Denys Shmyhal

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Denys Shmyhal
Денис Шмигаль
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Shmyhal in 2022
18th Prime Minister of Ukraine
Assumed office
4 March 2020
PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy
DeputyOleksiy Lyubchenko
Yulia Svyrydenko
Preceded byOleksiy Honcharuk
Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing
In office
4 February 2020 – 4 March 2020[1]
Prime MinisterOleksiy Honcharuk
Preceded byAliona Babak
Succeeded byOleksiy Chernyshov
Governor of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast
In office
1 August 2019 – 5 February 2020[2]
PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy
Prime MinisterVolodymyr Groysman
Oleksiy Honcharuk
Preceded byOleh Honcharuk
Succeeded byVitaliy Fedoriv (Acting)[3]
Personal details
Born (1975-10-15) 15 October 1975 (age 47)
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
(now Lviv, Ukraine)
Political partyIndependent
Other political
People's Movement "People's Control" [uk] (2015)
SpouseKateryna Shmyhal
EducationLviv Polytechnic

Denys Anatoliyovych Shmyhal (Ukrainian: Денис Анатолійович Шмигаль; born 15 October 1975)[4] is a Ukrainian politician and entrepreneur who is the current Prime Minister of Ukraine since 2020.[5] Before his appointment as prime minister, Shmyhal was the governor of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast and an acting vice prime minister in the Honcharuk Government.[6][7]

As a Prime Minister, Shmyhal has been in charge of handling the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ukraine and the conduct of the war with Russia.[8]


Shmyhal’s parents are Anatoly Ivanovich and Irina Feliksovna.[9]

In 1997, Shmyhal graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic. He holds the title of Candidate of Economic Sciences (2003).[10] From his graduation in 1997 until September 2005, Shmyhal worked as an accountant in various companies.[11] From September 2005 to June 2006, Shmyhal was Deputy General Director of a company called "LA DIS".[11] From June 2006 to August 2008, he was Director for the investment company "Comfort-Invest".[11] From September 2008 to September 2009, Shmyhal was General Director of a company called "ROSANINVEST LLC".[11]

Shmyhal worked in multiple leading political roles in Ukraine's Lviv Oblast from 2009 until December 2013.[11] Firstly, as the Head of the Department of Economics at the Lviv Oblast Administration between 2009 and 2011.[4][11] It is there were he met and worked with Oleh Nemchinov who would, in 2020, become Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers in the Shmyhal Government.[12] Shmyhal then became the Head of the Department of Economics and Industrial Policy for the whole of 2012.[11] In 2013, he was Head of the Department of Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Industry.[11]

For the first four months of 2014, Shmyhal was a consultant to a People's Deputy of Ukraine Roman Cherneha [uk] (from the party UDAR).[13][11]

Shmyhal meets with President Joe Biden in Washington D.C.
, on April 21, 2022.
Shmyhal meets with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki
in Kyiv, on February 24, 2023.

From May 2014 to December 2014, Shmyhal worked as Deputy Head of the Lviv Oblast regional office of the Ministry of Revenues and Duties.[11][5]

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Shmyhal was a independent candidate in Ukraine's 121st electoral district, located in Lviv Oblast.[13] He gained 188 votes.[13] (Bohdan Matkivskyi won the district with 26,924 votes.[14])

In the 2015 Ukrainian local elections Shmyhal was a candidate for the Lviv Oblast Council of People's Movement "People's Control" [uk].[13] Although "People's Control" did win five seats in this regional parliament, Shmyhal himself did not get elected.[13][15]

He served as Vice President of Lviv-based frozen goods distributor TVK Lvivkholod from 2015 to 2017.[5]

From 2018 to 2019, Shmyhal served as Director of the Burshtyn TES which is the largest electricity producer in Ivano-Frankivsk, and is part of Rinat Akhmetov's holdings.[16][17][18]

From 1 August 2019 until his ministerial appointment, Shmyhal was the Governor of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast.[7]

On 4 February 2020, he was appointed Minister of Regional Development.[19]

Shmyhal replaced Oleksiy Honcharuk as the prime minister of Ukraine in March 2020.[20]

In 2021, 46-year-old Denys Shmyhal entered the TOP-100 most influential Ukrainians according to the weekly magazine Focus.[13] The Prime Minister was given the 7th place in the rating.[13]

Personal life

Shmyhal is married to Kateryna Shmyhal. They have two daughters.[11] Kateryna is a former co-owner of the Lviv “Kamyanetsky Bakery” and a local NextBike bike rental. She sold her shares in these companies in 2019.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Новий Кабмін Шмигаля – став відомим склад уряду - Кабінет Міністрів України - Верховна Рада | РБК-Україна". Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. ^ "Decree of the President of Ukraine № 38/2020". Office of the President of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  3. ^ (in Ukrainian) Zelensky has appointed a new head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration, Ukrayinska Pravda (10 February 2020)
  4. ^ a b "Голова обласної державної адміністрації". (30 October 2019 archived page via Wayback Machine) (in Ukrainian). Archived from the original on 2019-10-30. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Шмигаль Денис Анатолійович". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "Денис Шмигаль – новий прем'єр України". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  7. ^ a b "Decree of the President of Ukraine № 574/2019". Office of the President of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  8. ^ "Denys Schmygal zum neuen Premierminister ernannt". (in German). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  9. ^ "Denys Shmyhal". pg. 15 October 2022. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Шмигаль Денис Анатолійович". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l (in Russian)/(website has automatic Google Translate option) Small biography of Denys Shmyhal, LIGA
  12. ^ "Shmyhal and "his" team. How Zelensky's second government works". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). Retrieved May 25, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Small biography on Denys Shmyhal, Civil movement "Chesno" (in Ukrainian)
  14. ^ (in Ukrainian) Bohdan Matkivskyi won in district No. 121 of the Lviv region, - 100% of the protocols of the CEC, RBC Ukraine (29 October 2014)
  15. ^ Results. Central Electorate Commission
  16. ^ Хто такий Денис Шмигаль, який може замінити Гончарука [Who is Denis Shmigal who can replace Goncharuk]. BBC. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Zelensky decided on the heads of Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration". July 6, 2019. Archived from the original on July 8, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  18. ^ Боднар, Наталя (Bodnar, Natalia) (5 March 2020). Денис Шмигаль очолив Кабінет міністрів: що про нього відомо [Denis Schmigal heads the Cabinet: what is known about him]. 24 Kanal (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  19. ^ Ukraine's parliament appoints Shmyhal as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Community Development, UNIAN (4 February 2020)
  20. ^ "Zelensky shakes up Ukraine government and proposes new prime minister". Financial Times. Retrieved 2020-03-04.(Subscription required.)

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Preceded by Prime Minister of Ukraine