Vadym Prystaiko became Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in the Cabinet of Ministers Oleksiy Honcharuk. He will replace Pavlo Klimkin who headed the ministry since June 2014.
Vadym Prystaiko is 49 ears old. He was born on February 20, 1970 in the city of Kiliya of Odesa region.
In 1994, Prystaiko graduated with honors from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute with a diploma in IT, and in 1998 he received a master's degree in Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade.
He began his professional career in the private sector: in 1993-1994 he became a co-founder of one of the first Ukrainian Internet providers and online agencies Elvesti.
Then he went to the public 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 African countries, Asia and the Pacific Region of the Ministry of Economic Develpment and Trade of Ukraine;
From 1997 to 2000 - Deputy Head of the Department of Countries of Asia and Pacific Region 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 the city of 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, Charge d'Affaires (2003-2004, 2005-2006) on Ukraine in Canada;
From 2007 to 2009 - Deputy Head of the Department in NATO;
From 2009 to 2012, he was an adviser-envoy, Deputy Head of the mission of the Ukrainian Embassy in the USA;
From 2012 to 2014 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Canada;
From 2014 to 2017 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine - Chief of Staff and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
In May 2019, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Vadym Prystaiko as Deputy Head of the Office of President.