WASHINGTON, DC – Former Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko has joined the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center as a distinguished fellow. Minister Jaresko will focus on strengthening Ukraine’s economy and investment competitiveness.

“Minister Jaresko served as minister of finance of Ukraine during the most critical time for Ukraine’s economic stability,” said Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Ambassador John E. Herbst, a former US ambassador to Ukraine. “Her extensive experience in finance and governance in Ukraine will no doubt inform our work moving forward.”

Minister Jaresko served as Ukraine’s minister of finance from December 2014 to April 2016. Currently, she is chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Board of Trustees and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council. Prior to joining the Ministry of Finance, she was one of the co-founders and chief executive officer of Horizon Capital, a regional private equity firm with some $600 million under management. Simultaneously, Minister Jaresko served as president and chief executive officer of Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) from 2001 to 2014, having joined 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.

“I am delighted to join the Atlantic Council, an organization whose insights and analysis on Ukraine have been so influential,” said Minister Jaresko. “I look forward to engaging with the Atlantic Council community and continuing my work on stabilizing and strengthening Ukraine’s economy and investment environment from my new position with the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.”

The Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center fosters dialogue among regional leaders, as well as with counterparts from key neighbors and global leaders. Combining in-depth understanding of Eurasia’s history with expertise on politics, economics, and energy, the Center provides distinctive research and advice to governments and businesses worldwide. It seeks to promote an agenda of regional cooperation and integration based on shared values and common interest in a free, prosperous, and peaceful future. The Center’s collaborative approach aims to catalyze local, regional, and global strategies to address economic growth, deal more effectively with political issues, and bring about energy development and trade in ways that reinforce economic and political well-being.

Minister Jaresko will join the Atlantic Council for an event today on Ukraine’s economic reforms. More information about the event can be found here. For questions or to request an interview with Minister Jaresko, please email press@atlanticcouncil.org.


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