Webinar: Economic Challenges and Costs of Reintegrating the Donbas Region in Ukraine

25  June 2020    2:00 pm CEST

wiiw presents a new study on the costs of reconstruction of the Donbas region and discusses ways to overcome the economic damages with renowned panelists.


online webinar (demio)


The wiiw study provides a systematic assessment of the costs of the ongoing armed conflict and the reconstruction of the Donbas region. It draws lessons from other conflict regions in the world and outlines a reconstruction plan for the region that will be discussed with renowned panelists.


Welcome and introduction by Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel (via video-message), Former Federal Chancellor of Austria

Estimated costs of conflict and reconstruction by Artem Kochnev, PhD candidate, Johannes Kepler University

The Donbas reconstruction plan by Peter Havlik, Senior Research Associate, wiiw


Ambassador Martin Sajdik, former OSCE Special Envoy in Ukraine

Velina Tchakarova, Head of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)

Olga Pindyuk, wiiw Country Expert on Ukraine

Mario Holzner, Executive Director, wiiw


Please register here: https://my.demio.com/ref/WUy2Fy32MHKdLPbU

Note, the event takes place on Thursday, 25 June 2020, 2 p.m. (Vienna), resp. 3 p.m. (Kiev, Moscow) and will be recorded. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. Should you have problems accessing the registration site, copy the link directly to the address line of your Browser and do not use Internet Explorer.

Panelists' backgrounds

Peter Havlik is wiiw Senior Research Associate and former wiiw Deputy Director. His main research areas cover the analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic developments in Russia and the Newly Independent States (NIS), foreign trade, competitiveness, EU integration and EU-relations with Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). He worked as a consultant to OECD, The World Bank and was Guest Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, 2013-2018) and Chief Economist at the Russian-European Centre for Economic Policy (RECEP, 2002). Peter Havlik holds the N.D. Kondratieff Honorary Award and Gold Medal issued by the International Fund of N.D. Kondratieff and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Moscow.

Artem Kochnev is a PhD-candidate at the Johannes Kepler University and the University of Innsbruck in the field of political economy. His PhD-thesis is dedicated to estimating the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine on real economy, financial markets, and institutional development. During his PhD and Master studies, he was a teaching fellow at the Johannes Kepler University and contributed to the research activities of wiiw as a research fellow.

Mario Holzner is the Executive Director of wiiw. He is also coordinating economic policy development and communication with a focus on European economic policy. He has recently worked on issues of infrastructure investment in greater Europe, proposing a European Silk Road. Mario Holzner is also a lecturer in applied econometrics at the University of Vienna, Department of Economics.

Olga Pindyuk is wiiw Country Expert for Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She does regular economic analysis and forecasts on these countries in the framework of the wiiw country monitoring. Her research also focuses on foreign trade, in particular trade in services, and financial markets. Previously, she worked as a consultant with the World Bank (Ukraine office), the DFID Ukraine Trade Policy Project and NGOs in Ukraine.

Ambassador Martin Sajdik served as Secial Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine from 2015 to January 2020. Prior to this, Sajdik was as the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations (2012 -2015) and Austrian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, North Korea and Mongolia (2007-2011).

Velina Tchakarova is Head of Institute at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) in Vienna, Austria. Her work includes research, consulting and lectures on the global system transformation and geostrategy of global actors, particularly the EU's role in Eastern Europe. She participates in the Scenario Monitoring Team at the Austrian Ministry of Defence on global system developments and in simulation games at Wikistrat.