Death of Prominent Ukrainian: Renowned Ukrainian economist and philanthropist Bohdan Hawrylyshyn dies aged 90

16:43 Oct. 24, 2016

Renowned Ukrainian economist and philanthropist Bohdan Hawrylyshyn dies aged 90

Renowned Ukrainian economist and philanthropist Bohdan Hawrylyshyn dies aged 90 (UNIAN photo)

Hawrylyshyn was an outstanding public activist, long-time advisor to the Ukrainian government, full member of the Club of Rome, and Honoured Scientist of Ukraine

Ukrainian, Canadian and Swiss economist, engineer, inventor, and philanthropist Bohdan Hawrylyshyn passed away on October 24 in Kyiv. The sad news were reported by his Charitable Foundation just 5 days after Hawrylyshyn celebrated his 90th jubilee.

Bohdan Hawrylyshyn was born in Ukraine's western Ternopil region on October 19, 1926.

During World War II, in 1944, he was captured by the Nazis and taken to Germany. After the war, he remained for almost two years in the displaced persons camp, and afterwards moved to Canada.

Bohdan Hawrylyshyn graduated from the University of Toronto in Mechanical Engineering in 1954 and received an MBA from International Management Institute (IMI) in Geneva in 1958.

He has occupied positions in research, engineering and management in Canada. He has a Ph.D. in Economics and Social Science from the University of Geneva, 6 honorary doctorates from Canadian and Ukrainian Universities, Gold medal from the President of Italian Republic. From 1960, he was Professor then Director of the Centre d'Etudes Industrielles, which was renamed in 1982 as International Management Institute - IMI Geneva, until 1986.

In 1982 he created International Management Institute – IMI-Delhi and in 1989, the International Management Institute – IMI-Kyiv. From 1960 to 1986 he lectured in conferences, moderated seminars in over 70 countries on all continents, was an advisor on Governance to several countries, consultant to major multinationals ( General Electric, IBM, Unilever, Phillips), participated in Swiss governmental delegations to international conferences.


Since 1988, Bohdan has participated actively in Ukraine's political, social and cultural life. He created and chaired the Council of Advisors to the Presidium of the Parliament of Ukraine from 1990-1998, the International Renaissance Foundation from 1991-1998, the International Center for Policy Studies, Kyiv, from 1994-2006. He was an advisor to the first President of Ukraine, three Prime-Ministers, and four Chairmen of the Parliament.

He was also a member of the Club of Rome, a non-governmental organization of scientists and civic leaders from 30 countries that studies prospects for human development.

In 2010, he founded the Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation, which deals with the development of civil society in Ukraine.

The scientist has authored a number of books, including "Towards More Effective Societies: Road Maps to the Future" (1980), and a memoir "Staying Ukrainian" (2011).

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