Tuesday, 7 February, 18:00
Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower
21-24 Millbank London SW1P 4QP
FREE with registration via Eventbrite
Ukraine’s former minister of Finance and a reformist force in the government Natalie Jaresko will offer her overview of U’s current economic and political situation, as well as business and investment climate. she will offer her insights into what are key impediments to implementing long overdue reforms.
The event will be chaired by Marina Pesenti, Director of the Ukrainian Institute, and Andrew Foxall, Director of Russian Studies at Henry Jackson Society and moderated by Lord Risby, Chairman of the British-Ukrainian Society.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Natalie A. Jaresko has enjoyed a distinguished international career in public service and private industry. As Ukraine’s Finance Minister (2014-16) she served at a particularly critical moment when the post-revolutionary state was rocked by deep recession and war on part of its territory. During her tenure she led the successful negotiation of the largest IMF program in the institution’s history, as well as a complex debt restructuring. Her government’s success in restoring macroeconomic stability enabled the creation of a broad international financial coalition to support Ukraine’s transition. She led the reduction of public spending, cutting the deficit by more than 75% to 2.1% of GDP in 2015. She also advanced tax reform resulting in an almost 50% reduction in payroll tax, eliminated tax privileges which favored vested interests, implemented a transparent e-data system placing all treasury transactions online in real time, as well as initiated corporate governance reform in state-owned banks.
Previously, she spent two decades working as Horizon Capital co-founder and CEO, a fund with over $600 million under management and as Western NIS Enterprise Fund President and CEO, creating a platform for private equity investment in the region. She began her career in public service in the United States, serving in the State Department from 1989-92, then as Economic Section Chief of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine from 1992-95. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute Kyiv. She is a Nonresident Distinguished Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems.
The event is held in partnership with Henry Jackson Society and British Ukrainain Society.