Orange Circle

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"The Orange Circle is an international network of business and former government leaders, legislators, and scholars that works on behalf of democratic and market reform in Ukraine. We champion and advance the values that were at the core of Ukraine's Orange Revolution: democracy, honest and transparent government, and pro-market reform.

"Headquartered in New York, with representation in Kyiv, the Orange Circle is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization." [1]

Founding Dinner

"The Orange Circle, a new international initiative to support democratic reforms in Ukraine, held its Founding Meeting on September 15th, 2005, at New York City's Rainbow Room. The keynote address at the dinner was delivered by Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko, who warmly welcomed the initiative and urged all friends of Ukraine to support the new initiative's work.

"The dinner drew some 400 participants including representatives of the business community, former government leaders, and the Ukrainian diaspora. A wide array of eminent persons, including Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski; former US Trade Representative Carla Hills; United Nations Assistant General Secretary Kalman Mizsei, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Ca); ex-U. S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Green Miller; actress Polly Draper, representing her brother, hi-tech investor Tim Draper; Congresswoman Corinne Brown (D-Fl); Coca Cola executive Sonya Soutus; Roman Kyzyk, founder and principal in the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Nexus Fund; Natalie Jaresko, Managing Partner of Horizon Capital; former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner; heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko; European Union Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Deputy EU Commissioner for External Relations Karel Kovanda. Major corporate leaders and investors also took part. Prior to the dinner President Yushchenko spent an hour with major Orange Circle donors and eminent persons at a VIP discussion focused on Ukraine's economic reforms and growth potential

"In a keynote address, President Yushchenko expressed his strong support for the Orange Circle and thanked the wide array of eminent world leaders and members of the diaspora who have come together in the new initiative that will promote Ukraine's integration into the international community. President Yushchenko expressed his appreciation for the support given to the Orange Circle by Founding Board members U.S. investor George Chopivsky, Canadian businessman James Temerty, Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University, Ihor Rakowsky of Citibank, East-West Management Institute President Adrian Hewryk, Chicago attorney and banker Julian Kulas; and Nadia Diuk, Senior Director of the National Endowment for Democracy." [2]

International Advisory Board

Accessed April 2011: [3]



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  1. About, Orange Circle, accessed April 5, 2011.
  2. Dinner, Orange Circle, accessed April 5, 2011.
  3. International Advisory Board, Orange Circle, accessed April 5, 2011.