Michael Salo, COO of Romexsoft, First UCU Grad to Become UCU Senator
Michael (Mykhailo) Salo: COO, managing partner of the company Romexsoft; member of the academic council of the UCU (Ukrainian Catholic University) Lviv Business School (LvBS) MSc in Technology Management program; member of the UCU investment council. Salo is actively involved in the non-commercial sector: he is president of the Lviv Education Foundation charitable organization and was a member of the administrative council of L’Arche-Ukraine. He previously held the post of financial director of LvBS from 2010 to 2016. From 2006 to 2010, he was UCU’s financial director of the Ukrainian Catholic University and assistant to UCU’s first vice-rector for administrative and financial affairs.
Education: Ukrainian Catholic University, master’s in theology; Economics Faculty of the Institute of Post-Diploma Education of Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. He interned at the Financial Department of Seton Hall University, New Jersey, USA.
“UCU is a special place! I studied here as one of the first students of the Lviv Theological Academy. For me the university was always a place of development, friendship, trust, and acceptance, a place of encounter with people who are not afraid of great challenges, who take responsibility and then act. For me, becoming a Senator of the university is a great honor, trust and responsibility for the development of the university, the responsibility to be a good representative of the university, its advocate, through my actions to foster the further development of this special place, where its staff and students can witness, serve, and communicate!” So says Michael Salo.
News about appointment to UCU Senate (Governing Board) HERE
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.”
Graduate who returned to teach at UCU
“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 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).”
A 1999 graduate, Zaviyskyy now teaches at UCU and in July 2011 became the first Ukrainian citizen to defend a doctorate in theology at Oxford University.
The advisor for Zaviyskyy’s dissertation was Prof. George Pattison of Oxford and the independent reader was the archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. The defense of the dissertation was held in Lambeth Palace, the official London residence of the head of the Church of England.
Zaviyskyy was born and grew up in Lviv, where he earned an engineering degree. After graduating from the Lviv Theological Academy (now UCU) in 1999, Zaviyskyy earned a master’s degree and licentiate at the Catholic University of Leuven (formerly known as Louvain) in Belgium. He then taught theology at UCU and in 2005 started doctoral studies at Oxford. He also taught at UCU’s branch in London.
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.