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Eastern Partnership Investment Summit

  • 22 Nov 2019
  • London, UK
  • EBRD

The first ever EBRD Eastern Partnership (EaP) Investment Summit will take place at the Bank’s Headquarters in London on 22 November 2019.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative. Over the past decade, the Bank has developed much closer ties with each of these six countries in eastern Europe and the south Caucasus:
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Confirmed participants include the President of Armenia, HE Armen Sarkissian; Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, HE Ali Asadov; Prime Minister of Belarus, HE Sergei Roumas; Prime Minister of Moldova, HE Ion Chicu; Prime Minister of Ukraine, HE Oleksiy Honcharuk; HE Maya Tskitishvili, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure and EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn. The event will be opened by EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti.

The EBRD is the largest institutional investor in the Eastern Partnership region and is committed to supporting the development of the private sector and improving the investment climate. Since the start of the Bank’s operations, the EBRD has invested in excess of €26 billion in more than 1,200 projects in all six countries of the region.

This one-day summit at EBRD’s London’s Headquarters will bring together the Heads of State and/or Government, high-level EU and EIB representatives, international investors and entrepreneurs to network and identify new business opportunities in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership region.

Panel sessions will focus on the countries’ investment climate, investment trends and opportunities, highlight the EBRD’s activities and impact, outline the EU and EIB views on the region, and feature discussion by investors on a wide range of issues in various sectors of the economy. 

The event is open to press and all key addresses and panel statements are fully on the record.

8.30 - 9.15

Registration and refreshments


9.15 - 9.45

Welcome address


- Sir Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President

- Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations 


9.45 - 11.15

Plenary session: Eastern Partnership Leaders’ session

Fuelling growth: opportunities for investors

- Beata Javorcik, EBRD Chief Economist


- President of Armenia, HE Armen Sarkissian
- Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, HE Ali Asadov
- Prime Minister of Belarus, HE Sergei Roumas
- Prime Minister of Moldova, HE Ion Chicu
- Prime Minister of Ukraine, HE Oleksiy Honcharuk
- Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, HE Maya Tskitishvili


11.15 - 11.40

Coffee break for participants


11.40 - 12.00

The EU perspective and offer to the Eastern Partnership region

- Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, EBRD will introduce the speakers


- Christian Danielsson, Director-General- EC Directorate-General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

- Lilyana Pavlova, Vice President, EIB


12.00 - 13.00

Opportunities for investors in Eastern Partnership countries. Investor perspective 


- Matteo Patrone, Managing Director for Eastern Europe and Caucasus, EBRD


- Fabienne Demol, EVP, Global Head of Business Development, Total EREN

- Mr. Karl Robb, Board Member, EPAM 

- Natalia Pokinska, CFO, Kronospan East Holding and CEO, Kronospan Ukraine

- Stefan Weiler, Managing Director, J.P.Morgan 

- Lenna Koszarny, Founding Partner and CEO, Horizon Capital

Followed by a question and answer session 



13.00 – 13.10

Concluding remarks

- Matteo Patrone, Managing Director for Eastern Europe and Caucasus, EBRD


13.15 - 14.30

Networking lunch


This plenary event will bring together the heads of state and/or high-level representatives of the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to discuss the prospects for investment in their countries. A particular focus will be the role of the state in attracting private investment and the current status of reforms in improving the investment climate. The session is an opportunity for leaders to showcase not only the existing and potential areas for foreign investment in their own countries, but also to discuss how best to forge convergence, through both public and private investments, in the Eastern Partnership region. 


What makes the Eastern Partnership region attractive to investors? This panel event will allow investors themselves to demonstrate the breadth and scope of opportunities for public and private partnerships in the EaP’s countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Leading international investors will discuss their experiences of investing across sectors – from the real sector to renewables, the digital economy and private equity – and share their insights on the investment landscape in specific countries and the region as a whole. Discussion will also focus on such questions as:
  • How healthy is the investment climate in the region and what has been the progress over the last decade?
  • How can countries in the region increase FDI flow and attract investors? 
  • What are the potential risks and what are the tools to mitigate them?
  • What is the future outlook for investment in the region?

Suma Chakrabarti

Suma Chakrabarti has been the President of the EBRD since 2012.  Before joining the Bank, Suma was Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development  where he worked closely with economies undergoing substantial reform in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa. In the late 1990s Suma worked in the UK Treasury. He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford and holds a Masters in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.

Christian Danielsson

Christian Danielsson is the Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG-NEAR) at the European Commission in Brussels. Since joining the Commission in 1995, Christian has held several positions including Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-President Verheugen and Director in DG Enlargement. Before joining the European Commission, he worked for the Swedish diplomatic service. He is a graduate in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Fabienne Demol

Fabienne Demol is Executive Vice-President-Global Head of Business Development and a Member of the Executive Committee for Total EREN, where she supervises wind and photovoltaic projects around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia, Latin and Central America, and more recently eastern Europe and Central Asia. Fabienne has nearly 30 years experience in the energy sector, first with Alstom Gas Turbines and Wärtislä France and then as Executive Vice-President for International Business Development at EDF Renouvelables. She holds a Diploma in Engineering from the University of Technology of Compiègne.

Johannes Hahn

Johannes Hahn has served as EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations since November 2014. He previously served as European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 2010 to 2014. Before joining the Commission, Hahn held various management functions in different sectors of the Austrian economy and industry, including as CEO of Novomatic AG. He was also a Member of the Regional Parliament of Vienna from 1996 to 2003, and served as Federal Minister for Science and Research between 2007-2010.

Pierre Heilbronn

Pierre Heilbronn is EBRD Vice President, Policy and Partnerships. He has extensive experience in policy-making in the domestic, European and broader global context. Before joining the EBRD in 2016 his previous posts included Deputy Chief of Staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance, and the European Adviser to the French Prime Minister. He coordinated the French Presidency of the European Union of 2008, led the French engagement with the G20, the European Council and the Eurogroup/ECOFIN. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). He also holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of European studies from the College of Europe of Bruges.

Beata Javorcik

Beata Javorcik is the EBRD Chief Economist, advising the Bank on economic issues of strategic or operational relevance to its regions. She is on leave from the University of Oxford, where she holds a Statutory Professorship in Economics. Beata is also a member of the Royal Economic Society’s Executive Committee and a Director of the International Trade Programme at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. She previously worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, where she focused on research, lending operations and policy advice. She holds a PhD in Economics from Yale and a BA in Economics (Summa cum Laude) from the University of Rochester.

Lenna Koszarny

Lenna Koszarny is Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on Ukraine and the near region with over $850 million in AUM via four funds, and a member of its Investment Committee. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (ACC) and also a Member of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN). Lenna is also a Board member and Vice President of the Ukrainian World Congress representing over 20 million Ukrainians worldwide. Born in Canada, she has lived and worked in Ukraine for over 25 years, is a CPA and received her HBA at the Ivey School of Business in Canada.

Matteo Patrone

Matteo Patrone is EBRD Managing Director, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Based in Kiev, he is responsible for the Bank's operations and engagement in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Matteo was previously EBRD Country Director for Serbia (2012-2015) and EBRD Regional Director for Romania and Bulgaria (2015-2018). He holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MS degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Genoa University.

Lilyana Pavlova

Lilyana Pavlova is the new Vice-President and Member of the Management Committee of the European Investment Bank (EIB). She took up her duties on 1 November 2019. Lilyana is the first Bulgarian national to join the EU bank's Management Committee. Prior to her appointment, she held various public functions in Bulgaria, both in government and parliament, such as Minister of Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. She is a Doctor of Economics and holds a Master of Public Administration and European Integration and a Bachelor in International Economic Relations.

Natalia Pokinska

Nataliya Pokinska is Managing Director of Kronospan UA and CFO of Kronospan East Holding (Ukraine, Belarus and Russia). Kronospan is an international company that manufactures and distributes wood-based panels which are used in applications including flooring, furniture and timber-framed houses. Nataliya began her career in the financial sector in 1997 before moving to a senior role at Korund Scientific Products. Between 2005 and 2006, she served as Finance Director of Kronospan UA. Currently, she combines her duties as Managing Director of Kronospan with those of CFO of Kronspan’s factories in Belarus (Kronospan FLLC, Smorgon and Kronospan OSB LLC, Mogilev) and Russia.

Karl Robb

Karl Robb is a Supervisory Board Member of EPAM, a global provider of software engineering and IT consulting services. In 2015, Karl retired from his full-time responsibilities as the Executive Vice President of EPAM and the President of EPAM Systems Europe. Karl joined EPAM in 2004 when Fathom Technology, a Hungarian software development outsourcing company he co-founded, was acquired by EPAM Systems. Prior to co-founding Fathom Technology in 2001, Karl served as Vice President of Softtek, Latin America’s largest and most successful IT Outsourcing provider, where he built and ran the “Software & e-Business Practice” for North America.

Stefan Weiler

Stefan Weiler is Managing Director, JP Morgan and is Head of Debt Capital Markets for CEEMEA (Central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa). He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), International Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.

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