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
- Provide Education and Training Courses and Certifications for- Veterans, Students, Professionals, Educators and others.
- Evaluate and coordinate installation of technology required for sustained and efficient construction.
- 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.
- New York City – April 26th Ukraine / US Business Forum
- Washington DC – April 27th – Meeting with Ukraine Education Minister – Kudriavets Yevhen
- Miami Florida – May 16 / 18 Trimble Technology Forum
- Washington DC June 14th Presentation – Click here to download.
- Washington DC – June 14-16 Ukrainian Days – Meeting with legislators and Ukrainian Ambassador
- London, England – Ukraine Recovery Conference
REUNITE – Collaboration Partners
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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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Trimble Inc. – Ukraine Special Projects Director. Building on experience as a Russia specialist in US Army military intelligence, Tom Austin has led efforts by US consulting, construction, mining, and power generation firms throughout the former Soviet Union for over 25 years, most recently leading Trimble’s humanitarian aid and commercial efforts in Ukraine. Tom holds an MBA in international business from HEC Paris
Trimble’s 14,000 employees across the world transform the way the world works by connecting the physical and digital worlds through hardware, software, and services across agriculture, construction, geospatial, and transportation. Trimble enables better decision-making by connecting the right information with the right people. It starts with understanding the value and context of available data, then using it to digitally transform project delivery and asset resilience. Trimble has been active in Ukraine, directly and through our agriculture, geospatial (digital surveying and mapping), and construction channel partners for over 15 years.
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)
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
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