Victor Yushchenko

Honorary Doctorate

On February 23, 1954 in the village of Khoruzhivka, Sumy oblast, into a family of teachers. Father – Andriy Andriyovych Yushchenko (1919-1992), took part in the Second World War; after the war taught English at a local school. Mother – Varvara Tymofiyovna Yushchenko (1918-2005), a Physics and Math teacher.

Marital Status Married, with five children and two grandchildren; sons Andriy and Taras, daughters Vitalina, Sofia and Christina, grandchildren Yarynka and Victor. Wife – Kateryna Mykhailivna Yushchenko.

Education Higher. In 1975 graduated from the Ternopil Finance and Economics Institute. Candidate of Economic Sciences. The topic of the candidate thesis – “Development of Money Demand and Supply in Ukraine”. A member of the National Academy of Economic Sciences and the Academy of Economic Cybernetics. Work Experience and Socio-Political Life


Chief accountant assistant, collective farm “40th Anniversary of the October Revolution.”

1975–1976 Service in the Soviet Army (frontier troops, the Soviet-Turkish border near Leninakan).


Acting economist, chief of the Ulyanovsk department of the State Bank.


Deputy Director of the Administration at the Ukrainian Republican Office of the USSR State Bank.


Department head, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Ukrainian Agro-Industrial Bank.


Deputy, First Deputy Chairman of the Board at the Republican Bank “Ukraina.”


Chairman and Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).


Prime Minister of Ukraine.


Director of the Borys Yeltsin Ukrainian-Russian Institute of Management and Business.

2002 – January 2005 People’s deputy of Ukraine, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-national Relations. Leader of the “Our Ukraine” parliamentary faction.

2003 – January 2005 Chairman, All-Ukrainian “Our Ukraine” civil organization.
Head of the Supervisory Council of the “Ukraine 3000” International Foundation (Victor Yushchenko Foundation).

December 2004 Elected President of Ukraine. Awards

  • Order “For Merit,” 3rd degree.
  • The title of “The Honored Economist of Ukraine”
  • Honorary Decoration of the President of Ukraine

Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko

Kateryna Yushchenko, wife of the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, is dedicated to representing Ukraine internationally, working in community service, and raising her family. Following the completion of a higher education and successful career as an economist and manager in both the United States and Ukraine, Mrs. Yushchenko is now involved in numerous charitable projects with the Ukraine 3000 International Foundation that she chairs. The key priority of the Foundation is better health for Ukraine’s children.