U.S.-Ukraine Business Council hosted Its 28th Annual Luncheon in Washington, DC on December 18, 2023.

We are excited to share highlights from an event marked by significant discussions and strategic planning.

This year's theme, "Moving Ukraine Forward in 2024", brought together esteemed leaders and experts to explore the prospects and challenges of Ukraine's development in the coming year.

A key focus of the luncheon was on "Creating Ukraine's Private Industrial/Defense Complex", a topic underscored by Ukraine's commitment to forge stronger partnerships with U.S. companies. This initiative, buoyed by President Zelensky's promises, emphasizes the critical role of American enterprises in shaping Ukraine's defense and industrial sectors.

We were honored by the presence of distinguished guests who shared their insights and visions:

Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, whose diplomatic expertise continues to bridge Ukrainian and American interests

Borys Kremenetskyi, Major General, Defense Attaché of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States, who brings a wealth of military knowledge to the table

Justin McFarlin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Development & International Engagement at the U.S. Department of Defense, offering valuable perspectives on defense and security

Charles Dean, Vice President of International Business, AeroVironment, sharing insights on aerospace and technological advancements.

Brian Gathright, Vice President of Business Development for the Platforms and Services Sector, BAE Systems, discussing cutting-edge defense solutions.

Allison Melia, Director, International Operations and Policy, Boeing, bringing a global viewpoint on aviation and innovation

Stephen OBryan, Corporate Vice President and Director of Global Business Development, Northrop Grumman, highlighting global defense strategies

Christopher Haave, Vice President, Enterprise Technology Release, RTX/Raytheon, providing perspectives on global security and defense

Louis Dupuis, Director, International Government Affairs, Global Business Development and Strategy, Lockheed Martin, focusing on aerospace and defense initiatives

Morgan Williams, President and CEO, U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), guiding the council's mission and strategic direction

Big thank you to Tanya Shea and People of Ukraine Foundation for all support in organizing this event.

We extend our gratitude to Northrop Grumman for their partnership in this event, a testament to the strong ties between the U.S. and Ukraine's defense industries.

The USUBC remains committed to strengthening the business relationships between the U.S. and Ukraine. We believe that through collaboration, innovation, and shared vision, we can significantly contribute to the progress and prosperity of Ukraine.