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E. Jed Barton is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Europe Regional Mission Director. A Senior Foreign Service Officer with a rank of Counselor, he has served USAID for more than 20 years. As head of the Europe Regional Mission, Mr. Barton is responsible for the U.S. Government’s development assistance programs in the region – Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Cyprus.  While development challenges are unique in each country, the Mission's programs broadly support transition to a broad-based, market-oriented democracy, focusing in democracy and governance, economic growth, and health assistance. 

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Barton served as the Deputy Mission Director of Strategic Planning for the USAID Mission in Afghanistan. With an annual operating budget averaging over $2 billion and a project portfolio worth more than $11.4 billion, the Afghan Mission administered the largest and most-complex bi-lateral assistance program in the 50-year span of the Agency. In Afghanistan, he managed over 330 staff in the offices of Program and Project Development, Democracy and Governance, Economic Growth and Infrastructure, and at three of the five regional command platforms. From August 2005 to June 2011, Mr. Barton was USAID’s Regional Controller in Egypt. In this capacity, he established the Agency’s largest overseas financial service center, the primary coordinating office for financial management in-service training, and a hub tasked with developing technology solutions for financial management operations.  

Mr. Barton joined USAID as a Foreign Service Officer in August 1989. In addition to those mentioned above, other assignments include Regional Controller at USAID Peru, Controller for USAID Nepal, Deputy Controller at USAID Bolivia, and Financial Management Officer at the USAID East Africa Regional Mission. He received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, with minors in Accounting and Spanish, from Utah State University. Mr. Barton is married and has four children. 


Wolfram Rehbock, Senior Partner at Arzinger, is an expert on public private partnership and energy law, especially renewable energies. He also specializes in corporate law, capital markets and tax law matters with local and international background.

Wolfram has rich experience acquired from his legal practice in Germany, Russia and Ukraine, including working experience in audit companies and law firms. He is a Senior Partner at Arzinger Law Office since 2002.

Mr. Rehbock heads the firm's German Desk advising numerous foreign companies in doing successful and safe business in Ukraine, as well as rendering legal assistance to Ukrainian companies in Germany.

Wolfram Rehbock is registered with the Superior Court of Berlin and is admitted to the Bar since 1999.

Wolfram is one of the initiators and active members of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA) taking the lead in supporting and promoting the development of renewable energies and energy efficiency in Ukraine. EUEA is a non-profit organization serving as a solid platform for joint EU-Ukrainian actions in order to promote sustainable development, efficient use of energy and environmentally friendly technology transfer.

Being Head of the Society of German and Ukrainian Lawyers (GDUJ), Wolfram Rehbock contributes his professional experience to knowledge exchange programs, including lectures to Ukrainian law students. GDUJ was founded in 2003 as a forum for maintaining contacts between Ukrainian and German legal experts.

Mr. Rehbock is a co-founder and member of the Board of German Business Club (Deutscher Wirtschaftsklub – DWK), a non-profit organization aimed to be a networking and information sharing platform for German business in Ukraine.

Wolfram is a representative of Arzinger to the Associated European Energy Consultants (aeec), to the Bundesverband (Federal Association) Public Private Partnership (BPPP), and representative and legal advisor to the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA).

He is a Representative for Europe in Advisory Board of the International Bar Association Power Law Committee.

The Chambers Global 2013 guide recommends Wolfram Rehbock as a foreign expert giving the legal advice to Ukrainian businesses in Germany. He is listed in the energy chapter of the Chambers Europe 2013 guide. He received individual recognition by The Legal 500 - Europe, Middle East & Africa 2013 guide in tax. American legal directory Best Lawyers 2013 recommends him in labour law and employment practice areas.

According to the rating “Ukrainian Law Firms 2013. A Handbook for Foreign Clients” Wolfram Rehbock is a notable practitioner in energy and natural resources.


Elena Rybak is the Managing Director of iC clean energy solutions (iC ces) in Ukraine since February 2013. iC ces is the competence center for energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development of iC Group (Vienna). Since January 2013 Elena is a Vice-Chairman of the Board of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA), prior to which she has been its Director since its establishment in 2009. Under Elena’s leadership, EUEA became the leading platform for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in Ukraine, bringing together more than 40 market leaders actively working on Ukraine’s sustainable development. Prior to joining EUEA Elena was the Country Manager for Swedish-Ukrainian Business Club and Programme Coordinator of “Nordpraktik - New Managers for Ukraine” (project financed by Swedish International Development Agency - SIDA) from 2006 to 2009. Elena holds a degree in Business Administration from International Christian University-Kyiv and is an alumna of several international exchange and leadership programmes. Since December 2012 Elena serves on the Board of the School of New Spirituality founded by Neale Donald Walsch.


Khrenova-Shymkina, Ima. Project Coordinator of the GIZ project “Energy Efficiency in Building

Expert of Ukrainian German technical cooperation project “Energy Efficiency in Buildings” that is being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The Project envisages development and supports implementation of Municipal Energy Plans and implements pilot projects on thermo-renovation of municipal and residential buildings.Co-author of developed scheme for financing of thermodernization of residential buildings with joint financing from residents and foreign investments. During the last 8 years Ripsime has been cooperating with USAID supported projects: Local investments and national competitiveness (LINC) and Local Economic Development (LED) that facilitated development of strategic local economic development plans, attracting foreign investments and creation of new jobs in 143 cities of Ukraine.


Ricarda Rieger, Country Director, UNDP Ukraine (Germany)

After spending 6 years as a child in India, Nepal and Singapore as well as in her native Germany, Ms. Ricarda Rieger studied economics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, where she obtained a Master’s Degree in 1988.  She complemented her education at the German Development Institute in Berlin.  In 1989 she began her career with the UNDP in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, followed by increasingly responsible assignments in Thailand as Assistant Resident Representative for Environment, UNDP Headquarters in New York as Policy Officer, Egypt as Capacity Development Advisor, Philippines as Deputy Resident Representative and most recently in Cambodia where she was Deputy Country Director of UNDP from January 2005. 


Andrej Stanev, Dr,  Germany                      

Education: University of Rostock (Rostock, Germany) PhD: Degree in Energy Technologies, Engineering and –Plants;Technical University (Sofia, Bulgaria)Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:Post-graduate patent engineer; Technical University  (Varna, Bulgaria); University of Rostock (Rostock, E.-Germany) Dipl.-Engineer (Diploma in Maritime Energy)

Present position:

  • senior professional/advisor referent for the promotion sector of solid biomass and bioenergy in Germany on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection;
  • Coordinator and evaluator of projects by order of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, support and professional consultation of research and development measures in the subject area of bioenergy and renewable resources.

Years within the firm: since 2001.

By order of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection support and professional consultation of research and development measures in the subject area of bioenergy and renewable resources since 2001 in Germany (federal competence).

Participation in the evaluation process of several national projects of the R&D Program “Renewable Recourses” and many national and international programs for promotion of bioenergy in the sectors “Solid Biomass”, “Liquid Biomass” and “Bioenergy”. 

Expert in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy management.


Nazarov Sergey, «Saint-Gobain Construction Products Ukraine»

Nazarov Sergey occupies position of General Manager of «Saint-Gobain Construction Products Ukraine», which he joined in September, 2012. «Saint-Gobain» is the world leader in different industrial businesses including production of construction materials, with over 200 000 employees in more than 60 countries. The company is presented in Ukraine for about 15 years by such brands as ISOVER, Rigips, Weber, Ecophon, Verallia. Before joining «Saint-Gobain Construction Products Ukraine», Mr. Nazarov worked in «Saint – Gobain» as Human Resources Director (CIS countries) and as General Manager of Innovative Materials business in Russia.

Denys Kravchenko is the Vice President of the Industry Business Unit in Schneider Electric Ukraine from 2010. Schneider Electric takes the leadership positions on the electrical engineering market and is known as the global specialist in energy management. Denys is the head of the department that collaborates with the large industrial companies of metallurgical, mining and processing, chemical, machine-building and food & beverages segments. In addition, he is the head of industrial marketing and system integration department.

Denys started his work in the company in 2006 as a marketing manager of industrial products and industrial market.

In 2008 he headed the plan of company’s development on the industrial market of Ukraine as the head of the industrial marketing group. He participated in many of the marketing and commercial projects, such as rebranding of the company, launch of new products on Ukrainian market; he developed the concept of industrial distribution, commercial policy of the company, etc.

                Before his career in Schneider Electric he worked in Research and Production Complex "Zorya" - "Mashproekt." Denys was the winner of the contest for the best project of the modernization of industrial equipment.

In 2004 he graduated from the National University of Shipbuilding with a Master Degree in "Instruments of Fine Mechanics";  took part in scientific researches, he is co-author of 3 scientific articles in the domain of design of intelligent control systems of technical objects.

In 1998 he graduated from the Ukrainian Marine Technical University with a Bachelor Degree in "Electrical Drives and automation of the industrial plants and technological complexes", he got the diploma of the electrical engineer.  




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