Ukraine Today Between War and Reform

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Friday, April 28th, 2017

Friday, April 28, 20173:00PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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Bios of the panelists:

Mikheil Saakashvili
As the 3rd president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili was applauded in the West for his reforms, which transformed the country from an almost failed state to a model in the fight against corruption. But he was defeated in parliamentary elections in 2012. Now he’s back – not in his native Georgia but as Ukrainian politician. In 2015 he was appointed by President Petro Poroshenko as his top foreign policy adviser and head of Ukraine’s Advisory International Council on Reforms. Then a Governor of Odessa Region. But when all of his attempts to transform the system in at least one region failed, Mikheil created an opposition party “Movement of New Forces” which has now officially been registered in Ukraine.

Yuriy Butusov
Ukrainian journalist, military expert and editor-in-chief of the website, Yuriy Butusov has worked for the newspapers Kijevskije Vedomosti and Zerkalo nedeli (Weekly Mirror). In 2004 Butusov started the website and is its editor. This online project is one of the most popular news portals in Ukraine. He wrote the screenplay for the film Orange Sky and produced the film Illusion of Fear. Yuriy Butusov is a journalist who reports on incisive social topics and conducts journalistic research. He has exposed many corruption cases and other crimes committed by the power elite., which was created by Butusov is among the most popular Ukrainian news portal. The main topic covered by Butusov currently is the situation in Ukraine – Russia’s aggression and the military activities in Donbas.

Lyuba Shipovich
In January 2016 Lyuba Shipovich, President and Co-Founder of Razom for Ukraine, was named one of top 50 developers of New York City.
She has developed a software called “OKO”: a media monitoring project, which automatically gathers all mentions on Ukraine in foreign media, grades by social rating (likes, shares, comments), and manually (by team of editors) prepares daily and weekly reports for the UN representatives, diplomats, politicians, media etc. In her effort to help reform Ukraine, she led the implementation of electronic record keeping and e-service systems in Odesa region of Ukraine. Brought the region to the 1st place in the investment efficiency rating, implementation of the Google program “Digital transformation of Odesa”.


Lucan Way
Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto; Petro Jacyk Program's co-director

Victor Ostapchuk
Associate Professor, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto

Mikheil Saakashvili
Former President of Georgia, current leader of the opposition party "Movement of New Forces" in Ukraine

Yuriy Butusov
Ukrainian journalist, military expert and editor-in-chief of the website

Lyuba Shipovich
President and Co-Founder of Razom for Ukraine

Main Sponsor

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Canada-Ukraine International Assistance Fund


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