December 5, 2016, Kyiv

International Mayors Congress

International Mayors Congress is an annual event of mayors, local government leaders andrepresentatives of the major stakeholders of local development. The congress consists of thematic panels, exhibitions opportunities for urban development, free communication and the presentation of the City Progress Index.

International Mayors Congress was launched as a joint initiative of the Agency for Strategic Communications and Development "Joint Efforts" and Western NIS Enterprise Fund.

The aim of the initiative is to form a major stakeholder’s platform of local development and actualize cities progress stage. The event is scheduled to discuss trends in urban development, to see the leading international and local governments experience, and to share the best Ukrainian practices in different areas of city life.

The first International Mayors Congress is dedicated to global trends in city development. The Congress will be held in Kyiv on December 5, 2016 in the Fairmont Grand Hotel, address: 1, Naberezhno- Khreschatytska St.

Among the invited speakers - authors of best case studies of urban development, mayors of major cities, experts leading consulting companies as well as representatives of international financial institutions.

The forum’s participants will comprise of mayors from all around the world, local government leaders and their teams, representatives of the Ukrainian central authorities as well as international experts.


8:30 - 9:00


9:00 - 9:30

Welcome speech:

Moderator: Iryna Ozymok, LED Program Manager, Western NIS Enterprise Fund

Volodymyr Groysman – Prime Minister of Ukraine

Hennadiy Zubko – Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Services of Ukraine

Jaroslawa Johnson – President of Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Ukraine

Vitali Klychko – Mayor of Kyiv (video message), Ukraine

9:30 - 10:45

Panel discussion: Global trends and innovations in city development

Moderator: Pavlo Sheremeta, Breakthrough Strategy Center

Berry Vrbanovic – Mayor of Kitchener, Canada

Chris Goertzen – Mayor of Steinbach, President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Canada

Meg Shields – Senior Corporate Management and Policy Consultant in the City of Toronto's City Manager's Office, Toronto, Canada

Krzysztof Piątkowski – Vice-prezident of Lodz, Poland

Danylo Bilak – Head of Investment Support Office, Ukraine

*Serhiy Koshman – Managing Director, Aspen Institute, Ukraine (special remark)

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee break


Berry Vrbanovic – Mayor of Kitchener, Canada

Jaroslawa Johnson – President of Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Ukraine

Ruslan Rokhov – Chairman of the Joint Efforts Agency, Founder of School of Mayors

Iryna Ozymok – LED Program Manager, Western NIS Enterprise Fund

Oleksandr Senkevych – Mayor of Mykolaiv, Ukraine

Visiting of exhibition “Opportunities for local development”

11:15 - 12:30

Panel discussion: Effective management at municipal level: tools, budgeting, teams

Moderator: Volodymyr Vorobey, Managing Director of PPV Knowledge Networks

Uliana Suprun – actin Minister of Health of Ukraine

Serhiy Marchenko – Deputy Minister of Finance, Ukraine

Ondřej Kolář – Mayor of 6 Municipal District Authority, Prague, Chech Republic

Andriy Sadovyy – Mayor of Lviv, Ukraine

Vadym Boychenko – Mayor of Mariupol, Ukraine

12:30 - 13:10

Presentation: Best Ukrainian practices

Transport development of Vinnytsya – Sergiy Morgunov, Mayor of Vinnutsya, Ukraine

Open Digital Dnipro – Janika Merulo, Deputy Mayor of Dnipro, Ukraine

Kyiv Case – Oleksiy Reznikov, Deputy Head of Kyiv City Administration, Ukraine

City online portal service "My Account Citizen" – Andriy Moskalenko, Deputy Mayor of Lviv, Ukraine

Complex of municipal services of Ukrainka – Pavlo Kozyrev, Mayor of Ukrainka, Ukraine

Informational campaign to change public consciousness about the relationship to energy and climate – Andriy Kyrchiv, Chairman of the Association of Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine

13:10 - 14:00


Visiting of exhibition “Opportunities for local development”

14:00 - 15:15

Panel discussion: Building partnerships at municipal level: local authorities, business and civil society

Moderator: Iryna Ozymok, LED Program Manager, Western NIS Enterprise Fund

Kadie Ward – Senior Governance Advisor, Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance (PLEDDG), Ukraine

Yuriy Bova – Mayor of Trostianets, Ukraine

Graham Meadows – Former Director General, Directorate of regional and urban development of the European Commission

Yuriy Filyuk – Teple Misto Project, Ivano–Frankivsk, Ukraine

Oleksandr Senkevych – Mayor of Mykolaiv, Ukraine

*Viola von Cramon-Taubadel – Politician, Germany (special remark)

15:15 - 15:30

Coffee break

Visiting of exhibition / group photo

15:30 - 16:45

Panel discussion: Empowering Cities: innovations, entrepreneurship, growth

Moderator: Roman Zinchenko, Co-founder, Greencubator

Nadia Vasilieva – General Manager, Microsoft Ukraine

Sergiy Franscishko – Vice-President of Business Development, MasterCard, Ukraine

Ruben Nieuwenhuis – Director at StartupAmsterdam, founder at CodeUur [Hour Of Code - The Netherlands] and DutchBasecamp, The Netherlands

Denis Gursky – SocialBoost, Ukraine

16:45 - 17:15

Coffee break

Signing session with Ruben Nieuwenhuis, Co-author of the book “StartupCity”

17:15 - 18:30

Panel discussion: ratings and indexes: making mayors’ performance efficient and accountable

Moderator: Ruslan Rokhov, Chairman of the Joint Efforts Agency, Founder of School of Mayors

Zilvinas Silenas – President of Free Market Institute, Vilnius, Lithuania

Andriy Bulakh – Managing Partner, Deloitte Ukraine

Inna Volosevych – Head of Social and Political Research Department, GfK, Ukraine

Mike Druckman – Country Director, International Republican Institute, Ukraine

Olga Andrienko-Bentz – Director, Strategy and Operations at PwC Consulting

Olexander Pochkun – Managing Partner, BAKER TILLY UKRAINE

18:30 - 18:45

Closing remarks

Special guest

18:45 - 21:00


Olena Yuzkova, Business coach, certified management consultant

School of Mayors 2016 Awarding Ceremony




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