KSE Institute,
one of the biggest think tanks in Ukraine


KSE Institute is an analytical center at the Kyiv School of Economics. It specializes in analytics, consulting, research, develops strategies and recommendations for supporting a strong and innovative economy of Ukraine. KSE Institute provides consulting services for the public and private sectors. It is one of the largest Think Tanks in Ukraine.


In 2005, KSE / EERC and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) established the Kyiv Economics Institute (KEI) to provide scientific economic facts for economic policy-making and changing the policy-making process based on data and facts.


For more than 10 years, school professors Denis Nizalov, Tom Coupe, Elena Nizalova, Hanna Vakhitova, Elena Besedina, Olexandr Shepotylo, Maria Vyshnya, Konstiantyn Yakovchyk-Besarab, and researchers Ilona Sologoub, Vasyl Khomyak, Roman Semko have promoted a unique approach to Ukraine in-depth data analysis for policy evaluation.


In 2013-2015, KEI went through a process of transformation into a direction and later – into a department. In 2016-2018, KEI worked as a department of the Kyiv School of Economics, consisting of several analysts and professors. In 2019, the field was singled out and renamed the KSE Institute. 


2016 – the Center of Excellence in Procurement was founded within the USAID/UK aid project “Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services/TAPAS” (now DTA), which trained 5,000+ public and private sector procurement specialists.


In 2019, two important centers were founded – the Center of Public Finances and Governance with the support of the Embassy of Sweden “Supporting Economic and Financial Reforms in Ukraine”, which provides expertise in the management of public finances and public administration in Ukraine, as well as the Center for Food and Land Use Research (KSE Agrocenter) – one of the leading analytical centers of Ukraine in the field of agro-food, land relations and the impact of the war on the Ukrainian countryside.


In the same year, the direction of political and economic research was separated and renamed the KSE Institute, which in 2021 already had 13 research centers and 44 experts.


KSE Institute’s Team includes internationally recognized PhD specialists, programmers, former government officials and consultants. Since its inception, the Head of the KSE Institute is Natalia Shapoval, Vice President for Economic and Policy Research at the Kyiv School of Economics.


Kyiv School of Economics holds the first place among the most powerful economic analytical institutions of Ukraine according to the RePEc rating.


KSE Institute research and projects


KSE Institute has more than 100 research and consulting projects.


During 2021, the KSE Institute implemented 50 projects – an expected revenue of about $2 million. The institute also implemented 15 social projects (pro bono).


The main areas of projects are the situation with COVID-19, health care financing, pharmaceutical market, macroeconomics, energy, green transformation, public procurement, creative economy, international trade, agriculture, corporate governance, local government, gender economy.


The team of the institute participated in the preparation and updating of the regional development strategy, health care strategy, small and medium business development strategy, investment strategy, as well as in the process of revising the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.


Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, KSE Institute analysts have focused on key wartime projects (Damaged.in.ua, LeaveRussia, participation in the Yermak-McFaul International Sanctions Group, Reconstruction projects), actively cooperating with the Ukrainian government in assessing damages, the effectiveness of sanctions against the aggressor and the development of scenarios for the recovery of Ukraine’s economy after the war.


KSE Institute experts were actively involved in developing and preparing materials for the Ukraine Recovery Conference in 2022-23. In addition, the team members are members of a group of leading international economists working on recommendations for the post-war economic recovery of Ukraine.


KSE Institute provides analytical and organizational support for the development of the Ukraine Facility. At the initiative of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, the Institute’s team held consultations with business, NGOs and associations on priority sectors of economic development and potential investment projects from business within the framework of the Ministry’s initiative “Launching a Permanent Dialogue between the State and Business.”


The Washington Post, Politico, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC, Aljazeera write about us.


KSE Institute partners and clients


KSE Institute cooperates with the Office of the President and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the National Bank of Ukraine, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Reconstruction, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Reintegration; large international companies, including ICU, VISA, large pharmaceutical, oil and gas, energy companies, etc.


KSE Institute’s clients also include the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, the European Business Association, and a number of large law and development companies. Among the international partner organizations are USAID, UK aid, DFID, the embassies of the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, the EBRD, the World Bank, the EU Commission, IFC, WHO, UNDP, GIZ, UNICEF, Yale School of Management and others.


KSE Institute is: 


  • • 10 years of experience in developing and evaluating policies aimed at economic growth, as well as in the areas of public procurement, development of reform strategies, etc.;


  • • 10 years of experience in both public and private sectors, mainly focused on monetary policy and financial markets, investment;


  • • 14+ years of experience in macroeconomics, analysis and forecasting with a focus on econometrics and monetary economics;


  • • 15+ years in finance and strategic consulting in the public sector, international organizations, and in government projects.



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