Natale Jaresko, a member of the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International who has lived in Ukraine for over 20 years, has been appointed as Ukraine’s new Finance Minister by Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.
More on Ms. Jaresko’s background from the BBC…
“Natalie Jaresko has more than two decades of experience in investment, finance and business strategy. She was born in the US, but is ethnically Ukrainian. Ms Jaresko received a masters degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1989, then served in various economic positions at the US Department of State.
Shortly after Ukraine gained independence in 1992, she relocated to Kiev, where she joined the economic section of the newly-opened US embassy. In 1995, she joined the Western NIS Enterprise Fund, a private equity firm which distributed US government funds, and rose to be its CEO. In 2004, she co-founded the Horizon Capital investment fund in Kiev and worked as its CEO.
Ms Jaresko won high praise from two former Ukrainian presidents, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko. In 2003, Mr Kuchma awarded her the Order of Princess Olha for her contribution to the Ukrainian economy. In 2005-10, she served in Mr Yushchenko’s Foreign Investors Advisory Council.”