Agribusiness is a leading sector in Ukraine and Eastern Europe attracting international investors. However, sometimes companies do not meet the environmental and social performance requirements of investors, they do not know how to properly implement sustainable development programs in their activities.
That is why, for the first time in Ukraine, we gather business, investors and experts at one event in order to create a platform for cooperation and mutual understanding.
Pieternel Boogaard started with FMO in September 2018 as a Director of the Agribusiness, Food and Water Department. Agriculture is one of FMO's focus sectors and FMO invests EUR 500 million per year into the sector in developing countries around the world. The department aims to be the preferred partner for sustainable agri and food solutions to support the development and impact of sustainable companies and projects across the food value chain, from field to fork. This includes input providers, processors, traders, food companies and distributors.
After getting her Master's degree in Dutch Law, Pieternel Boogaard began her banking career as a trainee at KBC. In 1997, she moved to ING to pursue a long and international career in commercial banking for one of the largest financial institutions in Europe. In ING she fulfilled different roles in commodities and structured finance, business development, and management. Her interest in the agricultural sector grew as she saw the increasing need for investments in this sector along with the increase of the world population. She became Director of the Soft Commodities Desk in ING's international trade finance department in 2005. During that time, she saw opportunities to support not only traders, but also the producing companies that were supplying the traders and set up a team to develop agricultural finance for producers in emerging markets, especially in Eastern Europe and for which she spent 6 months in Kyiv.
She became Managing Director of the agri sector team for Central & Eastern Europe and was based in that capacity in Moscow from 2011 until 2015. Upon her return to the Netherlands, her role and responsibilities at ING expanded and she became the Managing Director of ING's Food & Agri team for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Viktor Ivanchyk founded Astarta-Kyiv in 1993, prior to which he worked at the Kyiv Aviation Association and served as a civil servant.
He graduated from the Kharkiv Aviation Institute with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1979, and also graduated from International Management Institute (IMI Kyiv) Senior Executive MBA Program in 2007.
Honored worker of Agriculture of Ukraine.
Alina Sokolenko is Founding Partner and Managing partner at AVGroup - business integrator, consulting company specializing on projects improving the profitability of business through the implementation of the philosophy of sustainable development and green investments. She is also Executive and Chairman of the Association of Sustainable Development Experts (ASDE), an international professional's union for expertise development in different fields of economic development for the purpose of forming a united business environment.
Mrs. Sokolenko has experience of over 15 years in various management positions in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the private sector and international companies. She got a Master's degree in Environmental Science, and Business Administration. Nowadays, is the leading course of "Sustainable value creation" at business schools and academies, promoting sustainable business.
Tatjana Gerling is an Environmental and Social Officer of the FMO's Agribusiness, Food and Water Department. She specializes on sustainability and human rights risks associated with FMO investments in agribusiness projects in Eastern Europe and Africa. Prior to joining FMO in 2017, Tatjana led WWF sustainable supply chain initiatives with the private sector in Russia, the USA, China, and Germany. She holds an MBA degree from ESMT Berlin and MSc in Environmental Management from the Brandenburg University of Technology.
Andreas Beckmann is responsible for leading and coordinating the efforts of WWF, the global conservation organisation, to ensure a living planet for nature and people in and from Central and Southeastern Europe. „WWF-CEE" seeks to preserve the „Green Heart of Europe", including globally important forests, wetlands and wildlife and promote long-term sustainable local development. The organisation currently employs ca 150 staff working from WWF-Romania, -Bulgaria, -Hungary, -Slovakia and – Ukraine as well as in Moldova.
Previous to his current position, Andreas worked at WWF as deputy director for the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, the predecessor of „WWF-CEE" (2005-09) and as EU Accession Coordinator (2001-05). Before coming to work for WWF in 2001, Andreas spent 10 years living and working in Prague, the last five years managing communications and development as well as regional coordination for the Environmental Partnership, a consortium of foundations dedicated to fostering partnership action for the environment and local communities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
Andreas has served on the boards of a number of organisations including the Czech and Slovak Environmental Partnership Foundations, Greenpeace Czech Republic, WWF-Hungary, WWF-Romania, WWF-Bulgaria, WWF-Slovakia, WWF-Ukraine, the WWF-Mediterranean Programme and WWF-Adria, and has written extensively about the environment and local development in Central and Eastern Europe.
Andreas recently completed an MBA in Innovation and Circular Economy at the University of Bradford and has studied History, Politics and International Relations at Stanford University (cand PhD, MA) and Swarthmore College (BA with High Honors) in the US, the University of Köln in Germany (Fulbright Scholarship), and in Moscow.
He also holds a certificate in conservation leadership from the WWF Conservation College.
For the first time in Ukraine, we gather business, investors and experts at one event!
TOP-SPEAKERS FROM UKRAINE AND EUROPE
Strongly recommend you to visit the forum, if you want to
understand how environmental, social and management standards work in the agricultural sector;
get acquainted with the methods of risk management associated with agro;
get up-to-date information and motivation on selected ESG-based solutions;
find out the point of view of the international financial institutions regarding the investment in the regions;
see examples of other companies how sustainable development programs work