Join us for a fireside chat with Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsia to hear his views about multilateral diplomacy, global crisis caused by Russia’s war against Ukraine and why Ukraine’s future matters to the West.

Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya is the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. Before this appointment, he was his country’s Deputy Foreign Minister since 2014. He was previously Director-General for International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs beginning in 2006 until 2014 and Deputy Director-General of the Ministry’s Second Territorial Department (Americas and Western Europe) in 2006. Ambassador Kyslytsya was Minister Counsellor for Political Affairs at Ukraine’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., between 2003 and 2005, having served as Political Counsellor in the same mission from 2001 until 2003. Among other positions, Ambassador Kyslytsya was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as First Secretary (Political) at Ukraine’s Embassy in Belgium, accredited also to the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as well as its Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He was previously the Head ad interim of the Foreign Ministry’s Council of Europe Section. Ambassador Kyslytsya holds a Master’s Degree in international law from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University.

Brian Gardner is the Chief Washington Policy Strategist at Stifel. Mr. Gardner is responsible for providing insight into how political, legislative, and regulatory developments are impacting U.S. markets. Prior to taking on this role, he spent two decades as Washington Research Analyst at KBW, the financial services specialist owned by Stifel. During this time, he advised institutional investors and became a frequent guest on business television networks including CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. Brian is also often quoted in leading national publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Barron’s. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gardner served as an associate at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel. His background in policy analysis started when he worked on Capitol Hill for former members of the House Financial Services Committee – Rep. Rick Lazio (R-NY) and Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA). Mr. Gardner received his BA in Philosophy, JD, and attended the Gabelli Graduate School of Business, all at Fordham University.

Borys Iatsenko is the Professor of Political and Economic Geography at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University. Professor Iatsenko spent majority of his career at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University where he has been teaching for the past 52 years. He was the Founder of the first Department of International Studies in Ukraine and is also an internationally recognized scholar of Japanese Studies. Mr. Iatsenko was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, 3rd Degree, by the Government of Japan for his contribution to development of Ukraine-Japan relations. He also received numerous recognitions by the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as Ministry of Economy of Ukraine. Mr. Iatsenko has over 300 published works and is a graduate of St Petersburgh National University with degree in International Studies. He received his PhD in Economic Geography at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University.

Vadim Margulis is the founding Managing Partner of Alignment Credit ("AC"), a NY-based private credit firm focusing on direct lending to lower middle-market and emerging growth stage companies. Since its inception in 2014, AC has supported the disruptive businesses and visionary management teams in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, media & entertainment, software & technology, retail / consumer, industrial products and healthcare. Mr. Margulis has over 25 years of experience in private credit and equity investing, corporate finance and strategic advisory, with the leading firms including Equifin Capital, McKinsey, Bear Stearns, KPMG and Accenture. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Odessa National University in Ukraine. Mr. Margulis has served on the Boards of Directors of several private enterprises, and performs Board duties at AC portfolio companies.

Alysa Craig, Managing Director at Stifel, has spent over 22 years on Wall Street where she executed over $70 billion of M&A, capital markets, and lending transactions across multiple industries and geographies. She was named to 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions magazine and the Winner of 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor Recognition Award in 2011. Prior to Stifel, Mrs. Craig worked at Deutsche Bank, Rothschild and Credit Suisse. Mrs. Craig started her professional career working as a consultant for Price Waterhouse on PW/USAID Ukrainian Mass Privatization Project during early days of Ukrainian independence. Mrs. Craig holds an MBA degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University.

A breakout session focused on Ukraine’s economy will follow the fireside chat with Ambassador Kyslytsia. This session will be led by Borys Iatsenko, the Professor of Political and Economic Geography at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and the Founder of the Department of International Studies. Did you know that Ukraine produces about half of the world’s supply of the key ingredient for making chips for such applications as cellphones, laptops and car electronics? Professor Iatsenko will provide information regarding the critical role Ukraine plays in global economy.

Questions from the audience will be moderated by Vadim Margulis and Alysa Craig throughout the event.

Monday, July 25, 2022
6:00 PM ET - 8:00 PM ET

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