Discussion club "Open World" with Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Judith Gough

22 May 2019, 13:36

The Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation invites you to a meeting of the "Open World" Discussion Club with the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015) Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the Ambassador of Great Britain to Ukraine Judith Gough. Moderator: Taras Berezovets.

Discussion topic: "Europe: between unity and national interests?". The meeting will also outline the key aspects of the collaboration between Ukraine and Great Britain.

Time and place: Tuesday, June 4 at 19:00 at the "INVERIA" flow space (49А, Volodymyrska St, 49А, Kyiv, 01034).

Particpantion in the event is FREE OF CHARGE. Registration is MANDATORY at the following link: https://forms.gle/xtQKj3rT6jx1D3gf8.

Working language: English.


Sir Malcolm RifkindChairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee (2010-2015), Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1995-1997), the United Kingdon.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was born in Edinburgh in 1946. He was educated at George Watson's College and Edinburgh University where he studied law and political science. From 1967 to 1968 he was an Assistant Lecturer at University College of Rhodesia in Salisbury (now Harare). In 1969, he joined the Bar in the UK and practiced as an attorney until 1979. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1985. In 1974 he was elected as MP for Pentlands and represented that constituency until 1997. Sir M. Rifkind was appointed to the Front Bench in 1975 but resigned over devolution in 1977.

In 1979, when the Conservatives returned to power under Margaret Thatcher, he was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at first in the Scottish Office and then, at the time of the Falklands war, he was transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, being promoted to Minister of State in 1983. He became a member of the Cabinet in 1986 as Secretary of State for Scotland. In 1990 he became Secretary of State for Transport and in 1992 Secretary of State for Defenсe. From 1995-97 he was Foreign Secretary.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind was one of only five ministers to serve for 18 years, throughout the whole Prime Ministerships of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. This was the longest, uninterrupted, ministerial service in the United Kingdom since Lord Palmerston in the early 19th century.

In 1997 he was knighted in recognition of his public service. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Kensington in May 2010 and remained in Parliament until 2015.

He is currently a member of the OSCE’s Eminent Persons Group, which has reported on relations between Russia and the West. He also serves on the Board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative in Washington DC. He has been appointed a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and is a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Judith Gough took up her post as British Ambassador to Ukraine in September 2015. Before that, from 2013 to 2014, she was Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the FCO.

Ms Gough joined the FCO in 2001 and was most recently Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has been engaged with this region for over 20 years and previously served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Tbilisi. Ms Gough has also served in the British Embassy in Seoul and, prior to joining the FCO, worked as a Consultant at Ernst and Young, in Emerging Markets and Financial Services.

Discussion Club "Open World" is an educational project of the "Open Ukraine" Foundation for socially active young people. Its goal is to raise a new generation of responsible leaders. Every month the Foundation holds lectures with renowned experts, politicians and public figures, during which they discuss ways of effective solutions to social problems in Ukraine and in the world.