Saturday, July 5, 2008

Viktor Yushchenko Biography

Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko was born to a teacher’s family on February 23, 1954, in the village of Khoruzhivka in Sumy Oblast, Ukraine. (Ukraine is in eastern Europe and borders the Black Sea.)

Yushchenko graduated college in 1975 from the Ternopil Finance andEconomics Institute. His first job was with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) State Bank, where he was an economist and department chief. After earning his graduate degree in finance and credit from the Ukrainian Institute of Economics and Agricultural Management in 1984, Yushchenko was appointed Deputy Director for Agricultural Crediting for the Ukraine branch of the USSR State Bank. He held this position until 1987, when he left for another banking position elsewhere.

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) hired Yushchenko to be its governor (president) in 1993. NBU was Europe’s newest central bank at the time, and Yushchenko played an important role in developing its policies and procedures. He stayed with NBU for six years.


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