Natalie Jaresko is a distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and the former minister of finance of Ukraine. Currently, she is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital. Prior to joining the Ministry of Finance, she was one of the co-founders and chief executive officer of Horizon Capital. Simultaneously, Minister Jaresko served as president and chief executive officer of Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF), a position which she has held since February 2001. Prior to joining WNISEF in 1995, Minister Jaresko served as the chief of the economic section of the US Embassy in Ukraine from 1992 to 1995, and in various economic positions at the US State Department in Washington, DC from 1989 to 1992.
In the past, Minister Jaresko has served on the boards of various organizations, including Ukrainian Catholic University, Kyiv School of Economics, Open Ukraine Foundation, East Europe Foundation, Pechersk School International, IMI-Kyiv, and Kyiv-Chicago Sister Cities. She also served as a member of the president’s Foreign Investment Advisory Council, the Council of Competitiveness of Ukraine, and the Kyiv City Strategy 2025 Public Council.
Minister Jaresko received her master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in 1989. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 1987. Minister Jaresko received the Order of Princess Olha award from the president of Ukraine in 2003 for her contributions to the Ukrainian economy, a medal of honor from the prime minister of Ukraine in 2009 for her contributions to USA-Ukraine bilateral economic relations, as well as the Order of Nicholas the Miracle Worker from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate in 2011.