Ukrainian Pharmaceutical Forum

4-5 December 2019

InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine

Speakers confirmed

Oleg Petrenko, the Head of National Health Service of Ukraine, was born on 4 October 1974 in Nizhyn, Chernihiv region. He graduated Vinnytsya National Pirogov Memorial Medical University in 1998, School of Public Health of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Maastricht University with master degree in management of health institutions and School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe in 2006. 

He started his professional career in leading Ukrainian pharmaceutical companies where he took various positions starting from medical representative until business unit head. From 2005 until 2007, he worked as Executive Director in the School of public health of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Starting from 2007, he has been working in Kyiv private hospitals. From 2007 until 2015, he was Director on strategic development and First Deputy of General Director in the Oberih hospital. From 2015 until February 2018, he worked as Deputy General Director on strategic development in Isida hospital.  

From 2005 until 2007, he took the position of External Adviser and Member of working groups of the Ministry of health, Ministry of social policy and Presidential administration on developing draft laws in medical sphere. From 2005 until 2008, he was Member of Civic Council of the Ministry of health. From 2014 until 2015, he was Member of Strategic Advisory Group on elaborating national strategy for development of Ukrainian health system for 2015-2020. 

On 27 February 2018, Oleg Petrenko won the competition to fill the position of the Head of newly established National Health Service of Ukraine. During six months of his job, half of the Ukrainian primary health care institutions signed the contract with the National Health Service and implemented new financing system. More than 12 million of Ukrainians chose his own doctor in these institutions. The National Health Service should provide financing of all medical institutions and reimbursement of medicines up to the year 2020. 


Inna Shatova has been working in the Ministry of economic development and trade of Ukraine on the position of Deputy Director of industrial property department, the Head of industrial property law unit.
Inna Shatova, the highly qualified professional in intellectual property, has more than 20 years of working experience in this sphere. Before the abolition of the State service of intellectual property, she occupied the position of Deputy Director of the industrial property department, the Head of industrial property unit of the Service.
Inna graduated Kyiv polytechnic institute with bachelor degree in chemical engineering and Interregional academy of personnel management with master degree in juridical sciences as well as she obtained special education in intellectual property.
Inna Shatova is occupied in development of legislation in the sphere of industrial property, administrative protection of intellectual property rights, fulfilment of the Ukrainian obligations under international treaties etc.
Inna is also Member and Deputy Head of the Appeals Chamber under the Ministry of economic development and trade.


Volodymyr Kostiuk was appointed the Acting Executive Director in March 2018. Before that, he had held the position of the Operations Director of the company since June 2015. Before that, he was the chief of the liquid and semisolid medicinal products manufacturing shop. He has worked in the Company since 2008.

Volodymyr Kostiuk worked on establishing contacts with foreign partners and development of pharmaceutical enterprise’s international cooperation. He participated in clinical trials of preparations manufactured by Farmak in Europe, Canada and the US. Volodymyr Kostiuk headed the team in charge of the operation of SAP ERP, a business automation system, and was responsible for internal audits in the company.

Volodymyr Kostiuk is responsible for development and implementation of the company strategy in manufacturing operations, introduction of efficient business processes into production, management of production activities of the enterprise and processes of development and expansion of production.

In 2009, he graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv with a degree in Economic Cybernetics. He studied at Donau Universitat Krems (Austria) under the MBA program.

Now he is studying at National University of Pharmacy, Kharkiv to obtain a degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering.


Elena graduated from Belarus State Medical University in 1996. She worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist in the Hospital of the Presidential Administration, Minsk.

Elena started her career in pharmaceutical business in KRKA in 2003. She joined GSK in 2005 and worked for more than 10 years in different commercial roles in GSK Belarus passing the way from a medical representative to the Country Manager of GSK Pharma in Belarus. In 2016 Elena Likhovets was appointed to a position of the General Manager of GSK Pharma Ukraine.


Dmytro Spitsyn joined Teva Ukraine as General Manager in July 2014. Under his leadership the company has successfully completed integration with Actavis and became one of three largest pharmaceutical companies in Ukraine. 

Dmytro has more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Teva, he held leadership positions in ViiV Healthcare Russia/CIS and ViiV Healthcare International, GSK and Pharmastart LLC.

Dmytro graduated from the Bohomolets National Medical University with MD degree. He holds MBA degree from Management Institute MIM-Kiev (2002). 

He has two daughters, he and his family live in Kyiv.


Dr Oleksandr Gorbenko is an expert in public health, patient advocacy and engagement with overall 18 years experience in pharma. He graduated as a medical doctor (general practice) in O.Bogomolets National Medical University and Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education and later worked on his PhD dissertation in the Ukrainian Institute of Public Health MOH. His experience across pharma includes several medical and commercial roles in representative offices of big biopharma companies (Nycomed/Takeda, Richter Gedeon, GSK) as well as senior global medical roles at GSK and ViiV Healthcare headquarters in the UK. He has an additional experience with UN/UNFPA on women empowerment and combating gender-based violence.  Over the last 5 years Dr Gorbenko has been developing necessary capacities/capabilities within corporate patient affairs focusing on getting insights, advice and information from patients throughout the Medicine Development Continuum and disease continuum/individual experience, collaboration with patient organisations, substantiation and inclusion of the specific PRO/PCO measurements, KPIs and standards of patient centricity for big pharma and other programmes. ViiV Healthcare has been broadly recognised as a truly patient-centric company (Number 1 amongst 47 biopharma companies over the last 5 years by PatientView Corporate Reputation Ranking) and reliable partner of HIV community.


Rajeev Gupta was born in India on 18.04.1970.

 In 1988, he came to Ukraine to study engineering. In 1994, he graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

 In 1995, he began working in the pharmaceutical industry, having established a distribution company specializing in the supply of Indian pharmaceutical products to Ukraine.

 In 2001, the company “Gladpharm LTD”, headed by Rajeev Gupta, was among ten largest pharmaceutical distributors in Ukraine.

 Since 2002, Rajeev Gupta began to market the medicinal products under his own brands. The medicinal products were manufactured on a contractual basis in India. After successful launching of more than a dozen drugs on the market Rajeev Gupta decided to create his own drug manufacturing.

 In 2005, the construction of Kusum Healthcare Pvt Ltd pharmaceutical plant began in India, and since 2007, most of the company’s medicinal products are manufactured at its own plant. Given the importance of the Ukrainian market for the company, in 2005 a decision was made to build a pharmaceutical plant in Ukraine.

 In August 2009, “Kusum Pharm” plant was put into operation in Sumy. Both plants of the company are constructed in accordance with GMP standards.

 The products manufactured by Kusum group of companies are sold in Ukraine, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Philippines, and Myanmar.

 Kusum group of companies is included in the TOP 11 pharmaceutical companies of Ukraine, and is recognized to be one of the most rapidly growing companies in the pharmaceutical industry.

Vitaliy has been working as a Country Manager in AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals GmbH for 5 years. He also worked for such companies as  Abbott Ukraine Ltd., Janssen-Cilag, KRKA.

Vitaliy has a successful experience in managing sales and marketing teams in international pharmaceutical companies. He has a wide business connection in the field of pharmaceutical market (Ukraine and Moldova). Competent in marketing, sales, conducting negotiations and managing different organizations, teams and projects.

Vitaliy is a member of the following organisations:

APRaD (Association of Pharmaceutical Research and development): BoD
Chairman of the Board

ACC (American Chamber of Commerce) Co-chair of HC committee since 2013
USUBC (US-Ukraine business council) BoD member since 2008


Deepak Sharma is Director of Glenmark Ukraine, belonging to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd., an International pharma company with presence over 80 countries. Glenmark Pharma Ranks among top 80 Pharma & Biotech companies globally. (SCRIP 100 Rankings 2017). Glenmark pharma has 17 manufacturing facilities across US, India, Czech Republic, Argentina and Switzerland.

In addition to Ukraine, Deepak is also looking after Moldova, Georgia and Azerbaijan. In this role, Deepak is responsible for overall operations of the organization.

Deepak has an experience of apprx 15 years in Pharma industry, he has worked in different organizations like Cipla, Pfizer, Ranbaxy & Macleods on different positions. He is based in Ukraine from last 7 years and travelled extensively inside the region including, Ukraine , Kazak, Uzbek, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. He possesses a good knowledge of the pharma industry in the region. He has a vision to develop the pharma marketing more interesting and innovative. He is instrumental in many of the ongoing CSR projects in the region.

Deepak holds a Management degree, in addition to the life-sciences degree. Deepak has spoken on various issues on various platform related to pharma Industry. He is often invited by management colleges for talk to inspire students. In the recent past , Deepak was interviewed by Pharmaboard room and Medicinman. His interview on his career was published in Medicinman last year.

Deepak lives in Kyiv with wife and 2 children.

Volodymyr Ignatov is the Head of IPSEN Pharma country office in Ukraine and Moldova.

Volodymyr Ignatov has more than 20 years of experience in Ukrainian pharmaceutical market as a Head of country office of the companies Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (1993-1999), Aventis (2000-2005), Astra Zeneca (2005-2009) and IPSEN.

In 2001-2009, he was actively engaged in work of the European Business Association (EBA) as Vice President (2004-2005), Head of European pharmaceutical manufacturers group by the EBA Health Care Committee.  

Since 2010, he has been working as Executive Director in AIPM Ukraine.


Bogomolets National Medical University in Kyiv, Candidate of medical sciences, MBA.


Irina Karakai has more than 20 years of business experience in pharmaceutical market in Ukraine, in general management, leading the organizations as Country/Region Head in several international companies: Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Jadran Galenski Laboratorij.

Besides Ukraine, during last 15 years she is being involved in development of business in various other CIS countries

Irina Karakai holds a degree in Medicine from the University of Lugansk, PhD in Marketing from the University of Kiev and MBA degree from University of Pittsburgh’ Joseph M.Katz Graduate School of Business. 

Has broad experience in building and structuring the organizations, market access, sales & marketing, HR, development of personal, Supply Chain management, building the cross-functional cooperation, project management, etc.



Alexander Tkachuk graudated from Canada New Brunswick University with international MBA. He also has a 'Marketing degree' from Economical University in Kiev and degrees from the Institute of Pharmacology at Academy of Medical Science, Kiev and National Medical University, Kiev.  

Before his role as a Country Manager in the Representative Office Sentiss Pharma, and current role in Zylotech Ukraine,  Alexander used to be  a Head of Business Support & Development department in the representative office of  Sanofi in Ukraine, General Manager at COMCON Pharma (Ukraine) and Deputy Country Manager at the  Representative office of Mega Products in Ukraine.



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Alexey Sukhomlinov

From September 2017, Alexey Sukhomlinov has been taking the position of Deputy Director on quality in State enterprise “Ukrainian pharmaceutical quality institute” (UPQI). Before then, Alexey worked in State enterprise “State training center on good manufacturing and distribution practices” (further restructured to “UPQI”) and was engaged in more than 100 GMP inspections.

Total length of work in the industry is more than 20 years: “Kyivmedpreparat”, “Pharma Start”, “Dr. Reddy”s Laboratories”. 


Alla has been woring as a Director of Medical and Regulatory Affairs department, PV, QA Ukraine and CIS in Acino Pharma AG, Pharma Start LLC Ukraine since 2015. From 2003 to 2015 she was a medical representaive to RA, Medical, PV, QA Director in group of countries at Nycomed (Switzerland), Takeda Pharmaceutical (Japan). Alla graduated as a MD from National Medical University (Ukraine, Kiev) in 2003. Alla has a PhD in Pediatrics.

Yuliya Shchehlova,  graduated from Kharkov Pharmaceutical Academy with Pharmacists Diploma. She also has a 'Marketing degree' from National Pharmaceutical University of Management & Economy, Kharkov 

Before her role as a Senior Product Manager in the Representative Office Takeda, Ukraine

Yuliya used to be  a Product Manager in the Representative office of  Mepha in Ukraine.

SUR Sergii (24.07.1961, Zaporozhie, Ukraine) — Candidate of Chemical Sciences (1988), Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2005), Director of "ARTERIUM LTD." (2018).

Education: Zaporozhie State Medical Institute, Pharmaceutical Faculty (1983), Postgraduate studentship of Institute of Colloid Chemistry and Chemistry of Water, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kiev (1988)

Work Record:

·          Deputy Head of the Central District Pharmacy in Berezovka city, Odessa region (1983);

·          Post graduate student (1985), scientific associate (1989)  of Institute of Colloid Chemistry and Chemistry of Water, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences;

·          Scientific associate in Scientific Hygienic Center, Ukrainian Academy of Medical Sciences (1992);

·          Head of State Laboratory for Quality Control of Medicines, Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ukrainian Academy of Medical Sciences (1993),

·          Director of Central Laboratory for Quality Control of Medicines, MoH of Ukraine (1998),

·          Deputy Chief Inspector of Ukraine for Quality Control of Medicines, MoH of Ukraine (2000),

·          Director of Research and Development of "Arterium" Corporation (2005), Regulatory Affairs Director of "Arterium" Corporation (2013)

·               Director of "ARTERIUM LTD." (2018).

Role and Duties:

Developing and submission of functional strategy in R&D, RA

Development and implementation of R&D and RA business processes and structure

Research, development and marketing authorization of new products on all markets

Member of Company Directors Board

Sergey Goryslavets has been working at Glenmark Ukraine on Sales & Marketing Director position for 2,5 years, being responsible for strategic product portfolio development, SF development, short-term and long-term planning, managing team of professionals in marketing and sales areas. Totally, Sergey has over 20 years’ experience in pharmaceutical industry, starting from medical representative position up to his current role. His professional career have been lasting in number of original and generic pharmaceutical companies, dealing with various products. In 1997 Sergey graduated as a pharmacist from Zaporozhye State Medical University, holds master’s degree in economics from Kiev National Economic University (2003).



Starting from July 2017 Vladimir Shtepa is working for BaDM LLC in the position of Deputy Commercial Officer on marketing ensuring the development and rendering of services on promotion of pharmaceutical products from the manufacturer to the ultimate consumer.

Vladimir has more than 18 years of experience in marketing and management of sales in the pharmaceutical field. In 1999 he started his professional career as a sales manager in Kiev-based Company “Vipex-Pharm” and shortly he was promoted to the position of administrative director of the regional branch.

From 2002 till 2008 he was engaged in the development of retail sales to the pharmacies and healthcare facilities as the representative of BaDM LLC. In 2009 Vladimir was appointed to the position of the Head of sales division responsible for logistics, distribution, and promotion of pharmaceutical products in the South-Eastern region.

Vladimir obtained his doctoral degree in medicine at Zaporizhia State Medical University and also the graduate diploma in marketing and management at Zaporizhzhya National University.

Currently, he lives in Dnipro. He’s married and has two children; in his spare time he enjoys improvisation on the piano, goes in for sports and takes online courses on marketing and market environment. 

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