Groysman’s team bid farewell to Ukrainians, instead, we received an absolutely new Cabinet of Ministers yesterday, but with some exceptions. Who headed it and what should we know about newly appointed officials – most important by Opinion.

Oleksii Honcharuk, Prime Minister

Oleksii Honcharuk has become the youngest head of the government on record – he is 35. Before his appointment, a new prime minister worked as a deputy head of president Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, he worked on economic issues. He is a lawyer by education.

Also, he headed the legal department of the investment company PRIOR-Invest. In 2008, as an independent property manager, he took part in bankruptcy cases. The same year he became a co-founder of the Constructive Lawyers law firm. The following year, he headed the NGO Assistance to Victims of Investors. Since 2015, he headed Effective Regulation Office – a public organization that develops and implements a system of state regulation aimed at improving the business climate.

Dmytro Kuleba, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European and Euro-Atlantic integration

He is a Ukrainian diplomat and a regular representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe. He has been working in the field of Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2003. In 2013, he left the civil service to head the UART Foundation for Cultural Diplomacy.

He actively supported the Revolution of Dignity which, in turn, made him known in larger circles. In 2014, he received an invitation to reinstate his work at the ministry. He was an ambassador for special assignments, was responsible for MFA strategic communications issues. Supposedly, the “cultural diplomacy” direction appeared due to Kuleba.

In April 2016, the diplomat was appointed as a regular representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe. Kuleba actively advocated for the protection of human rights in the occupied Crimea and the involvement of the Council of Europe in the implementation of Ukrainian reforms. He also opposed Russia’s comeback in the PACE.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation

He is an IT entrepreneur and a founder of digital agency. He headed the digital campaign of Volodymyr Zelensky during presidential elections. He was responsible for building a pool of own media, the largest telegram channel among politicians, community Instagrams and own YouTube channels.

He received a scholarship from the OSCE as part of Zaporizhia’s environmental monitoring processes.

Zoryana Skaletska (Chernenko), Minister of Healthcare

She is a chief expert of the medical group of the Reanimation Reform Package, expert of the Reform Support Center at the Cabinet of Ministers. She graduated from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She is a lawyer by education, holds a doctorate in law, specializes in medical law. She worked as a deputy dean of the faculty of law at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, and a chairwoman of the Healthcare Reform Commission at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Suprun’s successor, by and large, supports medical reform, calls it a landmark in the right direction but criticizes how these changes have been implemented. For instance, Skaletska talks about the absence of proper communication and the departure of doctors abroad. According to the new head of the Ministry of Healthcare, the state has “withdrawn” from solving problems with access to drugs, and the pharmaceutical market needs regulation. Chernenko also criticized the program of treatment of citizens of Ukraine abroad and stated that the reform of the primary level of medicine is incomplete.

Hanna Novosad, Minister of Education

She got a bachelor’s degree in political science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She got her master’s degree in European studies at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Moreover, she is an Open Society Foundations grant holder.

After the Revolution of Dignity, she began working at the Ministry of Education and Science as an adviser to the ex-minister, Serhii Kvit. She headed the Department of International Cooperation and European Integration of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. At the end of 2017, she headed the Directorate of Strategic Planning and European Integration.

Tymofiy Mylovanov, Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture

He is a director of the Kyiv School of Economics, who conducted training for future MPs from the party of Servant of the People in Truskavets, a member of the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine, a co-founder of the analytical platform VoxUkraine.

In 2004, he got a PhD in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Bonn University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dmytro Dubilet, Minister of Cabinet of Ministers

He is a businessman, former IT director of Privatbank, known in Ukraine mostly as a co-founder of  Internet bank Monobank. Prior to his appointment, he worked as an adviser to the head of the SSU Ivan Bakanov, was responsible for the introduction of IT technology to combat corruption.

Since 2005, he has been the CEO of Fine Web, which has been involved in the development of a number of online publications. He then led the projects of the Indian company Infosys, which is engaged in the development of software for e-commerce and telecommunications enterprises. He was also the manager of the MasterCard projects in Warsaw. In 2010, he became the CIO of Privatbank, and after its nationalization, founded the project of IT services for FinTech Band banks and the first Internet bank in Ukraine, Monobank. Since 2015, he has been developing the iGov portal, which should combat corruption and increase the efficiency of officials. Oleksandr Dubilet, Dmytro’s father, previously headed Privatbank’s board.

Denys Malyuska, Minister of Justice

He is a specialist in business regulation, litigation and public administration. He was elected to parliament on Zelensky’s Servant of the People party ballot. He is a chairman of the board of Better Regulation Delivery Office.

He received his law degree at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the University of London. Since 2010 he has been a World Bank consultant, supported the government of Ukraine and the countries of Central Asia while in office.

Oleksii Orzhel, Minister of Energy and Environment

He is an expert in the energy sector at the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), a chairman of the Ukrainian Renewable Energy Association.

2006-2014 – worked at the National Electricity Regulatory Commission of Ukraine. Since 2014 – has been working in the private sector. He was a member of the public council at the Ministry of Energy and coal industry.

Vladyslav Kryklii, Minister of Infrastructure

Former Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, in 2015 – deputy chief of the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and chairman of the Ministry of Internal Affairs service centre. PhD in economics. Prior to joining the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he worked in the investment banking sector.

Aliona Babak, Minister of the Development of local communities

Eighth convocation MP from the Samopomich Party, former deputy of the committee on construction, city planning and housing.

Graduated from Kyiv State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, majoring in foreign languages. Received a master’s degree in business administration at the Old Dominion University, USA. Director and co-founder of LLC Institute for Local Development, which works with non-governmental organizations in the issues of housing and energy sector reform.

Volodymyr Borodyansky, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports

Former chairman of the board of STB Channel, Volodymyr Zelensky’s advisor on humanitarian affairs.

He devoted much of his life to working in the media. He started his career in 1998 as the Commercial Director of the Moscow Komsomolets in Ukraine newspaper. Two years later, he started managing the media asset management department of Alfa-Bank, engaged in Novy Kanal, Nashe Radio and Moscow Komsomolets.

Yuliia Sokolovska, Minister of Social Policy

She graduated from the Vadym Hetman National Economic University of Kyiv, majoring in accounting and auditing. In addition, she graduated from the National Academy of Public Administration of the President of Ukraine.

After the Maidan, she was appointed the director of the document management department of the Ministry of Economy. In 2016, she started working in the Ministry of Finance. Since 2017, she has worked in USAID projects, was engaged in healthcare reform, was responsible for analyzing the hospital network and implementing the electronic health care system.

Oksana Koliada, minister for veterans’ affairs, temporary occupied territories and internally displaced persons

She was a deputy minister for veterans affairs in the Groysman’s government, a combatant, a former deputy ATO commander, a reserve colonel.

In 2003-2015, she was an officer at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. For the next two years, Koliada headed the communication and press department at the Ministry of Defense. 2016 – 2017 – a chairman of the working group of the Defense Reform Committee on the development of the strategic communications system in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Andriy Zahorodniuk, Minister of Defense 

Businessman in oil refining, mining and production sectors, volunteer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, ex-head of the Ministry of Defense reform office. Educated at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, British University of Warwick and Saïd Business School.

In 2005, he founded Discovery Drilling Equipment, a company that manufactures and maintains drilling rigs. After the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, he became a volunteer and supplied equipment and ambulances to defenders. In 2015-2017, he headed the Reforms Project Office of the Ministry of Defense aimed at reforming defence sector.

Vadym Prystaiko, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, diplomat, member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

He joined the government of Ukraine in the late 1990s, having started working at the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations. He was responsible for cooperation with countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania. Already in 2000, he became the head of the Ukrainian Consulate in Sydney. In 2012-2014 he was the ambassador of Ukraine to Canada. He also held the position of deputy minister for Foreign Affairs. He has led the NATO Mission to Ukraine since that year.

Arsen Avakov, Interior Minister

One of the two cabinet ministers of Volodymyr Groysman’s government, who continued to hold the post in Oleksii Horbachuk’s team. Davyd Arakhamia, the head of the Servant of the People faction, assures that Avakov remains in the post of interior minister temporarily under the president’s “personal responsibility”.

Avakov has been in politics since the 2000s. He started as an executive committee of the Kharkiv City Council, and after the Orange Revolution, he was appointed the chairman of the Kharkiv RSA. He ran for mayor of Kharkiv in 2010 but lost to Hennadiy Kernes.

During the last years, the minister was engaged in several outrageous scandals. This is the case of “Avakov’s backpacks” when NABU investigators accused the minister’s son of supplying poor-quality products to soldiers at inflated prices and using MIA resources. However, the case was subsequently dismissed, as the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office removed the son and his deputy head from it, and the third person took the blame and eventually received a suspended sentence.

Oksana Markarova, Finance Minister

The second person from Groysman’s team in the new Cabinet of Ministers. She took office on November 2018. Prior to that, she had been acting as the head of the ministry since the resignation of her predecessor, Oleksandr Danylyuk.

In March 2015, she started working at the Ministry of Finance, holding the position of Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance, headed by Nataliia Yaresko. She was concerned with the reform of the public finance management system. Later on, she began to fulfil her duties as a minister after Danylyuk’s resignation, and on November 2018, the Council appointed Markarova as a minister.

Text by Dmytro Zhuravel

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