Andriy Volodymyrovych Parubiy
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
Andriy Parubiy has been appointed Chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine on April 14, 2016. In this capacity he manages legislative work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, coordinates its bodies, chairs plenary sessions and carries out other duties outlined by the Constitution of Ukraine.
Prior to his appointment as Chairman, he served as the First deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada for 1.5 years.
Mr. Parubiy was one of the leaders of Euromaidan, Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity. He established and successfully operated protesters’ self defense units, which ensured safety and order during the protests in Ukraine in winter 2013-2014.
After the conclusion of the protests and disappearance of the former President Yanukovych, Andriy Parubiy was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC). It was during his tenure that Russia annexed Crimea and started aggression in the Eastern regions of Ukraine. As a head of NSDC, Mr. Parubiy supervised the commencement of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in Eastern Ukraine.
In addition to his service at the NSDC, Andriy Parubiy has significant parliamentary experience. He was elected a member of parliament for three terms.
Andriy Parubiy graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 1994 with a degree in history and later obtained a PhD in Political Science and Sociology from Lviv Polytechnic National University.