15 Nov 2023

Event Recording - Ukraine Tech Day

Rewatch our Ukraine Tech Day event

On 31 October, techUK, Deloitte, and IT Ukraine Association partnered on an event titled 'Ukraine Tech Day'. Rewatch the days sessions using the YouTube links below. 

Ukraine Tech Day was a showcase of Ukrainian technology and talent. The objective of the day was to raise awareness of Ukraine as a viable destination for commercial and pro-bono opportunities, as well as to highlight the areas for further collaboration and cooperation between the UK tech sector, the UK Government, and their counterparts in Ukraine in certain key verticals. 

The key verticals were as follows:

  • Defence Tech
  • Opportunities in the Ukrainian start-up and software sectors
  • Cybersecurity
  • EdTech and Skills


1.30pm – 1.55pm – Welcome Speeches

  • Julian David, CEO, techUK 
  • Jonathan Pell, Partner, Major Programmes, International Affairs and Development, Deloitte 
  • Maximillian Hess, Author - Economic War: Ukraine and the Global Conflict Between Russia and the West, Journalist, Fellow at the Institute of International Strategic Studies 

2.00pm – 2.45pm – Fireside chat about Ukraine’s Tech Sector

  • Chair: Sabina Ciofu, Associate Director, International, techUK 
    • Alexander Bornyakov, Deputy Minister for Digital Transformation, Government of Ukraine [Online]
    • Louis Mosley, Executive Vice President UK & Europe
    • Maria Shevchuk, Executive Director, IT Ukraine [Online]
    • Odd Khalifi, Director of Global Business Development, Itera
    • Mykhaylo Hnatyev, Co-Founder, Computools UK

2.45pm – 3.05pm – Coffee break

3.05pm – 3.55pm – Panel: Defence-Tech in Ukraine: Areas for Collaboration and Investment

Defence-tech will be crucial in Ukraine winning the war, but also a key sector of growth for the Ukrainian economy post-war, with many innovative start-ups being scaled at pace. This section will focus on the key areas of defence tech needed in Ukraine at the minute, as well as some of the promising start-ups.

  • Chair: Fred Sugden, Associate Director of Defence, techUK 
    • Kateryna Chernohorenko, Deputy Defence Minister, the head of the Army of Drones project, Government of Ukraine [Online]
    • Nataliia Kushnerska, Project Lead at Ukrainian defence tech cluster Brave1 [Online]
    • Alexander Stepura, Founder and CEO, Skyeton (Drones and UAVs)
    • John Ridge, Director of Defence Innovation, UK Ministry of Defence
    • Ned Baker, Director of Programmes & Head of Ukraine, Helsing.ai
    • Hugo Jammes, Managing Partner, National Strategic Security Investment Fund (NSSIF)

3.55pm – 4.15pm – Start-Up Showcase: Defence-Tech

  • Companies:
    • Roman Milishchuk, CTO, Fox Four
    • Vitalii Lopushanskyi, CEO & Founder, UADAMAGE and GeoGraphics
    • Andriy Marin, CEO, DroneOperations.ai 
    • Anton Skrypnyk, CEO, Roboneers

4.15pm – 4.30pm – Refreshments break

4.30pm – 5:10pm - Panel: Cybersecurity collaboration between the UK and Ukraine

This section will be relatively high-level due to the sensitive nature of the technology and will focus on protecting infrastructure, successful partnerships with Ukraine and more.

  • Chair: Matthew Evans, Director, Markets, techUK
    • Oleh Derevianko, Co-Founder, cyber/nnov8, Chairman, ISSP [Online]
    • Dr. Daniel Clarke, Director of Applied Technology, Gallos Technologies (Venture Studio)
    • Valeria Kennedy, Director of Investigations, Chainalysis 
    • Joseph Jarnecki, Research Fellow, Cyber Threats and Cybersecurity, RUSI [Online]
    • Yevgen Kotukh, Chief Application Security Engineer, Jevera Software [Online]

5.10pm – 5.35pm - Ukraine’s Start-Up and Software Showcase

  • Companies:
    • Vit Nuzhnyi, CEO, Softblues
    • Margarita Sivakova, CEO, Legal Nodes 
    • Alexander Radchenko, CEO of Intellectsoft
    • Anton Vaisburd, CEO and Co-Founder, Datrics.ai
    • Alex Solovei, CEO and Co-Founder, Finmap

5.35pm – 6.15pm – EdTech and Skills: Reskilling and Upskilling for the Reconstruction and Recovery

This panel will focus on companies’ work reskilling and upskilling the circa 5 million refugees in the rest of Europe, as well as those still in Ukraine, in order to ensure Ukraine has the right skills to continue to thrive in tech after the war.

  • Chair: Uliana Avtonomova, Secretary General, Fund of the President's Office for Science, Education, and Sport
    • Szymon Niemczura, International Growth Advisor, Beetroot Academy AB
    • Oleksandr Vorona, COO, Headway
    • Oleg Osipenko, Venture Partner, Flashpoint VC
    • Beth Havinga, Managing Director, European Edtech Alliance [Online]


Sabina Ciofu

Sabina Ciofu

Associate Director – International, techUK

Sabina Ciofu is Associate Director – International, running the International Policy and Trade Programme at techUK.

Based in Brussels, she leads our EU policy and engagement. She is also our lead on international trade policy, with a focus on digital trade chapter in FTAs, regulatory cooperation as well as broader engagement with the G7, G20, WTO and OECD.

As a transatlanticist at heart, Sabina is a GMF Marshall Memorial fellow and issue-lead on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council, within DigitalEurope.

Previously, she worked as Policy Advisor to a Member of the European Parliament for almost a decade, where she specialised in tech regulation, international trade and EU-US relations.

Sabina loves building communities and bringing people together. She is the founder of the Gentlewomen’s Club and co-organiser of the Young Professionals in Digital Policy. Previously, as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, she led several youth civic engagement and gender equality projects.

She sits on the Advisory Board of the University College London European Institute, Café Transatlantique, a network of women in transatlantic technology policy and The Nine, Brussels’ first members-only club designed for women.

Sabina holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London and a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge.

[email protected]
+32 473 323 280

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Daniel Clarke

Daniel Clarke

Policy Manager for International Policy and Trade, techUK

Dan joined techUK as a Policy Manager for International Policy and Trade in March 2023.

Before techUK, Dan worked for data and consulting company GlobalData as an analyst of tech and geopolitics. He has also worked in public affairs, political polling, and has written freelance for the New Statesman and Investment Monitor.

Dan has a degree in MSc International Public Policy from University College London, and a BA Geography degree from the University of Sussex.

Outside of work, Dan is a big fan of football, cooking, going to see live music, and reading about international affairs. 

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Oliver Alderson

Oliver Alderson

Policy and Public Affairs - Team Assistant, techUK

Oliver is the team assistant for the Policy and Public Affairs teams, joining techUK in November of 2023. He assists the teams admistrative support, communication, and event production.

Prior to working at techUK, Oliver studied at Swansea and Bristol universities, attaining a masters in Policy Research. During this time he competed in debating competitions around the country where he discussed and deliberated various policy issues. Between his studies Oliver acted as a student assistant in mental health research for the SMaRteN student network.

[email protected]
07505 890 596

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