Event Details

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

UKRAINE: Private Consultations with Ms. Ilona Shtrom, (New) Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Ukraine

Event Information

Date & time

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Washington, DC


Cole Lambo at +1-503-708-7976 or clambo@bciu.org

Private consultations featuring Ms. Ilona Shtrom, (New) Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Kiev. This is an opportunity for companies to discuss their projects and business issues in Ukraine where U.S. Embassy assistance would be useful.

For more information, please contact Cole Lambo at clambo@bciu.org or +1-503-708-7976.


Biographical Information

In August 2019, Ilona Shtrom arrive at Embassy Kyiv to begin her new role as Senior Commercial Officer.  Currently, she represents the Commercial Service as its highest-ranking Commerce Official in Doha, Qatar where she heads the Embassy’s Commercial Section.  Ms. Shtrom leads a team of specialists, focusing on advocacy, investment and such sectors as defense, construction/engineering, healthcare, franchising and many others. 

From 2011 to 2015, while at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels, Ms. Shtrom was responsible for supporting and counseling U.S. firms wishing to enter the complex European market.  Ms. Shtrom’s portfolio included defense, procurement, export controls and chemicals. 

From August 2008 to June 2011, Ms. Shtrom served as a Commercial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia where she led a team of Commercial Specialists in the areas of aerospace, building and construction and ICT.  From June 2006 to August 2008, Ms. Shtrom worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).  Here, she supported BIS’ efforts in administering the deemed export program (the transfer of controlled dual-use technology to foreign nationals in the United States) and advised companies, research organizations and academic institutions on the application and implementation of the regulations.  She also closely coordinated the work of the Deemed Export Advisory Committee, a high-level group of 11 commissioned by Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to study and issue a report on the deemed export program. 

Prior to her work with BIS, she spent over six years with the International Trade Administration’s Market Access and Compliance division as a Senior International Trade Specialist.  In this capacity she developed and directed short-term business training programs for senior managers and scientists from the former Soviet Union.  The program aimed to facilitate trade between the United States and the newly formed nations as well improve economic development and conditions locally through the introduction of best practices learned while in the United States.  Before joining the Department of Commerce, Ms. Shtrom worked as a Product Marketing Manager at a major telecommunications company where she was responsible for the company’s voice product business line as well as its VoIP services.

Ms. Shtrom holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the George Washington University. Ms. Shtrom speaks fluent Russian and French.