Archive for April 19th, 2011


Ukrainian Investment Summit – 16 to 18 May 2011

April 19, 2011

Well dear readers, it seems the now perennial Ukrainian Investment Summit organised by Adam Smith Conferences is going to be held at the Great Hall of Chelsea Football Club this year.

Blimey – Chelsea are at home to Newcastle the day before in their last home game of the season.

For the Ukrainian people attending, the sight of drunk and battered bodies adorning the pavements will be nothing new, but for those of you attending who are not used to such social eyesores, one can only hope that a veritable army of cleaning staff and police have cleared the scene of the previous day’s exuberance – both litter and human.

Anyway, such events are normally quite high brow and sometimes academic to the point of theory over pragmatism and you wonder what, if anything, you actually gained by attending for two days.

This year however, there is certainly somebody attending worthy of hearing.  She is often quite blunt about the pragmatic issues relating to Ukraine despite having a very influential hand in the theory.  She is for me, probably the most capable, reliable, honest and open person in the entire Ukrainian political environment.  If she had a fan club – I would be in it!

Regular readers will know I am writing about Iryna Akimova.

Iryna Akimova

If you are going to the Ukrainian Investment Summit this year, do yourself a favour, when this woman opens her mouth, shut yours and listen!

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