Nicolai Kiskalt, CEO, Kyiv Consulting


At the end of the 20e and start 21st centuries, the global economy has been defined by the rapid economic globalization of manufacturing and trade. Supply chains began to circle the globe – and small, medium and large businesses became highly dependent on multinational sourcing for natural resources and manufacturing components.

The global Covid-19 pandemic that began in early 2020 has nearly brought the global supply chain to a standstill. Beijing’s draconian-like restrictive coronavirus policies have shut down cities and regions across China, many with population centers comprising millions of people, bringing large swaths of the world to a complete halt. mining and manufacturing.

Ukraine was no exception to the global supply chain disruption, until Russia on February 24, 2022 made the fledgling democracy an even bigger exception by invading the country in force, further disrupting the country’s economy.

Moscow, not content to target Kyiv, is now also using gas as a political weapon to bring European democracies to heel.

Predictability – a vital need for any business – took another global hit when the Russian Federation militarized Ukrainian grain, causing a food crisis – and demonstrating how easily economic dependencies can be geopolitically abused.

As a result, companies and their CEOs, in the absence of once strong supply chains and, in the case of European companies, energy sources, are being forced to reconsider and reimagine their supply needs.

To date, China and India, two economic heavyweights, refrain from positioning themselves against the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, choosing instead to benefit from greatly reduced energy imports – up to 30% – from Russia. Cheaper oil also serves Beijing and New Delhi as inflation protection.

For European and Western CEOs, given G7, EU and US sanctions, this is not an option – and as a result they are now forced to weigh geopolitical considerations into supply calculation and decision making.

Independence Square. Ukraine. Aerial view of the Independence Monument. Revolution of pride. Orange Revolution. Downtown. Kyiv. (DmytroKos – stock.adobe.com)

Ukraine is a young and emerging democracy that needs to find its place in this new world and in the European Union – and is being challenged to do so as it is at war with Russia on several fronts. Ukraine needs long-term military and economic security within the European Union (and ideally under NATO) and despite significant continuing risks from war, Ukraine nevertheless represents a unique investment opportunity – just as Germany and Japan did after the end of World War II.

However, long-term investment decisions must be carefully considered, in a world of increasing de-globalization – an economic renaissance if you will – Ukraine, now a stalwart partner of Western Europe in all respects, offers tempting investment opportunities, ranging from residential to commercial construction, agribusiness, manufacturing, energy, finance, transportation, digital and IT.

Enter Kyiv Consulting. Under the direction of Nicolai Kiskalt, the CEO of the management consulting firm and its 130 consultants, has published an exhaustive and scholarly 425-page book titled kyiv-RYSING. The entire voluntarily was conceived and written by Kyiv Consulting, one of Ukraine’s leading management consulting firms, whose consultants actively advise clients from more than 40 countries.

For Kiskalt, this project was personal. He has served on the board of Kyiv Consulting since 2018 and lives in Germany and Ukraine. He felt honor bound to undertake this task. Kiskalt said: “As the 3rd largest management consulting firm in Ukraine, we saw it as our duty to proactively set up a voluntarily consulting project for the Ukrainian people. We want to support the country and its citizens.

kyiv-RYSING is also ahead of the curve. To date, McKinsey, BCG and Bain – all major international consultancies – have yet to publish anything significant about the war in Ukraine and the future implications in terms of investment opportunities.

Relying on well-known Ukrainian decision-makers and personalities from the military, business and politics as well as representatives from all sectors of society, kyiv-RYSING enjoys first-mover momentum and is the largest, most in-depth, and well-researched information book on all of Ukraine.

kyiv-RYSINGPole position was intentional – and at Kiskalt’s insistence.

As the CEO of Kyiv Consulting pointed out: “We didn’t want to wait until the war was won and then come to Kyiv as smart consultants with non-Ukrainian ideas on how to help Ukraine. Instead, we’ve already put our skins in the game and created kyiv-RYSING as the most relevant and comprehensive think tank publication to date. It is important NOW to share what is happening, and not in a few months when the war is over.

200 professionals contributed to kyiv-RYSING from the United States, Germany, Poland and of course especially Ukraine. Four months of preparation kyiv-RYSINGThe unique format of has never been produced before – in war and on the front lines – with a scale of complexity and professionalism.

“Writing about a country at war is hard work because there are always emotions,” observed Kiskalt who has more than 15 years of experience as a strategy consultant, previously working for Kearney, Deloitte and Capgemini.

Thousands of news sources have been analyzed and hundreds of valuable interviews conducted to extract the purest essence of what is happening in Ukraine. In this process, it was essential to capture the emotions and feelings of quite normal Ukrainian people such as bus drivers, nurses, mothers and metalworkers.

Mr. Kiskalt – principal management consultant (Photographer: Danis Kouksenko (D)

Kiskalt also noted: “The task of distilling through three different time dimensions – past, present, future – leveraging information from four different spheres such as military, society, environment and economy, and by examining all of the content through five different lenses – researchers, journalists, consultants, auditors and lawyers – has contributed to the achievement of the rarest and most exclusive manuscript on the situation in Ukraine. kyiv-RYSING offers on all three levels. You can find and read your copy here.

The Kyiv Consulting team is already working on the “R(Y)SE – Rapid Y Solution Environment” consulting methodology to overcome the difficult recovery challenges in Ukraine. Dealing with problems and challenges is a necessary part of Ukraine’s reconstruction. However, bringing together important decision-makers from various fields such as the military, society, ecology and economy and this mixed by Ukrainians and international experts in the field to find answers for the reconstruction of Ukraine could entail great challenges and could take months or even years. Additionally, organizational and cultural conflicts can make it difficult for Ukrainian and international stakeholders and shareholders to engage and manage change quickly.

Ukraine will need to engage with a growing and changing list of decision makers from the public and private sectors and international third parties. Ukraine needs an innovative way to unite stakeholders and shareholders to collaborate on sustainable solutions that achieve consensus within hours and days – R(Y)SE space set to open in capital Kyiv early 2023.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Kyiv Post.

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