The Ngee Ann Kongsi Annual Lecture Series - Wealth and Poverty Through the Lens of the Current Situation in Ukraine
From Yew Ming YAP
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the largest conflict in Europe since World War II. One of the largest states on the planet has questioned the rights of sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor. Such actions posed a direct threat to the existence of the rules-based international system, which was designed to prevent interstate conflicts and promote global stability and prosperity. Disruption of traditional supply chains, the threat of food shortages that spill over into potential political instability – like in World War II, every war has a price to pay. But in a modern globalized world, more than ever before, it can be felt that the aggressor forces everyone to pay it – shall it be a rising cost of living or a claiming of one’s life.
Her Excellency Ambassador Kateryna Zelenko is a career diplomat. She was appointed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Singapore in November 2020. Prior to her accreditation to Singapore, she served as the Spokesperson of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and Deputy Director of the Communications and Public Diplomacy Department. Ambassador Zelenko joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 2002. Her postings abroad include Ukrainian Embassy in the Republic of Austria and Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organisations in Vienna; later, from 2007 to 2011 and from 2014 to 2018 – Embassy of Ukraine in the Federal Republic of Germany, where she was covering culture, press and public diplomacy issues. In 2018, she returned to Kyiv to work in the Political Department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Her appointment as Ukraine’s MFA Chief Spokesperson followed shortly thereafter. Kateryna Zelenko obtained her Master Degree in International Relations and Foreign Policy at the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine). Ambassador Zelenko is married and has a daughter.
Dr Daniel Seah is an educator and legal scholar. He has received awards for teaching excellence and pedagogical scholarship. Daniel is the Principal Investigator of a fake news project that studies how proprietary algorithms on social media platforms shape our browsing behaviours, and the efficacy of anti-fake news laws in addressing misinformation’s ill effects. He is an independent director of the TENG Company, a leading non-profit arts company, and has trained over 350 professionals in capacity development across Singapore’s charity organisations. Daniel completed his PhD in law at University College London (UCL).