On Friday, September 7, USUBC hosted a Roundtable Working Luncheon with George P. Kent, the new Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), EUR, U.S. State Department for Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.  The new DAS assumes his duties on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. 

George most recently served as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, from July 2016 through August 2018.  USUBC has known and worked with George for many years. 

In the picture left to right: Sarah English, MasterCard; George Kent, DAS, U.S. State Department.
In his opening presentation, Mr. Kent shared his thoughts about his recent work on the ground in Ukraine, outlined most critical problems that his team was facing over the last couple years, answered numerous questions from USUBC members.

In the picture left to right: Morgan Williams, USUBC, William Taylor, Former U.S.Ambassador to Ukraine; Philip de Leon, Trade Connections International, LLC; George Chopivsky, Ukrainian Development Company; Robert Homans, Business Finance and Micro-Credit Expert;  Victoria Pardini, Kennan Institute;  John Coffman, Armada Ammunition; John Burrows, EBRD

More than 60 people attended the meeting, including the representatives of: Baker McKenzie, Cargill, Shell; UkrLandFarming, EPAP/Asters, John Deere, MasterCard, EBRD, Ukrainian Development Company, USIP, CSIS, U.S. Department of Commerce, Armada Ammunition, Inc, APCO Worldwide, Parliament of Ukraine, Embassy of Ukraine in the USA, U.S. State Department, National Democratic Institute, Culhane Meadows PLLC; The Summit Strategies, The Greenbrier Companies, Johns Hopkins University, McLarty Associates, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF), RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, Trade Connections International, LLC, Open World Leadership Center, Cub Energy, U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, Kennan Institute, BGR, People of Ukraine Fund, Deloitte, Astana Law Partners, First International Resources, CRDF Global, PASS, LLC, The World Bank.

In the picture left to right: Ihor Petrashko, UkrLandFarming; Vadym Denysenko, Member of Parliament of Ukraine;  Maya Seiden, Principal, Government Affairs, BGR
George Kent has always been supportive of business and economic development of Ukraine. USUBC has worked closely with George and hosted a "Welcome to Ukraine" dinner in Kyiv on July 19, 2016.  We are very fortunate to be the first ones who hosted a “Welcome to Washington luncheon” for George as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), EUR, U.S. State Department for Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. USUBC members wish him great success and impactful work on this new position.

In the picture left to right: Tomas Firestone, Partner, Baker McKenzie; Morgan Williams, President, USUBC, William Taylor, USIP, Former U.S.Ambassador to Ukraine; Philip de Leon, Trade Connections International, LLC; 

USUBC brings special thanks to Baker McKenzie for hosting this event in their wonderful White House Conference room in Washington. 

In the picture left to right: Lewis Madanick, Open World Leadership Center; Frank Mermoud, Cub Energy; Temuri Yakobashvili,  PASS, LLC


George P. Kent has been serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), as of July 1, 2016, at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, until August 2018.  From 2014-2015, he served as the Senior Anti-Corruption Coordinator in the European Bureau.  The European Bureau is prioritizing the fight against corruption as a strategic component of the vision of a Europe whole, free, and a peace.  Mr. Kent led development and advocacy of anti-corruption messages across Europe and Eurasia.

A Senior Foreign Service officer, Mr. Kent previously served as Director for the Office of Europe and Asia programming in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL/EA), overseeing $200 million in annual programming for the rule of law, law enforcement, and judicial system capacity building in the Balkans, Eurasia, parts of South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Mr. Kent’s assignments since joining the foreign service in 1992 have spanned Central Europe, Central Asia, and East Asia.  Mr. Kent was posted in Kyiv, Ukraine as the deputy Political Counselor during the time of Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution” (2004-07).   In Warsaw, Poland, he served as an economics officer in charge of trade issues, the environment, and counter-narcotics (1995-97). 

Other assignments include: Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand; Political-Military officer at Embassy Bangkok; Thai desk officer; Watch Officer in the Operations Center; and Consular/General Services Officer in the then newly established U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  

Mr. Kent holds an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF Distinguished Graduate, 2012); an M.A. from Johns Hopkins' SAIS (School for Advanced International Studies) in American Foreign Policy and International Economics (1992, honor graduate), and an A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard College in Russian History and Literature (1989).  He also studied for a year at Edinburgh University, Scotland, on a Rotary Scholarship.  He is married; he and his wife Velida have three children.  Mr. Kent speaks Russian, Thai, Polish, and some Ukrainian, Italian, and German.  He is a Kirby Simon Fund Trustee and a proud member of Red Sox Nation.