foreign partners and suppliers.

His employment history also includes the position of chief inspector at the State Customs Service of Ukraine (2008-2010). During this period, he gained extensive experience in controlling compliance with customs rules when clearing goods and in detecting tax evasion schemes.

A graduate of Kyiv National University of Economics and Trade, majoring in business management.

Fluent in English.

A member of the EC“HYDROGEN EUROPE”https://hydrogeneurope.eu/, a partner of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) https://www.fch.europa.eu/ (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.

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.

Igor Tynnyi was born in Kyiv, February 22, 1975.
In 1997 he graduated from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University. He received Ph.D in economics in 2000.

From 1997 to 2004 independent businessman, management consultant and lector of Macroeconomics in Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University. In 2001 and 2005 served as a part-time Advisory of Prime Ministers of Ukraine

Since 2008 - founding partner (co-partner) of Energy Holding “Hydroenergoinvest-Aquanova” that now operates solar and 29 small hydropower stations across Ukraine with total installed capacity of 30 MW, 7 more small hydro power stations are under development/construction;

He serves as a Member of Supervisory Board of JSC “Kyivspectrans” (leading solid waste operator in Kiev) and also owns Corporation Ukrvtorresursy (provider of solid waste services in Kyiv and Chernivsi).