28th November 2018

The 2nd annual Ukrainian Agribusiness Forum

Kyiv, Hilton Hotel


We congratulate Oleksiy Pavlenko, former Agrarian Minister, on his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mriya Farming plc. We look forward to hearing from him and Ton Huls, CFO, about the successful debt restructuring and recently announced acquisition by SALIC of Saudi Arabia.

Andriy Pylypchenko, CEO & Founder of Arnika Agroindustrial Group – Ukraine’s leading organic producer, confirms that he will share his experience of identifying and accessing new export markets.


Oleksiy Pavlenko

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mriya Farming PLC /
Former Minister of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine

Olga Trofimtseva

Deputy Minister for European integration | Ministry of Agrarian Policy & Food of Ukraine

Jean-Paul Piotrowski

Chairman of the Board | Credit Agricole Bank

Nikolay Gorbachov

President | Ukrainian Grain Association

Colin Galbraith

Managing Director | Green Team Ltd

Taras Barschovskyy

Founder | T.B. Fruit Group

Viktor Gladkiy

Chief Financial Officer | Astarta-Kyiv

Ton Huls

Chief Financial Officer | Mriya Agro Holding

Larysa Bondarieva

Member of the Management Board, Corporate & SME | Credit Agricole Bank

Petro Melnyk

Chief Executive Officer | Agricom Group

Dmytro Los

Advisor to the CEO | MHP

Kateryna Rybachenko

Chief Executive Officer | Agro-Region

Andrii Pylypchenko

CEO & Founder | Arnika Agroindustrial Group

John Shmorhun

Chief Executive Officer | AgroGeneration

Leonid Kozachenko

Member, Committee for Agrarian Policy & Land Relations | Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

Pieternel Boogaard

Global Head of Agribusiness, Food & Water | FMO

Igor Liski

Chairman of the Board of Directors | Effective Investments

Yulia Poroshenko

Founder | Agrohub

Elena Voloshina

Head of Operations, Ukraine | International Finance Corporation

Dan Pasko

Co-Managing Partner | Diligent Capital Partners

Jesper Pedersen

General Manager | M.V. Cargo

Hanna Shtepa

Senior Associate | Baker McKenzie

Volodymyr Babyi

Deputy CEO, Agro IT Innovations | UkrLandFarming

Serhii Stetsenko

Head | Panfruit Ukraine


General partner
Official Partner
Information partners and supporting organisations
Media partners



Our team has been organising annual conferences serving the Ukrainian agribusiness community and its international partners for 10 years. In a competitive marketplace, our events stand out and have developed a strong core following due to the diversity, seniority and international nature of attendees and to the open and constructive dialogue that they encourage.

Our flagship annual Agribusiness Forum in Kyiv each Autumn has firmly established itself as a key date in the Ukrainian agribusiness calendar with such influential partners as the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation, Credit Agricole, the Rada Agrarian Committee, IFC, Evris Law Firm, EBRD, US-Ukraine Business Council and the Ukrainian Grain Association. The efficient and productive 1-day format manages to cover the widest spectre of topics, including financing and investment, innovations & agtech, new export markets, agriholdings’ corporate strategies and logistics and infrastructure.

A new and exciting addition to the portfolio was the Ukrainian Agro-Industrial & Food Forum, which took place at the end of May 2018 in Amsterdam, in partnership with the Ukrainian Embassy in the Netherlands and the Ukrainian Dutch Joint Business Council with its Co-Chairs, Oleksiy Pavlenko and Hans De Boer, and supported by ING, FMO, Evris Law Firm, Immer Group, Credendo and Kyivstar.

The Forum highlighted the synergies that exist between the 2 leading global agrifood exporters and innovators and a huge number of invaluable business contacts were made in the course of the event. We look forward to reconvening in Holland for the 2019 Forum.

Our attendees:

What our attendees had to say:


“Thank you for the great forum – it has been of great value for our company”

Robin Baas, Co-owner & Managing Director, Ingredients Brokers International


“The event was amazing!”

Valentina Demkina, Business Development & Relationship Manager, Nibulon Trading


“Very much obliged for the high level of organisation and support from your side”

Liubomyr Cheban, Head, Division for International Business, Agrarian Fund of Ukraine


“Thanks for the great event. It was a pleasure to participate in this high-end event”

Dirk Aleven, Partner, FoodVentures


“Thanks for hosting a good day and event”

Martin Numan, Director, E.van Wijk Logistics Poland & Ukraine


“The event was informative and useful. You gathered the best specialists in agribusiness”

Andriy Gryshchenko, Senior Trader, Pology Oil Extraction Plant


For details please contact stephen.butler@strategy-council.com or olga.stefantsova@strategy-council.com.


  • 08:30   Registration

  • 09:30   Session 1: Government And Industry Dialogue On How To Strengthen Ukraine’s position as a leading global exporter

    • How to build Ukraine’s share in the global agricultural export market
    • Creating food chains: moving from commodities to greater value-added, processed products
    • The macroeconomic outlook for Ukraine and its significance for the agro-industrial sector
    • Growing and diversifying exports – new markets, new (value-added) products and new participants and stakeholders
    • Implementing EU standards of food safety and quality
    • Preliminary results from 2018 and what does 2019 hold
    • Improvements to the regulatory environment
  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

  • 11:30   Session 2: Spotlight On Investment And Financing Instruments – What Tools Are Available And Where Are They Most Required

    • Investing in logistics and infrastructure – focus on storage capacity, inland logistics and river transport
    • The impact of the nationwide crop receipts roll-out for farming communities
    • Latest financing tools and the availability of finance to support investment in the latest technologies and machinery
    • The growth of activity by international investment funds buying stakes in Ukrainian agricultural companies. What are the key fundamentals driving investor interest?
    • Charting the growth of the leasing of agricultural equipment


  • 13:00   Lunch

  • 14:15   Session 3: Case Studies Of Innovation And The Implementation Of The Latest Technologies By The Leading Agro-Industrial Groups

    • An overview of successful and innovative agtech pilot projects with the big agricultural companies
    • What will be the next wave of emerging technologies that are most applicable for Ukrainian agriculture?
    • Accessing new markets: working with international retailers on private label lines
    • Implementing best in class business processes and technologies to raise productivity, efficiency and yields
    • Switching to value-added production and developing vertically integrated value chains
    • How best to manage market risk in the current environment
    • Case studies of the implementation and growth of precision farming in Ukraine


  • 15:45   Afternoon refreshments

  • 16:15   Session 4: Roundtable Discussion: Identifying New Opportunities For Ukrainian Producers And Exporters

    • Opportunities in organic farming and niche crop production
    • Honey as an example of how Ukrainian producers and exporters can global market-leading positions
    • Appraising attractive areas for investment: modernising irrigation systems; developing inland waterway logistics; the processing industry and products with high added value; seed industry and selection; biofuels production; innovations in horticulture
    • Harmonising Ukrainian legislation for organic agriculture with EU standards and creating an open register and database of organic producers


  • 17:45   Evening reception