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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:
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Year Retrospective 
Ukrainian Institute of America
September 26, 2020 
Washington, DC
October 22, 2020
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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-International Energy Roundtable

Ukraine-International Energy Roundtable:
Strengthening Ukraine’s Energy Diversity

May 1-3, 2006

Houston, Texas


7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

I. Opening Ceremonies Dinner

Welcome from the Organizers

Featured Remarks: Taking Measure of Ukraine’s Search for Energy Diversity

Principal Corporate Sponsor Chair:

  • Robert Bensh, Cardinal Resources

A Word of Welcome

  • Ambassador Oleh Shamshur, Ukraine’s Envoy to the United States

Ukraine Perspective:

  • Vasyl Rohovyj, Deputy Secretary for Economic Security Issues, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine

US Perspective:

  • Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs (invited)


9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

II. RT Panel Session I

Topic: Energy Exploration and Energy Production in Ukraine

Corporate Sponsor Chair:

  • The Honorable Bob Schaffer, Projects Director, Aspect Energy


  • Borys Syniuk, First Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ukragazvydobyvannya
  • Julia Nanay, Senior Director, PFC Energy


  • Les Lastoweckyi, Country Director, Shell/Ukraine

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

III. RT Panel Session II

Topic: Energy Pipeline and Distribution System


  • George Laszkiewicz, VP, Alliance Technologies Group


  • Oleksandr Todiychuk, Chairman, UkrTransNafta
  • Keith Smith, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies


  • Wolf Benedict, Ukraine Desk Officer/Economic Section, US Dept. of State

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

IV. Working Lunch

Featured Remarks: Meeting Ukraine’s Energy Challenges: The Views of Ukraine’s New Parliament

Principal Corporate Sponsor Chair:

  • John Imle, President, Vanco


  • Hryhoriy Nemyria, Member of Rada & Chief Foreign Policy Advisor, Tymoshenko Bloc [Invited]
  • Kseniya Lyapina, Our Ukraine, Head/PM’s Advisory Council of Businesspersons and Entrepreneurs

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

V. RT Panel Session III

Topic: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Policy: Domestic Needs and Business Opportunities

Corporate Sponsor Chair:

  • Paul Stephenson, Business Development/Ukraine, Halliburton


  • Pavlo Kachur, Minister of Building, Architecture and Housing of Ukraine
  • Volodymyr Kasyanov, Director, Alternative Fuels Center


  • Ron Slimp, Partner, TD International

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

VI. B2B Breakout Sessions

General Theme: “Innovative Energy Solutions at a Premium”

Session Topics:

  • B2B on Oil & Gas

    Lead Presenter:

    • Alex Cranberg [Aspect]
  • B2B on Alternative Fuel

    Lead Presenter:

    • Volodymyr Kasyanov [AFC]
  • B2B on Energy Financing

    Lead Presenter:

    • Tom Spellman [Halliburton]

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

VII. Plenary Focus Session I

Topic: Financing Ukraine’s Energy Diversification: How Ukraine Will Survive and Thrive

Corporate Sponsor Chair:

  • Viktor Kapustin, UKREXIMBANK


  • Volodymyr Ignashchenko, Deputy Minister of the Economy of Ukraine

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

VIII. B2B Plenary Session

Summary Reports/Proposals/Considerations from Each of the B2B Breakouts

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

IX. Texas Barbecue and Reception

Hosted by:

  • Gene Van Dyke [Chairman/Vanco]


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

X. Plenary Focus Session III

Featured Remarks: Ukraine’s Search for Energy Diversity—International Context


  • Adrian Karatnycky, Orange Circle

US Perspective:

  • Matt Bryza, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasia

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

XI. RT Plenary Dialogue

Topic: Energy Efficiency— Key to Energy Security and Profitability


  • Walter Zaryckyj, Executive Director, Center for US-Ukrainian Relations


  • Maksym Timchenko, DPEK/Donbas Fuel Energy Co.
  • Walter Derzko, Creative Consortium
  • Valeriy Borovik, Nova Energia

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

XII. Closing Program Luncheon

Featured Remarks:

  • Energy Conservation—Key to Energy Security and Profitability


  • George Chopivsky, Chairman, Ukraine-International Business Council


  • Rachel Halpern, ITA, US Dept. of Commerce

Closing Remarks by the Organizers

[Optional] MAY 3

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Baseball Game:

  • Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Additional Information:


  • Hyatt Regency, Houston TX

No. of participants:

  • Approx. 125-150 [By Invitation Only]


  • Ukraine-Int’l Business Council
  • Center for US-Ukrainian Relations
  • Orange Circle

Conference Coordinator:

  • Adrian Karatnycky, Orange Circle

Program Coordinator:

  • Walter Zaryckyj, Center for US-Ukrainian Relations

Corporate Outreach:

  • Andriy Bihun, Ukraine-International Business Council

Invited Corporate Plenary Chairs and Chairs/Presenters at the B2B Sessions:

  • Robert Bensh (Cardinal)
  • John Imle (Vanco)
  • Jim Jennings (Hunt Oil)
  • Peter Francis (ExxonMobil)
  • Kay Larcom (ConocoPhillips)
  • Ed Spaulding (ChevronTexaco)
  • John Edge (Anadarko)
  • Rex Gaisford (Regal)
  • Malcolm Brinded (Shell)
  • Ian Davis (Occidental)
  • Hon. Bob Schaffer (Aspect Energy)
  • Ilya Rybchych (Ukrgazvydobyvannya)
  • Ihor Franchuk (Chornomornaftogaz)
  • Elzbieta Dzirba (Gaz System)
  • Oleksandr Khokhotva (Vuhillya Ukrainy)
  • Oleksandr Chaliy (Industrial Union Group)
  • Semyon Potashnyk (Ukrhydroenergo)
  • Garry Levesley (AES)
  • Viktor Pergat (Northland)
  • Geoff Berlin (GlobalNet)
  • Kosei Umemori (Hitachi)
  • Volodymyr Lapshyn (Kharkiv IPT)
  • Volodymyr Kasyanov (AFC/Kyiv)
  • Tom Spellman (Halliburton)
  • Valeriy Borovyk (Nova Enerhia)
  • Kostiantyn Ushchapovski (Ukrenergo)
  • Lori Parr (Devon Energy)
  • Chris Chestov (US DOC)
  • Desi Jordanoff (US DOC)
  • Rachel Halpern (US DOC)
  • Christine Lucyk (US DOC
  • Benedict Wolf (US DOS)
  • Camille Caliendo (US DOE)
  • Yuri Burkat (UA Trade Mission to the US)
  • Maksym Vdovychenko (UA Trade Mission to the US)
  • Andrij Nadzhos (UA Trade Mission to the US)

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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