Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of high-level individuals from the public and private sectors who have been elected by a majority of the membership of the board. The board is responsible for providing counsel to the President, as well as governance over the business, affairs, and property of the Aspen Institute.

  • Natalie Jaresko
    Chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Trustee of the Aspen Institute (USA), Executive director FOMB
    Natalie A. Jaresko has enjoyed a distinguished international career in public service and private industry. Currently Natalie A. Jaresko serves as the Executive Director of the Financial Oversight & Management Board (FOMB) for Puerto Rico created under the bipartisan Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) of the USA. FOMB was created to enable Puerto Rico to achieve fiscal responsibility and to regain access to capital markets after a decade of recession and inability to service over $70 billion in debt. She works with stakeholders on fiscal policy, debt restructuring, and implementation of critical infrastructure projects to restore economic vitality and investment on the island. As Ukraine’s Finance Minister (2014-16) she served at a particularly critical moment when the post-revolutionary state was rocked by deep recession and war on part of its territory. During her tenure, she led the successful negotiation of the largest IMF program in the institution’s history, as well as a complex debt restructuring. Her government’s success in restoring macroeconomic stability enabled the creation of a broad international financial coalition to support Ukraine’s transition. She led the reduction of public spending, cutting the deficit by more than 75% to 2.1% of GDP in 2015. She also advanced tax reform resulting in an almost 50% reduction in payroll tax, eliminated tax privileges which favored vested interests, implemented a transparent e-data system placing all treasury transactions online in real time, as well as initiated corporate governance reform in state-owned banks. Previously, she spent two decades working as Horizon Capital co-founder and CEO, a fund with over $600 million under management, and as Western NIS Enterprise Fund President and CEO, creating a platform for small and mid-cap private equity investment in the region. She began her career in public service in the United States, serving in the State Department from 1989-92, then as Economic Section Chief of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine from 1992-95. Currently, she serves as a Member of the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity; Chair of the Board of Trustees of Aspen Institute Kyiv; Nonresident Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council; Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems; Board Member of the Leavitt Institute for International Development; Advisory Board member at the Lviv Business School at Ukrainian Catholic University; and Patron of the Ukrainian Institute London.
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  • Chrystia Freeland
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada
    Канадська письменниця, журналістка і політик. Фріланд займала різні редакторські посади в виданнях Financial Times, Globe and Mail і Thomson Reuters, де була керуючим директором і редактором споживчих новин, коли оголосила про звільнення і намір балотуватися на довиборах до парламенту Канади від Ліберальної партії. У листопада 2015 стала міністром міжнародної торгівлі Канади. У 2017 році призначена міністром закордонних справ Канади.
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  • Elliot Gerson
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute (USA)
    Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for its Policy Programs, its Public Programs and its relations with its international partners. The Institute’s more than 30 Policy Programs focus on both domestic and international issues. They provide neutral venues, do nonpartisan analysis, foster candid dialogue among leaders, advocate new policy and promote best practices. The Institute’s public programs – including the Aspen Ideas Festival and many smaller programs across the country and world – open the Institute’s doors to a broader audience and further both its educational goals and its hopes that thought will lead to action. The Institute has international partners in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Romania, Spain, and Ukraine. Gerson also administers the US Rhodes Scholarships. He was a Rhodes Scholar, a US Supreme Court clerk, practiced law in government and privately, held executive positions in state and federal government and on a presidential campaign, and was president of start-ups in health care and education, and of two leading national insurance and health-care companies. He has served on many non-profit boards, especially in the arts.
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  • Yaroslav Hrytsak
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University
    Український науковець, історик і публіцист. Доктор історичних наук, професор Українського Католицького Університету. Директор Інституту історичних досліджень Львівського національного університету ім. І.Франка, гість-професор (1996—2009) Центральноєвропейського університету у Будапешті, перший віце-президент (1999—2005) Міжнародної асоціації україністів. Головний редактор наукового річника «Україна модерна», член редакційної колегії часописів «Ab Imperio», «Критика», «Slavic Review», член наглядової ради журналу «Harvard Ukrainian Studies». Почесний професор Національного Університету "Києво-Могилянська Академія".
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  • Gennadiy Chyzhykov
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, President of Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    President of Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennadiy Chyzhykov was born on February 19, 1964 in Donetsk. Studied at the Donetsk Institute of Trade from 1981 to 1985 at the trade and economic faculty. After completing military service, he worked as an economist in the Trade Organization Department of the Donestk company «Mebli», and from 1987 – at the Donetsk Institute of Trade, where he held the positions of Assistant and Associate Professor of the Faculty of Enterprise Economy. In 1992 he defended his Master’s thesis, in some time – a Doctorate with specialty in Foreign Economic Activity. He has over 80 published scientific and nonfiction articles. He completed fellowships at the Bradford School of Business, University College Cork (Ireland), Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce (USA). Gennadiy Chyzhykov has contributed to the development of the Chamber movement in Ukraine for over 20 years. From June, 2002 to February, 2014 he was President of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From Februa y, 2013 Gennadiy Chyzhykov has held the position of President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. On May 19, 2015 he was re-elected as President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In this period, the following have been created and founded at the UCCI - a network of Export Support Centers, the National Export Forum, bilateral Business Councils with partners from 30 countries. A number of agreements on cooperation were concluded with partner organizations.
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  • Sergii Rogol
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, co-owner of the group of companies "ESTET"
    Більше 20 років викладав у вищих навчальних закладах. Має двадцятирічний управлінський досвід роботи в банківській сфері, з 1994 по 2007 роки обіймав керівні посади в банках України та Латвії. Десять років був головою правління Ризького порту Universalais Terminals (Латвія). Є співвласником групи компаній «ЕСТЕТ» (Київ). З 2005 року є Президентом всеукраїнського управлінського клубу «ТОП Клуб». Випускник 2-го семінару «Відповідальне лідерство», активний учасник Аспен-спільноти, з 2016 року - член Наглядової ради The Aspen Institute Kyiv. Захоплення та інтереси: література, поетична збірка "Антиномія душі". Одружений, виховує сина і двох дочок. Закінчив математичний факультет Чернівецького державного університету за фахом «Прикладна математика», аспірантуру Ризького технічного університету за спеціальністю «Теорія ймовірності та математична статистика», магістратуру економічного факультету Ризького інституту аеронавігації, отримавши магістерську ступінь за спеціальностями «Банківська справа», «Бухгалтерський облік і аудит". Кандидат фізико-математичних наук (Україна), ph.d. in math (Латвія). Є автором понад 20-ти наукових праць і підручників.
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  • Anatole Klepatskyi
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, СОО Orion Biotechnology (Switzerland)
    Anatole Klepatskyi is an investment banking and biotech expert currently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Orion Biotechnology, a Geneva based Life Science company founded in 2011 which is involved in development of innovative products in the field of oncology, neurological diseases and HIV prevention. Anatole was born in Ukraine where he started his professional career in 1994 with Credit Commercial de France (CCF) working on the implementation of the mass privatization program and various M&Atransactions. Since 2000, over 35 transactions with total value in excess of $1.7 billion were successfully completed under his leadership. Anatole Klepatskyi is a CEO and founding partner of Altius Impact Partners, a Canadian venture capital and advisory firm with focus on biotechnology and life sciences.
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  • Thomas Eymond-Laritaz
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Managing Director in Mercury’s London office
    Thomas Eymond-Laritaz is a Managing Director in Mercury’s London office, a high-stakes public strategy firm.   He has more than 15 years’ experience advising Presidents, Prime Ministers, CEOs and high-profile individuals throughout the world on their reputation, communications, litigation and crisis management.   Thomas started his career working for the French Government including the Prime Minister’s office. He served as adviser to the Bulgarian Prime Minister in Sofia and to the Georgian President in Tbilisi. He also worked in Kyiv as Chief of Staff to Victor Pinchuk, one of Ukraine’s most prominent investors. Out of London, Thomas set-up, led and successfully developed APCO Worldwide’s global geopolitical and reputation management consulting practice. Thomas has a longstanding passion for philanthropy. As a student in Paris, he was the National Secretary of the Action Sociale Etudiante. In 2006, he created and became President of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, then the largest private philanthropic foundation in Eastern Europe. In 2007, Thomas created the first Aspen Seminars in Ukraine, and in 2017 he co-led the effort to create an Aspen Institute in the UK. He is currently serving on the board of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Aspen Institute France and Aspen Initiative UK. Thomas graduated from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and the Corps des Mines.
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  • Andrey Stavnitser
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, оwner and CEO TIS Group, оwner MV Cargo, partner SD Capital
    Andrey is the owner and CEO of the largest port in Ukraine - TIS Group of terminals. Annually TIS handles 20% of all cargos, which move through Ukraine by sea. In 2014 by President of Austria Andrey was granted an exequatur of Honorary Consul of Austria in Odessa Region. In 2015 Andrey and his team signed a deal with Cargill to build a five million tonnes grain terminal with EBRD/IFC aboard. Project cost is over 150 millions USD. The terminal is being built by MV Cargo stevedoring company. In 2016 Mr Stavnitser, together with his partner Philipp Grushko, founded an investment company SD Capital. The company’s mission is to attract more international investments to Ukrainian markets. Andrey studied commerce in Harrow House School, United Kingdom. He completed a degree in International Business in the University Montana, Zug, Switzerland, and a degree in Executive MBA in HCMS French Institute, Moscow. He also holds a degree in Management, Mechnikov Odessa National University, Ukraine. Andrey Stavnitser was born on June 19th, 1982.
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  • Evgeni Utkin
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyi, Рresident of KM Core
    Підприємець-інноватор в галузі високих технологій в Україні, засновник і президент високотехнологічної інвестиційної компанії KM Core. Обій­мав посаду голови Ради підприємців при Кабінеті Міністрів України. Євгеній Володимирович виступив ініціатором створення «Мережевого Кластера Високих Технологій» — об’єднання приватних високотехнологічних компаній і професіоналів з метою перезапуску нової індустрії високих технологій в Україні, залучення інвестицій та розвитку економіки України через інноваційний підхід. Кластер займається розробкою та впровадженням продуктів для підтримки обороноздатності держави. Підтримував освітні та культурні проекти: фестиваль сучасного мистецтва «ГогольFest», джазовий фестиваль «Jazz in Kiev» і Дім освіти та культури «Майстер Клас» та ін.
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