Oleksandr Danylyuk

Oleksandr Danylyuk (born July 22, 1975) is a Ukrainian politician who served as the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (2019), the Minister of Finance of Ukraine (2016-2018). Danylyuk is a co-founder and the Head of the Center for National Resilience and Development.

Oleksandr Danylyuk
Олександр Данилюк
Олександр Данилюк.jpg
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council
In office
28 May 2019 – 30 September 2019
PresidentVolodymyr Zelensky
Preceded byOleksandr Turchynov
Succeeded byOleksiy Danilov[1]
Minister of Finance
In office
14 April 2016 – 7 June 2018
Prime MinisterVolodymyr Groysman
Preceded byNatalie Jaresko
Succeeded byOksana Markarova
Personal details
Born (1975-07-22) 22 July 1975 (age 46)
Grigoriopol, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Moldova)
Political partyIndependent
Alma materKyiv Polytechnic Institute
Indiana University, Bloomington
Occupationpolitician / invest banker

Early life and educationEdit

Oleksandr Danylyuk was born in a family of scientists. His father, Oleksandr Danylyuk, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, while the mother, Lyudmila Danyliuk, taught cybernetics at the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

Oleksandr Danylyuk graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine with a degree in electric engineering in 1998. He also studied at the Kyiv Institute of Investment Management (1995) and obtained MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2001.[2]


Work in the Private SectorEdit

Oleksandr Danylyuk worked in the private sector as a consultant and investment manager in a number of companies, including TEKT, Alfa Capital and Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) in Ukraine.

Later Danylyuk worked at McKinsey & Company London and Moscow offices for three years. His project portfolio included reform of the UK tax system as well as strategy development and operations optimization in energy and telecom projects.

Between 2006 and 2010, Danylyuk chaired the Rurik Investment fund that operated in London and Luxembourg.

Public ServiceEdit

Oleksandr Danylyuk first joined public service in 2005 as economic advisor to the Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov. In his team Danylyuk worked on energy reform and carried out privatization of state-owned enterprises, including Kryvorizhstal, Ukraine's largest integrated steel company, which became part of the global steel producer Mittal Steel Company N.V.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych appointed Danylyuk his adviser (out of state).[2] In 2010–2015, Danylyuk chaired the Economic Reforms Coordination Center – an apolitical think tank under the aegis of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. McKinsey & Company drafted the initial strategy of the Center. He won the competition for the position.[2] The Economic Reforms Coordination Center focused on drafting bills and introducing practices designed to improve investment climate in Ukraine, uphold the rule of law and intensify cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

A lot of reformers who started their career in The Economic Reforms Coordination Center later moved to various Government positions, including Oleksandr Sayenko, Tatiana Kovtun, Marchenko Sergei, Bugrimova Yana, Oleksandr Kava, Kapinus Yevgen, Anton Yashenko, Yulia Kovaliv, Yuri Butsa, Roman Opimakh. In 2010-2011 the team designed and implemented the reform of the Cabinet of ministers – reducing the number of ministers, halving headcount of the central secretariat, streamlining the structure of the Government along the lines of responsibilities.[1]

Danylyuk actively supported signing of the EU-Ukraine association agreement, despite active opposition within the Government of the pro-Russian lobbyists. The Coordination center developed the holistic reform agenda which acts as a foundation of the transformations following Revolution of Dignity.

President Yanukovych largely ignored this Coordination Centre.[3] Danylyuk was dismissed as advisor by acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on 24 February 2014.[2] March 2014 –July 2014  Oleksandr Danylyuk headed group of advisors to the Vice-Prime minister Volodymyr Groysman.

On 17 July 2014 he worked as a Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.[2]

From September 2015 he worked as a Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine.[2]

Minister of FinanceEdit

In 2016, Oleksandr Danylyuk was appointed a Minister of Finance. He declared his key objectives at the position – better investment climate in Ukraine, transparent rules of doing business for Ukrainian entrepreneurs and foreign investors and public finance reform.

The government's mid-term priority action plan for 2020 outlines key milestones that the Ministry of Finance has to achieve. Danyliuk's team also designed the Public Finance Administration Strategy 2017–2021 which enables effective planning and better quality of public services with taxpayers’ money.

Ministry of Finance priorities under the leadership of Danylyuk was:State Fiscal Service reform and its transformation from a punitive agency in a service-oriented agency, Financial Investigation Service to replace tax police, Customs reform, Improving tax legislation, Introduction of mid-term budget planning, Implementation of the State Banks Development Strategy, E-Data project development for public spending, Audit reform, Internal reform to drive reforms in other areas

On 7 June 2018, Ukraine's parliament voted in support of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman's motion to dismiss Finance Minister Danylyuk.[4]

Danylyuk with John Bolton (far right), Paweł Soloch (center right), and Stanislav Zas (far left) in Warsaw.

Groysman had asked for Danylyuk's dismissal in response to Danylyuk's May 2018 letter to the ambassadors of the G-7 top industrial nations saying that Groysman was stalling vital reforms of the State Fiscal Service that are needed to combat corruption.[5] Groysman said Danylyuk's actions may have hurt Ukraine's negotiations with the European Union about economic aid.[5][6][7] Danylyuk stated that he had been asked to use government money to fund particular politicians favoured projects, effectively to back political corruption.[8] Danylyuk stated that Groysman seek his dismissal to prevent reform of State Fiscal Service notoriously known for its corruption and headed by the Groysman old ally Prodan[who?].[citation needed]

Danylyuk initiated dismissal of Roman Nasirov, Head of State Fiscal Service, whom he accused of corruption and sabotaging reforms in tax administration. He filed the respective cases with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). Nasirov, who enjoyed support of many influential people in power, was later investigated and formally accused by NABU of corruption.[2] Danylyuk used this as formal pretext to remove him from his position in Feb 2017, and later 2018 despite significant push back from the prime-minister succeeded in firing him permanently.[9]

Cooperation with IMF and return to markets

Shortly after appointment Danylyuk renewed cooperation with IMF after long pause which allowed to unlock funding. Danylyuk leveraged trusted relationship with IMF.

Nationalization of Privatbank[10]

In December 2016 the largest bank in the country PrivatBank was nationalized. Ministry of Finance became the sole shareholder.[3] The preparatory work lasted for more than a year with National Bank and Ministry of Finance taking leading role. The bank was owned by two influential businessmen Ihor Kolomoyskyi and Gennadiy Bogolyubov.

PrivatBank was a systemic bank with more than 22 mln customers. As a part of amicable agreement on nationalisation Kolomoyskyi and Bogolyubov agreed to compensate losses of State related to nationalisation within 6 months following completion of the nationalisation. After failing of delivering on this commitment Government initiated criminal proceedings against former shareholders of Privatbank.

Freezing of Assets of Kolomoyskyi

In December 2017 London Court imposed World wide freeze of assets of former shareholders of PrivatBank. Danylyuk played an instrumental role in this process overcoming resistance of Prosecutor general and other high level officials who attempted to prevent decision of assets freezing. To prevent it several criminal proceeding were opened against advisors hired by the National Bank of Ukraine, Ministry of Finance and Privatbank. Court banned any decision related to initiating legal proceedings outside Ukraine, etc. Despite all the opposing efforts, the WWFA was imposed and stays by now.

State fiscal service reform

Oleksandr Danylyuk has repeatedly stressed that reformation of State Fiscal Service is one of the key anti-corruption initiatives, as it will help to improve the business climate in Ukraine. “The State Fiscal Service needs to continue the modernization of its approach to work. Working with the State Fiscal Service should be more convenient for every taxpayer." Danylyuk integrated State Fiscal Service reform into the program of cooperation with the IMF, additionally creating a project supervisory board, which included G7 ambassadors, an IMF representative and a business ombudsman. [4]

Later, this escalated into a conflict between, back then, the head of the Finance Ministry and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, when during negotiations with the МВФ, the PM overturned decisions that launched the reform.

Creation of anti-corruption bodies

Prior to Danylyuk's appointment as the Minister of Finance, he played an active[weasel words] role in implementation of anticorruption reforms in Ukraine.

He was in charge of the development of the Law on National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) in cooperation with experts and civil society activists, and lobbied its adoption. The law provided good framework for establishing NABU and protecting its independence.[5]

Introduced a system of electronic declarations and recruitment to the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC).[6]

Supported adoption of the law for launching the High Anti-corruption court. In June 2018, he sent a personal letter to every PM, explaining the importance of adopting the law and urged them to do so.

Abolition of corrupted Tax Police

Danylyuk actively promoted the reform of the law enforcement institutions. He took actions at abolition of the Tax Police, a highly corrupt institution that harassed Ukrainian business.

Despite strong resistance of the President, Prime-minister and the Parliament the law that de facto removed any powers from Tax Police was passed. Realizing the mistake, coalition attempted to fix the problem by adopting the law returning the powers to the Tax Police.

Danylyuk addressed the Parliament with pledged not to restore tax police. It was first time in history when Minister publicly opposed the parliamentary coalition and the President in the parliament.[7] In the confusion parliament took the position of the minister refusing adopting the changes.[citation needed] Position to restore the Tax police was promoted by President Poroshenko's ally Nina Yuzhanina.[citation needed]

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (2019)Edit

On May 28, 2019, Danylyuk was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine - the main organizational body for national security and defense under the President of Ukraine.[11] From June 2019 onwards, he became a head of the National Cyber Security Coordination Center. In July, he joined the National Council for Anti-Corruption Policy. On September 27, 2019, Danylyuk wrote a resignation letter from the post of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.[12] He explained his decision by disagreeing with the policy of "carpet games" in the new government. "Many of those who came lack professionalism. This is a systemic problem that carries a risk. I hope that conclusions will be made and the President will make some adjustments, "he told reporters. [8]

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the National DepositoryEdit

On 25 September 2020, Danylyuk was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the National Depository.[13] On 28 April 2021 the shareholders of the National Depository of Ukraine terminated his powers.[14] Danylyuk claimed this was done "to appoint a person convenient for the Presidential Administration."[14]

Disqualification in the competition for the head of the Bureau of Economic SecurityEdit

In 2021 Danylyuk applied as head for the new Bureau of Economic Security.[15] The (then) new law enforcement body of investigating economic crimes.[16] On 29 July 2021 Danylyuk was rejected to take part in the competition of selection because he could not provide a diploma of higher education in a specialty that did meet the requirements of the competition.[15]

Center for National Resilience and DevelopmentEdit

In December 2020, Oleksandr Danylyuk alongside Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2014-2019) Pavlo Klimkin and Prosecutor General of Ukraine (2019-2020) Ruslan Riaboshapka founded Center for National Resilience and Development.

Center for National Resilience & Development is a non-governmental organization united by the values of an inclusive society around the most relevant and priority areas for Ukraine: national security, rule of law, de-oligarchization and anti-corruption.

Personal viewsEdit

Oleksandr Danyliuk supports libertarian views. He was a personal friend of the Georgian reformer and libertarian Kakha Bendukidze. After the latter passed away, Danyliuk became one of the co-founders of Bendukidze Free Market Center.


According to the electronic declaration, in 2019, Oleksandr Danyliuk received salary of 297,395 hryvnias (US$11,015) as Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and 1 692,125 hryvnias (US$62,671) as royalties. On bank accounts, Oleksandr Danyliuk had US$3,130, EUR 45,895 and 1,635 hryvnias. He also declared US$36,000 in cash. Additionally, Oleksandr Danyliuk had cottage (total area of 290 m2) and plot of land (total area of 984 m2), all in joint ownership (50%). Oleksandr Danyliuk also declared a 2017 Volvo xx60 car and an antique (Sector Watch - gourmet Swiss, silver, the beginning of the 20th century).[17]


Oleksandr Danyliuk is married and has two children. His wife, Olha Danyliuk, born in Lviv, studied at Central Saint Martins and got her PhD at the Royal School of Speech and Drama. She used to work as a theater designer in New York and Moscow and now works as a theater director in London. After returning to Ukraine Olga Danyliuk took an active part, as a volunteer, in supporting Ukrainian army in the context of Russian military aggression.[9] In 2018-2020 she staged performances Letters from New York (with 16 children from the war zone participating), Contact Line and Pentecost.

Danyliuk has two sons: Richard (born in 2001) and Vladimir (born in 2008). Danyliuk's elder son Richard, studied at the British public school, Winchester College. The younger son Vladimir is 11 years old and was born in London.[2]

Danylyuk speaks five languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English, Spanish and French.[2]

Hobbies: hiking, mountain climbing, cycling and rowing.


  1. ^ "Ex-deputy secretary of NSDC Danilov appointed its secretary – decree". Interfax-Ukraine. 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h (in Russian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Short bio, LIGA
  3. ^ Garton Ash, Timothy (12 April 2016). "Who is Oleksandr Danylyuk and what will he do as Ukraine finance minister?". Kyiv Post.
  4. ^ "Ukraine's parliament sacks finance minister". UNIAN. 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Ukrainian lawmakers OK creating anti-corruption court". Business Insider. 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Ukraine finance minister claims he was told to back corruption or quit". The Times (South Africa). 7 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Week's balance: Anti-corruption court for IMF, finance minister sacked, and new energy regulator's stance on "Rotterdam +" formula". UNIAN. 9 June 2018.
  8. ^ Williams, Matthias (8 June 2018). "Ukraine's sacked finance minister says no will in cabinet for gas price hike". Reuters. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  9. ^ Розпорядження https://www.kmu.gov.ua/npas/pro-zvilnennya-nasirova-r-m-z-posadi-golovi-derzhavnoyi-fiskalnoyi-sluzhbi-ukrayini
  10. ^ "Націоналізація ПриватБанку", Вікіпедія (in Ukrainian), 27 February 2021, retrieved 15 March 2021
  11. ^ "Oleksandr Danyliuk appointed Secretary of National Security and Defense Council". Ukrinform. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  12. ^ Charlton, Angela; Vlasov, Dmytro (30 September 2019). "Ukraine's leader: We can't be ordered to investigate Biden". news.yahoo.com. Associated Press.
  13. ^ Обрано Голову Наглядової Ради НДУ https://www.csd.ua/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11891:2020-09-25-10-44-06&catid=51:hot-news&Itemid=18&lang=ua. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Danylyuk was fired from the supervisory board of the National Depository, Ekonomisha Pravda (28 April 2021)
  15. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) 48 candidates were admitted to the competition for the director of the Bureau of Economic Security, Danyliuk was disqualified, Ekonomisha Pravda (29 July 2021)
  16. ^ (in Ukrainian) The country's chief economic officer: who will head the Bureau of Economic Security?, Ekonomisha Pravda (28 July 2021)
  17. ^ "Declarations: Danyliuk Oleksandr Oleksandrovych from the NACP". declarations.com.ua. Retrieved 10 August 2020.

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