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Shaping the future together: Stockholm summit on rebuilding war-torn Ukrainian municipalities

Join Stockholm University and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 29 of April, 2024, for a conference on "Rethinking Cities In Ukraine". Active participation from front-line municipalities and discussions with Swedish and international partners about current and future needs for reconstruction.

This conference marks the culmination of a six-month capacity-building program spearheaded by the Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University and the Ro3kvit Urban Coalition for Ukraine. This project was supported by the Swedish Institute's Public Sector Innovation Program.

Five hromadas (municipalities) from Eastern Ukraine situated near the front-line and heavily affected by the war present pilot projects illustrating local needs and proposals for rebuilding their cities with both urgency and long-term strategy. The conference allows for a wider range of Swedish and International stakeholders to discuss and explore collaboration for a co-creative effort with decision makers from Ukrainian municipalities.

Welcome to participate in this unique opportunity to gain local insights of current and future needs for reconstruction in these front-line municipalities.

Rethinking cities pilot projects

Presentations by decision makers and five eastern Ukrainian municipalities (Hromada):

  • Lozova Hromada Team / Kharkiv region
  • Nizhyn Hromada Team / Chernihiv region
  • Nikopol Hromada Team / Dnipropetrovsk region
  • Pokrovsk Hromada Team / Donetsk region
  • Sumy Hromada Team / Sumy region


  • Oleksandra Azarkhina, Deputy Minister of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine (Kyiv)
  • Helena Bjarnegård, Sweden's National Architect, Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Stockholm)
  • Ulf Bojö, Vice President, NEFCO (Nordic Environment Finance Corporation) (Helsinki)
  • Zhenia Dulko, Project Manager, Ro3kvit Urban Coalition for Ukraine (Chicago / Mykolaiyv)
  • Jean-Erik de Zagon, Head of European Investment Bank Kyiv Office (Kyiv / Brussels)
  • Diana Janse, State Secretary, Ministry for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade (Stockholm)
  • Artem Korzhenevych, PhD, Professor of Environmental, Urban and Regional Economics, TU Dresden (Dresden)
  • Johan Lilja, Secretary General / CEO, Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) (Visby)
  • Oleg Kudashov, Senior Investment Officer, International Financial Corporation (IFC) (Vienna)
  • Ragnar Lund, PhD, Director and initiator, "Rethinking Cities in Ukraine" capacity building program, Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University
  • Hanna Slobodyanyuk-Montavon, CEO and Founder, Mykolaiv Water Hub (Berlin / Mykolaiyv)
  • Valentyna Shulimborska, COO, Ro3kvit Urban Coalition for Ukraine (Kyiv)
  • Oleksandr Syenkevych, Mayor of Mykolayiv (Mykolayiv)
    Sophie Taintor, Swedfund Accelerator (Stockholm)
  • Weine Wiqvist, Senior Advisor, Avfall Sverige


Ragnar Lund, PhD, Director “Rethinking Cities in Ukraine” capacity building program.

Email: ragnar.lund@sbs.su.se

Phone: +46 (0) 70 874 528 4

Organizers / Host:

Stockholm Business School / Stockholm University in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Program organizers: 

The Rethinking Cities in Ukraine Capacity Building Program is organized by Stockholm Business School / Stockholm University in partnership with Ro3kvit Urban Coalition for Ukraine, with funding from the Swedish Institute. Academic partners are Ivan Franko National University in Lviv and Kharkiv School of Architecture.

Photo: Uhryn Larysa, Shutterstock

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