Yuri Poluneev (born15 June 1956 in Odessa, Ukraine) is an economist.
Former member of Verkhovna Rada during its 6th convocation (2007 - 2012). Expertise: central bank, bank and financial sector regulation and supervision, anti-crisis laws in the financial sector, bank non-performing debt restructuring, creditor and consumer rights, deposit insurance, consumer credit, financial consumer protection. Was the author or co-author of more than 40 drafts, many of which became an important part of the financial reform agenda (bank debt restructuring, creditor and financial consumer rights, fund for consumer deposit guarantees, state lottery regulatory regime).
As an economist, Yuri Poluneev put forward and promoted the notion that the concept of the country’s international competitiveness should become a “national idea” for emerging markets, particularly for Ukraine. He developed an original economic concept “Technology for Economic Breakthrough” based on the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook methodology, which maps in detail the "technology" to translate a country’s competitiveness rating into the economic policy objectives. He also served as a member of Council of the National Bank of Ukraine and a member of the Committee for Economic Reform.
Education and research
Yuri Poluneev graduated in 1978 from Kiev State University with BA in International Economy, English and Arabic languages. He is also a graduate of one-year international management programme at Toronto University (1991-1992) as well as short-term management courses at York University in Canada (1990) and in London Business School on management accounting and finance (2000). He holds a PhD degree in International Economics from the Kiev State University (1986). Was awarded honorary title "Merited Economist" (2010). Fellow of the International Academy of Management (Barcelona). He authored and co-authored 13 books and more than 120 publications on various aspects of transition economy reforms, country competitiveness, banking and finance. Editor-in-chief of the journal “Monitor of Competitiveness” (2006-2008), which promoted the competitiveness as a top economic policy priority.
In 2005-2007, Yuri Poluneev served as President of the oldest MBA school in Ukraine, International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv). During that period, he also was a member of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies (TOS-ICP).
During 1996-2005, was elected three consecutive times by Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia as an executive director (member of the Board of Directors) of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD).
In 1996, briefly served as a deputy head of economic department in the Administration of the President of Ukraine. During 1994-1996, Yuri Poluneev was assistant Director General for Programmes at the International Committee for Economic Reform & Cooperation (Bonn, Germany) where he assisted to develop and implement programmes for cooperation and investment in the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.
In 1989-1994, worked as deputy director general of the International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv), was a visiting professor at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University (Ithaca, New York, USA) and served as a part-time consultant for the OECD FDI Advisory Group for Ukraine and Belarus.
In 1978-1983 and in 1985-1989, he worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Problems of Foreign Countries (Ukrainian SSR Academy of Sciences). In 1983-1985, served as analyst and interpreter of English and Arabic in the Office of the Economic Advisor to the USSR Embassy in Iraq.
Social activities and personal profile
In 2005, Yuri Poluneev founded an NGO “Council on Competitiveness of Ukraine”. It mobilized prominent personalities from various venues of life with the mission to initiate the public discussion involving authorities, business, civil society and education (research) as well as mass media to elevate competitiveness to the forefront of public awareness and policy-making in Ukraine. By 2008, the competitiveness theory has formally become an integral part of the government economic policy setting and strategic thinking. He continues both public and academic efforts in this direction.
As an economist, he had also focused on the reform in the financial consumer protection by preparing with the USAID assistance a number of new draft legislation focusing on consumer credit and consumer protection in accordance with the OECD guidelines.
Yuri Poluneev sits on the board of the British Ukrainian Society and has been an active promoter of closer political and business links between the two countries, especially when served as a co-chairman of the UK-Ukraine Inter-Parliamentary Group (2007-2012).
Poluneev has actively contributed to charitable activities. From proceeds of sale of his own music album, he founded the charity “Music – to Children” (2004), which provided financing and assistance to teach fine arts and music to disabled children.
Yuri Poluneev speaks fluently English, Ukrainian and Russian. Has a good knowledge of German, reads and speaks Arabic. He is married and has four children.
- http://www.president.gov.ua/content/ker-4.html; http://www.kr-admin.gov.ua/Comitet/Ua/627.pdf