Ukraine’s challenges and prospects in the European and global context will be the focus of the second day of the YES Brainstorming

08 September 2021

The second day of the YES Brainstorming, organised by Yalta European Strategy (YES) and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, will focus on challenges and prospects of Ukraine in the European and global context. 

The day of September 11th will focus on issues as energy security, rule of law, fighting corruption, Ukraine’s place in the global economy and its European perspective. A discussion on the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and what they mean for today, on occasion of the 20 years commemoration, as well as a conversation on prospects of global cooperation to fight global threats, will put the discussion in a wider context. 

The YES Brainstorming – themed “Post-COVID = Pre-Disaster? Steps to Survival” – will be held on September 9th-11th, 2021 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The YES Brainstorming is an exclusive, interactive conversation with Ukraine’s most promising leaders of today and tomorrow, and with some of the world’s most acclaimed thinkers. 

This year the YES Brainstorming will bring together participants from more than 20 countries.

Ukraine top officials and experts, and international figures, will be the speakers on the second day, including: Daron Acemoglu, Institute Professor at MIT; Olena Bilan, Chief Economist, Dragon Capital; Oleksii Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine; Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Amos J Hochstein, U.S. Department of State’s Senior Advisor for Energy Security; Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference; Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economy - Trade Representative of Ukraine; Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia; Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005), Chairman of the Supervisory Board of YES; Denys Malyuska, Minister of Justice of Ukraine; Serhii Plokhii, Professor, Harvard University; Vladyslav Rashkovan, Alternate Executive Director, International Monetary Fund; Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group; Stephen Sackur, Presenter, HARDtalk, BBC World News; Olga Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine; Gillian Tett, US Editor at Large and Chair of the Editorial Board, The Financial Times; Yuri Vitrenko, CEO of Naftogaz; Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of President of Ukraine; Fareed Zakaria,Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN, and more

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Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute and former UK Prime Minister, 16th YES Annual Meeting, 2019
«At the heart of everything that gonna happen in the next ten years will be - how do you make sense of the technological revolution, how do you access its benefits, mitigate its downsides, and how do you show the next generation that there is a way to deal with this.»