Visionary Conference Intro: Trends Shaping the Future

If you think we canchange the world, it just means you are not one of those that will 
Jacque Fresco, an American futurist


The human being of the future
The city of the future
The world of the future

On March 19, Lviv Business School of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) is holding the 6th Annual Conference Intro. This year we will look into the future and discuss the key trends that already dominate the global agenda. Usually we do not plan based on a long-term vision. As a rule we look to the near future of 5, 10 or 15 years max. During the Intro Conference, we want to engage the participants in a discussion of the long-term trends that will define the development of various industries.

Futurists predict an exciting future for all of us with technologies creating incredible opportunities to enhance the quality of life. For example, Thomas Frey, a prominent futurist and Executive Director of the Da Vinci Institute, is convinced that in the future our life will change beyond recognition. Modern metropolises will transform into ‘smart cities’, while convergence and integration will outweigh self-containment.

The conference will embrace the following key focus areas:
Trends in the financial and banking sectors: key changes in the global financial market. New methods and ways of financing
Human capital development: opportunities created by modern educational offers and implications for the labor market
Medicine of the future: how will a personalized approach to treatment and diagnosis influence our quality of life and life expectancy? Genetic research, cloning, designer drugs: is there an ethical boundary that science should not cross?
Urban planning/ smart cities: how should cities respond to the current challenges, population growth, the need for continuous improvement of services? How to collect and analyze data while always asking ourselves who we do it for and what effect we want to achieve?
Sustainable energy development: what technical, social and economic innovations can provide for sustainable energy development?
Cultural trends: how can culture shape a new generation and what should it be like?

Intro speakers

Ihor Hordiyevych, London, England
Partners at BTG Pactual

Igor Hordiyevych is currently a Partner with BTG Pactual, a leading financial institution with roots in Brazil and focused on investments in emerging markets. Prior to this, Igor spent 12 years at UBS, where he acted as the Managing Director and Head of CEEMEA Debt Capital Markets since 2008. Given Igor's outstanding experience in investment banking and familiarity with the region, his expert judgments are trusted by the largest Ukrainian corporations and financial institutions, as well as foreign investors interested in local markets.

Roman Zinchenko, Kyiv, Ukraine

Roman Zinchenko is an energy innovations and ‘green’ startups enthusiast and communications consultant. Over the last five years Roman has been promoting entrepreneurial opportunities and social innovations offered by renewable energy, sustainable development and energy efficiency. He leads Greencubator, a Ukrainian NGO founded in 2009 to unite partners, media and investors around ‘smart energy’ initiatives. Greencubator became one of the initiators of ‘green issues’ of Ukrainian business publications. Among other initiatives of the organization: EnergyCamp platform (off-grid renewables-powered open-air conferences); TeslaCamp, the first ever solar-powered energy hackathon; a cycle of Energy Efficient Universities conferences; participation of Ukrainian energy startups in a number of Europe’s leading investment platforms.

Hannes Klopper, Berlin, Germany
CEO of iversity

Hannes is one of the founders of iversity. He represents us to the public and is an expert on the digitalisation of education. In this context, he recently co-authored a book on the university in the 21st century in collaboration with distinguished Professor Yehuda Elkana. He holds a Dual-Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a B.A. in International Relations from the Technische Universität Dresden. Moreover, he spent a semester at SciencesPo Strasbourg and completed the Academy Year programme at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. From 2010-2011, Hannes Klöpper was an associate at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, working on a project that explored the impact of digitalisation on education. He has been selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and in 2013 has joined the board of jurors of the OpenEducation Challenge.

Dmitriy Bondar, Kyiv, Ukraine
Founder of several educational companies, leaders in education in Eastern Europe. 

Experienced consultant in MBA/Msc preparation) , focus on top business-schools. Founder and General Director of Moscow and Kiev office of MBA Strategy, #1 MBA|Msc Admission company in CIS countries (Moscow, Kiev, Almaty). Sucessfully prepared about 200 applicants to top world business-schools and Universities. Served and consulted prospective MBA clients from about 30 top Russia/Ukrainian companies: e.g. McKinsey, BCG, TNK-BP, Ernst&Young, MTS, Kyivstar, X5Retail and others. Founder of FastForward - first European Company that organizes about 30 executive study tours to best world companies in USA, Japan, China, Germany, France.

Yury Monczak, Montreal, Canada
Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

Yury Monczak is Molecular Pathology Lab Director and Assistant Professor of Medicine at McGill University and Université de Montréal (Canada). He is engaged in human genome research on the basis of molecular diagnostics. Researchers of the Lab that he leads invent different types of anticancer drugs. Prof. Monczak’s research interests include bioethics, the study of the typically controversial ethical and moral issues in science, particularly in medicine. He believes that traditional medicine will disappear completely in a few years and will be replaced by personalized medicine, “The revolution in medicine is that not only can we treat but also predict disease and prevent damage from it.”

Jurij R. Paraszczak, New York, USA
IBM, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights

Jurij is Director of IBM Research Industry Solutions and the leader of the Research Smarter Cities program focusing on helping cities manage the complex set of demands placed on their infrastructure by their constituents and on the optimization of flows of energy, people and water through this infrastructure. As the IBM Research lead for Smarter Cities Jurij is responsible for aligning the 10 Research Laboratories around Smarter Cities opportunities emerging around the globe. In this role he is also responsible for integrating research capabilities in, materials and processes, IT innovation, modeling and optimization to implement sustainable solutions with IBM’s customers in industries as diverse as retail, telecom, automotive, electric power, government. In addition Jurij manages a team of specialists who help develop Research innovations in ICT into customer solutions for all industry verticals.

Vladislav Troitsky, Kyiv, Ukraine
director, Dakh Theater

Mr. Troitsky is Head of the DAKH Center of Contemporary Art, its director and visionary (since 1994), President of the GOGOLFEST International Festival of Contemporary Art (since 2007), founder of the Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha, businessman, and benefactor. He teaches at the National University of Theater, Cinema and Television in Kyiv.


When: March 19, 2015.
Where: Lviv Business School of UCU, Lviv .

Participation: 300 UAH (excluding VAT) .
The cost covers the cost of materials and coffee breaks .

Participation for LvBS Community members is free.

For more details please contact:
Anastasiya Hirnyak,, тел. +38 067 673-18-76