Victor Pinchuk Foundation and EastOne host Davos Ukrainian Breakfast “Changing World. Changed Ukraine?” on January 22

On Friday, January 22, 2016, in Davos (Switzerland), the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and international investment advisory group EastOne will host the Ukrainian Breakfast, their traditional private event organized at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

This year, the speakers will discuss the topic “Changing World. Changed Ukraine?”: In a world dominated by multiple crises, where is Ukraine’s place? And are reforms in Ukraine reaching a critical mass that leads to real and irreversible change?

Among the speakers will be Aivaras Abromavičius, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014); Carl Bildt, Prime Minister of Sweden (1991-1994) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden (2006-2014); Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group; Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade of Canada, and Natalie Jaresko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine.

Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University, will moderate the discussion.

Leaders from Ukrainian politics, business, civil society and media will attend the event. The Ukrainian Breakfast has been organized annually since 2005 to promote Ukraine and bring Ukrainian and international leaders together.

The event will be held under Chatham House rules in accordance with the rules of the World Economic Forum.

The Ukrainian Breakfast Partners:

  • The International Renaissance Foundation
  • Horizon Capital
  • Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) 

The Davos Ukrainian Lunch (Davos Ukrainian Breakfast in 2015 and 2016) is a private event dedicated to Ukraine, held annually in Davos at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. It gives world leaders an opportunity to learn about and discuss Ukraine’s political and economic situation and challenges. The Victor Pinchuk Foundation and international investment advisory group EastOne have been hosting the event since 2005. Among the speakers have been Bronislaw Komorowski, Carl Bildt, Thomas Friedman, Vitali Klitschko, Alexei Kudrin, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Chris Patten, Petro Poroshenko, George Soros, Javier Solana, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Yulia Tymoshenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Arseniy Yatseniuk, Victor Yushchenko, and others.

Contacts for media-inquires:

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: +380 44 494 11 48


The Victor Pinchuk Foundation is an international, private and non-partisan philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. It was established in 2006 by businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. Its goal is to empower the young generation to change their country and the world. To achieve this, projects have been developed and partnerships have been built in Ukraine and worldwide for a decade.

We invest

  • In people, to boost human capital;
  • In society, to promote social responsibility;
  • In the world, to foster a more integrated world.

The projects of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation include, among others: the network of neonatal Centers Cradles of Hope, the largest private scholarship programme in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA, the WorldWideStudies scholarship programme for Ukrainian students studying abroad, and the centre for contemporary art PinchukArtCentre.

The foundation supports the international network YES (Yalta European Strategy) to foster Ukraine’s European and global integration, and a crowdfunding platform to foster giving in Ukrainian society, the Philanthropic Marketplace. The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation centre and the Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum. It cooperates with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Brookings Institution, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and other nongovernmental organizations.

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EastOne is an international investment advisory group that provides strategic and investment management services to a diversified portfolio of assets across multiple geographical and industrial sectors to a portfolio of over twenty companies and large scale projects in Ukraine and abroad including steel, pipe and wheel manufacturer Interpipe, ferroalloys, oil & gas, mass media, new economy and other sectors. The group was established in 2007 by Victor Pinchuk. EastOne is headquartered in London, with its offices in Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian Breakfast Partners:

The International Renaissance Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic institution, aimed at fostering an open, participatory, pluralist society based on democratic values in Ukraine. It is part of the Open Society Foundations network, established by investor and philanthropist George Soros.

We support civil society efforts that advance the rights of vulnerable populations, combat corruption, improve public health, combat discrimination and promote access to justice in Ukraine. IRF has contributed to setting up the Strategic Advisory Groups (SAG) to consult the government on strategic approaches to reforms and their implementation.

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Horizon Capital is a leading private equity firm in Ukraine, managing over $600 million in three funds. Our experience investing in the region goes back to 1995, for an unmatched tenure in the market. We invest in visionary entrepreneurs transforming the business landscape in Ukraine and the Region, offering the prospect of superior returns in good times and preserving capital during economic downdrafts. We are known for our integrity, commitment to transparency, governance, value creation and successful exits.

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Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) is a USD $150 million regional private equity fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience investing in small and medium-sized companies. WNISEF was funded by the U.S. government via U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Since inception, WNISEF’s cumulative investments total over $168 million to 118 companies in Ukraine and Moldova. WNISEF’s portfolio of investments in Ukraine and Moldova is managed by Horizon Capital. In March 2015, WNISEF launched a $30 million three-year legacy program funded by a portion of the profits earned from its investment activities.

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