Faces

2017 is the year of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Switzerland. On this very occasion we’ve met with the Ambassador of Switzerland in Ukraine Mr. Guillaume Scheurer.

"I am Cuban, I left Cuba only on political reasons 16 years ago. So I went to the USA, Miami. I was there for 3-4 years and then I was working in Holland for short period of time. It was my first touch of Europe. In Europe you work to live, in America you live to work. I am not afraid of working, but once a moment comes when you say: “Why?” So I decided to come to Ukraine..." This is how Nelson's story begins, the Cuban man who lives in Kyiv and runs Habana club, singing passionate songs and making friendship with Ukrainians. He shares his perception of this country comparing it to Cuba.

The Ukrainian opera diva, the soloist of the Vienna Opera House Zoryana Kushpler, who has conquered the stages of New York, London, Prague, Madrid, Cologne, Paris, Bern, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo speaks about her native lviv, famous partners and the work-life balance.

Elizaveta Yurusheva, General Manager of Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, Riviera boutique hotel, VOGUE Café Kyiv, the founder of "Obyrayemo maybutne razom” (Eng. Choose the future together) Charity Fund and www.23-59.com.ua web shares with us her vision of hospitality business in Ukraine and horizons of country development.

Being the Country Manager of Fryday Ukraine, an international networking of business professionals responsible for organizing for more than 100 events per year in the country, Mr. Sam Kearley has witnessed many changes here in Ukraine. Nevertheless Kyiv has become his home.

Hector Jimenez-Bravo does not need to be introduced to Ukrainian audience. He is the TV star, great chef and successful businessman who has been living in Kiev for 4 years already. “Destinations” asked Hector about his recipe for success.

"Griffin" was founded in 1995 by two Ukrainian businessmen Vitaly Opanasyuk and Vyacheslav Reutsky. The line of cleaning services was launched in 1999, and in 2007 the Ukrainian multiservice company "Impel Griffin Group" was established. Having joined the Polish company Impel SA, "Griffin" went to the Polish stock exchange. Now “Impel Griffin” is one of the leaders in the Ukrainian market among multiservice companies. Vitaly and Vyacheslav have been successfully working in the Ukrainian market for more than 20 years, developing various directions of the company; the company successfully survived several economic and political crises in the country and set up the highest international standards of development for Ukrainian business.

Rezidor Hotel Group with its Radisson Blu chain over the world is famous with modern approach to high level service and comfort for the guests. Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel is not the exception. This summer the hotel gets the new general manager Carlo Khalife, with whom we’ve met while his stay in Kyiv.

Destinations met the charming Ukrainian ladies who set up a new brand of clothes and accessories, which got recognizable in a short time and won the love of the women half of the country. We learned first-hand all about Couture de Fleur, the secrets of the success of those talented women and about the collections-to-come.

Catherine Gfeller is world famous artist, photographer and charming lady. Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, she currently lives and works in Paris and southern France after having lived in New York from 1995 to 1999. Catherine has exhibited extensively in Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Chile, Canada, the United States and South Africa. Her works are in private and public collections all over the world. She regularly takes part in Art Fairs, such as ArtBasel, Kunst Zurich, Armory Show, la Fiac, Ljubjana Biennale and Art Bruxelles. This May she’s visited Kyiv preparing her future art project which will be presented in December 2017 in this city. We met with charming Catherine for a cup of coffee on a great sunny day in the very downtown of Kyiv.

Dr. Christoph Späti, Deputy Head of Mission and Counsellor at the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine and Moldova, has been living in Kyiv for a couple of years already with his wife Tamar and their three children. Tamar and Christoph surprised me by telling me that it was their preferred choice to come to live to Ukraine. Why did they make such a decision and are they still happy living in the biggest country of Eastern Europe where political, economic and social changes are taking place?

Aurel Aebi is one of the founders of “Atelier Oï” that was established in 1991 in La Neuveville, Switzerland. The design studio conveys the dynamism and holistic energy generated by a trio of talented partners: Aurel, Armand Louis and Patrick Raymond. On an international scale “Atelier Oï” work ranges from architecture and interior design to product design and scenography. Ikea, Hermès, Bulgari, Swatch, Foscarini, B&B Italia, Louis Vuitton and many others are among their clients. I was lucky to meet Aurel and to ask him a couple of questions about modern design while his short visit with lecture to Kyiv.

Pavlo and Dmytro are men of actions, not words, seafarers and pioneers, people who glorify Ukraine in the eyes of the whole world. They are men of incredible inner strength and unbending will. The father and son have already written their pages in the history of the conquest of the oceans, but this is only the middle way.

Photo by Roman Orel
Recently famous American artist Aaron Li-Hill visited the capital of Ukraine and created a very special mural at the Polytechnic University as a part of Mural Social Club Festival. ‘Destinations’ has a chance to meet the artist for an exclusive interview.

Environment Health and Safety professional at LGM International, one of co-founders of MultiNations Kyiv, John Jones shares his impressions about life in the Ukrainian capital with Destinations’ readers.

The President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine Andy Hunder shares his vision about Ukraine with the readers of Destinations.

It is a city of Galician princes, Polish kings, and Austrian emperors. It is a city of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Stanislaw Lem, Ivan Franko and Roman Viktyuk, Solomiia Krushelnytska and Volodymyr  Ivasiuk. Who can tell about the city better than those who were born in it, who grew up or studied there? Ukrainian celebrities talk about “their city" for whom Lviv is not just a tiny dot on the map.

Olena Onufriv is the well-known Ukrainian artist and the owner of Couture de FIleur brand. Her works are full of positive energy and are really beautiful.

We hope that this quick-fire quiz of successful foreign businessmen in Ukraine can help other entrepreneurs from abroad to set up their business in this country.

The associate professor of Lviv Ivan Franko National University, in 1999 Ihor Lylo has defended a thesis and is the author of "Touring Lviv", "A motorcar trip through  Ukraine” guides. He is a co-author of "Our Lviv" and "Our Chernivtsi" DVD-projects. Ihor is a co-owner of an excursion studio and the author of “Lviv cuisine” book. We are happy to share with you our conversation with Ihor about Lviv city.

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