Vice-President, member of UFPA board of directors
Since Ukraine gained independence in 1991, Andriy Honcharuk has been working devotedly to transform it into a modern European state. For almost 20 years, he has been holding key positions in government and presidential administration.
At the moment, Andriy Honcharuk is protocol advisor to first Ukrainian president Leonid Kravchuk. Moreover, he is an independent member of the supervisory board at the Institute of strategic research “New Ukraine”, a Ukrainian think tank striving to find ways for modernization of Ukraine and develop intellectual dialog on its future. He continues consulting Ukrainian entrepreneurs as Counselor of Federation of Employers of Ukraine.
Andriy Honcharuk was deputy head – protocol advisor to the President of Ukraine (2008-2014), head of the WTO Cooperation State Commission (2013-2014) and Representative (Ambassador) of Ukraine to the WTO.
Mr. Honcharuk carved a successful career in the Ministry of External Economic Relations, where he started to work right after it was created in 1991. He started as a head of division and later on he climbed all the steps of the job ladder. In 1999 he was appointed to the position of minister being 37 years old and became the youngest minister in the government at that moment.
During 1993-2003 Andriy Honcharuk was actively involved in the process of Ukraine’s joining the GATT/WTO, at the same time he was the Head of state delegation to the negotiations with international partners. He initiated and made a solid contribution into development of a new direction in Ukraine’s international relations – commercial diplomacy.
After more than 10 years of public service, in 2003 Mr.Honcharuk decided to use his experience in non-state activity and became the vice-president of Interpipe group corporation, where he dealt with commercial policy, as well as support and protection for Ukrainian companies at the foreign market. At the same time (2005-2007) he continues consulting Ukrainian government on the issues of multilateral commercial diplomacy, particularly concerning joining the WTO as the advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Since 2000, Andriy Honcharuk combined his public and diplomatic activity with scientific research and teaching. He held professorship at the faculty of international trade at Kyiv National Economic University (2005-2015).
Andriy Honcharuk graduated Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, PhD in economics (international economic relations).
Andriy Honcharuk possesses diplomatic rank of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador.
Ambassador Honcharuk is decorated with national and international order. He is a Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honour and Companion of the Order of Yaroslav the Wise.