Olha Bosak is the only Ukrainian and only woman on the Board of Directors of the Norwegian energy company AICE Hydro; founder/CEO of Olha Bosak Management Consulting with a focus on energy issues; founder and leader Energy Salon XXI; member of Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian-Austrian Association; founder and volunteer of the Ukrainian Freedom Fund; author of Live Free Project at the UN headquarters in New York. In 2019, she has received an award “Woman of the Year of the Ukrainian Energy Industry” in the nomination “Leader of the Year”.
During last few years Olha Bosak has succeeded to make a contribution to mitigating challenges Ukraine’s energy industry was dealing with. Has provided advisory services to improve the prospects of investment in oil and gas, nuclear, electricity and renewables sectors. Has more than 10 years of management experience including working with large international companies. Has worked in the Administration of the President of Ukraine, with Ministries, international organizations in Ukraine and abroad. During 2017-2018, worked with Naftogaz of Ukraine as a Director of the Center for Reforms of Oil & Gas Sector and Corporate Governance of SOEs.
Olha is co-author of two books and author of articles that raise important management and energy issues. Graduated with honors from Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, where she studied Physics. Received two master’s degrees in Economics and Philosophy-Theology. Also completed training programs in Austria, Germany, France and the US. In the past years Olha has also developed a distinguished international career as painter. Her artworks were on display in Ukraine, Austria, Italy, France, the US and Canada.
Ольга Босак – єдина українка і єдина жінка у Раді директорів норвезької енергетичної компанії AICE Hydro; засновник і директор Olha Bosak Management Consulting з фокусом на питаннях енергетичного сектору; засновник і лідер Energy Salon XXI; член Наглядової ради Українсько-Австрійської Асоціації; засновник і волонтер Фонду Вільна Україна; автор проекту «Живи вільно» у штаб-квартирі ООН у Нью-Йорку. У 2019 році отримала нагороду «Жінка року української енергетики» за номінацією «Керівниця року».
Протягом останніх кількох років Ольга Босак зробила свій внесок у подолання викликів, з якими стикається українська енергетика. Надавала консультаційні послуги для покращення перспектив інвестицій у нафтогазовий сектор та електроенергетику. Має значний досвід роботи на керівних посадах як у державному, так і в приватному секторах. Працювала в Адміністрації Президента України, з міністерствами, міжнародними організаціями та великими компаніями в Україні й за кордоном. У 2017-2018 рр. очолювала Центр реформ нафтогазового сектору та корпоративного врядування в державних компаніях НАК “Нафтогаз України”.
Ольга є співавтором двох книг та автором статей, в яких піднімаються важливі питання менеджменту і енергетики. Закінчила з відзнакою Львівську малу академію наук України (відділення фізики). Отримала дві вищі освіти (економічну і філософсько-богословську), навчалася в Австрії, Німеччині, Франції, США. Також протягом останніх років вона зробила успішну міжнародну кар’єру художниці. Представляла свої картини в Україні, Австрії, Італії, Франції, США та Канаді.
Consultant-assistant to national deputy in Ukraine’s Parliament
He graduated from UCU’s Faculty of Philosophy and Theology in 2008 and then entered the National Academy of Management, Law Faculty. From 2008 to 2009 he participated in the program “Assistant to the Head of a Committee of Ukraine’s Parliament.” Since 2009 he has been a consultant-assistant to a national deputy in Parliament.
“First of all, the Ukrainian Catholic University formed my personality and taught me what values should guide a person’s life. After I graduated from UCU, I found myself in a radically different environment. But I can say with certainty that the knowledge and spiritual formation from the university gave me the opportunity to move forward with certainty.
“After more education and a few years of work, I made a very important conclusion: the main thing in life is not ‘who’ you are but ‘what’ you are. The kind of people that the Ukrainian Catholic University ‘forges’ are precisely the kind of people necessary to build Ukraine.”
“UCU provided the basics, the fundamentals for graduate studies. In particular, it gave us the tools, like languages, Latin, Greek, English. We were very well-prepared when we came to Rome…
“When I studied at the Augustinianum, we three UCU graduates were the only women… Today in Rome few are surprised to see female faces at theological faculties (by the way, among them are many Ukrainian women from UCU).”
Project manager at the Centre for Cultural Management, Lviv, Ukraine
“For me the Ukrainian Catholic University was the ideal place to test myself out: all the conditions are here to discover your talents and realize your possibilities. It’s a very unique laboratory in which to ‘know thyself.’ But, above all, the university is people who accept you, who are close by and don’t walk away in difficult times. There is a certainty that remains for the future that you can be yourself everywhere.”
“Small universities are better because the students get more attention. Now as a teacher, I understand that this is also a benefit for the teacher.
“If you study at UCU, in five years you’ll become a professional in the area you choose. You’ll only be able to appreciate all the benefits of the university a few years after you finish.
“But when you’re working, you’ll understand and appreciate the choice you made as you work with your colleagues.”
Vasil Stefaniv was one of the first history students to graduate from the Ukrainian Catholic University, in 2007. He then went for a graduate degree at Lviv Polytechnic. He is now working on his dissertation and also teaching at UCU.
“Because of my situation, I wasn’t able to pay for tuition, but I was a good student, so I received a scholarship. I also worked in the library. Many of my peers worked in various areas of the university, for example, at the summer school. Finances were not a problem.
“I was able to study foreign languages very well at UCU. In our first year, we had English classes every day. It was difficult, but in a year we were already able to communicate fluently and read in English. We also had a Polish course. A fairly good grounding in Latin and Greek is important for those who want to be professionals in history, and also for theologians,” said Stefaniv.
UCU graduate Mariya Makovetska (’05) is now team manager of the Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization Department of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for the Development of Ukraine in Kyiv. Previously she was executive director of the International HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Institute.
“The Ukrainian Catholic University [UCU] is an institution that does not simply teach philosophy. At UCU they always taught us to think, to analyze the facts, to look for similarities, different accents, to correlate them.
“UCU gave me all the instruments to realize my dreams: an education that was so multifaceted and of such high quality that in my work now I feel no lack of knowledge or experience. As a student, I looked for answers, I looked for my calling. I took part in social projects and now, working in the social sphere, I can help a great number of people. In this way I am realizing myself as a theologian.”