The Great Ukrainian: Biography of Bogdan Hawrylyshyn

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Source : 112 Ukraine

October 24, one of the most outstanding modern Ukrainian Bohdan Hawrylyshyn passed away
23:15, 25 October 2016

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One of the most outstanding modern Ukrainian Bohdan Hawrylyshyn passed away. October 19, world known economist celebrated its 90th anniversary, and on 24 October he has gone. Hawrylyshyn died in his apartment in Kyiv, surrounded by loved ones.

Bohdan Hawrylyshyn was born October 19, 1926 in the village of Koropets, Ternopil region. Future eminent economist learned in a few high schools in western Ukraine. He said that the fate forced him to go through five different education systems in five different languages. Before the end of the Second World War was in Germany, where later in the camp received a secondary education for refugees.

In the same camp he actually received a "ticket", as he wrote in his book, in the New World. The company Abitibi Power and Paper hired him to work in Canada as a lumberjack. Then he worked as a bartender and was the first of the post-war immigrants who entered the University of Toronto.

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"One day I got a message that I was accepted to the aviation department of Engineering, University of Toronto Faculty. The next day on the front page of the newspaper Globe and Mail, which had a huge circulation, there was my picture with my little friend Basil titled" Logger-immigrant entered Toronto University."

In 1952, Hawrylyshyn got an engineering degree, and in 1954 - a master's degree. After working in an international company for three years, he was sent to study at the International Management Institute in Switzerland.

In 1960, he began a multi-year pedagogical activity. For eight years he directed the educational programs at the International Management Institute in Geneva, he taught courses on economic development, global business environment, the management of international operations and governance. In 1968, he became director of the institution, and directs them to the age of eighteen. During his time at MIM-Geneva Bogdan Hawrylyshyn he raised a galaxy of highly qualified specialists for hundreds of companies throughout the world.

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Hawrylyshyn is considered the founder of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In his book, he wrote that in late 1969 he and professor from Switzerland Klaus Schwab took over the organization of the first two-week workshop on management for approximately 500 senior managers, initially it was called "European Forum on management." Name was a few years migrated on "World economic forum".

He became interested in the Club of Rome, created by Aurelio Peccei and Alexander King in 1968 in Rome. In 1972, he was elected a member of the Club of Rome, in 1973- a member of the International Academy of Management, 1975 - member of the World Academy of Art and Science.

In 1976, Hawrylyshyn was awarded a doctorate in economics at the University of Geneva, an honorary doctorate in law at York University (Canada) - in 1984 and the University of Alberta (Canada) - in 1986. Subsequently, he received an honorary award (Engeneering Hall of Distinction), University of Toronto (Canada).

Hawrylyshyn noted that back in the 70s in his lectures to predict the future collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1988, he and his wife Leni Hawrylyshyn received an invitation to come to Kyiv, and from this period he began his activism in his native country.


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"During the first two visits to Kyiv, I watched and listened, studied, and met with people and established contacts. On the third visit, became more active. I was invited to the Institute with special programs for senior management staff of the Government, inclusive, with deputy ministers. I gave a lecture teaching staff of 25 people on the topic of curriculum development: the definition of learning objectives, development of a proper schedule, the selection of teaching methods that correspond to the categories of material that is being studied, that is, knowledge, attitude and skills." he wrote.

When he returned to Geneva, it has prepared a proposal for the establishment of the International Management Institute in Kyiv, which is the first in the former Soviet Union began to prepare Masters of Business Administration. With the active participation and organizational assistance Bogdan Hawrylyshyn in 1989 "Renaissance" International Foundation was created in Ukraine, which is funded by George Soros.

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Since the beginning of the fund, and until 1998 he led the Supervisory Board of this organization, whose main objective was the development of the foundations of civil society in the cultural, educational, scientific and social fields.

In 1991, Hawrylyshyn created and headed the consultative and advisory council at the presidium of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which operated for the next seven years. He was a member of the US-Ukrainian advisory committee, advisor to the first President of Ukraine, four chairmen of the Verkhovna Rada and three Ukrainian prime ministers, honorable chairman of the Regional Council of the reservoir (the National Scout organization of Ukraine).

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He also contributed to the establishment of the International Centre for Policy Studies, and was chair of its Supervisory Board until 2006.

"In 2006, after twenty years of work as chairman, I wanted to resign, and, fortunately, Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland, willingly became my successor, because he wanted to use the meeting as a platform for special meetings and conferences to support Ukraine's aspirations to join the EU," said Hawrylyshyn.

10 years ago, he wrote: "Now neither the language nor the culture are not in the state sufficiently mobilizes forces Nevertheless, the overall desire of citizens to justice, decency, welfare, political, economic and social success, that is, the competitiveness of the country can be truly unifying element."

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In 2010, he founded the "Bogdan Hawrylyshyn" Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to train a critical mass of young Ukrainians who have learned from experience how to operate the best countries in Europe, and will be able to form a critical mass of people that will transform Ukraine.

Hawrylyshyn is an author of over 100 articles on the problems of management in the field of education management. He wrote the book "Pointers in the future. Towards more efficient societies" (1980) and "I remain a Ukrainian" (2011). The first book has gained international recognition and was published in translation in eight languages.

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 Hawrylyshyn is an Honored Scientist of Ukraine, was elected a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He was awarded the Order "For Merit".

Three days before his death, President Poroshenko has awarded him the Order of Freedom.

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