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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 2017 - 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.
CUSUR 2018 - Project IV
Kyiv Seminars for UA Officials

The several visits of young, fresh minded, reform oriented UA military commanders and national security analysts to various top flight foreign policy think tanks and institutes of higher diplomatic or military learning in DC (prompted in good part by CUSUR invitations to its Occasional Briefings) in the latter part of 2014 prompted the UA MOD to propose a slightly different arrangement for similar discussions/conversations in 2015.
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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