The Ukrainian Independence War and the Future of the World

9/17/2022 at 6:30 PM ISST

Date: September 17, 2022
Venue: Harvard Club

(35 West 44th Street, Manhattan, New York, New York, 10036)


  • Two Nobel Laureates: Paul Krugman and Roger Myerson
  • Ukrainian military officer, directly from the front line
  • Military surgeon, who operates daily
  • Yermak-Rasmussen group on security (Mr. Yermak, Mr. Rasmussen)
  • Yermak-McFaul group on sanctions (Dr. Sonnenfeld, Ms. Shapoval, Dr. Mylovanov)
  • Top economists of Ukraine (Dr. Gorodnichenko, Dr. Mylovanov, Ms. Shapoval)
  • Ukrainian investors and international businesses operating in Ukraine (Mr. Gibbins, Mr. Estaruelas, Mr. Miroshnichenko, Mr. Martinon)
  • Government vice-prime ministers, ministers, and deputy ministers (Mr. Yermak, Ms. Svyrydenko, Mr. Galushchenko, Mr. Solskiy, Mr. Dubynskyi, Mr. Griban, Mr. Vitrenko, Mr. Marusyevich)
  • Top world Ukrainian historians (Dr. Plokhiii, Dr. Grytsak)
  • Auction items: president ticket to the presidential victory dinner post-war, a fragment of Mryia, Maydukov illustration of the war, a complete collection of Ukrainian war stamps, a collection of memorable war coins by the National Bank of Ukraine (this list is non-exclusive and is constantly updated)

2 pm. Registration for Conference

2.30 - 3pm. Opening remarks by Andriy Yermak and Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Session A1: War in Ukraine and Global Security)

3pm - 5.30pm. Conference “The Independence War in Ukraine: Global Implications" 

6:30pm - 11pm. The charity dinner "The Independence War in Ukraine: the Present and Future of the Country"


The Russian war in Ukraine has turned into the Independence War for the Ukrainian people. This war is too abstract and too difficult to understand from afar. We offer a unique event that will bring together the greatest minds in the world and Ukrainians who have experienced the war, lead through it, and demonstrated bravery and resilience. We will aim convey the true intensity, political reality, and positive and negative emotions of the war on Ukraine. We will also discuss the global political and economic implications of the war and outline possible future scenarios.


The conference will have four panels: 

- global security, 
- economy, 
- energy security, and 
- food security. 

The speakers and the audience are top Ukrainian and international officials, academics, business people, and policymakers.


The charity dinner followed by a charity auction will celebrate the resilience and the spirit of the Ukrainian people. It will feature Ukrainians who will share their stories of overcoming the challenges of the war, resisting the Russian invasion, and maintaining and developing a democracy during a war. 


Conference and Dinner Speakers

Session A1: War in Ukraine and Global Security (2.30 pm. - 4 pm.)

Andriy Yermak (online), Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine (UA)

Anders Fogh Rasmussen (online), the 24th Prime Minister of Denmark, 2001-2009; the 12th Secretary General of NATO, 2009-2014

H.E. John Herbst, Senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006

Jennifer Cafarella, Chief of Staff and National Security Fellow, Institute for the Study of War

Ernest J. Herold, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

Andriy Zagorodnyuk (online), Minister of Defense of Ukraine, 2019-2020 (UA)

Yuriy Husyev (online), Chief Executive Officer at Ukroboronprom (UA)

Moderator: Dr. Tymofiy Mylovanov, KSE Group President, Minister of economy of Ukraine, 2019-2020; Advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine; Executive Director of the National Investment Fund (UA)



Session B.1 Resilience in War: Future of Ukraine’s Economy (3 pm. - 4 pm.)

Yuliia Svyrydenko (online), First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Economy of Ukraine (UA)

Robert Gibbins, Partner, Founder, and CIO at Autonomy Capital

Patrick Esteruelas, Head of Global Research at Emso Asset Management

Denys Gurak, Venture Partner at ff Venture Capita (UA)

Sergiy Tsivkach, Executive Director, UkraineInvest (UA)

Moderator: Nataliia Shapoval, Head of KSE Institute (UA)



Session C.1 Crypto Aid for Ukraine: Using Blockchain to Raise $60m to Protect Ukraine (3 pm. - 4 pm.)

Mykhailo Fedorov (online), Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine (UA)

Georgii Dubynskyi, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine (UA)

Austin Federa, Head of Communications at Solana Foundation

Sergey Vasylchuk, CEO and Co-founder of Everstake and Co-initiator of Aid For Ukraine (UA)

Moderator: Danny Nelson, Managing Editor, Real-Time News at Coindesk



Session A.2 European Energy Crisis or Not (4.30 pm. - 5.30 pm.)

German Galushchenko (online), Minister of Energy of Ukraine (UA)

Mavriky Kalugin (online), Executive Board Member & COO, Naftogaz of Ukraine

David Martinon, CEO, Expert Petroleum

Charles J. Cormier, Regional Director (ECA) at World Bank

Margarita Assenova, Senior Fellow, Jamestown Foundation

Moderator: Max Pyziur, Director at Downstream, Transportation Fuels, & Natural Gas Projects; Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (EPRINC)



Session B.2 World Food Security: Current Assessment and Future Scenarios (4.30 pm. - 5.30 pm.)

Mykola Solskyi (online), Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (UA)

Markiyan Dmytrasevych, Deputy of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (UA)

Anna Sankina, Head of Corporate Affairs, EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) at CHS (UA)

Vadym Miroshnychenko, CEO at Cargill Ukraine (UA)

Dr. David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute

Dr. Madhur Gautam, Lead Agricultural Economist with the Agricultural Global Practice, World 

Moderator: Dr. Oleg Nivievskyi, Assistant Professor, VP for Economics Education, KSE University (UA)



Session C.2 Sanctions on russia and their Implications on the World Order (4.30 pm. - 5.30 pm.)

Oleksandr Griban, Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine (UA)

Dr. Yuriy Gorodnichenko, a KSE alum, Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics University of California, Berkeley; top-3 most cited young economists in the world (UA)

Dr. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean of leadership programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute

Nataliia Shapoval, Head of KSE Institute (UA)

Moderator: Dr. Tymofiy Brik, Rector of the KSE University; member of PONARS and VoxUkraine, a chairman for the supervisory board of CEDOS, and an executive team member at SITADHub; Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies, Northwestern University (UA)


Dinner Speakers:

H.E. Eric Adams,
Mayor of New York City

H.E. Oleksii Holubov, Consul General of Ukraine in New York

Dr. Paul Krugman, Sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Distinguished professor in the Graduate Center Economics Ph.D. program and Distinguished scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center at the City University of New York, Professor emeritus of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School

Dr. Roger Myerson, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics '07; David L. Pearson Distinguished Service Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts in the Harris School of Public Policy, the Griffin Department of Economics, and the college at the University of Chicago; and the chair of the KSE University Academic Board.

Dr. Serhii Plokhii, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History Director, Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. Dr. Plokhii's research and writing deal with the intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe, with particular emphasis on Ukraine.

Dr. Yaroslav Hrytsak, a Ukrainian historian, professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Director of the Institute for Historical Studies of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine); First Vice-President (1999-2005) of the International Association of Ukrainians; a member of the supervisory board of Harvard Ukrainian Studies. 

Georgii Dubynskyi, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

Andrii Vitrenko, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine

Shruti Rajagopalan, Senior Research Fellow, Indian Political Economy, and Emergent Ventures India at Mercatus Center

Ukrainian Army surgeon

Representative of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Dora Chomiak, Razom for Ukraine President, a native New Yorker, has been active in the Ukrainian-American community in the United States since the 1980s. 

Dr. Tymofiy Mylovanov, KSE President and alum, Minister of the economy of Ukraine 2019-2020, and current advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine.


All raised funds will go towards medical and educational humanitarian projects in Ukraine. Our objective is to raise funds to rebuild a medical clinic in Makariv, the area close to Bucha in the Kyiv region that was occupied and devastated by the Russian troops. 

The host is the Kyiv School of Economics, incorporated in Washington DC as 501 (c) 3 charity and holds exempt organization certificate for the state of New York. All donations made to this charity during the event are tax-deductible in the US. A part of the cost of the ticket, which will be listed on the receipt, is also tax-deductible. 

The conference and charity dinner are co-organized by the Kyiv School of Economics (the top Ukrainian university, economic think tank, and educational charity), Razom for Ukraine (the leading US-Ukrainian charity), and United24 (the fundraising platform initiated by the President of Ukraine). Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, these organizations have raised and deployed more than $200M in support of Ukraine. U.S. - Ukraine Business Council is an informational partner of the event.

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