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
    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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  • Elliot Gerson
    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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  • Anatole Klepatskyi
    Anatole
    Klepatskyi
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, СОО Orion Biotechnology
    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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  • Chrystia Freeland
    Chrystia
    Freeland
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada
    Christina Freeland is a Canadian writer, journalist, and politician. She worked in a variety of editorial positions at the Financial Times, The Globe and Mail and Thomson Reuters (where she was the managing director and editor for consumer news), before announcing her intention to run for the Liberal Party nomination in the by-election to replace Bob Rae as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre. On January 10, 2017, Freeland was appointed the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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  • Olena Boytsun
    Olena
    Boytsun
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv; Director of Investments, Central & Eastern Europe, Luminate
    Olena leads investment activities in Central and Eastern Europe at Luminate, a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. It was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and before 2018 Luminate has worked in Ukraine as Omidyar Network. To date, it has supported 236 organizations in 18 countries with $314 million in funding. In Ukraine, the portfolio includes Prozorro and Dozorro procurement reforms, Ukrainian emerging leaders program of the CDDRL at Stanford University, Ai for Kyiv project at the Kyiv Smart City initiative, 1991 Civic tech center, and others. Olena is a member of the steering committee for Civitates, a philanthropic initiative for solidarity and democracy in Europe, and serves as a jury member at Seedstars’ startup competitions in post-communist countries.
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  • Yaroslav Hrytsak
    Yaroslav
    Hrytsak
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University
    Yaroslav Hrytsak is a Ukrainian historian, Doctor of Historical Sciences and professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University. Український науковець, історик і публіцист. Director of the Institute for Historical Studies of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, guest professor (1996-2009) of the Central European University in Budapest, first vice president (1999-2005) of the International Association of Ukrainian Studies. Editor-in-chief of the scientific anniversary "Ukraine Modern", member of the editorial board of magazines "Ab Imperio", "Crytyka", "Slavic Review", member of the supervisory board of the journal "Harvard Ukrainian Studies". Honorary Professor of the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy".
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  • Gennadiy Chyzhykov
    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
    Sergii
    Rogol
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, co-owner of the group of companies "ESTET"
    Mr. Rogol has a beckgraund in finance and has worked concurrently in banking and in higher education for over 20 years. From 1994 to 2007, he held senior positions at both Ukrainian and Latvian banks, including serving as Chairperson of the Board of the Riga Port Universalais Terminals (Latvia) for 10 years. Mr. Rogol is also the co-owner of ESTET Group (Kyiv), the author of more than 20 scientific papers and textbooks and has been President of TOP Club, an organization for Ukrainian business leaders, since 200. He is an active member of the Aspen community and has been a Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv since 2016.
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  • Thomas Eymond-Laritaz
    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
    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
    Evgeni
    Utkin
    Trustee of the Aspen Institute Kyiv, Рresident of KM Core
    An entrepreneur-innovator in high technology in Ukraine, founder, and president of high-tech investment company KM Core. He served as the chairman of the Board of Entrepreneurs under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Mr. Utkin initiated the creation of the "Network Cluster of High Technologies" - an association of private high-tech companies and professionals in order to restart the new high-tech industry in Ukraine, attracting investment and economic development of Ukraine through an innovative approach. The cluster is engaged in the development and implementation of products to support state defense. He supported educational and cultural projects: GogolFest Contemporary Art Festival, Jazz in Kyiv Jazz Festival, and Education and Culture Center "Master Class Classes".
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