Lecturers and | Advisers

David Kalis

Author of "Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser"

David A Kalis grew up in the Boston suburbs. He earned his B.A. in Soviet East European Studies from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. Following his graduation from Tufts University, he spent two and a half years abroad in Russia which formed the basis for his memoir and ensuing career choices. Having worked at Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, and many small firms, David has experience focusing in areas of marketing, promotion, budgeting, and sales. In 2006, after many years of talking about the idea of writing his story, he finally began the work. Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser is the culmination of combing through his experiences, organizing his thoughts, and presenting his journey and the life lessons he learned along the way.

WorldBoston Ukrainian Delegation



- Mr. Andriy Oleksandrovych Chubatenko, Director, “Astarta” LLC
- Mr. Volodymyr Vasylovych Khmelyuk, Advisor to the Mayor, Kam’yanets-Podilsk Local Council;Former Director, Economics and Infrastructure Development Department, Apparatus of the Supreme Council of Ukraine
- Ms. Maryna Valentunivna Olhovska, Assistant to MP Katerynchuk M.D., Supreme Council of Ukraine; Former Head of Legal Department, “Absolute service” legal company LLC; FormerInspector, Central-Ukrainian Transport Prosecution Office
- Ms. Tetyana Mykolayivna Ovcharenko, Assistant to MP, Administrative office, Supreme Council of Ukraine; Former Journalist, Executive Editor, “Lviv portal” internet-publishing house
- Mr. Oleh Serhiyovich Zvyagin, Deputy Director, “Pryrodniy shedevr” (Nature Masterpiece) LLC; Member of Party, "Solidarity" Political Party

Alex Gladstein

Director of Institutional Affairs at the New York-based Human Right Foundation

Alex is the director of institutional affairs at the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, focusing on media and development. He has concurrently served as vice president of strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009, and is coordinating HRF's Disrupt North Korea initiative. Alex's writing and views on dissidents and dictators have appeared in TIME, The Atlantic, BBC World, ABC, Foreign Policy, NBC, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Before joining HRF, he served in the office of a shadow foreign secretary in the British Parliament. Alex is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University where he majored in international relations and Middle Eastern studies.