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USAID LINC Team

Howard Ockman, Chief of Party

Tetyana Dudka, Deputy Chief of Party

Oleh Pluhatarenko, Finance and Administration Director

National Reforms

Farhat Farhat, Policy Reform Advisor

Natalia Slynko, Lawyer

Oleksandr Kravchenko, Trade Facilitation Specialist

Pavlo Kulinych, Land Market Reform Sdvisor

Victoria Doroshenko, Quality and Standards Coordinator

Municipal Strategic and Regional Competitiveness Planning

Anatoliy Solovyov, Strategic Planning & Economic Development Advisor

Ihor Parasyuk, Strategic Planning & Economic Development Advisor

Investment Promotion

Dusan Kulka, Regional Competitiveness Planning Advisor

Kseniya Sydorkina, Investment Promotion Advisor

Volodymyr Nosik, Land Market Reform Specialist

Oleksandr Zhovnir, Investment Promotion Specilaist

Permit-Issuing One-Stop Shop Development

Volodymyr Buryi, Legal and Regulatory Reform Advisor

Oleksandr Shabalkov, Legal and Regulatory Reform Advisor

Regional Competitiveness Enhancement

Tetyana Pasichnyk, Competitiveness Strategy Implementation Coordinator

Gennadiy Druzenko, Regional Tourism Development Coordinator

Anatoliy Maksymyuk, Economist & Financial Specialist

Mariya Sokolova, Regional Competitiveness Coordinator

Training

Ripsime Khrenova-Shimkina, Training & Events Manager

Communications

Oleksandr Zheleznyak, Communications Manager

CRIMEAN OFFICE

Jeffrey Luebbe, Crimea Field Director

Agricultural Sector Competitiveness Enhancement

Borys Shadrin, Business Process Specialist

Oleksandr Lekhno, Agribusiness Specialist

Tourism Sector Competitiveness Enhancement

Svitlana Voznaya, Tourism Specialist

Oleksandr Rybalko, Cultural Tourism Specialist

Implementation of Sector Competitiveness Initiatives

Rustem Tagarov, Competitiveness Development Specialist

Communications

Vyacheslav Toporov, Communications Coordinator

Sevastopol Investment Strategy Implementation

Olha Androsova, Competitiveness and Investment Promotion Specialist

 

Howard Ockman, Chief of Party


 

As a USAID chief of party for more than twelve years, Mr. Ockman has promoted local economic development in Ukraine, increased industry and national competitiveness in Bulgaria, and championed commercial law reform in Kyrgyzstan.

In Bulgaria, on USAID's Economic Growth and Investment Project, he led his team in the development and implementation of a competitiveness strategy for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector that resulted in 30 percent profit growth sector-wide, the creation of approximately 5,000 new jobs, and an increase of $30 million in sales over two years. He and his team helped to restructure and strengthen Bulgaria's Investment Agency, during which time the agency facilitated foreign investments of more than $2 billion. To enhance sector competitiveness, his project created the Business/Science Innovation Initiative and Exchange, which led to an estimated 20 percent increase in business investment in deals between Bulgarian science and business.

On the USAID Local Economic Development project in Ukraine (LED), Mr. Ockman directed a project that helped 76 Ukrainian cities create multi-year economic development strategies through a participatory public/private process led by the business community and implemented by city administrations. Through those strategies and foreign direct investment training, LED's partner cities have collectively attracted more than $2.5 billion in investment and created more than 50,000 new jobs.

Mr. Ockman holds degrees in government (B.A., Harvard), international rural development (M.A., University of California at Davis), and law (J.D., New York University School of Law).

 

Tetyana Dudka, Deputy Chief of Party


 


Oleh Pluhatarenko, Finance and Administration Director



National Reforms

Farhat Farhat, Policy Reform Advisor


 


Natalia Slynko, Lawyer

 


Oleksandr Kravchenko, Trade Facilitation Specialist


 

Pavlo Kulinych, Land Market Reform Advisor


 

Victoria Doroshenko, Quality and Standards Coordinator



Municipal Strategic and Regional Competitiveness Planning

Anatoliy Solovyov, Strategic Planning & Economic Development Advisor


Anatoliy Solovyov has more than 10-year experience in local government, having worked on positions ranging from section specialist to city council economy department head.

During 2001-2005, Anatoliy prepared and carried out over 150 trainings and workshops for representatives from local governments, businesses and NGO’s in the fundamentals of strategic planning and management; customer service and quality management in public organizations; administrative audit in organizations; use of Internet resources for economic development; preparation of effective presentations; and fundraising. He participated in the development of a training course for local government officials, “Municipal Management,” under the Community Partnership Program of the US-Ukraine Foundation and the Georgia State University Carl Wilson Management Institute. Anatoliy headed one of the groups of auditors that carried out administrative audit of executive bodies and state administrations in Luhansk Oblast’s cities and raions under the UK DFID Action Donbass project.

Anatoliy Solovyov participated in the drafting of development strategic plans of 34 Ukrainian cities and raions, including 22 cities and raions under the USAID Local Economic Development project. He is a coauthor of three manuals on territorial economic development for local government officers.


Ihor Parasyuk, Strategic Planning & Economic Development Advisor


Ihor Parasyuk has more than 15-year experience in local government and public administration. For six years (1997-2002) he was one of three deputies to the Lviv Mayor and the administrator of the Lviv City Rada Executive Committee, and in 2008-2009, he held the office of department director at the Regional Development and Construction Ministry of Ukraine.

Under the USAID Local Economic Development project he facilitated creation of economic development strategic plans in over 20 Ukrainian cities including five oblast capitals: Ternopil, Rivne, Lutsk, Mykolaiv, and Sumy

Since 1996, Ihor Parasyuk has been serving as expert for the Association of Ukrainian Cities. He participated in expert groups engaging in the drafting and assessment of about 20 bills related to local government; and prepared an expert opinion for thr Council of Europe regarding the conformity of Ukrainian municipal legislation with the European Charter of Local Self-Government (1998-1999).

Ihor Parasyuk is a coauthor of the manual “The Principles of the European Charter of Local Self-Government” (2000) and a coauthor of the second volume of the scientific series “Local Government” – “Organizing Mayor’s Activities” (2004).


Investment Promotion

Dusan Kulka, Regional Competitiveness Planning Advisor


 

Kseniya Sydorkina, Investment Promotion Advisor


Kseniya Sydorkina is a specialist in the field of investment promotion and creating conditions for economic development. Since 2006 worked in USAID Local Economic Development Project (LED), later in USAID Local Investment and National Competitiveness Project (LINC). Kseinya has broad experience in development and implementation of social projects, as well as community development and civil society projects. In her position of assistant director in the “American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC Joint)” in Kharkiv coordinated and monitored implementation of various programs of social, charity and educational field. Kseniya Sydorkina served as a consultant of the program “Transparent elections,” co-organizer of events like Model UN, European Youth Parliament, HIV/AIDS educational campaign in Ukraine, charity events.

Specialist in IT. Master’s in Intellectual Property

Volodymyr Nosik, Land Market Reform Specialist


Doctor of Jurisprudence in the area of land, agricultural, environmental, and natural resource law. Professor at the chair of labor, land and environmental law at the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.

Has been practicing law for over 20 years. Specializes in cases of land, agrarian reform, privatization, civil, and other relations; in the sphere of lending and implementation of finance-investment projects in agriculture, urban development, industry, transport, territorial planning and development, and environmental protection.

Author and coauthor of over 200 scientific and educational works, textbooks and manuals, scientific and practical comments to the Land and Civil Codes, and other laws.

Has participated in drafting laws, decrees of the President of Ukraine, and other legal and regulatory acts on land, agrarian, urban planning, and environmental law. A pro bono consultant to the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations, as well as a member of several scientific advisory boards of other central bodies of state power.

Oleksandr Zhovnir, Investment Promotion Specilaist



Permit-Issuing One-Stop Shop Development

Volodymyr Buryi, Legal and Regulatory Reform Advisor


Volodymyr Buryi has more than 10 years of experience advising private businesses and NGO’s, as well as various public authorities at local and national levels. For the last 8 years, he has been working under international technical assistance projects that promote economic development in Ukraine.

From 2007 to 2009, he worked as an advisor to the USAID Trade, Investment, and Business Acceleration Project (TIBA), which has done a considerable job to improve business environment and attract investment to Ukraine. In particular, he worked on developing a strategy for implementing regulatory policy in Ukraine, including the guillotine strategy of accelerated regulatory acts revision, and took part in reforming the business permitting system. He was also directly involved in the development and implementation at the local level of permit-issuing procedures based on the one-stop shop principle. These one-stop shops have significantly sped up licensing procedures, including those related to construction and land use, considered to be most complicated.

In 2003, Volodymyr led the project “Survey of the Business Environment in Ukraine” implemented by the International Financial Corporation (IFC). In 2001, under the USAID BIZPRO project, he worked on developing and implementing an operation model of Ukraine's first one-stop-shops, which simplified significantly business registration and permit-issuing procedures in the cities of Ivano-Frankivsk, Mykolaiv and Kherson.

Oleksandr Shabalkov, Legal and Regulatory Reform Advisor


Oleksandr Shabalkov has been working in the domain of Ukraine’s regulatory environment improvement for more than 11 years. He has a considerable and varied experience and perfect skills in analysis, drafting, and implementation of regulatory acts related to the state regulatory policy, and business permitting system in Ukraine.

As the director of the regulation improvement component under the USAID Trade, Investment, and Business Acceleration Project (TIBA), Mr. Shabalkov was responsible for the implementation in Ukraine of Component 4.2, Streamlining and Enforcing Regulations, of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Program to control corruption signed by the Government of Ukraine. At the national level, he has collaborated with the Regional Development and Construction Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the State Committee for Land Resources, and the State Committee for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship in the development and implementation of regulatory acts to simplify permit-issuing procedures in land use and construction, as well as in various aspects of the state regulatory policy implementation.

As a legal adviser to the USAID BIZPRO project, Oleksandr Shabalkov engaged in the developing a strategy for regulatory policy implementation in Ukraine, including the guillotine strategy of accelerated regulatory acts revision, and was involved in the drafting of legislation that laid down basics and ways of reforming the business permitting system. He also directly participated in the development and implementation of permit-issuing procedures based on the one-stop shop principle in 41 Ukrainian cities. These one-stop shops have significantly sped up licensing procedures, including those related to construction and land use, considered to be most complicated.

Mr. Shabalkov holds the degrees of Master of Laws and Master of Economics (Kyiv National Vadym Hetman Economic University).


Regional Competitiveness Enhancement

Tetyana Pasichnyk, Competitiveness Strategy Implementation Coordinator


 

Gennadiy Druzenko, Regional Tourism Development Coordinator


Gennadiy Druzenko graduated cum laude from Kyiv T. Shevchenko National University in 2000 and got LL.M. from the University of Aberdeen (UK) in 2008.

Mr. Druzenko is also an alumnus of the Ukrainian School for Political Studies.

He worked for the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine as a deputy director of the European and Comparative Law Center in 2001-2004 and for Ukrainian Parliament as the head of staff of the Committee on European Integration in 2010-2011. In 2004-2007, Gennadiy Druzenko was a vice president of the Institute for European Integration, a Polish NGO based in Rzeszów, and still is a pro bono member of its Board.

In 2009-2010, Mr. Druzenko as a Fulbright Scholar carried out research at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

In 2008-2010, Mr. Druzenko was advising the Kamyanets-Podilsky mayor, Khmelmytsky Oblast, on tourism development, destination marketing, and investment attraction.

He has a number of publications in Ukrainian, as well as English, Russian and Spanish.

Anatoliy Maksymyuk, Economist & Financial Specialist


 

Mariya Sokolova, Regional Competitiveness Coordinator



Training


Ripsime (Ima) Khrenova-Shimkina, Training & Events Manager



Communications


Oleksandr Zheleznyak, Communications Manager


Born in 1953. After school he entered the Kherson Branch of the Odessa Technological Institute, and quit it after the very first semester, because believed that he would become a musician. It has never come true, even though he was employed as a stage worker at the Kyiv Conservatory of Music before being drafted into the army. After the army and until the collapse of the Soviet Union he was a telephone exchange electrician (officially) and a translator of scientific and technical literature (unofficially). After Ukraine gained independence, a translator in a private firm, a news agency, and a number of international technical assistance projects. In his spare time he translated “Rising Sun” by Michael Crichton.

Before joining LINC he worked for its predecessor – USAID Local Economic Development project – initially as a translator/interpreter, then a communication specialist, and finally the communications manager.


CRIMEAN OFFICE

Jeffrey Luebbe, Crimea Field Director

Jeffrey Luebbe has eight years of experience in varied development projects focusing on local economic development, tourism, SME development, agribusiness, and banking and finance. He has worked overseas on USAID-funded projects in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, and Croatia. Additionally, he served as business director for a U.S.-owned clinical research firm in Ukraine, where he managed local operations and facilitated the firm’s expansion into Russia and Belarus. His overseas field work was preceded by backstopping USAID-funded economic development projects in Kosovo, Slovakia, and Ukraine for Chemonics International. Mr. Luebbe holds an MBA degree, and a BA in political science and Russian.


Agricultural Sector Competitiveness Enhancement


Borys Shadrin, Business Process Specialist


 

Oleksandr Lekhno, Agribusiness Specialist



Tourism Sector Competitiveness Enhancement

Svitlana Voznaya, Tourism Specialist


 

Oleksandr Rybalko, Cultural Tourism Specialist



Implementation of Sector Competitiveness Initiatives

 

Rustem Tagarov, Competitiveness Development Specialist



Communications

Vyacheslav Toporov, Communications Coordinator


Vyacheslav Toporov has six years of experience in communication, media relations, advertising, and event management. Before joining USAID LINC he worked as a communications manager in UNDP, rendering services to development projects focusing on community mobilisation, local economic and social development, tolerance promotion, tourism, institutional capacity building, and human security. Vyacheslav holds a Ukrainian MA in International Relations, a French MA in Contemporary History and a Belgian MA in European political and administrative studies. He also completed a number of training courses on project management, including PRINCE2.


Sevastopol Investment Strategy Implementation

Olha Androsova, Competitiveness & Investment Promotion Specialist