Kyiv, Sept. 12-13 – The UN Development Programme in Ukraine held a large-scale business conference and exhibition of enterprises from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, entitled "East-Expo 2017" in Kyiv on September 12-13.
Over the two days, Kyiv residents and visitors to the city attended master classes, participated in open discussions on economic development and innovations, and got to know businesses from the country’s easternmost region. More than 80 companies set up stands to feature their products, which included cheeses, rock salt products, IT technologies, 3-D printers, clay ovens, and eco-friendly products.
“Three years ago, people were fleeing from the Donbas in large numbers, seeking help, refuge and shelter,” said Janthomas Hiemstra, UNDP’s Country Director in Ukraine.
“Today, they have come to Kyiv to proudly present their successful enterprises and offer new business opportunities and cooperation to the whole of Ukraine,” he said.
“Helping small and medium businesses from eastern Ukraine to grow, expand their markets and create jobs for other IDPs will not only help revive the local economy in the Donbas, but will in the long run help foster the economic development of the entire country.”
One of the companies exhibiting at East-Expo 2017, Aeromekh Ltd., from the city of Kreminna, has over 15 years of successful experience in manufacturing and selling its grain separators in 40 countries around the world. Another company called QUART-SOFT presented at the exhibition a web-based mechanism for automating IT-processes in the agro-industrial sector. And Oleksandr-Limited, a company from Slaviansk, in Donetsk Oblast, brought to the exhibition an innovative development – an additive for asphalt road surfaces that increases the water resistance of roads, and thereby their lifetimes.
The last day of the event featured an exciting fashion show highlighting designers from Donetsk Oblast. Tin’ Sontsya, a folk-metal band from Kyiv, provided the musical accompaniment to the show.
During the exhibition, prominent speakers and trainers hosted master classes and panel discussions. The experts included Benedikt Hermann, a policy support expert from the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, Vladlen Sysun, an expert on marketing and price competition in small business, and Dmitry Sofina, an IT entrepreneur and co-founder and director of IT company Addeesoft.
The exhibition was sponsored by the governments of Poland and Japan. The events partners were Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast State Administrations, Luhansk Regional Development Agency, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Donetsk Oblast.
East-Expo 2017 is a new initiative to support small- and medium-sized businesses in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, and to expand knowledge about entrepreneurship, which is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine with financial support from the governments of Japan and Poland.
Deputy Director, Economic Growth Office USAID Ukraine, US Embassy Ukraine.
Responsible for managing a dynamic $200M trade, investment, finance, agriculture and energy development portfolio. Support a talented staff of development professionals in ensuring USG economic assistance to Ukraine is programmed and delivered for maximum impact. Championing Ukraine's digital economy and economic reintegration of areas affected by conflict.
President of Adashevsky Consulting Group. Owner of three businesses. Expert in marketing and advertising. Trainer in motivation and personal efficiency. Author of several books – “Anti-crisis”, “Low Budget Marketing” etc. Has designed advertising strategies for over 200 types of businesses.
General director of “Pro Business Center” center for business technologies. Expert in marketing and business analysis.
Expert in exporting issues. Provides business consulting for export, in particular to the European Union. Author of a handbook for Ukrainian entrepreneurs who are exporting or who wish to export to EU markets.
IT entrepreneur. Co-founder and director of Addeesoft IT company, founder and owner of WINDIM24, founder of the Open City startup. He will speak about the introduction of modern IT technologies for highly profitable and effective businesses in a volatile business environment.
Kryzhanovska has been involved in the work of the community sector in Lviv city and region for over five years. In particular, she has been working for the Lviv educational foundation on projects in eastern Ukraine. She has experience in attracting grant funding and the administration of international and local projects. She also teaches subjects related to community development and fundraising. She has interned in the community sector in Poland (at charity Caritas Gdansk and in Warsaw), in Italy (Don Calabria, Rome), and in Georgia.
Member of Public Council of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Head of Macroeconomic Policy Committee.
Head of the Board, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Professor of Economics at the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy". Research interests: economic reforms in the countries on transition, regional integration processes, international trade and trade policy. Participated in a number of international research projects. Worked as research fellow in Great Britain (Birmingham University), Japan (Economic Planning Agency, Japan Institute for International Affairs), USA (Fullbright Scholar, Stanford University). Teaching courses "International Trade" and "International Trade Theory". Before joining the Institute worked as Senior Economist/Project manager at the EastWest Institute Kyiv Centre.
IOM Project Specialist with extensive experience in micro business grant programming. Maksym has been implementing IOM projects aimed at promotion of entrepreneurship among IDPs, ATO veterans and vulnerable local residents all over Ukraine since 2014.
Director of Export Consulting Department at the Export Promotion Office under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
Policy officer, Support Group to Ukraine, Delegation of the EU to Ukraine
Executive Director of the European Business Association. Member of the Supervisory Board of ArcelorMittal, Kryviy Rih, Ukraine and the Supervisory Board of Raiffeisen Bank Aval. Member of the National Council for Reforms under the President of Ukraine and the Council of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council.
Director of Unit Factory (Kiev, Ukraine). Works with "Lean Projects" in Ukraine since 2013. Direct supervisor of "Lean" implementation strategy at the Kyiv International Airport VIP terminal. Introduced innovative "Lean approaches" to educational projects in Ukraine.
President of Lean Institute Ukraine (Kiev). Has been implementing "Lean" with Ukrainian enterprises since 2013, before he held senior positions in UDP group companies, ISTIL groups and others.
Professor of Executive MBA Programs, author of specialized courses in management of change and business development, human resources management, leadership and business communication at the International Business Institute. Certified Business Trainer (SBTA), a member of the British Psychological Association. Obtained MBA Degree from the University of New Brunswick-UNB.
14 years of experience in the international system business - Philip Morris, Canon, Shafer Shop, Viasat (MTG). Successful experience in building sales and management teams in B2C and B2B industries: FMCG, service delivery, consumer electronics and IT, telecommunications. Founder of SalesVector Consulting Group. He holds Marketing Degree from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, as well as Diploma in Engineering from the Ukrainian State University of Food Technology.
Candidate of Economic Sciences, Certified Teacher at the Royal Institute of Marketing (CIM, Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK). Has over 10 years of experience in the World Bank, as well as in international and domestic companies. As a marketer and project manager, participated in project development and implementation for enterprise restructuring, business reorganization, strategic marketing, product and brand marketing, research on domestic and global markets.
The founder of "MakeMeWOW" female beauty space and "Lavender Dreams" brand of home and sleeping ware. MakeMeWOW is a combination of a beauty salon and a clothing store. Over 10 years of experience in the international company on key positions, was responsible for integrating and merging Whirlpool - Indesit in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. In 2006 graduated from Ternopil National Economic University, Faculty of International Economics. Presentation topic: Marketing and friends. How to find and attract new customers without budgets on the example of the beauty business.
The founder of the brand of women's clothing L'eskizzo. Sales and Business Manager for CIS and Baltic countries at Continental Contitech, Industry. 6 years of experience in sales and development of B2B in the markets of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as marketing and logistics experience in international companies. Manager of business integration projects after the merger of companies, introduction of new products to the CIS and Baltic markets. Obtained Certificate and Professional Diploma in Marketing at Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
UNDP Project Coordinator "Strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises Business Associations". Marketing and price competition expert in small business. Business trainer and consultant.
Kantar TNS media and consumer research manager.
An Enthusiast of Energy Innovation and Green Startups, a Communications Consultant, has been promoting entrepreneurial opportunities and social innovations that open up renewable energy, sustainable development and energy efficiency for 5 years. Roman leads the Greencubator network, and as a communications and presentation consultant. In addition, works as private communications practitioner and guest lecturer at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). Studied at the Aspen Institute's Executive Leadership Program.
Head of Education Department of the Internet Marketing Academy "WebPromoExperts".