2014 ESFL Ukraine Summit

We’re proud to announce the first ever European Students For Liberty Ukraine Summit, coming to Kiev on the weekend of November 29-30th, 2014.

This will be our first major event happening in the country, where we will hope to unite students, young people, and anyone interested in freedom to discuss peace, social and economic liberties, and the future of freedom in Ukraine.


29-30 ноября 2014 года в Киеве пройдет первая конференция European Students for Liberty. Студенты и лидеры общественного мнения соберутся вместе для того, чтобы разобраться, какой должна быть новая Украина.
На форуме в качестве спикеров выступят:

Том Палмер, вице-президент Atlas Network.

Каха Бендукидзе, автор грузинских реформ, бывший министр экономики.

Андрей Илларионов, старший научный сотрудник Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.

Ярослав Романчук, президент Исследовательского института Мизеса

Владимир Федорин, независимый журналист, бывший главный редактор Forbes-Украина

Андрей Бабицкий, редактор Журнала РБК

Борис Грозовский, редактор отдела мнений газеты “Ведомости”

Также слово будет предоставлено украинским студентам и активистам.

Язык лекций: английский/русский с синхронным переводом на русский/английский

All are welcome to join!

  • When : 29-30 November 2014
  • Where : Kiev, Ukraine
    • Fedoriv Hub, Krasnoarmeyskaya str. 5, 5th floor, Kiev, Ukraine (link)
  • Program : Available here
  • Sponsor : The Atlas Network
  • Registration cost : Free!
  • Language : English, Ukrainian, and Russian
  • Dress Code : Business casual
  • Facebook: Event link


Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks.

Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights.

He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy,EthicsCritical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixingAl Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author ofRealizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011.

Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford.

Adrei Illarionov is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. From 2000 to December 2005, he was the chief economic adviser of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Illarionov also served as the president’s personal representative in the G-8. He is one of Russia’s most forceful and articulate advocates of an open society and democratic capitalism, and has been a long-time friend of the Cato Institute.

From 1993 to 1994, Illarionov served as chief economic adviser to the prime minister of the Russian Federation, Viktor Chernomyrdin. He resigned in February 1994 to protest changes in the government’s economic policy. In July 1994, Illarionov founded the Institute of Economic Analysis and became its director. Illarionov has coauthored several economic programs for Russian governments and has written three books and more than 300 articles on Russian economic and social policies.

Jaroslav Romanchuk is a Belarusian economist and politician.

He currently works as President of the Scientific Research Mises Center which promotes liberal values and free market economy and is Deputy Chairman of the United Civil Party of Belarus.

From December 1995 till December 1996 Romanchuk worked at the Supreme Council of the Republic of Belarus as a senior economist at the Commission for economic policy and reforms.

Jaroslav Romanchuk has over 1000 publications on economic problems (pension reform, effectiveness of state poverty programs, comparative analysis of social economic models, crisis of welfare state in the West etc.) in various mass media.

He is the prize-winner of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation Sir Anthony Fisher Award 2006, winner of Templeton award 2006, 2007; winner of International Society for Individual Liberty Marshal Bruce Evoy award for promoting liberty in the world (2003).

Romanchuk is participant of numerous conferences both in Belarus and abroad, author of Concept of Pension Reform for Belarus, alternative Budget and Tax system for Belarus, Law on Privatization, law on social security and other pieces of legislation. Chairman of the working group on social economic program of joint democratic forces of the Republic of Belarus (2005–2008). Author of National Business Platform for business in Belarus 2006-2007, NBP-2008.

Vera Kichanova graduated from the Department of Journalism of the Moscow State University in 2013. Her degree work was dedicated to real-time journalism and interaction between traditional media and citizen journalists.

In October 2011, she was the brain behind a students’ protest action in Moscow State University against President Dmitry Medvedev, who had announced a meeting with MSU students, which turned out to be shamelessly staged as real students had been removed from the university building and the premises filled with ‘shills’ when the President arrived. Several students, including Kichanova, were detained by the police.

From March 2012, she has been working for Slon.ru as a journalist. She also publishes a blog on the “Echo of Moscow” website and another one on Grani.ru. Vera won the 2013 Democracy Award.

Maria Semykoz, native to Ukraine, currently works as a management consultant for Gallup in Berlin.

She studied political science in the United States (MA, Miami University), Ukraine, and Estonia.

Maria is active in the liberty movement in Ukraine and in Germany, and is a Young Voices advocate.

Maria is an author of the book “Oil Sector Owners in Putin’s Russia”.

Vladimir Fedorin is an independent journalist from Kyiv.

He was previously editor-in-chief at Forbes Ukraine from 2011 to 2013, previsously worked at Moscow-based business newspaper Vedomosti.

He writes for InLiberty.ru.

Andrey Babitsky is a Russian journalist, editor at the Magazine RBC.

He previously worked as an editor at Esquire Russia and Forbes Russia.

He writes for Vedomosti and InLiberty.ru.

Boris Grozovski is a Russian journalist, editorial page editor at Moscow-based Vedomosti.

He previosly worked as a journalist at the the “Russian telegraph”, Polit.ru, the “Company” magazine and Slon.ru. He writes for Forbes Russia, InLiberty.ru, the New Times magazine and Latvia-based Spectrum.

He collaborates within various educational projects with Higher School of Economics, Gaidar Foundation and Moscow School of Civic Education.


Ilia Meshvildishvili is a lecturer of the entrepreneurship and business fundamentals at the agricultural University of Georgia.

He is studying master in economics at the Tbilisi state university.

He joined liberty movement in 2010 and since this is a very active freedom fighter. He has the same views on social change and how the society should form.

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For more information, please contact conference director Viacheslav Dvornikov at vdvornikov@studentsforliberty.org or ESFL Program Manager Yaël Ossowski at yossowski@studentsforliberty.org.