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Innovating Solutions to Systemic Corruption in Eurasia: Strengthening Ukraine’s Sovereignty Through Sustainable Anti-Corruption

This event was held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live.

Please join Columbia’s Harriman Institute for a meeting of the Innovating Solutions to Systemic Corruption in Eurasia Forum. The topic of the April 21 session will be Strengthening Ukraine’s Sovereignty Through Sustainable Anti-Corruption.

The Innovating Solutions to Systemic Corruption in Eurasia Forum helps generate solutions to counter systemic corruption in countries in Eurasia and other regions. During interactive sessions, participants incubate solutions that integrate new models and tools from across professional disciplines, including academia, government, civil society, law enforcement, finance, and social media. The objective is to highlight and strengthen emerging best practices in the Eurasia region.

Read Eurasianet’s coverage of the conference. Click here for a PDF of the agenda.


Note: All times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Part A and B require separate registration.


Session 1: Innovating Solutions—National Security and Anti-Corruption
9:00–9:10 AM—Introductory Remarks

Alexander Cooley, Co-chair of Innovating Solutions to Systemic Corruption in Eurasia Forum; Director of the Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College

9:10–9:40 AM—Assessing the Threat of Corruption Networks to National Security

Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman (Ret), Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Former Director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia, National Security Council

Moderated by Matthew Murray, Co-Chair of Innovating Solutions to Systemic Corruption in Eurasia Forum; Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia

Session 2: Innovating Solutions—Applying Lessons Learned and Building Independent Institutions
9:40–10:00 AM—Report Card on Current Anti-Corruption Reforms

Daria Kaleniuk, Executive Director, Ukraine Anti-Corruption Action Center

10:00–10:20 AM—When Everyone Sees Everything: How Prozorro Reshaped Public Procurement in Ukraine

Tetiana Lisovska, eProcurement Team Lead for USAID/UK aid’s Transparency and Accountability in Public Administration and Services Activity

Robert O’Donovan, Vice President, Eurasia Foundation

10:20–10:40 AM—Break


10:40–11:10 AM—Building Capacity of Anti-Corruption Court

Andriy Kozlov, Attorney and Former member of the High Qualification Commission of Judges

Mykhailo Zhernakov, Co-Founder and Chair of Board of Directiors, DeJure Foundation; Former judge of the Vinnytsia District Administrative Court, Ukraine

Judge Mark Wolf, Senior United States District Judge, and the former Chief Judge; and Chair of Integrity Initiatives International

11:10–11:30 AM—A Holistic Strategy for Countering a Systemic Challenge

Eka Tkeshelashvili, Head of Program, European Anti-Corruption Initiative, EU; President of Georgian Institute of Strategic Studies

11:30–11:45 AM—New Reform Strategies and Models

Marc Ellingstad, Director of Office of Democracy and Governance, U.S. Agency for International Development, Ukraine

11:45 AM–12:00 PM—Next Steps in Anti-Corruption Innovation in Ukraine

Matthew Murray, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Alexander Cooley, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College