Upcoming Events 2020
US-UA Security Dialogue XI
Washington, DC
March 5, 2020 
New York City
April 30, 2020
US-UA WG Yearly Summit VIII
New York City [Webcasting]
June 17-18, 2020

US-UA Energy Dialogue SE
Washington DC [Webcasting]
June 29, 2020 
UA HES Special Event:
Ukrainians in 1945/75th 
Year Retrospective 
Ukrainian Institute of America
September 26, 2020 
Washington, DC [Webcasting]
October 21-22, 2020 
PL-LT-UA Relations
Chicago, IL 
November 14, 2020 


CUSUR 2016 - Project I
US-UA “Working Group” Initiative

The US-Ukraine “Working Group” Initiative was launched in 2007 in order to secure an array of experts in "areas of interest” for CUSUR and its various forums/proceedings; at the same time, it was hoped that the ‘experts’ might agree to write a series of ‘occasional papers’ to identify “major issues” impacting on US-Ukrainian relations.
CUSUR 2017 - Project II
Publication Efforts

Recognizing the urgent need to set up proper channels for the maximum circulation of the information/analysis CUSUR possessed or had at its disposal, the Center long focused on having ‘a publication presence’ of some form or another.
CUSUR 2019 - Project III
DC Occasional Briefings Series

CUSUR did not turn its attention to having a DC presence until summer 2012. Borrowing space when the need arose (particularly for various forum steering committees meetings) from the American Foreign Policy Council, its longest abiding partner, seemed to suffice; an Acela ride from the Center’s NY office did the rest. If there was a concern, it was to open an office in Kyiv.
Program: Ukraine Business Forum

Ukraine Business Forum

Program of Events

The Waldorf-Astoria
301 Park Avenue, New York City
Wednesday, December 6, 2006
9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Ukraine Business Forum


Venue: Waldorf Astoria [Jade Room]

9:00 – 9:20 AM Registration


9:20 – 9:30 AM Opening Remarks

Walter Zaryckyj (Ukraine Business Forum Steering Committee)


9:30 – 10:00 AM First Focus Session

Economic and Investment Conditions in Ukraine

Featured Speakers:

  • Jorge Zukoski (President, AmCham Ukraine)
  • Michael Marrese (Head/Emerging Market Research, J. P. Morgan)

Introduced by: Fred Kempe (President, Atlantic Council of the US)

10:00 – 11:00 AM First Plenary Session

Ukraine’s Economic Future: The Views of Ukraine’s Business Sector


  • System Capital Management
  • Stirol
  • UkrNafta
  • Ukrtelecom

Chair: Ihor Chabursky (Chairman, SHI Capital)

11:00 – 11:20 AM Second Focus Session

Ukraine’s Challenge: Deepening Democracy and Promoting Economic Growth

Remarks: Richard Holbrooke (Former United States Ambassador to the US)

11:20 AM – NOON Third Focus Session


Ukraine’s Energy Future

Featured Speaker: Yuri Boyko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine

Introduced by: Gene Van Dyke (Chairman, Vanco)

Ukraine Business Forum - Break

Business Council for International Understanding VIP Event/Luncheon

NOON – 2:10 PM VIP Event and Luncheon

Featured Speaker: The Honorable Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister of Ukraine

Ukraine Business Forum - Resumes

10:00 – 11:00 AM First Plenary Session

Investing in Ukraine: Opportunities and Obstacles


  • Robert Bensh (President, Cardinal Resources)
  • John Imle (President, Vanco)
  • Roman Kyzyk (Managing Director, JFXNexus)
  • Gregory Vaksman (President, Aerosvit Cargo)

Chair: Tom Spellman (Director of Trade Finance Services, Halliburton)

3:30 – 4:10 PM Keynote Forum Address


Minister of the Economy Volodymyr Makukha
Introduced by: Ellen Levinson (CL, Port Vera Development)


4:10 – 4:50 PM Second Plenary Session 

Ukraine’s Finance Sector


  • Lucas Romriell (Equity Sales Associate, Concorde Capital)
  • Millennium Capital
  • E-volution
  • Igor Obozintsev (Advisor to the Chairman, UKREXIMBANK)

Chair: Noah Gotbaum (Managing Director, New Spirit Capital)

4:50 – 5:00 PM Concluding Plenary Remarks

Adrian Karatnycky (Ukraine Business Forum Steering Committee)


5:10 – 6:00 PM One-on-One Meetings and Sector-Specific Discussions [Rooms: Basildon, Norse]

6:00 – 8:30 PM Patrons’ Reception [Hoover Room]

Business Council for International Understanding

Program for
The Honorable Viktor Yanukovych
Prime Minister of Ukraine

Venue: Waldorf Astoria [John Jacob Astor Salon]

12:10 – 12:40 PM VIP meeting with Prime Minister Yanukovych [Basildon Room]

(limited to 25 participants)

12:40 – 2:10 PM Luncheon and Address

The Honorable Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister of Ukraine
Introductory Remarks: James Wolfensohn, Former World Bank President
Hosted and Organized by the Business Council for International Understanding

Ukraine Business Forum Steering Committee: Adrian Karatnycky, Walter Zaryckyj, Borys Chabursky, Noah Gotbaum, Susanne Lotarski, Adrianna Melnyk, Roman Kyzyk, Diana Howansky

Ukraine Business Forum Patrons: Cardinal, Vanco, Chevron, Halliburton, Port Vera, Concorde Capital, UKREXIMBANK, Port Vera, Millennium Capital, Chadbourne Parke, J. P. Morgan, New Spirit Capital, Aerosvit Airlines & Cargo, Proffit Group, E-Volution


Past Highlight Events

RT XVII Items of Note
Highlights from Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood RT XVII: Ukraine & Religious Freedom, held in Washington, DC on Oct. 27, 2016
UA HES SE: UA 25th B-Day
Highlights from UA HES Special Event: 'Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Modern Ukrainian State', held at the NY Princeton Club on Sept. 17, 2016
US-UA WG YS IV Highlights
Highlights from US-UA WG Yearly Summit IV: Providing Ukraine with an Annual Report Card, held at the University Club in Washington, DC on June 16, 2016
US-UA SD VII Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Security Dialogue VII held on February 25, 2016 in Washington DC
UA HES SE: WW2 Legacy
Highlights from the UA Historical Encounters Special Event: 'Contested Ground': The Legacy of WW2 in Eastern Europe, held in Edmonton on October 23-24, 2015
Holodomor SE Highlights
Highlights from the UA Historical Encounters Special Event: Taking Measure of the Holodomor, held at the Princeton Club of NY on November 5-6, 2013
US-UA SD III Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Security Dialogue III held on May 19, 2012 in Chicago, IL

  • Former UA Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko's keynote
UEAF Forum VI Highlights
Highlights from UEAF Forum VI, held in Ottawa, Canada on March 7-8, 2012
RT XII Items of Note
Highlights from Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood RT XII: PL-UA & TR-UA, held in Washington, DC on Oct 19–20, 2011
US-UA ED III Items of Note
Highlights from US-Ukraine Energy Dialogue III, held in Washington DC
on April 15-16, 2008
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