Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program Launch

Panel Discussion


Oleksandra Matviichuk
Dmytro Romanovych
Olexandr Starodubtsev
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk

Date and Time

October 3, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM



RSVP required by 5PM October 02.



Since the events of Euromaidan in 2013-14, Ukraine has been striving for democratic development and advancement through political reforms and strengthening of institutions. As an emerging democracy, Ukraine needs leadership to ensure these developments are sustainable. The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law has invited three reformers from Ukraine to attend Stanford for the academic year as a part of the inaugural class of the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program. 

During this event, these three emerging leaders and visiting scholar Sviatoslav Vakarchuk will present on their work and contributions to democratization in Ukraine. The Ukrainian leaders will discuss their own perspectives on opportunities and challenges to democracy and development in their home country, as well as their objectives for their time at Stanford and upon their return to Ukraine.

This panel will be introduced by Professor Francis Fukuyama and Jaroslawa Johnson of the Western NIS Enterprise Fund. The panel will be moderated by Professor Michael McFaul. A light reception will be following the event in the Bechtel Conference Center. 

Learn more about the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program.


Speaker Bios:


Oleksandra Matviichuk

Center for Civil Liberties

Oleksandra Matviichuk is a human rights defender who works on issues in Ukraine and the OSCE region. At present she heads the human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties, and also coordinates the work of the initiative group Euromaidan SOS. The activities of the Center for Civil Liberties are aimed at protecting human rights and establishing democracy in Ukraine and the OSCE region. The organization is developing legislative changes, exercises public oversight over law enforcement agencies and judiciary, conducts educational activities for young people and implements international solidarity programs. 



Dmytro Romanovych

Reform Delivery Office of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Dmytro Romanovych works at the Reform Delivery Office for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. With a team of project managers, they work directly with the prime minister by facilitating reforms, monitoring progress and coordinating across ministries. The Reform Delivery Office focuses on issues of public administration reform, business climate improvement, industrial policy and innovations, healthcare reform and privatization. Romanovych is also an advisor to the Minister of Economy, and is responsible for deregulation and improving the business climate in Ukraine. In addition, he is an economic expert in the largest NGO coalition in Ukraine, the Reanimation Package of Reforms, which is the most influential non-governmental reform advocate in the country.



Olexandr Starodubtsev


Olexandr Starodubtsev is a Ukrainian reformer who is deeply involved in the creation of a new electronic public procurement system Prozorro, which is one of the most famous reforms in the country. Currently Starodubtsev is the Head of the Public Procurement Regulation Department in The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, and is an official policy maker in the spheres of public procurement and economic development. In 2016, the Prozorro system won several distinguished international awards, such as the Open Government Partnership Award, the Public Procurement Award, and was also recognized by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and Open Contracting Partnership.



Sviatoslav Vakarchuk

Okean Elzy, Lyudi Maybutnyogo

Sviatoslav Vakarchuk will be joining the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law as a visiting scholar during the fall quarter. Vakarchuk is a civic activist, Ukrainian musician and the lead vocalist and founder of the band “Okean Elzy". Vakarchuk also takes an active part in social and cultural projects. He is the founder of a charity fund called “Lyudi Maybutnyogo” (People of the Future) and co-founder of the Center for Economic Strategy, an independent policy think tank dedicated to supporting reforms and sustainable economic growth in Ukraine. He was a Yale World Fellow in 2015 and holds a PhD in theoretical physics.