U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) hosted its first big meeting in 2020 today. New Ambassador of Ukraine to the US Volodymyr Yelchenko met with over 70 USUBC members and business representatives in Washington, D.C. to discuss the current agenda for Ukrainian-American trade, business, political, defense and humanitarian cooperation.

In the picture left to right: Kenneth Angell, United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC); Michele Small, EBRD; Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko; Morgan Williams, USUBC; George Chopivsky, Ukrainian Development Company (UDC); Alexander Gordin, Broad Street Capital Group; Tom Firestone, Baker McKenzie

Volodymyr Yelchenko presented his credentials from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to US President Donald Trump on Monday, January 6, 2020. 

"I am here for you and for business", said Mr. Yelchenko. We thank Mr. Ambassador for a great start of this year, and look forward to working with him and the Embassy team!


In the picture left to right: Daniel Van Hulle, Antares Program Product Manager, Northrop Grumman; Donald M. Itzkoff, Vice President, Wabtec Corporation; Ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko

Our special Thank You to sponsors of this event and to Baker McKenzie for hosting this event in their office in Washington. 

USUBC President Morgan Williams moderated this roundtable with the Q &A session. 

In the picture left to right:  Thomas Firestone, Baker McKenzie; Morgan Williams, USUBC; Van Yeutter, Cargill

Representatives of the following companies participated in the roundtable and brought their remarks:  Holtec International; Cargill, Motorola Solutions; Eli Lilly and Company; CRDF Global; Ukrainian Development Company; John Deere; US EXIM Bank; U.S. State Department; U.S. Department of Commerce; US International Development Corporation; USTR; EBRD; American Council For International Education; Ukrainian Institute of America; Broad Street Capital Group; Northrop Grumman Corporation, Albright Stonebridge Group; CNH Industrial; Wabtec Corporation, GE; Amsted Rail; White & Case; PMI; Koch Industries; Louis Dreyfus Commodities; RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group; IFC; Eurasia Business Consultancy; McLarty Associates; Westinghouse Electric Company; Xtellus; Shell and others!

BIO: Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the USA 

Volodymyr Yelchenko has almost 40 years of outstanding diplomatic experience. He has worked in the diplomatic service of Ukraine since 1981. Between 1997 and 2000 he acted as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations in New York. From December 2000 till his next post he served at various senior posts within the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine. In 2005 - 2006 he was Ukraine's Ambassador to Austria, in 2006 - 2010 Mr. Yelchenko served as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria. 

After 2010 Volodymyr Yelchenko served as Ambassador of Ukraine to the Russian Federation. On 17 March 2014, during the 2014 Crimean crisis, Yelchenko was recalled from Moscow for consultations in regards to situation with Crimea. Since then Ukraine’s highest diplomatic representation in Russia is its temporary chargé d'affaires. On December 9, 2015 Yelchenko was appointed Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations. In 2016 – 2017 Mr. Yelchenko served as Representative of Ukraine to the UN Security Council. He was born in Kyiv in 1959. Volodymyr graduated from the Faculty of International Relations and International Law at Kyiv State University in 1981.