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Andriy Yermak

Andriy Yermak

Ukrainian film producer, lawyer and current Head of the Presidential Administration

Andriy Borisovich Yermak (born on 21 November 1971 in Kyiv) is a Ukrainian film producer, lawyer and current Head of the Presidential Administration. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appointed him on 11 February 2020.

Andriy Yermak was born on 21 November 1971 in Kyiv, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union). Yermak's Russian born mother Maria met his Kyiv native father Borys on a school trip of a Leningrad school to Kyiv. Yermak's father is Jewish. They met through mutual acquaintances. The couple married in 1971 and she moved to Kyiv.Yermak has a brother Denis, who is 8 years younger.

In 1990 he started and in 1995 Yermak graduated from Kyiv's Taras Shevchenko National University's Institute of International Relations with a master's degree in international private law. The same year he received his license for law practice. In his second year of University, at the request of one of his teachers, he started working for the law company Proxen.

In 1997 Yermak founded the International Law Firm and was engaged in the field of intellectual property and commercial law. Between 2006 and 2014 he, in his profession as lawyer, aided Party of Regions MP Elbrus Tedeyev.

In the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election Yermak was a proxy of candidate Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kyiv's 216th constituency.

Yermak became acquainted with (future President) Volodymyr Zelenskyy in 2011, when Zelenskyy was the general producer of the TV channel Inter. The two became friends.

Yermak worked in Zelenskyy's election campaign team of the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election.

On 21 May 2019 newly elected President Zelenskyy appointed Yermak as Presidential Aide for Foreign Policy Issues. In this role he negotiated major prison exchanges with Russia during the War in Donbas. Yermak was the point of contact for Kurt Volker and Rudy Giuliani on behalf of Zelenskyy during the buildup of the Trump-Ukraine scandal.

President Zelenskyy appointed Yermak as Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine on 11 February 2020. Yermak additionally became a member of the NSDC the following day.

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November 21, 1971
Andriy Yermak was born in Kyiv.

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