Igor Cherkaskyi

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Igor Cherkaskyi
Head of the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine
Assumed office
March 1, 2014.[1]
Personal details
Born (1970-10-28) 28 October 1970 (age 51)
Kyiv city
CitizenshipUkraine
NationalityUkrainian
Occupation
  • lawyer
  • economist
  • politician

Igor Borysovych Cherkaskyi (born on October 28, 1970) Kyiv – Ukrainian state politician. Head of the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine. People’s Deputy of Ukraine of the 6th convocation. Civil servant of the 1st rank. Honored Lawyer of Ukraine.

Member of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (from July 15, 2019)[2].

Education

Education: Higher economic and legal.

Doctor of Economic Sciences.

Has a good command of foreign languages.

Business

Since 1997, one of the founders and co-owners, in the future one of the largest in Ukraine Credo-Classic insurance company, which was successfully sold to Austrian investors in 2008 .[3]

Biography

  • April 1997 — September 2000 — Vice-President of the Credo-Classic OJSC Insurance Company.
  • September 2000 — January 2001 — Advisor to the Chairman of the Management Board of the National Joint-Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine.
  • February 2001 — September 2001 — Vice-President of the Credo-Classic CJSC Insurance Company.
  • September 2001 — November 2002 — Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Credo-Classic CJSC Insurance Company.
  • January 2005 — October 2007 — Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Credo-Classic CJSC Insurance Company.
  • November 2002 — October 2003 — Deputy Head of the Main Department on judicial reform issues, activities of military units and law enforcement authorities – Head of the Control Unit on international military-technical cooperation of the Administration of the President of Ukraine.
  • October 2003 — January 2005 — First Deputy Head of the State Administration of Affairs.
  • 2003–2005 — Member of the President's Commission for Policy in Military-Technical Cooperation and Export Control under the President of Ukraine. Deputy chief editor of the scientific journal «Actual problems of domestic policy». Deputy Chairman of the Editorial Board of the information and analytical journal «Ukraine-NATO».
  • April 2006 — September 2007 — Deputy of the Kyiv City Council of the 5th convocation.
  • from 2007 till November 2007 — Head of the Public Organisation «Foundations of Legal Initiatives».
  • From November 2007 — People’s Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the 6th convocation. Member of the Committee for Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.
  • 13 February 2008 — 11 March 2010 — Head of the State Committee for Financial Monitoring of Ukraine (financial intelligence).
  • March 2010 — February 2014 — Head of the All-Ukrainian Public Organisation «Foundations of Legal Initiatives».
  • from March 1, 2014 — Head of the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine.
  • July 2019 — became a member of the personnel composition of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
  • June 2020 — became a member of the personnel composition of the National Council for Anticorruption Policy.

Employment

During the work in the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine, which Igor Cherkaskyi started the second time immediately after the Revolution of Dignity, the SFMS was brought to a qualitatively new level, which gained authoritative international recognition.

In 2018, the analytical investigation, conducted by the SFMS was recognized as the best in the world. According to the results of the voting of the financial intelligence units representatives of 150 countries of the world, the SFMS got reward «Best Egmont Case Award» (BECA).

The investigation concerned the SFMS detection and freezing of criminal funds related to former high-ranking officials in the amount of USD 1.5 billion. The mentioned funds were subsequently confiscated into the state revenue. This is the most successful case in the history of Ukraine’s independence.

Due to the victory in the BECA competition, the title of the State Financial Monitoring Service of Ukraine was carved on the Special Memorial Board at the Egmont Group Office (Toronto, Canada), and the case of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Ukraine was included in the Best Egmont Case Award Book.

In addition, during 2016-2018, under the chairmanship of Igor Cherkaskyi, the SFMS has accompanied the process of the MONEYVAL 5th round mutual evaluation of Ukraine.

According to the MONEYVAL Report, the SFMS, as a financial intelligence unit, was highly rated – «substantial level of effectiveness».

Also, in 2016, Igor Cherkaskyi ensured the successful conduction of the National AML/CFT Risk Assessment. This is the first national assessment conducted in Ukraine. The assessment report received positive conclusions from international partners.

In 2019, in the context of the development of the issue on the beneficial ownership transparency, which is also coordinated by the SFMS, a team of state authorities and public organizations representatives under the leadership of the SFMS became a winner under the results of the pilot Program «EU Association Lab». The developed Conception of the mechanism of verification of ultimate beneficial owners called as “DO100%VIRNO” received the award «Most Innovative Solution».

A particular attention is paid to the training and retraining of personnel for the financial monitoring system. Thus, by the decision of Igor Cherkaskyi, the Academy of Financial Monitoring was established on the basis of the Training and Methodological Center, which was under the management of the SFMS. From March 2014, more than 8,000 specialists of the public and private sectors have been trained at the Academy.

Parliamentary activity

People's Deputy of Ukraine of the 6th convocation. Member of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety (from December 2007).

State ranks, awards

  • Civil servant of the 1st rank — November 2003.
  • Igor Cherkaskyi has state awards.
  • Honored Lawyer of Ukraine — 2003.
  • Order for Merit ІІІ class — February 2001.
  • Order for Merit ІІ class — October 2004.
  • Order for Merit І class — August 2008.
  • Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise V class — June 2020.

Family

Igor Cherkaskyi is married and has the daughter and son.

References

  1. [https://www.kmu.gov.ua/npas/247067107 РОЗПОРЯДЖЕННЯ КАБІНЕТУ МІНІСТРІВ УКРАЇНИ від 1 березня 2014 р. № 89-р «Про призначення Черкаського І. Б. Головою Державної служби фінансового моніторингу України»]
  2. Decree of the President of Ukraine from 15 липня 2019 year № 520/2019 «Про зміни у складі Ради національної безпеки і оборони України»
  3. «Кредо-Класик» перейменована в страхову компанію UNIQA (УНІКА)

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