56 y. o. The President of Ukraine (2005-2010). Chairman of the "Our Ukraine" political party.
Family and childhood:
Born on 23 February 1954 in the village of Khoruzhivka, Sumy region (Ukraine), in a family of teachers. Father – Andriy Yushchenko (1919-1992), took part in the Second World War; after the war taught English at a local school. Mother – Varvara Yushchenko (1918-2005), a Physics and Math teacher.
Married, with five children and two grandchildren; sons Andriy and Taras, daughters Vitalina, Sofia and Christina, grandchildren Yarynka and Victor.
Wife – Kateryna Yushchenko.
Education and Academic Background:
1975 – graduated from the Ternopil Finance and Economics Institute.
Candidate (doctor) of Economic Sciences. The topic of the thesis – “Development of Money Demand and Supply in Ukraine”.
Member of the National Academy of Economic Sciences and the Academy of Economic Cybernetics of Ukraine.
Work Experience and Political Life:
1975 – 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).
1976-1985 – Acting economist, chief of the Ulyanovsk department of the State Bank.
1985-1987 – Deputy Director of the Administration at the Ukrainian Republican Office of the USSR State Bank.
1988-1990 – Head of Department, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Ukrainian Agro-Industrial Bank.
1990-1993 – Deputy, First Deputy Chairman of the Board at the Republican Bank “Ukraina.”
1993-1999 – Chairman and Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU).
1999-2001 – Prime Minister of Ukraine.
2001-2002 – Director of the Borys Yeltsin Ukrainian-Russian Institute of Management and Business.
2002-January 2005 – Member of Parliament of Ukraine, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and International 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 as the President of Ukraine.
January 2010 - lost the Presidential election in the first round with the result of 5.45%.