Ukrainians to discuss war, economy, rebuilding

Now in its third month, the unfolding crisis in Ukraine has killed tens of thousands, displaced millions and destroyed civil infrastructure throughout the country. The damage to Ukraine's economy exceeds $1 trillion, by some estimates.

On May 13, a panel of Ukrainian experts will converge at Cornell for a hybrid event to discuss the civil and economic upheaval in their country. The event “Ukraine: War, Economy, Path to Rebuilding” features a panel of Ukrainian government officials, academics and business experts with insights into the state of the economy and postwar plans.

Harry de Gorter

The event will be held May 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 401 Warren Hall and via Zoom. Registration is now open.

Olena Rarytska

The event will feature four speakers appearing virtually: Dmytro Boyarchuk and Mykola Trofymenko, who are in Ukraine, and Roman Kachur and Dmytro Zinkevych, who are in the U.S. Event moderators on the Cornell campus are Harry de Gorter, professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; Olena Rarytska, visiting assistant professor at the Dyson School; and Viktor Tsyrennikov, director at the Promontory Financial Group.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from people of such diverse backgrounds about the toll the war has on their lives and their thoughts on the future of Ukraine after the war,” Rarytska said.

Boyarchuk, the executive director of CASE Ukraine, has extensive expertise in macro-economic forecasting, social policy and the fiscal sector. Trofymenko is the head of Mariupol State University, located in the one of the hardest-hit war zones and which has been under siege since early March.

Roman Kachur will be speaking from Washington, DC, where he works as an alternate executive director at the World Bank. Previously, Kachur worked as a deputy finance minister in Ukraine and is an expert on international finance. Dmytro Zinkevych is the CEO of Sunsay Energy, a company that provides solar energy solutions in Ukraine. He is a current Humphrey Fellow at Cornell studying challenges and solutions in the renewable energy sector.

The talk is sponsored by the Emerging Markets Theme in the SC Johnson College of Business, the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.

Matt Hayes is director for communications for Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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