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Presentation about key lessons for Ukraine’s lobbying industry took place at America House

Presentation «Lobbying industry in America. Key lessons to learn for Ukraine» took place on August 5, 2016. The event was organized by Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute and America House Ukraine.

Presentation was aimed to give comprehensive analysis of lobbying industries in the USA and in Ukraine, draw parallels between the two and identify key tasks for lobbying industry in the latter. In order to ensure that these goals are met, following industry experts were invited: Dennis Bazilevych (Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute), Olena Prokopenko (Hill+Knowlton Strategies) and Oleksandr Guzenko (alumnus of public affairs and advocacy course at the American University, Washington DC)

There were approximately 60 attendees at the event. They had diverse backgrounds and different level of awareness about lobbying craft. Having acknowledged this factor, the presentation was specifically tailored to suit audience’s needs and disclose new information to each and every participant. Particularly, Mr. Oleksandr Guzenko opened the event with a general overview of lobbying industry in the United States. Olena Prokopenko took the baton and shared her professional experience exemplifying two particular cases that her employer Hill+Knowlton has dealt with previously. Dennis Bazilevych was the final speaker at the event. Based on key notes from earlier presenters, he gave a comprehensive summary of industries in two countries and drew key lessons to learn for Ukraine.

Presentation by each speaker was followed by Q&A sessions. Majority of questions were about lobbying ethics and legitimization of lobbying industry in Ukraine. 

It is expected that presentations on lobbying industry will take place more often, and we, in turn, will inform you about the upcoming ones