Welcome and Keynote Remarks

Mr. Fred Kempe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Atlantic Council

​​The Hon. Will Hurd
US Representative for Texas’s 23rd District
US House of Representatives

Mr. Benjamin Loring
Head of the Board
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation

Mr. Dmytro Shymkiv
Deputy Head of Presidential Administration
Government of Ukraine

Panel One: Testing Ground: Ukraine’s Experience with Russian Cyber Attacks

Dr. Oleh Derevianko
Chairman of the Board
Information Systems Security Partners

Ms. Laura Galante
Senior Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Mr. Nikolay Koval
Chief Executive Officer
CyS Centrum, LLC

Dr. Oleksandr Potii
Deputy Chief Designer
JSC Institute of Information Technology

Moderated By:

Dr. Alina Polyakova
David M. Rubenstein Fellow – Foreign Policy
The Brookings Institution

Panel Two: Moscow’s Broader Cyber Operations Against the West 

Dr. Kenneth Geers
Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Mr. Franklin Kramer
Distinguished Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

Dr. Khatuna Mshvidobadze
Principal, Cyberlight Global Associates
Adjunct Professor of Cyber Security, Utica College

Moderated By:

Ambassador John Herbst
Director, Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation for a conference entitled Russia’s Cyber Operations in Ukraine and Beyond on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators).

Americans learned during our last presidential campaign of the formidable reach of the Kremlin’s cyber operations. Ukraine’s experience with this challenge predates ours. Indeed, Russia has long been waging a hybrid war in Ukraine, using it as a testing ground for operations ranging from disinformation campaigns to cyberattacks aimed at the power grid and other critical infrastructure, as well as its continued military presence in Ukraine’s east. Russia’s cyber aggression has now extended past its neighbors and will require a transatlantic response. 

As technology outpaces the development of security measures, the cyber threat against the West will only continue to grow. Moscow’s cyber operations have provoked international concern about the nature of online misinformation, cybersecurity, and technology’s role in democratic discourse. 

The Atlantic Council and Victor Pinchuk Foundation will bring together experts, policy makers, and key stakeholders to discuss the threat at hand in Ukraine and beyond, as well as Russia’s broader aims. 

We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.


The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, an international, private and non-partisan philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine, was established in 2006 by businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk. It empowers the young generation to change their country and the world. To this end it implements projects and builds partnership in Ukraine and worldwide. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested over 125 million USD to transform Ukraine.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation’s projects include, among others: an all-Ukrainian network of neonatal center Cradles of Hope; the largest private scholarship program in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA; the WorldWideStudies scholarship programme for Ukrainian students studying abroad and the PinchukArtCentre, the most dynamic art centre in Ukraine and the region, which gives free-of-charge access to contemporary art to inspire new thinking. The Foundation supports the international network Yalta European Strategy (YES), a leading forum for discussing Ukraine’s European future and global context.

The foundation supports a crowd funding platform to foster giving in Ukrainian society, the Philanthropic Marketplace. The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre and the Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum. It cooperates with the Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the Clinton Global Initiative, Amicus Europae Foundation and other nongovernmental organizations.

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