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REUNITE

REbuilding Ukraine’s National Independence Through Education

REUNITE is a functioning collaborative formed at the intersection of academia, the public sector, and the private sector with the overarching goal of addressing the post-war Ukraine rebuilding activities through mutually beneficial activities with champions embracing education, government, and corporate perspectives.

Our Team will

  1. Provide Education and Training Courses and Certifications for- Veterans, Students, Professionals, Educators and others.
  2. Evaluate and coordinate installation of technology required for sustained and efficient construction.
  3. Perform master planning and feasibility studies.

Capitalizing on our combined strengths and resources, REUNITE members have come together to focus on the comprehensive improvement of the design and construction industries through successful development and delivery of university-level degree programs, professional development programs, community outreach, and engagement activities. This human capital development project seeks to create aligned programs for schools, universities, businesses, and government agencies, promoting knowledge transfer for future Ukrainian generations.

This initiative began with the creation of Rebuilding Ukraine Association Incorporated (RUAI), a nonprofit 501(c) 3, which was organized to provide technical assistance training to support the development of new building materials production facilities to provide necessary materials to repair the war damage from the Russian invasion. 

REUNITE will impact the development of government officials, engineers, architects, construction managers to plan, design, and construct of all types of buildings and infrastructure utilizing the newest products, latest smart and green technologies, and building methods. In addition, REUNITE will include public agencies and their employees to identify and implement best practices to ensure effective municipal level checks and balances throughout the industry, utilizing relevant performance metrics and data driven decisions.

REUNITE is an inclusive and impartial convener of academic, industry, and government stakeholders who formulate educational opportunities and applied research. The goal is to develop solutions on a national and even regional scale in the design and construction industry.

For more information, please contact: Thomas Lang, REUNITE@REBUKR.COM

REUNITE members participated at the these events

In Warsaw Poland on February 15th, 2023 a Memorandum Of Understanding was signed outlining the goals of the REUNITE initiative. Click here to see the MOU.

 

REUNITE – Collaboration Partners

Government | Non Profit | Academia | Industry

 

Government ↑ Go to TOP

Dr. Yevhen Kudriavets

Categories: Government
Ukraine Deputy Minister of Education, 12+ years of experience managing international and governmental educational projects at the intersection of education, diplomacy, and innovation.  Highly skilled in supervising and developing strategies, business development, and partnerships coordination. Proven record of generating and building education  diplomacy, advocating reforms, and delivering changes. • Coordination of international donors and partnerships, securing 200M+ USD funding for educational initiatives • Managing inter agency relations and representing Ukraine diplomatically in international affairs with 30+ countries • Leading high-level representations and advocated for Ukraine’s educational needs on 10+ international platforms • Overseeing strategic reforms, sector strategy development, and European integration efforts. • Leading high-stakes negotiations with EU counterparts, effectively representing Ukraine’s interests and advancing the integration agenda. • Modernizing of the governance structure and optimizing staff resources. • Leadership and internal coordination as Second-in-Command, overseeing deputy ministers and fostering interdepartmental collaboration • Leading and managing 40+ educational projects, institutions, and implementation projects units with 100+ employees • Main coordinator of multi-millions projects with international organizations, including the World Bank, EIB, GPE, UNICEF etc. Link: Ministry of Education and Science

Dr. Yevhen Kudriavets

Ukraine Ministry of Education and Science

Non Profit ↑ Go to TOP

Thomas Lang

Position: Founder – Executive Director
Categories: Board of Directors, Non Profit

President, Lang Development and Consulting Inc. – A seasoned executive with over thirty-five years of building and managing multi-million-dollar construction and materials companies and projects in domestic and international markets. Acknowledged for an ability to interface with foreign governments, comply with international regulations, create positive relations with clients, and be well received by executive leadership to develop, manage, and complete projects that return profit margins that meet or exceed projections.

Extremely knowledgeable of customs and business practices in the USA, Middle East, and Central European countries. International Projects: developing and managing numerous surface mining operations, hot mix asphalt, ready mix and block facilities, along with construction and consulting services have been completed in the countries of: Ukraine, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Poland and Russia.

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Thomas Lang

Founder – Executive Director

Rebuilding Ukraine Assoc. Inc.

Alexander Rotov

Categories: Executive Committee, Non Profit

REUNITE’s Ukraine Project Manager – Federation of Builders – Alexander’s professional experience and knowledge has been instrumental in assisting Rebuilding Ukraine Association Inc. (RUAI) in Ukraine during the startup of the REUNITE education program.  His passion to give back and help Ukraine has enabled RUAI to connect with many of its education stakeholders in Ukraine.  We at RUAI look forward to his guidance into the future.
Alexander O. Rotov is the Chairman of GERZ HOLDING, a privately held Group of Companies.   The company focus is construction and development within Eastern and Western Europe and specializes in energy-saving management, and alternative investments across Ukraine. In addition, Alexander was a member of European Economic Senate (EES), the Senator of EES from Ukraine from 2015 to 2020.
Alexander’s management experience totals almost 30 years across different industries, including coal mining, heavy industry, construction, and development. Prior to founding GERZ HOLDING in 2011, Alexander joined the Board of Directors of GERZ CONSTRUCTION LLC in 2006, as its main shareholder, and initiated the establishment of GERZ Construction Group of Companies, achieving a prominent position on the Ukrainian construction and development market.
Alexander graduated from Donbas National Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture in 1996 and holds a Presidential MBA from Kyiv Business School (2008).

Link: Confederation of Builders of Ukraine

Alexander Rotov

Confederation of Builders of Ukraine

Tamara Gallo-Olexy

Categories: Executive Committee, Non Profit

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), Tamara Gallo-Olexy is the President Emeritus of the UCCA, the largest umbrella organization in the United States, representing nearly 2 million Americans of Ukrainian descent. Tamara has the distinction of being the first woman elected as President of UCCA. Prior to her two terms as President (2008-2016), she served as the Director of the Ukrainian National Information Service (1990-1995); was an American Advisor for Burson-Marsteller’s National Market Reform Educational Project in Lviv (1995-1996); and worked as a consultant specializing in project development of health programs, cultural exchanges and humanitarian assistance for such clients as New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Albert Schweitzer Institute for Humanities. She also conducted intercultural training programs for relocating employees for such companies as Prudential and CARUS (1996-1998). Ms. Gallo-Olexy has served as the Executive Director of UCCA’s National Office since 1998, where she spearheaded and managed civic education projects in post-independence Ukraine, including overseeing UCCA’s Election Observation Missions since the mid-1990s. In 2016, Tamara was awarded the Order of Princess Olga, III Class, by President Poroshenko of Ukraine. Tamara holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from The George Washington University; and a double major in history and political science from Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY. Tamara is married and is raising their three children with her husband, Mark.

Link: Ukraine Congress Committee of America

Tamara Gallo-Olexy

Ukraine Congress Committee of America

Sergiy I Borysov

Position: Project Manager
Categories: Executive Committee, Non Profit

Sergiy I. Borysov, Ph.D. – has a broad scope of professional experiences: he is an educator, a researcher, and an entrepreneur. Sergiy was born and raised in Ukraine, where he attained his first doctoral degree from the National University of Kyiv, 2000. In 2006 he was awarded his second doctoral degree from the University of South Florida. Currently he is an Associate Professor at Saint Leo University in Florida. Aside from his academic duties, Sergiy functioned as a CEO of LeoTeq LLC and as a Chief Scientific Officer of Seventis Pharmaceuticals Inc., both small start-up biotech companies.

Development of academic and cultural ties between the USA and Ukraine is a passion and a focal point of Sergiy’s professional activities. Since 2006, Sergiy facilitated and organized a number of US-Ukrainian academic outreach programs, ranging from pre-school education to mediation of intercultural conflicts.

Sergiy I Borysov

Project Manager

Rebuilding Ukraine Association

Academia ↑ Go to TOP

Robert Cox

Categories: Academia, Executive Committee

The University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management – As director, Robert leads the day-to-day operations of the Rinker School.  He spends much of his time engaged with industry partners while supporting faculty, staff, and students in keeping the School as one of the most reputable construction management programs in the country while maintaining its global recognition.
Prior to his return to UF in July 2020, he served as a Senior Associate Dean for Globalization and Global Fellow at Purdue University.  As senior associate dean, he was responsible for the overall strategic planning and execution of all international activities on behalf of the Purdue Polytechnic.  He provided leadership for more than a dozen global collaborative partnerships across four continents. Robert was recognized with the Purdue’s 2019 Global Vision Award for his accomplishments in globalization.

Link: Univ. of Florida ME Rinker Sr. School of Construction

Robert Cox

Univ. of Florida ME Rinker Sr. School of Construction

Raymond Issa

Categories: Academia

The University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management – R. Raymond Issa, Ph.D., J.D., P.E., F.ASCE, API is an engineer, lawyer and computer scientist and UF Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling (CACIM), Rinker School of Construction Management, University of Florida. Raymond specializes and teaches in the areas of BIM/VDC, AI/ML, industrialized construction, construction management, construction law, information technology, ontologies and semantics and structures and foundations and is an advocate for technology integration in the AECO industry.
Raymond is in demand as a keynote speaker on BIM, AR/VR, technology integration, manufactured construction, resiliency and creativity and innovation. Raymond has completed over $10 million in grants; his authorship includes over 400 publications, and he has chaired over 350 Masters and over 60 Ph.D. committees.

Link: Univ. of Florida ME Rinker Sr. Shool of Construction

Raymond Issa

Univ. of Florida ME Rinker Sr. Shool of Construction

Olena Bondar

Categories: Academia

Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture Olena Bondar is a full member of the Academy of Construction of Ukraine – head of the department of scientific and pedagogical personnel for the construction industry; valid member of the Academy of Higher Education of Ukraine; Scholar of the award of the Parliament of Ukraine for the most talented young scientists (2014-2015); Laureate of the Budnikov Award of the Academy of Construction of Ukraine (2014). Honored with her mention in the “Book of Honor” of the KNUCA (2003); Certificate of Appreciation from the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (2015); Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor of Kyiv (2016); Medal of the Construction Chamber of Ukraine “Golden Trowel” (2020); Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Higher Education of Ukraine “For achievements in scientific and pedagogical activities” (2021)

Link: Kyiv National Univ. of Construction & Architecture

Olena Bondar

Kyiv National Univ. of Construction & Architecture

Nataliya Chukhray

Categories: Academia

Lviv Polytechnich National University – Prof. Dr. hab. Nataliya Chukhray is Vice-Rector for Education and International Relations of Lviv Polytechnic National University (www.lp.edu.ua). Prof. Chukhray has a Habilitation in Innovation Management from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine, 2003) and PhD in Economics from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine, 1993). Nataliya has a good track record in acquiring national research projects and leads interdisciplinary research projects and groups. She has published more than 350 scientific papers in conferences and journals and has supervised more than 20 doctoral students. Nataliya has also extensive experience in delivering professional consulting and training support to Ukrainian and foreign companies.

Link: Lviv Polytechnich National University

Nataliya Chukhray

Lviv Polytechnich National University

Anton Kholodov

Categories: Academia

Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University Anton is Vice-dean of Internationl students faculty, KhNADU, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Associate Professor of the Department of “Construction and Road Machines” of the Kharkіv National Automobile and Highway University. The field of scientific activity is the creation of energy-efficient road construction machinery, both in the design of new machines and in the modernization of existing ones, the development of hydro-accumulating systems, the improvement of fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness of machines, and the development of hybrid drives for machines. The research results are presented in more than 100 publications, including 47 articles in scientific specialized publications in Ukraine, 7 articles in periodicals included in the Scopus and Web of Science scientific databases, 17 articles in other scientific publications, and 11 author’s certificates. The author is a co-author of two monographs.

Link: Kharkiv National Automobile & Highway University

Anton Kholodov

Kharkiv National Automobile & Highway University

Łukasz Piątek

Categories: Academia

Warsaw University of Technology – Łukasz Piątek is an architect, marine designer, researcher and educator working in the field of civil and naval architecture with special regard to floating buildings and cities. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology, and a founder of water-oriented design practice Kilson Design. Łukasz is a member of the Society of Floating Solutions (Singapore) and the Technical Board of the Polish Register of Shipping (section: Offshore and Floating Structures). He was involved in many interdisciplinary projects including elaborating the building code for floating buildings as an external reviewer in Polski Rejestr Statków S.A., a consultancy for the City of Warsaw on the implementation floating swimming pools and co-designing the restoration of the oldest Polish tall ship ‘Generał Zaruski’. He was the co-chair of the 2nd World Conference on Floating Solutions 2020 and the 3rd International Conference on Amphibious Architecture, Design and Engineering ICAADE 2019. His Ph.D. thesis about contemporary floating architecture in Poland defended cum laude has won the award of the Polish Minister of Economic Development.

Link: Warsaw University of Technology

Łukasz Piątek

Warsaw University of Technology

Industry ↑ Go to TOP

Alexander Gordin

Categories: Executive Committee, Industry

Rebuilding Ukraine Agency – Alexander is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Rebuilding Ukraine Agency and of Broad Street Capital Group, Alexander M. Gordin has served as an advisor to a number of public and privately held businesses, spearheading development, financing and management of communications, automotive services and alternative energy companies. With a significant number of cross-border financing assignments, as well as numerous mergers, acquisitions and divestitures to his credit, ranging in size from $0.3 to $444 million, Mr. Gordin possesses substantial negotiation skills and forensic due diligence tools.
Mr. Gordin is an international merchant banking professional with over 20 years of C-level experience providing cross-border strategic advisory services in the areas of export finance, international project finance, risk mitigation and business development. Clients include foreign governments, Fortune 500 corporations, municipalities and state enterprises. He has strong entrepreneurial instincts, combined with leadership and strategic skills as well as transactional and negotiations experience in over 30 countries.

Link: Rebuilding Ukraine Agency

Alexander Gordin

Rebuilding Ukraine Agency

Roman Ferderowycz

Categories: Executive Committee, Industry

Dibrova farms ltd – Official advisor to the Makariv district on a voluntary basis.

Roman Fedorowycz has 31 years’ experience in the Ukrainian market having consulted Coca-Cola, Shell, Seagram’s, Renaissance Capital, and numerous large agro holdings.
He currently has a 5000-acre organic farm in Rivne Oblast.

From the start of the Russian invasion, he has personally raised donations and is also aiding Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and Ukraine Friends in ongoing aid to the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Services of Ukraine (SBU), National Guard, Border Guards and others.

Mr Fedorowycz has helped the Makariv region attract a 16,000,000 euro grant from the European Union for the rebuilding of two kindergartens and remodeling a school and hospital. Also actively in talks with investors on building factories for building materials.
–  Languages: Fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish (moderate)

Roman Ferderowycz

Dibrova Farms LTD

Daniel Aspleaf

Categories: Executive Committee, Industry

CDM Engineering Ukraine – Daniel Aspleaf is the Owner and Managing Director, and has a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Washington (USA) and has over 25 years of professional experience, 13 of them in Ukraine, Eastern Europe and the CIS countries.
Combining a background in the physical sciences with international business development, Mr. Aspleaf is experienced in developing and managing complex, large-scale infrastructure projects in various sectors, including civil and industrial construction, water, wastewater and solid waste management, transportation and energy-related infrastructure.
Mr. Aspleaf possesses a profound knowledge of the Ukrainian business environment, in particular related to infrastructure investments. This includes extensive experience with feasibility studies, procurement, tendering procedures, and project management particularly within the framework of FIDIC contract administration. Mr. Aspleaf has experience in the development and delivery of numerous seminars, trainings, workshops, and other capacity building and stakeholder engagement events over a range of topics, including to the state authorities.

Link: CDM Engineering Ukraine

Daniel Aspleaf

CDM Engineering Ukraine

Marek Kurylowicz

Categories: Industry

Kuryłowicz & Associates – Marek graduated from SWPS  University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, 2011 . Chairman at Kuryłowicz & Associates  architectural design studios ( Warsaw, Wrocław ) since 2011.
Within the area of his responsibilities among others are business development  of the company as well as representing it in  the process of negotiations   during the phases of holding consultations at  the  consecutive phases of the K& A projects . Participant of numerous international conferences  and debates where  he was representing the company , among others : at the World Architecture Festival , Amsterdam 2019 , presenting the project done by the studio   of Polish Antarctic Station on King  George Island and at the World  Architecture Festival 2022 in Lisbon where he presented realized building of Department of  Linguistics and Neofilology of University of Warsaw in Warsaw , nominated in the public education building  category , as Festival finalist .
Right now involved in the project of Central Communication  Port ( CPK )  in Baranów  , Poland  performed by Foster + Partners  with Kuryłowicz & Associates as the Polish partner.

Link: Kuryłowicz & Associates

Marek Kurylowicz

Kuryłowicz & Associates

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