ESOMAR statement on Ukraine/Russia Armed Conflict
Last week, ESOMAR published a statement and contacted privately our members in Ukraine in response to the unfolding crisis in Ukraine, adding yet another armed conflict in a world that needed none. The world awoke to the shocking and heartbreaking news that Ukraine was facing a so-called military intervention originating from neighbouring Russia. What we all feared may happen, has happened. ESOMAR as a global community stands against all armed conflicts regardless of where they take place. It is in opposition to all that we stand for.
We are deeply concerned about what the future holds for Ukraine’s insights and analytics professionals and their country.
As the global business community for insights and analytics, we underline how invaluable our Ukrainian community is and how incredible contributors they are to the ESOMAR community and to the betterment of societies. Our Ukrainian peers are in our thoughts. We are hopeful that they, and their families, are safe and that this will continue to be the case as this crisis unfolds. We stand with them in this difficult time and wish to express to them our solidarity in the face of such uncertainty.
The ESOMAR community is mobilised and stands ready to support the Ukrainian insights and analytics community in any way that may be appropriate and possible. Through our ESOMAR Foundation facilities, the Researchers in Need Programme was created precisely for these circumstances. We invite insights professionals to consider making a donation to the Programme to help ensure we can continue to support any and all insights professional worldwide who may need support. Whilst our ability to impact change in Ukraine is limited, we want the Ukrainian community to be certain that you are not alone. As valued ESOMAR members, you are and will always be seen.
Accordingly, the ESOMAR Foundation and ESOMAR have confirmed that all Ukrainian insights and analytics professionals are eligible for support under the Researchers in Need Programme. If the global community can support our peers in any way, then please reach out to us through whatever means you still can use by contacting ESOMAR directly. All financial and logistics means are immediately available to the Ukraine insights and analytics community for these purposes. We will do everything from our side to facilitate access to any support required.
To our Ukrainian peers and on behalf of your friends, colleague, and business community, stay strong, stay safe, and take comfort in knowing that we stand with you from far.
Kristin LuckESOMAR Council Member, President at ESOMAR, Founder and Managing Partner at Scalehouse
Kristin Luck is ESOMAR President and serves as an advisor and growth strategist to several cutting-edge marketing and analytics technology and services firms through her consultancy, ScaleHouse. She is the founder of two marketing analytics companies that she led to successful exits. Kristin co-founded OTX, an online research business named the fastest growing research firm in the world in 2002 and 2003 and was subsequently acquired by Pilot Group and again by Ipsos in 2007. She then founded Forefront Consulting Group, a research technology firm that Decipher acquired. Decipher was acquired by FocusVision in 2014 after seven consecutive years of double- and triple-digit growth.
Kristin is a licensed investment banker with Oberon Securities and a founder focused on helping fellow founders and executive teams scale and monetize their businesses. Her deal expertise on both sides of transactions comes from participating in both acquisitions and exits from $30 million to $225 million. She is also passionate about supporting founders in international markets executing their entry into the U.S.
In addition to her non-profit association work with ESOMAR, Kristin is the founder of Women In Research and sits on the boards of The ESOMAR Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and International Women's Forum.