Petro Poroshenko. Biography

Born on 26 September 1965 in the city of Bolgrad (Odessa region).

1982 – 1989  Kyiv State University named after T. Shevchenko, faculty of international relations and international law, diploma with merits, specialty: economist-specialist in international affairs.

1989- 1992 Post-graduate studies and assistant at the Chair for international economic research, Kyiv State University named after T. Shevchenko.

1993 – 1998 Director General, Private Joint Stock Company “Ukrprominvest” (group of enterprises).

1998 – 2002  People’s Deputy (Member of the Parliament) of Ukraine, Head of the Subcommittee, Finance and Banking Committee of the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) of Ukraine.

1999 Member, the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.

2000 – 2002 Head of the Solidarnist’ (Solidarity) faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, III convocation.

2000-2004  Deputy Head, Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.

2002-2005  People’s Deputy of Ukraine (IV convocation), Chairman, Budget Committee of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.

In 2002 he successfully defended thesis entitled “Legal Regulation of State Corporate Rights Management in Ukraine”, obtaining Ph.D. in law. He is the author of the monograph “State Corporate Rights Management in Ukraine. Theory of Establishment of Legal Relations” and of a number of scientific publications, as well as the co-author of a text-book on contemporary international economic relations.

2005  Secretary, National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

2006  People’s Deputy of Ukraine (V convocation), Chairman, Finance and Banking Committee of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine.

February, 2007  Elected Head of the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.

October 2009 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Awards: Honoured economist of Ukraine, Order “For Merits” II and III classes, received State Prize in the field of science and technology.

Author of the numerous publications and monographs, laureate of the Pylyp Orlyk International Prize, People’s Deputy of Ukraine (III, IV, V convocations).

Honorary professor at the University of Banking of National Bank.

Married with two sons and two daughters.



Charitable Programmes of Petro Poroshenko Foundation – interview with Petro Poroshenko

Why did you decide to go in for charity? What was the first impulse?
Every man, who has grown and been brought up in a proper family and society, cannot remain indifferent to problems that people around are facing. The realisation that there are people who desperately need your help gives you power and fosters the desire to help. It may sound pretentious, but if you are still capable of perceiving the pain of people as your own, you won’t be able to run charity.

What do you think of the opinion that the “charity is better done in secret”?
Charity should not be done in secret, but it also should not be done for advertising. In my opinion, the charity must become a standard for normal people. My Foundation has been operating for ten years, and we have tried not to demonstrate our activities, but just do what we have to do all this time. The idea has been to provide targeted aid, and we have been doing it not for someone to write about it or to show it, but to help. I believe that if you have done something good, then you have not spent in vain this very minute or hour or day at least.

Who makes decisions to grant funds for a programme?
The Supervisory Council of the Fund decides which programmes to fund.

Which programmes will be funded in the future?
All major programmes of the Fund will be continued. As regards new programmes, I can tell you that a contract is being prepared for the construction of a riverside quay in Vinnytsia. This is going to be our challenge to the crisis: we would like to demonstrate that the life is not stopping. Vinnytsia is a very precious city for me, and I would like it to be beautiful and attractive for its inhabitants, guests and tourists.

Did crisis influence your philanthropy?
Unfortunately, the crisis affected everything: the economy, the charity, the culture. However, it must not make us despondent, afraid or depressed. The crisis opens up new opportunities for everyone, for companies, for the country.

What is needed to develop philanthropy in Ukraine?
Look at the attitude to philanthropists before the revolution. Hospitals, schools, churches, houses of mercy and the best museums were built thanks to Tereshchenko, Brodsky, and Khanenko. These initiatives stirred up serious public support. Unfortunately, the memories of these kind and nice initiatives were destroyed in the 20th century.
Today, the business must be engaged into the charity in addition to paying taxes and salaries in order to return the respect to people and revive the nicest and most human feelings, the faith in goodness and mutual help. We need to restore the trust in entrepreneurs as a class, which keeps up the state with its labour. Entrepreneurs, rather than officials are the pillars of the state. They pay taxes and feed officials, and not vice versa. Latest polls point out to the increasing trust in entrepreneurs who are ahead of politicians and state authorities by a big margin. I consider this to be a good omen. People start realising the extent, to which an efficient businessman is important for the state.

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