Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

Bohdan Dmytrovych Hawrylyshyn was born
in Koropets village of Ternopil region
on October 19, 1926


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

Became a member of Plast
Ukrainian Scout Organization


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

Was displaced to Germany for compulsory work,
acquired his secondary education in a refugee camp


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

Departed to Canada and worked
there as a lumberjack in Manitoba


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

Got married to Leonida Hawrylyshyn.
The couple has three children: two daughters
and son and seven grandchildren.


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

In 1952 qualified as an engineer at the University of Toronto.
In 1954 acquired master’s degree at the University of Toronto.


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

1957-1958 – attended International Management Institute (IMI-Geneva) in Switzerland
1960-1968 – directed training programs of IMI-Geneva, conducted courses on economic development, global business environment, management of international operations and governance
1968 – became the Director of IMI-Geneva and headed the institution for 18 years


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

1969 – supported the foundation of the World Economic Forum in Davos
1971 – became a co-founder of IMI-Delhi (India)


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

1972 – became member of the Club of Rome
1973 – became member of the International Management Academy
1974 – became Chairman of St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland, and chaired it for 24 years
1975 – became member of the World Academy of Arts and Science


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

1976 – Bohdan Hawrylyshyn obtained Doctor’s degree in Economics at the University of Geneva (Switzerland)
1984 – Honorary Doctor of Law of York University (Canada); 1986 – University of Alberta (Canada)


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

1988 – initiated the creation of the International Management Institute in Kyiv (IMI-Kyiv)
1991 – founded and headed Consultative and Advisory Council under the Presidium of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which was effective for the next 7 years


Bohdan Hawrylyshyn's Life Milestones

2009 – Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Foundation was established
2012 – launched the “Young Generation Will Change Ukraine” Pogram within Foundation, which today accounts over 500 participants



Bohdan Hawrylysyn was born on October 19, 1926, in Koropets village, Ternopil Oblast (at that time part of Poland). In 1930 his father bought 10 hectars of land between the town of Buchach and Zhyznomyr village, and built a house there. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn spent most of his childhood on his father’s farm.

For three years he has been studying at the elementary school in Zhyznomyr, later – at the Polish gymnasium in Buchach (1936-1938) which was made a secondary school during the bolshevik regime. From September 1941 he studied at Chortkiv Gymnasium, then in 1943-1944 at Drohobych Gymnasium.

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

While working at various jobs Hawrylyshyn was admitted at the University of Toronto. His admission received media coverage and public disrupt, as he was the first refugee to get admitted to the university in Canada. In 1952 he graduated with a BA and a MA in 1954 in engineering at the University of Tornto. From 1954 to 1960 Bohdan Hawrylysyn worked as an engineer, researcher and manager at the various enterprises in Canada. Since 1960 he resided in Geneva, Switzerland where in 1976 he was awarded Doctorate of Economics at the University of Geneva.

Since 1988 Dr. Hawrylyshyn has committed his activity to Ukraine and worked there on the voluntary basis. After Ukraine gained its independence in 1991, he acted as an advisor to the First President of Ukraine, several Premier-Ministers and Chairmen of Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine).

More than 30 years of his professional career Dr Hawrylyshyn devoted to the educational sphere. Since 1960 he has been supervising training programs at IMI Geneva (now International Institute for Management Development), teaching economics, global business environment, international operations management and public administration. In 1968 Bohdan Hawrylyshyn became the Director of the institute and remained its head for eighteen years.

In 1989 he initiated the establishment of the International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) by the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and IMI-Geneva. It was the first institution in the former USSR which provided MBA program training.

Bohdan Hawrylyshyn was a full member of the Club of Rome, a cofounder of the European Management Forum in Davos, a fellow and member of the Board of the World Academy of Art and Science. As an expert on issues of public administration and international business and cross-cultural relations, he has been a contributor, moderator and chairperson at international conferences and seminars in over 88 countries.

Hawrylyshyn was also an active member of the Lisovi Chorty fraternity within the Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization. From 2006 to 2008 Bohdan Hawrylyshyn was a Chairman of the Board of Plast.

In 2010 Dr. Hawrylyshyn founded Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation, aimed to encourage and promote new generation of professional, patriotic and correct Ukrainians who care about common values and goods, who are proactive in social and political life of the country and who can peform its transformation.

Professor Hawrylyshyn was one of the members of December 1st Initiative Group.

Bohdan Hawrylysyn died on October 24, 2016 at the age of 90 surrounded by his family in his flat in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ashes buried in the cemetery in his native village Koropets.


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13 Про економічні системи які існують у світі

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15 Мистецтво життя – що це означає

Books by Bohdan Hawrylyshyn*

*All revenues from books sale will be spent to support the foundation’s projects

The documentary “Bohdan Hawrylyshyn: Mission – Freedom”