REPORT LAUNCH: Securing Ukraine’s Energy Sector

April 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator)
Washington, DC

REPORT LAUNCH: Securing Ukraine’s Energy Sector

A conversation with:
Dr. Anders Åslund
Resident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
Ms. Olga Bielkova
Member of Parliament and Deputy Head of the Energy Committee 
Ukrainian Parliament
Mr. Edward Chow
Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Mr. Steve Nicandros
Chairman and CEO
Frontera Resources Corporation
Introduced and Moderated by:
The Hon. Richard Morningstar
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

In his report on the strategic challenges facing Ukraine’s energy sector Dr. Åslund argues that energy sector reform is essential to the survival of Ukraine, as it will assist Ukraine’s fight against corruption, minimize its dependence on Russian gas, and improve Ukrainian national security. The simultaneous support of and pressure from the transatlantic community is critical for Ukraine to complete the reform process in due course to smooth the social costs of the transition, stabilize its energy market, create a favorable environment for indigenous energy production, and improve the country’s overall economic growth prospects. The panel of experts will discuss the findings and recommendations of Dr. Åslund’s report.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

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Anders Åslund is a Resident Senior Fellow in the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. Prior to that he was a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute. He examines the economic policy of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, as well as focuses on the broader implications of economic transition. He worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1994 to 2005, first as a Senior Associate and then from 2003 as Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. He also worked at the Brookings Institution and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Dr. Åslund served as an Economic Adviser to the governments of Russia (1991 to 1994) and Ukraine (1994 to 1997). He was a Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Founding Director of the Stockholm Institute of East European Economics. He has worked as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and an Honorary Professor of the Kyrgyz National University. He is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), Warsaw, and of the Scientific Council of the Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and earned his PhD from Oxford University.
Olga Bielkova is a Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety. In addition, she is also a Member of the Bloc Petra Poroshenko Parliament Faction and a Permanent Member of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE. Prior to elections, Ms. Bielkova was one of the Managing Partners of She was a Director of International Programs at the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Before she worked for the Foundation, Ms. Bielkova served as a Financial and Administrative Director for the Land O’Lakes, a USAID-funded agricultural marketing project in Ukraine. Ms. Bielkova served as Deputy Director for the Junior Achievement International branch in Ukraine. Olga Bielkova is a Harvard Mason Fellow. She earned a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, acquired a law degree from the Kyiv Shevchenko National University and also has a degree in economics from the Cherkassy State Engineering University.
Edward Chow is a Senior Fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is an expert on international energy and specializes in oil and gas investments in emerging economies. Mr. Chow also has experience of working in Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Africa, the Caspian region, Asia, and South America. Prior to joining CSIS, Mr. Chow worked for Chevron Corporation as Principal International Representative and Head of International External Affairs in the US and overseas for 20 years. Throughout his career, he has developed government policy and business strategy, successfully negotiated complex, multibillion-dollar, international business ventures as well as advised governments, international financial institutions, major oil companies and leading multinational corporations. Mr. Chow graduated from Ohio University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in international affairs. 
Steve Nicandros is a Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Frontera Resources Corporation. He is on the Board of Directors at the Atlantic Council. In addition, Mr. Nicandros serves on the US Chamber of Commerce’s Energy, Clean Air and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Chamber’s US- Ukraine Business Forum Committee for the Advocacy of the Economic Revival of Ukraine.  Mr. Nicandros improved the company’s Greater Black Sea strategy and shifted its focus on the Eastern European markets. Prior to Frontera, Mr. Nicandros was a President of Conoco Overseas Oil Company. From 1992 to 1994, he was a Manager of Reserve Acquisitions and Asset Management as well as Manager of Upstream Commercial Development at Conoco Inc. Mr. Nicandros received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Methodist University.
Richard Morningstar is the Founding Director and Chairman of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He served as the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2012 to 2014.  Prior to his appointment, he was the Secretary of State's Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. Prior to that, Morningstar lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School, and was a Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group. From 1999 to 2001, he served as United States Ambassador to the European Union. Prior to this, Morningstar served as Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, where he coordinated within the executive branch and with other governments and international organizations to promote US Policies. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Ambassador and Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State on assistance for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, where he oversaw all US bilateral assistance and trade investments. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Senior Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.