What world is emerging, and what does it mean for Europe and Ukraine?
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Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and former UK Prime Minister

Anne Applebaum, Staff writer for The Atlantic, Pulitzer - prize winning historian (Moderator)

Victor Pinchuk, Founder, YES, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, EastOne group (Introduction)
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Speakers and moderator
Tony Blair
Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change,
former UK Prime Minister
Anne Applebaum
Staff writer for The Atlantic,
Pulitzer – prize winning historian (Moderator)
Victor Pinchuk
Founder, YES, Victor Pinchuk Foundation, EastOne group (Introduction)
Tony Blair
Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and former UK Prime Minister
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007 - the only Labour leader in the party's 100-year history to win three consecutive elections.

During his time in Downing Street Tony Blair implemented a major domestic reform agenda. Through record investment and reform, the UK's education and healthcare sectors were transformed. The New Labour Government led by Tony implemented the largest hospital and school building since the creation of the UK's welfare state.

Overall crime was reduced by a third, and the first ever national minimum wage was introduced. There was also transformational progress on human rights and equality and all of this took place during a period of record economic growth and levels of employment.

As Prime Minister, Tony Blair was also a central figure on the global stage. He helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, securing the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998. He was a passionate advocate of an interventionist foreign policy. Tony created the Department for International Development, tripled the UK's foreign aid to Africa, and introduced landmark legislation to tackle climate change.
Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent most of his time working on three areas: supporting governments to deliver effectively for their people, working for peace in the Middle East, and countering extremism. He established the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change to work on some of the most difficult challenges in the world today, believing that real leadership has never been more necessary or more difficult.

Currently, teams from Mr. Blair's Institute are directly supporting leaders across the globe in their fight against Covid-19, delivering analysis and advice to help countries mitigate the economic impact, to harness the power of technology and to better position themselves for the rebuilding to come. Find out more about the recent work of his Institute here.
Anne Applebaum
Staff writer for The Atlantic,
Pulitzer – prize winning historian

Pulitzer Prize winning historian, journalist and commentator on geo-politics, Anne Applebaum examines the challenges and opportunities of global political and economic change through the lenses of world history and the contemporary political landscape. Informed by her expertise in Europe and her years of international reporting, Applebaum shares perspectives on, and the far-reaching implications of, today's volatile world events. And as technology allows a new scale of media manipulation to authoritarian governments and changes the tenor of political discourse, she scrutinizes the misinformation, propaganda, and criminal exploitation that influence global affairs, as well. Anne's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag: A History is about the Soviet concentration camps. Her book, Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, is the winner of her second Duff Cooper Prize and the 28th Lionel Gelber Prize 2018. Anne is the only author to win the Duff Cooper Prize twice. In July 2020 Penguin published her new book Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism – in this work, she outlines eloquently why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism. Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs, Anne is in charge of a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda. Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute from 2011-2015, an international think tank, Applebaum is the co-founder of the institute's Democracy Lab, an online partnership between the institute and Foreign Policy magazine. An adjunct fellow of the Center for European Policy Analysis, she is former Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. For many years, Applebaum wrote a biweekly foreign affairs column for The Washington Post. She is now a staff writer at The Atlantic. She is also a regular contributor to publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, Slate magazine, The New Republic, Die Welt, The Spectator, The Independent, Cicero, Gazeta Wyborcza and The New York Review of Books. She was formerly a member of The Washington Post's editorial board; foreign and deputy editor of the Spectator magazine; and political editor of the Evening Standard.
Victor Pinchuk
Founder, EastOne Group, YES, Victor Pinchuk Foundation
Victor Pinchuk is a Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist. He graduated with honours from the Dnipropetrovsk Metallurgical Institute in 1983 and earned a PhD degree in 1987 before starting his career as a research engineer in pipe production. In 1990, he founded the Interpipe Company on the basis of his patented innovations in pipe design, engineering and production, which were successfully adopted by leading metallurgical factories in the former USSR. In 2007, he founded EastOne Ltd., an international investment advisory company whose portfolio comprises more than 20 businesses and large-scale projects, including Interpipe and assets in Ukraine and internationally in ferroalloys, oil and gas, media and others. Mr. Pinchuk served as an elected Member of the Parliament of Ukraine from 1998 to 2006. For many years Mr. Pinchuk has been developing and supporting a number of philanthropic projects in Ukraine. In 2006, he consolidated these activities under the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which became the largest private Ukrainian philanthropic foundation. Its mission is "Empowering future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow." It focuses on education, Ukraine's international integration, healthcare and access to the inspiration of contemporary art.The projects of the foundation include the following: the largest private scholarship program in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA; an international scholarship program for Ukrainian students, WorldWideStudies; public lectures with international leaders for Ukrainian students; founding the Kyiv School of Economics; a network of modern neonatal centers throughout Ukraine, Cradles of Hope; the Davos Ukrainian Lunch organized annually at the occasion of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos; and the largest and most dynamic contemporary art centre in Central and Eastern Europe, the PinchukArtCentre. The PinchukArtCentre provides free admission and has welcomed over 3 million visitors since its founding. It also awards the biannual Future Generation Art Prize for artists from any country aged 35 or younger and the biannual PinchukArtCentre Prize for young Ukrainian artists. Mr. Pinchuk has long promoted closer ties between Ukraine and the EU. In 2004, he created the Yalta European Strategy (YES) – an international independent organization aimed at promoting Ukraine's integration with Europe and the world. Mr. Pinchuk is a member of the World Economic Forum, a member of the International Advisory Council of the Atlantic Council, and a member of the International Advisory Council of Brookings Institution. He was included in the "2010 Time 100 - The World's Most Influential People" list by Time Magazine. In 2013, he joined the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative founded in 2010 by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
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