Vadym Prystaiko became the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration in the new Cabinet, appointed on March 4, 2020. Let's see what we know about him.
Vadym Prystaiko was born on February 20, 1970 in the city of Kiliya, Odesa region.
In 1994, he graduated with honors from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, received a specialist degree in IT, and in 1998 received a master's degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade.
He began his professional career in the private sector: in 1993-1994 co-founded one of the first Ukrainian Internet providers and "Electronic News" online news outlet.
Then he switched to the civil service, in particular:
- from 1994 to 1997, he was the chief economist, department head, deputy head of the Department of trade and economic relations with the countries of Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of Ukraine;
- from 1997 to 2000 - Deputy Head of the Department of Asian and Pacific Countries of the Fifth Territorial Administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine;
- from 2000 to 2001 - Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Sydney (Australia);
- from 2001 to 2002, he was the chief consultant to the Main Directorate for Foreign Policy of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine;
- from 2002 to 2006, he was an adviser on political issues, temporary charge d'affaires (2003-2004, 2005-2006) for Ukraine in Canada;
- from 2007 to 2009 - Deputy Director of the NATO Department;
- from 2009 to 2012 - adviser-envoy, deputy head of the mission of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States;
- from 2012 to 2014 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Canada;
- from 2014 to 2017 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine - Head of Staff, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
In May 2019, President Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Prystaiko as deputy head of the Office of the President.
In August, 2020, Vadym Prystaiko was appointed the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.