Program

Program

Day 1:  Plenary session in Carlton Room

08:30 – 09:30 – Forum registration and coffee

09:30 – 09:50 – Forum Opening

  • Acknowledgement to the Country: Prof. Mark Rose
  • Stefan Romaniw, former Multicultural Commissioner of Victoria & AFUO Chairman

09:50 – 10:20 – Official Opening of Australia-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce

  • Slawka Bell, Governance and Communication Consultant, Advisor to Australia-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
  • Yuriy Onyshchuk, President, Australia-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
  • Andrew Forrest, CEO, Fortescue Mining Group (Video-message)

10:20 – 10:30 – Forum welcome from Australian and Ukrainian government officials

  • Hon. Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine (Video-message)
  • Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia (videomessage)

10:30 – 10:45 – Video PREMIERE: “Australia – Ukraine: Opportunities for Cooperation”

10:45 – 11:15 – Presentation of Ukraine-Australia Freedom Awards. Keynote Address

  • Hon. Tony Abbott MP, former Prime Minister of Australia

11:15 – 11:30 – Morning Tea

11:30 – 12:00 – Building a great relationship: Australian achievements in developing cooperation with Ukraine

  • Craig Laundy MP, Chair, Ukraine-Australia Parliamentary Group (video-message)
  • Kevin Magee, Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Northern, Southern and Eastern Europe Branch

12:00 – 13:00 – PANEL: Australia and Ukraine in the global political and economic order: past, present and future

  • Doug Trappett, Ambassador to Ukraine
  • Mykola Kulinich, Ambassador to Australia
  • Lenna Koszarny, Economic Advisor, World Congress of Ukrainians; CEO, Horizon Capital

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch with Speakers & Networking opportunity sponsored by Australia-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce

  • Matthew Guy, Victorian Leader of the Opposition

Session 1 in Rathdown Room

CIVIL (NGO) SECTOR

14:00 – 16:10 – PANEL: Transparency, integrity and governance: the Australian experience and Ukrainian perspectives

  • Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner
  • Dr. Oleksandra Humenna, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Suelette Dreyfus, Executive Director, Blueprint For Free Speech

16:10 – 16:30 – Afternoon Tea

16:30 – 18:00 – PANEL: Multiculturalism, civil society and liberalised economy: the Australian experience and Ukrainian perspectives

  • Stefan Romaniw, former Multicultural Commissioner of Victoria
  • Dr Sev Ozdowski, Chair, Australian Multicultural Council
  • Prof. Marko Pavlyshyn, Director of Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies, Monash University

Session 2 in Bouverie Room

COMMERCIAL PANEL: AGRICULTURE & FOOD INDUSTRY

14:00 – 14:15 – Ukraine’s agribusiness achievements and growth potential

  • Volodymyr Lapa, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine
  • Video-premier “Grow Ukraine”

14:15 – 14:35 – Growth opportunities in Australian agriculture & export/import opportunities

  • Lawrence Richmond, Partner at Richmond Rural

14:35 – 15:40 – Agribusiness opportunities: Australian Perspective

  • Adrian Cope, General Manager Chartering, Olam International
  • David Jochinke, Board Director, National Farmers Federation
  • Prof. Ross Kingwell, Chief Economist, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC)

15:40 – 16:10 – Ukraine food industry and agribusiness: opportunities for cooperation

  • Yaroslav Ruschyshyn, Direcror, Trottola
  • Petro Hadz, Chairman, Buchachahrohlibprom

16:10 – 16:30 – Afternoon Tea

16:30 – 18:00 – B2B negotiations between members of Ukrainian delegation and Australian businesses and authorities:

Agribusiness meetings: Bouverie Room

IT business meetings: Lygon Room

Social Event with Australian and Ukrainian Ambassadors

Venue: Carlton Room

19:00 – 23:00 – Gala Dinner with Keynote Address

  • Hon. Robin Scott, Minister for Finance and Multicultural Affairs
  • Doug Trappett, Ambassador to Ukraine
  • Mykola Kulinich, Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia

NB: The dinner will also be a fundraiser for charitable causes in Ukraine, as per AFUO’s on-going support.

Day 2: 

Panel Discussions: Carlton Room

09:30 – 10:00 – Forum registration and coffee

10:00 – 10:10 – Greeting. Brief review of results from first day.

  • Stefan Romaniw, former Multicultural Commissioner of Victoria & AFUO Chairman

10:10 – 10:45 – PANEL: The challenges and opportunities of civil society leadership in Ukraine: case studies and cooperative options with Australia

  • Jeremy Jones, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (NGO)
  • Scott Connolly, Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions

10:45 – 11:15 – Morning Tea

11:15 – 12:45 – PANEL: Current and prospective economic ties and markets: what can be done to build them further?

  • Gennadyi Kravets, Director Etalon Studio, New Markets
  • Kateryna Kharovska, NSW representative, Australia-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
  • Daniel José Marie, CEO, Interventure
  • Anna Paziuk, Financial Analyst, Ciklum
  • Stepan Barna, Chairman, Ternopil Regional State Administration

12:45 – 13:00 – Conference Closing Speech

  • Stefan Romaniw, former Multicultural Commissioner of Victoria & AFUO Chairman
  • Yuriy Onyshchuk, Chairman, Australia-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 20:00 –  Business Visits to:

(1) AgriBio – world-class facility for agricultural biosciences research and development. AgriBio is a A$288 million joint venture between La Trobe and the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).
(2) Blue Bay Cheese – factory located in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula that produces handmade and award-winning dairy products from farm-fresh and locally sourced milk from grass-fed livestock.