14-15 December, 2016 10:00-21:00

14 - 15 December

Ruth Daniel Residence, Tel Аviv-Yaffo

Israeli - Ukrainian Entrepreneurship Forum

“New Era of Israeli - Ukrainian Relationship. Challenges and Opportunities”.
Join today Israeli Ukrainian Business Community

Israeli - Ukrainian
Entrepreneurship Forum

About Us

Israeli Friends of Ukraine in cooperation with Global Ukraine are delighted to present
a new initiative – Israeli - Ukrainian Alliance (“IUA”).
Israeli - Ukrainian Alliance is an international
professional network that provides high-quality strategic entrepreneurship opportunities for companies
and organizations of all types and sizes to cooperate in Israel and Ukraine by engaging
Israeli and Ukrainian diaspora all over the world. Alliance’s main objective is to develop and implement
the concept of an Israeli - Ukrainian Entrepreneurship Hub – collaborative interactive platform
that will extend social and business support facilities of both countries. IUA is concentrated on growing,
developing and reaching full potential of both countries entrepreneurship relationship,
as well as connects leaders from politics, business and society both in Israel and Ukraine.

Moreover, our main goals are to:

  • simplify trade enquiries, investment adviser search;
  • develop strategies for building international network of business leaders;
  • create opportunities of international exchange of knowledge, experience and capacities in achieving sustainable and constant growth of Israeli and Ukrainian relationship;
  • boost an open market relationships in both countries;
  • involve international and diaspora decision makers and key players.


Israeli - Ukrainian Entrepreneurship Forum mission is to:

  • form a common vision and formulate a strategy on Israel - Ukrainian entrepreneurship cooperation;
  • create an environment for a dialog about sustainable collaboration between Israel and Ukraine;
  • engage key business players and decision makers in shaping the concept of Israeli - Ukrainian Entrepreneurship Hub;
  • launch a network of professionals and entrepreneurs who will contribute to Israeli - Ukrainian relationship development.

Therefore, the Israeli - Ukrainian Entrepreneurship Forum will have an impact at:

  • international business affairs and global strategies between Israel and Ukraine;
  • investment attraction and development of bilateral innovation projects;
  • raise awareness on Israeli and Ukrainian markets, forms of partnership, including international and local law adoption and amendment where needed.


IT and Investments

Two-day program of the Forum will include plenary sessions, roundtables and networking between leading international speakers and experts in numerous business sectors. We provide with the chance to present your company and to be an active contribution for establishing partnership between Israeli and Ukrainian stakeholders.

Moreover, we will have a series of private business networking sessions, where guests upon the invitation will have a chance to follow up discussions of the official agenda, as well as discuss possible Israeli – Ukrainian cooperation and exchange contacts in small groups.


1st Day Speakers

Official Opening

Alti Rodal, Co-Director, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter

Alti Rodal is one of the founders of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter and serves as UJE’s Co-Director. Her professional experience includes teaching at universities in Montreal, Ottawa, and Oxford; as well as research and writing in academic, policy institute and other settings. She has served in central agencies of the Government of Canada and Royal Commissions of Inquiry. She is the author of a variety of studies and reports for government and scholarly writing on aspects of Jewish history and culture and inter-communal relations.

Wolf Moskovich, Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter

Wolf Moskovich is Professor Emeritus and formerly Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1976-2004). His main fields of interest include Slavic studies (Ukrainian studies in particular), Jewish culture and history in Eastern and Central Europe (Yiddish studies in particular), interrelations between Jews and Christians, and languages and cultures in contact. He studied at Chernivtsi State University in Ukraine, received his Ph.D. (1965) from the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, and Dr. Hab. (1971) from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Leningrad. From 1965 to 1974 he was also senior researcher and laboratory director in computational linguistics and cognitive studies for the Committee for Inventions and Discoveries of the USSR, Moscow. He has been Visiting Professor at the universities of London, Oxford, Cornell, Pennsylvania, Rome, and Bratislava. He has over three hundred publications, including twelve monographs, mainly in the fields of theoretical and Slavic philology, and Jewish and Ukrainian culturology. He is editor-in-chief of the book series Jews and Slavs (volumes 1-25, Jerusalem) since 1993. He is President of the Israeli Committee of Slavists and a member of the International Committee of Slavists. Honours received include: Foreign Member of the National Academies of Sciences of Ukraine and Slovenia; and the V. Zhabotinsky Gold Medal of the Ukraine-Israel Friendship Society (Kyiv) for promoting mutual understanding among nations.

Mr. Evgeni Utkin, High-Tech pioneer, entrepreneur and facilitator, CEO of KM Core and Kvazar Micro.

Mr. Evgeni Utkin is a successful entrepreneur and one of the pioneers and leaders of the high-tech industry in CIS and CEE. From 1982 till 1990 Evgeni Utkin held the position of the Head of the Laboratory and Chief Designer of microprocessors at the Kyiv Science and Research Institute of Micro Instruments. Having founded one of the first IT companies in post-Soviet times he has taken his company through a number of growth phases, from founding the company in 1990, diversifying the business, entering new markets and geographies, creating an international company, to M&A and IPO. Throughout this time, the company has maintained significant business partnerships with global technology companies, such as Intel, Oracle, Cisco and Microsoft. Evgeni’s approach to business is accelerating ‘knowledge based businesses’ and enterprise value-creation. Having combined his knowledge of doing business in CIS and CEE with a global perspective of growing innovative and leading companies, he has been acknowledged as a leader of the new, post -Soviet generation of entrepreneurs. Today, “KMCore” is focused on four key business areas: IT, datacenter and cloud services, software engineering, semiconductor design and nanotechnology.

Plenary Session I

Violeta Moskalu, Founder of Global Ukraine Foundation and initiator of the Global Ukrainians Forum

PhD, researcher (Lorraine University, France), founder of the Global Ukraine Foundation (2015), initiator and co-founder of Global Ukrainians Forum (network of Ukrainian leaders, highly educated & globally-connected expatriates), senior expert on international development, public administration and local self-government reforms, honorary President (founder) of French-Ukrainian NGO Exchanges Lorraine – Ukraine (2004). Violeta has more than 15 years of professional experience teaching at the Lorraine University and doing strategic consulting for different international development and technical assistance projects (working in European, African, Caribbean and Pacific area countries) in collaboration with ENA Paris, Council of Europe, Inter-American Development Bank, etc. Advisor for International Cooperation of the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee of Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, expert for the Support Center of Reforms of the Ukrainian Government, strategic advisor of the President of Ukrainian National School of Public Administration. The intellectual capital, knowledge management, social capital and inclusive leadership are her main research and consulting centers of interest.

Maksym Kyiak, Co-Founder of the Global Ukrainians Forum

Maksym Kyiak used to work at various academic and governmental institutions (National Institute for Strategic Studies, Parliament of Ukraine). After a few years of civil service at the Parliament of Ukraine and state-owned think tank and after becoming a PhD, he became involved in public diplomacy, politics and science. Maksym is working on his postdoctoral research and is a co-founder of the worldwide network of global leaders called “Global Ukraine Foundation”. He also represented Ukraine at the CAHROM Committee of the Council of Europe. Maksym is interested in foreign policy, global security, media policy, sociology of religion, information warfare, ethnic policy and hybrid warfare.

Anna Zharova, Co-Founder of Israeli Friends for Ukraine

Anna Zharova holds a Master's degree in Organizational Consulting and Development from the College of Management and a Bachelor's degree in Educational Consulting from the Tel Aviv University. She is a specialist in the field of non-formal education with almost a decade of experience. Her main area of expertise is social entrepreneurship and leadership programs, knowledge development and organizational behavior. For the last nine years she had been working at the Jewish Agency's Russian Speaking Jewry Unit and was holding the position of the director of educational leadership projects and organizational development for nonprofit organizations in the FSU. She was responsible for the general development of the networking of communal initiatives and enterprises, fostering working relationships and collaboration between them, optimizing the use of the common resources and organizing the annual Entrepreneurship conference in Israel for grassroots educators and leaders. She is alumni of the Presentense Venture Accelerator, specialization - Innovation management and project development. Today she is holding position of International Communications director at New Door – International Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator. Besides she is co-founder of NGO Israeli Friends of Ukraine and represents International Organization Global Ukraine in Israel. Global Ukrainians are involved in various projects in the sphere of public diplomacy, including informational and political projects, cultural diplomacy, business diplomacy, analytical diplomacy, social and humanitarian programs including in the medical field. Nowadays Ann's main occupation is developer of social businesses, lector in different forums and conferences and integrator of business projects in Israel and Ukraine as well.

Natalia A. Feduschak, Director of Communications, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter

Natalia A. Feduschak is Director of Communications for the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. With more than twenty years of international journalism experience, she spent much of her career covering the former Soviet Union, from the empire’s breakup to the challenges faced by newly independent states. She has written for leading publications in Europe and North America, including the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Washington Times, the Denver Post, and the Kyiv Post. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar as well as an International Health Fellow with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Ukraine, and a Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC. Feduschak holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University

Katerina Rudenko, Course director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs. MASHAV - International Training Centre

Katerina Rudenko is Course director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs. MASHAV - International Training Centre in Haifa. She is carrying out of the programs, at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and group support during the training, in Russian and English languages. Katerina has an MBA – HRM (Human Resources Management) from University of Derby in Israel.

Plenary Session II

Ori Ben Shlomo, CEO and Founder of Jgive

Ori is a co-founder of the Asor Fund and Jgive for Encouraging Jewish Philanthropy. His main focus is on on strengthening the relationship between the Diaspora and Israeli communities. Trained as a lawyer, Ori formerly served as legal adviser for Maariv-Makor Rishon Group. In addition to his experience in the private sector, Ori served as a state prosecutor in the Jerusalem District Attorney's Office. Ori has an MA in Crisis Management and Resolution from. Hebrew University and an LLB from Ono Academic College.

Ofer Pelin, Marketing Director at ESCO

Ofer has many years of management, consulting and training in the field of business and marketing. Ofer is a marketing manager at ESCO. Armed with a variety of degrees, knowledge and tools relevant to the field, with a degree in media creation and criticism from Sapir College with a degree in marketing executives from Ramat Gan College and graduated in Marketing and Advertising from the Open University of Israel.

Alex Shmidt, Social Business Consultant - Trainer at PresenTence

Alex arrived in Israel as part of the Naale program. He has worked for years in formal and informal education, both developing and managing programs in the public and nonprofit sectors. A few years ago Alex established a department to integrate immigrants into Israeli society with the Ramat Gan municipality that operates successfully in the immigrant population, In recent years Alex has been a guide and consultant in a variety of areas: social business development, establishing a support system in diverse populations in local authorities, management of volunteers, strategic planning and management of marketing communications for enterprise social business, budget management, campaign management. Alex has a BA in Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, a teaching certificate, and an MBA with a focus in Marketing.

Svitlana Khutka, Founder & CEO of “Democracy. Development. Education”

PhD, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Founder & CEO of “Democracy. Development. Education” program (in partnership with Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, San Francisco), covering Social Ventures Hub, U.Work co-workings, and Ukrainian Studies Endowment Fund.

Pavel Pinchas Rosenfeld, CEO ALPI Investments, Visionary Entrepreneur, Educator and Investor.

Pavel also is a Founder or Gapp, Founder of Claspot and Founder of Gapp

Plenary Session III

Lev Berman, Program Director at Start-up Accelerator Shevah Mofet (Tel Aviv)

Lev Berman is a Director at an Educational Program on start-up creation and digital entrepreneurship. Lev is eager to present the topic on education of entrepreneurship in high school - models, practise and opportunities for cooperation.

Lana Eisenstad, Founder of NGO KolOle and VP Cluster.

Lana Eisenstadt is a founder of the NGO KolOle and VP Cluster (Direction - Social Projects). Lana worked with new immigrants, during her work she gained invaluable experience that laid the foundation of Amut. Based on this experience, Lana have developed several areas in which new immigrants feel the real need to get appropriate required services, one of which is education, including hebrew studies and professional courses.

Tania Tumanov, Co-founder and Development director of Milhauz Institute Education, Art and Identity.

Tania Tumanov - co-founder and Development director of Milhauz Institute for Education, Art and Identity* and an owner of “Art-Methods” content-management production. She is an expert in content-development for educational, art & digital media project and a designer of new educational formats for cross-cultural/interdisciplinary projects. Tania has M.A. of Telecommunication and she is a researcher in School Education, University of Tel Aviv, in the field of Mathematical Education & Educational Technologies. Tania works with NGO, business projects, TV channels and communities, building marketing and content management strategy as well as operational implementation. *Milhauz Institute was founded in 2007. It’s mission is to bring identity and cultural questions into the art, education and media projects. At the moment among Milhauz’s projects - Urban Studio Summer School for architects, economists, urban planners, artist, sociologists; student programmes in Israel; Masa programme; Leadership Seminars; Group Facilitator courses; and open lectures in Israel.

Maryna Saprykina, Managing Director of CSR Ukraine (Centre for CSR Development)

Maryna Saprykina is an Executive Director of the CSR Centre, the lead consultant in the Project, has more than 10 years of CSR experience. She has worked for the State Family and Youth Development Institute and NGO “Women’s Perspectives” (2002-2006), CSR manager for the largest telecom company in Ukraine MTS (2006-2007), Centre for CSR Development (2007-2013). Maryna has also experience of working for UN system: UNFPA and UNIFEM organizations. Now Maryna is an Executive Director for the CSR Centre (Ukraine), a Board member of the Global Compact Network in Ukraine (2010-2013), ISO 26000 expert, consultant and trainer, the MBA candidate (The University of Sheffield, UK’s leading business school), studying the Swedish Institute Management Program on Sustainability (Sweden). Maryna has the certificates of UNIDO-certified REAP consultant and trainer (CSR for SMEs Program, http://www.unido.org/reap.html) and LEAD International Program “Leadership in Sustainable Development” (London, Brussels, PE in South Africa, http://www.lead.org/index.php) companies with defined corporate values”; “CSR as a key aspect of corporate governance”, guides “Corporate Volunteering: how to start”, “HR for CSR”, “How to measure community development projects.

Dr. Eleonora Shkolnik, Executive Director of The Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Ariel and Ariel Venture Academy (AVA) at Ariel University.

Dr. Eleonora Shkolnik is the Executive Director of The Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Ariel (www.fcieariel.com) and Ariel Venture Academy (AVA) at Ariel University. While possessing several high academic degrees, Dr. Shkolnik obtained vast practical managerial and successful entrepreneurial experience of more than 25 years. As a Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Shkolnik has developed and implemented several academic and practical courses and structuring the Ariel Technological, Environmental & Social Entrepreneurship Program as well as the academic program "Applied Bioscience" for undergraduate and graduate studies. Eleonora is an academic chair of a unique MBA-Olim program at Ariel University. Dr. Shkolnik Co-Founded ISRAELI MAKERS - the Israel's Business Ambassadors Club (http://www.israelimakers.com) and serves as an Executive Board Member. ISRAELI MAKERS is dealing with one of Israel’s biggest challenges today: Curbing antagonism towards Israel and improving Israel's international image. Dr. Shkolnik has founded her own venture "ESh Center" that provides educational and consultancy services. "ESh Center" promotes the implementation of Mental Diet™ and Palette of Health™. Mental Diet™ – is a novel methodology of achieving Balance and Personal Wellness in all aspects of life presented as a Palette of Health™ (Food, Water, Breath, Sleep and Movement), based on unique Brain Fitness program.

Book Presentation

Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto; Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter

Paul Robert Magocsi is professor of history and political science at the University of Toronto, where (since 1980) he also holds the professorial Chair of Ukrainian Studies. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1972 and a post-graduate degree from Harvard University (Society of Fellows 1976). Among his over seven hundred publications are thirty books, including Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples (University of Toronto Press, 1999) and co-editor and main author of the Encyclopedia of Rusyn History and Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2002). Professor Magocsi has taught at Harvard University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1996 he was appointed a permanent fellow of the Royal Society of Canada—Canadian Academies of Arts, Humanities, and Sciences. In 2015, he was awarded the degree of Doctor honoris causa from Prešov University in Slovakia; he was appointed honorary professor at the Kamianets-Podilskyi National University in Ukraine; and he was given the Rudolf Medek Award for Lifetime Contributions to Scholarship on the History of Subcarpathian Rus’ and Carpatho-Rusyns by the National Library/Slavonic Library of the Czech Republic.

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shter, Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History in the History Department at Northwestern University Canada

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History in the History Department at Northwestern University. He taught at different universities in North America, Europe, and Israel and was awarded the positions of the Kosciuszko Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Warsaw, the Lady Davis Visiting Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an Honorary visiting professor at the Free Ukrainian University in Munich, a Recurrent visiting professor at Lviv Catholic University, a doctor honoris causa at Kyiv Mohyla Academy, and an Associate Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He has published more than a hundred articles and seven books; three of them award winning, including most recently Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence.

Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych, Leading Research Associate, Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Academic Council Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter

Vladyslav Hrynevych is a Doctor of Political Sciences. He is an associate professor at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and the leading research associate of the Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is a member of the Ukrainian-German Commission on History as well as a member of the Academic Council of the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter. His main areas of expertise include the history of Stalin's Ukraine, the history of Jewry of Ukraine, genocide and the Holocaust, and historical memory and politics in Ukraine.

2nd Day Speakers

Opening Panel

Henadii Nadolenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the State of Israel

Panel I

Dmytro Shymkiv, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine on administrative, social and economic reforms

Dmytro Shymkiv is a technology entrepreneur, an innovator, and a respected professional with 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry across Ukraine, Europe and the United States. He joined Microsoft in 2007 as an Enterprise and Partner Group Director responsible for building long-term relationships with customers and partners and also for strategic development of corporate operations. In May 2009, Dmytro was appointed as a General Manager at Microsoft Ukraine. Dmytro is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the world's most powerful community for young business leaders and sits on boards of the American Chamber of Commerce, AIESEC Ukraine and Bohdan Havrylyshyn Charitable Foundation. Dmytro holds a system engineering degree in information technology, electronics and telecommunication from Lviv Politechnic National University.

Ksenia Svetlova, Knesset Member (Zionist Union)

Ksenia Svetlova is currently serving as a Knesset Member (Zionist Union) in Israel’s 20th Knesset. Ms. Stvetlova is a PhD student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and holds a BA and MA in Islamic Studies and the Middle East from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ksenia Svetlova is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense and Aliyah and Absorption committees, as well as heading parliamentary caucuses: Lobby for Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Expression, Lobby for the Preservation of the Culture of Jews from Islamic Countries, Lobby for Consumer Protection, Lobby for Strengthening Relations between the State of Israel and the Kurdish people, Women`s Lobby for Peace and Security.

Maria Barabash, Founder and President of A7 GROUP; Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Ukrainian Businessmen Union (SUP)

Maria Barabash has over 10 years of experience in promoting the interests of Ukraine abroad, attracting investment to Ukraine and organizing the business events at the highest level. Since 2010 Maria is the founder and president of A7 GROUP (including A7 CAPITAL, A7 CONFERENCES and A7 CREATIVE) and Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Ukrainian Businessmen Union (SUP). Maria is also the founder and organizer of a series of international forums and road shows “Invest & Trade in Ukraine” in the USA, Canada, Germany, Israel, Poland, Singapore, China and the UK. Prior to founding A7 GROUP Maria has worked in such companies as RAIN Partners (ex-Capital Strategy), AstapovLawyers, INTEGRITES and NIKO Corporation. In the years 2010-2016 Maria was a member of Board of Directors of Ukrainian Society of Investment Professionals CFA Society Ukraine and the General Manager of "Ukrainian Investment Forum". In the years 2014-2016 she was a chairman of the committee “Invest in Ukraine” of the Ukrainian Venture Capital Association (UVCA). Since 2015 is a President of the Actions First Foundation. In the years 2015-2016 Maria was an Advisor to the Presidential Administration and was in a team of Reforms Project Office of the National Reform Council of Ukraine under the President of Ukraine and Project Manager of the Program to promote Ukraine's interests in the world. Maria is a graduate of Philosophy (2008) and Law (2013) Faculties of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.

Olena Berezovska, President at Organic Ukraine

Olena is Organic Market Entrepreneur and Investor, Business Coach and Consultant. Olena is a Chairman of Board at Public Union of Certified Organic Producers “Organic Ukraine” and Lead Consultant at Biologic.ua.


Oleksii Lubetskyi, Managing Partner of UA2EU

Oleksii Lubetskyi is a co-founder of UA2EU, a Kyiv based initiative that promotes Ukrainian goods and services abroad, as well as aimed at searching B2B customers. Among other, UA2EU commercial activity has a social idea, in particular, aimed at increasing culture of export, raise awareness about Ukrainian entrepreneur community and promote new possibilities that could give export. UA2EU is specialized in different areas and is concentrated not only on raw materials, but also on products with added value. Oleksii is experienced Export-manager, who lived in Italy.

Victor Kmita, Founder & CEO, XM-online

Victor Kmita has more than 15 years of experience in the management of software product development and delivering international projects in the telecom sector. XM-Online is Software-as-a-Service Platform which offers to grow businesses the turnkey solution to automate and monetize their services. Current R&D activities are aimed to deliver a solution to e-cars charging networks, IoT and Smart City, MVNO projects, Enterprize transformations and Shared Economy areas.

Borys Shestopalov, CEO and Founder of Group of companies Hlebodar, GFS group and Ukragroproduct

Panel II

Roman Gold, Managing Partner of JSCapital and Editor-in-Chief of IT Business Week

Roman is a Managing Partner of JSCapital, Israeli Investment Platform that provides access to international investors, corporations and government agencies to the Israeli startup market, as well as an ecosystem of innovation. Roman Gold is working with Venture Capital and Private Equity funds, family offices and business angels based in USA, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, China, Singapore and Switzerland. Mr. Gold is globally experienced Venture Capital and Innovation Management professional interested in investment opportunities, focusing on venture capital rounds into Israeli startup companies, as well as in entrepreneurial initiatives around the world. Roman has a deep knowledge of and contacts in the Israeli financial and technology sectors. Roman is expertised in Israeli venture capital and startup investing, and the overall trends of the Israeli investment landscape.

Shahar Namer, Managing Partner at Sushi Ventures

Shahar Namer is a Tech Acceleration Expert. He has built from scratch 3 international startup accelerators in the "Start-up Nation". Shaher is a Co-founder & Managing Partner of London-based Sushi Venture Partners venture capital fund. In 2013 they have partnered with StartupBootcamp to fund, launch and manage the first StartupBootcamp accelerator program outside Europe. First program took place in Haifa University and IBM Labs. In 2014 they have launched additional StartupBootcamp program in Tel-Aviv Academic College & Google Campus. In 2015 and 2016 they have launched and managed a new accelerator in London called Marathon Labs targeting media & entertainment startups in partnership with our portfolio label Marathon Artists. In 2017 they are launching The Valley Labs Accelerator, Israel’s first and only crowdfunded accelerator, in partnership with ExitValley, Israel's leading equity crowdfunding platform. Shahar also hold a series of lectures that guide young entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem.

Andrew Kryvorchuk, CEO at HACKERSBASE

Senior management executive with more than 10 years of experience in investments and banking. Have Extensive experience in building new companies, business processes and teams. One of the founders and Managing partner of Chernovetskyi Investment Group, a global-oriented early-stage family office investment company with ~$750M under management. Which is one of the biggest venture investor in Eastern Europe. Mentor for Ukrainian entrepreneurs and occasional blogger. Public figure, one of the opinion leaders among Ukrainian IT-community, working extensively with a number of professional civil organizations, whose goal is to re-create structure of innovative business in the country. Andrew is a CEO at HACKERSBASE, company that helps growing businesses, their executives and investors overcome the main barrier which constantly hinder their success: lack and extremely high price of great tech professionals on the developed markets.

Oleksander Krakovetskiy, CEO of DevRain Solutions, CTO Udonors & DonorUA, PhD. in Computer Science, Open Data & Smart City expert.

CEO of DevRain Solutions, IT company from Ukraine which specializes in web, cloud and mobile solutions (.NET, Xamarin, iOS, Android). In 2013 company got Lead partner in creating mobile solutions on Windows Phone 8 platform award from Microsoft Ukraine. Microsoft Regional Director during last 8 years and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional during last 6 years. Also he was nominated as Telerik Developer Expert for several years and got The Best Professional in Software Architecture Ukrainian IT award. CTO of DonorUA – automated blood donors recruitment system in Ukraine, CEO of Udonors – the most intelligent system for recruiting blood donors which won the Stockholm Startup Weekend: Social Innovation in 2016. PhD in Computer Science. Published 20 science articles and one book about IT in Ukraine, education and R&D. His work was connected with Data Mining, information search, NER/NLP tasks. Founded his first User Group Microsoft .NET Vinnytsia in 2005. Founded Windows Phone 7 Rocks!, and now is driving AppClub community for IT startups and entrepreneurs. Open Data expert in Ukrainian state agency of e-government, community lead in Kyiv Smart City initiative, coordinator of EGAP Challenge (e-democracy IT startups contest in Ukraine). Speaker, blogger, singer and musician.

Yaroslav Azhnyuk,CEO & Co-Founder at Petcube.

Co-founder and CEO at Petcube, a technology company dedicated to improving the lives of pets and pet parents everywhere. (YC W’16). Entrepreneur with a passionate interest in driving technological advancements and educational improvements for the betterment of society, and how these can be applied to institutional design. MS in computer science, building cool software and hardware since 2005.

Panel III

Oksana Borysenko, President of Association of IT-companies "Digital Ukraine", Adviser to the Minister of economic development and trade of Ukraine, CEO, Co-founder of Zglove

Oksana Borysenko is experienced in IT startups, VC & marketing. Oksana is a GR & PR specialist, startups adviser, lobbyist of ITC, innovations, e-gov in Ukraine. President of Digital Ukraine Association, CEO/Co-founder of www.EnableTalkua.com, Director of E.Trade - state procurement platform, Adviser to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (www.me.gov.ua), Co-founder of How to start a startup (Ukraine) https://www.facebook.com/groups/htsas.ukraine/.

Dmitry Ovcharenko, VP at Association IT Ukraine, CEO at SBT Systems Ukraine

Dmitry started his career of IT-attorney from the Chief of Legal Department position at one of the largest public IT-companies in the Eastern Europe – Luxoft (10 000+ employees), which shares are traded at the New-York Stock Exchange. From the year 2013 Dmitriy is the Managing Director of the SBT Systems Ukraine, the BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) provider for IT industry in Ukraine, that provides recruiting, legal, financial/accounting, marketing, HR, visa and other operational solutions of full range to enable companies concentrate completely on their core business. In 2014 Dmitriy studied at the University of Geneva at the “Internet Law” program. In 2015-2016 he is getting Master of Law degree at the University of California at the special “Technology & Law” program, which is recognized in the USA to be 1 program for IT industry. Also, Dmitry is an advocate at Ukrainian BAR Association (2011), Vice President of the Association "Information technologies of Ukraine" (2015), Ph.D. in Law (2014), and an Adviser for State Intellectual property Service of Ukraine (2015).

Anton Holovachenko, CEO of UniExo.

Holovachenko Anton is an inventor. Founder and CEO of a startup UniExo. Is the developer in the field of robotics, has created a modular robotic exoskeleton for rehabilitation. TOYP award winner and winner of the European Youth Award 2015. Nominated for Forbes under 30, winner of the global voting competition Robot Launch 2016 and Ambassador European Youth Award in 2016 from the Ukraine.

Boaz Inbal, General Director of Development Center at Wix

Boaz is responsible for the overall activities of several development centers of Wix in Europe, establishing new sites and overseeing planning, budgets, local partnerships, legal issues, recruiting, human resources and cross-organizational team processes. But the most fun part of Boaz’s job may be creating a cool and unique working environment for employees. Joining us 5 years ago, Boaz brought his vast experience in leading operations in top technological organizations to Wix. He served as Chief Operating Officer at Matrix Global, where he was responsible for company growth and activities in Eastern European development centers. Before that, he was the co-founder and head of operations at several startups. Boaz holds a BA in computer science from IDC Hertzliya in Israel, and an MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati International program of Tel Aviv University.

Roundtables: IT

Dmitriy Bechutskiy, CEO and Founder of Stairway Soft Ltd., PhD in Economics

Dmitriy is a CEO and Founder of an Israeli software development company Stairway Soft Ltd. Dmitriy has experience at top positions in a variety of businesses: a loyalty programs e-commerce and software development. Dmitriy worked in Kyiv, Moscow and Tel Aviv. In 2011 Dmitriy received a PhD in Economics.

Anastasia Sleptsova, Founder of SPREAD

Entrepreneur, traveler and co-founder of large-scale international IT-conference in Odessa, Ukraine which is aimed to become the main meeting point for decision-makers and go-get entrepreneurs representing public sector, companies, corporations, funds, startups, angel investors, media, nonprofits from Ukraine and CEE. Love challenges and trying to solve big problems with big solutions, investing my time and resources primarily into the brilliant people and ambitious ideas. For already 4 years I am actively involved in IT-community building. During this 3 years co-founded educational project for IT-specialists GeeksLab and made the first meetups for startup founders which grow throughout this time from 5 to 600 participants. Organizer of the festival of innovation technologies (1000 - 2000 participants and about 25 conferences and events) - Odessa Innovation Week 2014 and 2015. Anastasia is a Co-Founder of IT conference Black Sea Summit and is a Founder of SPREAD, consulting company for IT projects.

Roundtables: Tourism

Oleksii Y. Reznikov, Deputy Mayor and a Secretary of the Kyiv City Council.

Oleksii Y. Reznikov was, from 2008–2014 Deputy of Kyiv City Council VI convocation - a member of Kyiv City Council Commission for Law, Regulations and Parliamentary Ethics. Since 2015 Oleksii is a: - Head of Ukraine National delegation in Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe; - Deputy Chairman of the Mayor Anti-Corruption Council; - Board Member of the «Let's Do It Together» social project; - Member of the Reformation Team for the Decentralization, Local Government and Regional Policy of The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, and Communal Living of Ukraine. Oleksii is a honored Lawyer of Ukraine, Vice-President of the nationwide “Ukrainian Barrister Association”.

Taranenko Anton, Director at Department of Tourism of Kyiv City State Administration.

Anton is also a Secretary of Committee for Organizing Eurovision 2017 at Kyiv City State Administration.

Roundtables: GREEN ENERGY

Victor ben Ami, CEO and Founder of Green Home

Victor ben Ami is a CEO and Founder of HABAIT HAYAROK green building and energy. Victor has a MA in Economic & Public Administration in Tel Aviv university. Colonel in the Israeli security forces.


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 10:20

Official Opening


  • Hennadii Nadolenko (Ambassador of Ukraine to the State of Israel)
  • Prof. Wolf Moskovich (Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
  • Alti Rodal (Co-Director, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
  • Eugeni Utkin (High-Tech pioneer, entrepreneur and facilitator, President of KM Core)

10:20 - 12:00

Plenary Session I: The Global Diplomacy and Global Advocacy as a key instrument of Civil Society Organizations


  • Natalia Feduchak (Director of Communications, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
  • Violeta Moskalu (Founder of Global Ukraine Foundation)
  • Maksym Kyiak (Co-Founder of Global Ukraine Foundation)
  • Anna Zharova (Co-Founder of Israeli Friends of Ukraine)
  • Katerina Rudenko (Training Development Officer at Mashav Carmel Training Center)
  • Svitlana Khutka (Founder & CEO of “Democracy. Development. Education” program in partnership with Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, San Francisco)

12:00 - 12:30

Coffee Break

12:30 - 13:30

Plenary Session II: Social entrepreneurship: creating new opportunities and solutions for social - welfare


  • Alex Shmidt (Social Business Consultant)
  • Pavel Rozenfeld (Visionary Entrepreneur, Educator and Investor)
  • Ori ben Shlomo (CEO and Founder of Jgive)
  • Ofer Pelin (Marketing Director at ESCO)
  • Shimon Levi (Program Director of Social Impact Hackaton, JDC)

13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:45

Plenary Session III: Innovation, technology and educational change: a global perspective on new educational needs and standards


  • Lev Berman (Program Director at Start-up Accelerator Shevah Mofet)
  • Tatiana Tumanova (Co-Founder and Development director of Milhauz InstituteEducation, Art and Identity)
  • Lana Eisenstadt (Founder of KolOle and VP Cluster)
  • Maryna Saprykina (Managing Director of CSR Ukraine)
  • Dr. Eleonora Shkolnik (Executive Director of The Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Ariel and Ariel Venture Academy (AVA) at Ariel University.)

15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00

Presentation of the books Presentation of the books “Jews and Ukrainians: A Millennium of Co-Existence”, “Babyn Yar: History and Memory” and “Ukrainians and Jews: Cultural Dimensions”


  • Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi (Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto; Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
  • Prof. Wolf Moskovich (Professor Emeritus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Board Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
  • Alti Rodal (Co-Director, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
  • Dr. Vladyslav Hrynevych (Leading Research Associate, Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Academic Council Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)
  • Dr. Liudmyla Hrynevych (Chairperson, Public Symposium, Babyn Yar Commemoration Project; Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; Academic Council Member, Ukrainian Jewish Encounter)

17:00 - 18:00

Workshop Design Thinking


  • Tatiana Tumanova (Co-Founder and Development director of Milhauz Institute Education, Art and Identity)

18:00 - 19:00

Coffee and Networking

Thursday, 15 December 2016

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

10:00 - 10:15

Official Opening


  • Hennadii Nadolenko (Ambassador of Ukraine to the State of Israel)
  • Dmytro Shymkiv (Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine)
  • Andriy Sorokhan (WNISEF)

10:20 - 11:15

Plenary Session I: Israeli - Ukrainian Partnership Development. Reforms, Challenges and Opportunities in long term perspective. Free Trade Agreement and Bilateral Relationship


  • Maria Barabash (Founder and President at A7 GROUP)
  • Dmytro Shymkiv (Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine)
  • Olena Berezovskaya (President at Organic Ukraine)
  • Shai Zarivatch (Director of Europe Division, Israeli Ministry of Economy)
  • Nataliya Mykolska (Deputy Minister - Trade Representative at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine)(via skype)

11:15 - 12:15

Doing Business: IT and Export of Services and Goods


  • Oleksii Lubetskyi (Managing Partner at UA2EU)
  • Victor Kmita (CEO at XM-Online)
  • Alexander Golubev (CEO at ALPI LTD)
  • Borys Shestopalov (CEO and Founder of Group of companies Hlebodar, GFS group and Ukragroproduct)

12:15 - 12:30

Coffee break

12:30 - 14:00

Plenary Session II: Creating an ecosystem for innovations. Strategies, solutions, tools and role of the governmental and business initiatives. Discussions with the speakers and Q&A


  • Roman Gold (Partner at JSCapital)
  • Shahar Namer (Managing Partner at Sushi Ventures)
  • Andrew Kryvorchuk (CEO at HACKERSBASE)
  • Oleksander Krakovetskiy (CEO at DevRain Solutions)
  • Yaroslav Azhnyuk (CEO at Petcube)

14:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Plenary Session III: Hi-tech innovations. Opportunity recognition and product innovation in entrepreneurial hi-tech start-ups: new challenges and case studies


  • Oksana Borysenko (President of Digital Ukraine)
  • Anton Holovachenko (CEO at UniExo)
  • Mike Girel (CEO at AuxBridge)
  • Dmitriy Ovcharenko (VP at Association IT Ukraine, CEO at SBT Systems Ukraine)
  • Erez Eshel (Former Deputy Director of Israeli Ministry of Education, Founder of the Leadership Academy)

16:00 - 17:00

Round Tables: Case Study. Successful Stories of Israel and Ukrainian Businesses in different spheres

  • IT
    • Dmitriy Bechutskiy (CEO at Stairways Soft Ltd.)
    • Pavel Rozenfeld (ALPI Ltd.)
    • Anastasia Sleptsova (Founder of SPREAD)
    • Boaz Inbal (General Director of Development Center at Wix)
  • Agro
    • Olena Berezovskaya (President at Organic Ukraine)
  • Green Energy
    • Victor ben Ami (CEO and Founder at Green Home)
  • Healthcare
    • Anna Davelman (DIRIGO)
  • Tourism
    • Michael Kaspi (Owner and CEO of Rondo)
    • Anton Taranenko (Director at Department of Tourism of Kyiv City State Administration)
    • Oleksii Reznikov (Deputy Mayor and a Secretary of the Kyiv City Council)
  • Export
    • Borys Shestopalov (CEO and Founder of Group of companies Hlebodar, GFS group and Ukragroproduct)

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee break

17:30 - 19:00

B2B Networking session

19:00 - 20:00

Reception with Ukrainian and Israeli business and government representatives (upon invitation only)



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