Ukraine's new National Security and Defense Council secretary: What is known about Danylyuk

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President Zelensky has appointed Ukraine’s former Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danylyuk as National Security and Defense Council secretary
11:45, 29 May 2019

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Volodymyr Zelensky, head of the Ukrainian state, held a number of key personnel appointments in the first days of his presidency. One of his recent appointments is a secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine. Ukraine’s former Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danylyuk has come to head the NSDC office.

General information

Oleksandr Danylyuk is 43 years old. He was born on July 22, 1975, in the Moldavian city of Grigoriopol. However, the family moved to Ukraine and settled in Kyiv.

Danylyuk graduated from the National Technical University in 1998 as an electrical engineer, and in parallel studied finance at the Kyiv Investment Institute. In 1999, he decided to study at Indiana University (USA) Business School. He graduated in 2001 with an MBA.

Danylyuk speaks five languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English, Spanish, and French.

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Danylyuk began his career in 1995 as a broker at TEKT investment company, then he proved himself to be the head of the investment banking department at Alfa Capital and a junior investment manager in the US Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF). Over the next three years, Danylyuk worked at the international consulting firm McKinsey & Company in London and Moscow.

In 2006-2010, he headed the Rurik Investment fund in London and Luxembourg. This is how his private sector career has ended.

Danyluk was appointed first as an economic adviser to Yuriy Yekhanurov, the then Prime Minister, and then as a freelance advisor to President Viktor Yanukovych. And working in the public sector has become more attractive to him.

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In addition, in 2010, Danylyuk won the competition for the position of head of the Coordination Center for the implementation of economic reforms – an apolitical structure to develop and implement reforms to improve the investment climate, strengthen the rule of law and develop relations of Ukraine with the International Monetary Fund.

After Euromaidan, he has lost the position of presidential adviser but was soon appointed to another state post –president Poroshenko’s representative in the Cabinet of Ministers.

Then, in September 2015, Danylyuk was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, and a year later he entered the renewed Cabinet of Ministers Volodymyr Groysman as Minister of Finance of Ukraine.

However, on June 6, 2018, the head of government asked the Verkhovna Rada to dismiss Danylyuk from his post, and the parliament immediately did it.

In 2019, Danylyuk became an adviser on international politics and economics to presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Danylyuk is married and has two sons. His wife Olga, a native of Lviv, studied at the British College of Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London, and also defended her thesis at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

She worked as a theater designer in New York and Moscow. Since autumn 2017, he has been heading the Theater Laboratory at the Artistic Arsenal in Kyiv.

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The eldest son Richard is 15 years old. He is currently studying at Winchester College, the UK. The youngest son Volodymyr is 8 years old and he lives with his parents in the suburb of Kyiv.

Property declaration

According to the declaration for 2018, Danylyuk, together with his wife, owns the house in Vyshenky village (Boryspil district, Kyiv region) with a total area of 290 square meters and the adjacent land with a total area of 984 square meters.

In addition, the family has an antique silver watch and the Athos icon of St. Nicholas of the 20th century. Danylyuk does not have his own car. He rented Volvo XC60 (2017).

The total family income over the past year is 40,000 USD.

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At the same time, they have 357 USD in bank accounts, 150 EUR and 5297 UAH (190 USD), 56,000 USD and 9,000 pounds in cash.

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