Prof Bohdan Hawrylyshyn presents at Oxford Universitys Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series

Prof. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, an internationally acclaimed leading expert on issues of public administration and global business, spoke at the Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series at Oxford University on March 6th where he presented his book Towards More Effective Societies. The event was chaired by Baroness Shirley Williams with discussants Dr Gwendolyn Sasse and Dr Olga Onuch.

On March 7thProf Hawrylyshyn visited London and met with Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK and the Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London.

(Left to Right: Andy Hunder, Orysia Hunder, H.E. Ambassador Volodymyr Khandogiy, Prof Bohdan Hawrylyshyn, Mrs. Natalia Khandogiy, Oleg Vecherov

Prof Hawrylyshyn was born in Western Ukraine. In 1947, he left for Canada and obtained a Masters degree in Engineering (1954, Toronto University). Having worked for a multinational company he was sent to the International Management Institute in Switzerland (IMI). In 1960, Hawrylyshyn started his career in educational sphere, teaching economics, global business, international operations management and public administration at IMI in Geneva. In 1968, he became the Director of the Institute and remained its head for 18 years. In 1972, he was elected to the Roman club, in 1973 to the International Management Academy, in 1975 – the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hawrylyshyn was awarded a Doctorate of Economics of Geneva University (1976), Honorary Doctorate of Law of York University (Canada, 1984) and Alberta University (Canada, 1986).

Since 1988, Hawrylyshyn has committed his activity to Ukraine. He initiated the establishment of the first institution in the former USSR which provided MBA program training (MIM-Kyiv). In 1989, he contributed to the establishment of the Soros Foundation in Ukraine (chaired its Supervisory Board until 1998). In 1991, Hawrylyshyn created and became the head of the Council of Advisors to the Presidium of the Ukrainian Parliament, was a member of the American-Ukrainian Advisory Board, an advisor to the first president of Ukraine, four chairmen of the Parliament and three prime-ministers.

Now Bohdan Hawrylyshyn is a board member of the World Academy of Art and Sciences, the head of Ukrainian National Scout Organization, a member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss International Policy Forum, and the head of Supervisory Board of MIM-Kyiv. His published papers include more than 120 articles in management, economic and political environment and 4 books.

The original version of Prof. Hawrylyshyn’s book titled Road Maps to the Future (1980) was published in 8 languages. An exploration of how and why different societal orders have emerged, presenting an analysis of their basic components – values, political governance and economic systems. Hawrylyshyn demonstrated how these components as well as, the internal and external environments of a country determine its social, political and economic effectiveness. Taking the key countries of the world separately, Hawrylyshyn indicated the ways in which each might achieve higher effectiveness by making modifications in these basic components and, in the process, facilitate the emergence of a world order.