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Obstacles to Energy Reform Webinar

July 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

What are the real obstacles that block systemic energy reforms and what needs to be done to help Ukraine advance its energy transformation?


Join the discussion of Leading Ukrainian Energy Experts, moderated by Edward Chow, Vice-Chair of the Economic Task Force of the Friends of Ukraine Network.

Panelists Include:

Oleksandr Dombrovsky (TBC), Board Chairman of NGO Global 100 RE Ukraine, Former Parliament Member (7th and 8th Convocations), Head of the Parliamentary Energy Committee, former Mayor of Vinnytsia City


Sergiy Maslichenko, Independent Energy Expert, former Associate Director of European Bank on Reconstruction and Development on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, former Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine





Olena Pavlenko,  President of the Ukrainian think-tank DiXi Group, co-founder of the “Ukrainian Energy” website. Olena is a Deputy Head of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group in Ukraine, a Board member of Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels, a member of Publish What You Pay Global Council and a member of EU-UA Civil Society Platform. Served as not-on-staff Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and to the Minister of Energy


Andrian Prokip, Energy Expert at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future, Senior Associate at the Kennan Institute, Member of The Younger Generation Leaders Network on Euro-Atlantic Security, European Leadership Network




Omelchenko (TBC), Director, Energy Programs of the Razumkov Center, Kyiv


Tuesday, July 28th

10:00 am EST and 17:00 Kyiv




Ukraine’s energy sector suffered from post-Soviet legacy of state control and state capture by private interests, overregulation and monopolization. The desire of authorities to control energy manually led to massive underinvestment and pervasive corruption damaging Ukraine’s economic competitiveness and undermining ample energy production potential.
Since independence, Ukrainian governments repeatedly promised energy reforms that are never fully implemented or achieve their intended results. Naturally, the Ukrainian public is suspicious of any changes and sees past reforms as synonymous with higher prices, poor energy services and benefits for the politically well-connected.
What are the real obstacles that block systemic energy reforms in Ukraine? What needs to be done domestically and how can Western partners best help Ukraine advance its energy transformation?

Simultaneous Ukrainian interpretation will be available during the discussion (Provided by Peter Voitsekhovsky).


July 28, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am