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Five Members of Parliament – USUBC Luncheon Briefing
July 26, 2018 @ 12:15 pm
NOTE: THIS IS A US-UKRAINE BUSINESS COUNCIL EVENT – FOR ITS MEMBERS … NON-MEMBERS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING MUST FIRST CONTACT MORGAN WILLIAMS.WASHINGTON, D.C. – YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A USUBC Luncheon Briefing with five members of the Parliament of Ukraine on Thursday, July 26, 2018, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The USUBC Business Luncheon will take place in White House Conference Room, Law offices of Baker McKenzie, 815 Connecticut Avenue, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. A light lunch will be served. RSVP NOW! The briefing is held in cooperation with the Open World Leadership Center, Library of Congress. The Parliament members will cover a wide range of issues from business and development to legislative process and governance, discussing current challenges, especially the case of Ukraine in face of unrelenting Russian aggression, the annexation of Crimea and its own battle against corruption as well as progressive changes and reforms. The members of Ukrainian delegation will bring some opening remarks followed by a discussion/Q&A session. This is a rare and unique opportunity to engage with several members of the Verkhovna Rada on a variety of key issues. You will not want to miss this meeting. The USUBC briefing will be moderated by Dr. Irina Paliashvili, President, RULG – Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A., www.rulg.com, Chair of the Legal Committee, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org, and Co-Chair of the International Bar Association (IBA) Senior Lawyers Committee. RSVP: Please register your attendance by sending an e-mail to . There is no charge for the meeting. A light lunch will be served. USUBC NOTE: USUBC appreciates the assistance of Lewis Madanick, Program Manager, Open World Leadership Center, Library of Congress, for his assistance in arranging this meeting. Open World Leadership Center is a member of U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.USUBC.org. A special thank you to Baker McKenzie, a long-time member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), for hosting this meeting! —————— BIOS: Sergii Kiral – Samopomich (Self-Reliance) Party Mr. Kiral is a former private entrepreneur and served as Head of the Foreign Economic Relations and Investment Office on the Lviv City Council. He first became a Member of Parliament in 2014 on the Samopomich party list. Mr. Kiral is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship. His fields of focus include foreign policy, local self-governance, small business development, and improvement of the investment and business climate in Ukraine. Oleksandr Kodola – People’s Front Mr. Kodola served as First Deputy Chairman of the Chernihiv Oblast Council before his election to Parliament in a single mandate election district. He is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Construction, Urban Development, Housing and Utility Services. His interests include decentralization, conflict resolution, and community development. He actively participates in the USAID RADA Program that seeks to strengthen cooperation between MPs and voters by raising public awareness and involvement in the legislative decision-making process. Iryna Suslova – Non-partisan (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction) Before joining Parliament, Ms. Suslova as a civic activist was co-founder of the NGO “Civil Movement – Together.” She became a Member of Parliament in 2014 on the Samopomich party list, later joining the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction. She is Chair of the Subcommittee on Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations. She works to promote the role of women in socio-political life, including affirmative action, combating domestic and gender-based violence, and displacement through war. Nataliia Veselova – Non-partisan Ms. Veselova became a Member of Parliament in 2014 on the Samopomich party list. In 2017, she was asked to leave the party faction due to disputes over the re-integration of Donbas, and became an independent MP. She is Secretary of the Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pensions, and is Chair of the Subcommittee on State Social Guarantees and Ensuring Sufficient Quality of Life. Before joining Parliament, Ms. Veselova directed the NGO “Ukrainian Legal Foundation” and worked on environmental protection issues at the NGO “Mama-86.” Valeriia Zaruzhko – Non-partisan (Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko) Ms. Zaruzhko is a former private entrepreneur and civic activist. She became a Member of Parliament in 2017 on the Radical Party’s list. She is Chair of the Radical Party in Donetsk Oblast. In her parliamentary work, she focuses on the issues of political and economic reintegration of Donbas, assistance to internally displaced people, and the restoration of peace in Ukraine. Ms. Zaruzhko is the Co-Chair of the Inter-factions Parliamentary Group called “Women, Peace, and Security.” Ms. Zaruzhko is been an internally displaced person since the beginning of Russian military actions in Donbas in 2014. INVITE: FIVE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT – USUBC LUNCHEON BRIEFING Sergii Kiral, Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] Committee on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship Oleksandr Kodola, Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] Committee on Construction, Urban Development, Housing and Utility Services Iryna Suslova, Chair of the Subcommittee on Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations Nataliia Veselova, Chair of the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] Subcommittee on State Social Guarantees and Ensuring Sufficient Quality of Life Valeriia Zaruzhko, Co-Chair of the Inter-factions Parliamentary Group called “Women, Peace, and Security.” Thu, July 26, 2018, 12:15 p.m to 1:45 p.m., White House Conference Room, Law offices of Baker McKenzie, 815 Connecticut Avenue, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C.,. A light lunch will be served.