Boris Viktorovich Kolesnikov
Borys Kolesnikov was born on October 25, 1962, in Mariupol, Donetsk oblast, to the family of mining electro-mechanics.
Graduated from the secondary school N64 in Donetsk;
Graduated from Donetsk State Academy of Management as an economist and manager.
In 1980-1990 worked at state enterprises in trade and consumer cooperation.
Since 1991 – General Manager of Yug Company, specializing in export and import operations.
1995 – organized manufacturing line in Konstantynivka, Donetsk oblast.
Since 1997 – founder and General Manager of KONTI JCC, Ukraine's second-largest manufacturer of confectionery products.
From 1998 to June 2021 – Vice-President of FC Shakhtar, Donetsk.
May 2001-2006 – The Head of Donetsk Oblast Council.
In 2006-2010 – Member of Parliament of Ukraine.
Since 2006 – founder of APK-Invest, the largest vertically integrated livestock company.
Since 2008 – founder and the President of the major charity foundation supporting science and education.
From 2010 to 2021– President of HC Donbass, Donetsk.
In 2010-2012 – Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine responsible for organizing EURO-2012, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
In 2012-2014 – Member of Parliament of Ukraine, The Head of Transportation and Communications Committee of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Since 2012 – founder of sports and entertainment channel XSPORT.
In 2014-2019 – The Head of Opposition Government.
On March 11, 2010, Borys Kolesnikov was appointed Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine responsible for organizing EURO-2012. In December of the same year he was also appointed Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
When Borys Kolesnikov became in charge of the large-scale and ambitious project EURO-2012 its status was beyond critical. According to UEFA, the infrastructure of Ukraine in January 2008 was in the same state as when it was first proclaimed the host country of EURO-2012 (April 18, 2007).
The management team of UEFA and its head, Michel Platini, warned Ukraine that the tournament could be moved to another country if the progress of getting the country ready for EURO-2012 is not fast enough.
The number one task for Borys Kolesnikov as the curator of EURO-2012 projects was to defend Ukraine’s right to host the European football championship.
In June 2010 the UEFA Executive Committee approved the right of all four Ukrainian cities, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Donetsk, to host the European football championship in 2012. All the projects within the framework of getting ready for EURO were focused on construction and reconstruction of Ukrainian stadiums and airports as well as developing the country’s infrastructure.
The UEFA President expressed gratitude to Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Borys Kolesnikov, for the flawless organization of EURO-2012 in Ukraine.
Martin Kallen, UEFA operations director, stated while evaluating Ukraine’s efforts in organizing EURO-2012: “It was a formidable tournament that set new standards for the future of our organization”.
Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, gave Borys Kolesnikov the nickname “super-Borys” for impressive speed in construction and reconstruction of stadiums and airports.
On October 21, 2010, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Borys Kolesnikov and the General Manager of Executive Council of Euronews, Michael Peters, signed a memorandum about creating and distributing international news Euronews in Ukrainian language. Ukraine then became the world’s first country to receive the right to produce Ukrainian news and regularly distribute them as the part of the Ukrainian version of Euronews broadcast.
MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE OF UKRAINE
When Borys Kolesnikov became the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine in 2010, he immediately set out three major priorities in reforming the national railway company Ukrzaliznytsya:
“The first thing we must achieve is to organize the passenger railway transportation in the way that one can get to any city within the territory of Ukraine during the daytime. This can be accomplished by using new trains. The second thing is electrification. As of now only half of 22 thousand kilometers of Ukrainian railways are connected to the grid. Our target metric is 15 thousand. The third objective is modernizing the locomotives as we are still using the outdated pool of machines from the Soviet times.”
To achieve these goals and establish the high-speed railway connection between Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities hosting EURO-2012, in December 2010, Ukrzaliznytsya signed a contract with South Korean company Hyundai Corporation. Under this contract, Ukrzaliznytsya acquired ten new interregional electric trains.
The first six trains allowed to organize the high-speed connection between Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Lviv.
In total, from May 27, 2012, till May 27, 2021, 25 416 519 passengers benefited from this service.
Borys Kolesnikov created the charity Foundation in 2008 though the philanthropic projects started long before that. For instance, back in 2004, he launched the project to reward the best school pupils of Donetsk oblast with journeys to Disneyland in Paris. He was also organizing foreign trips for veterans and completed the reconstruction of the sports center Olimpiyskiy in Donetsk, etc.
In 2008-2013 the Foundation invested substantially into the health and well-being promotion for children and adults. It supported the cultural heritage of the country and supplied equipment to culture and healthcare centers. Thus, for example, in 2010 the Foundation granted 2 million 273 thousand hryvnyas to Laser and Endoscopic Clinic for Spinal Neurosurgery of Kyiv Institute of Neurosurgery of Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine after Academy Member A. Romodanov. This grant helped to purchase medical equipment to treat pathologies and diseases of the spine and spinal cord. The Foundation helped to equip the clinic with a modern mobile X-ray diagnostic machine, ultrasound dissection device, the new generation anaesthesia work station, and a unique operating table.
In 2010-2011 within the project Share the Energy of Music, the philanthropists presented the Lviv National Opera with musical instruments total cost of 3 million hryvnyas. In 2012 as a part of the Value the Heritage program, the Foundation granted 1 million hryvnyas to restore and support sites of cultural values in Lviv. In 2011-2013 the philanthropists joined efforts with the Donetsk oblast Federation of Football and implemented a complex program and facilitated the development of football in the region. They granted 5,5 million hryvnyas to equip 15 sporting grounds.
In 2012-2019 the Foundation mainly supported programs to develop education, science, and sports. The Foundation has become the only charity in Ukraine to substantially support active and motivated students of technical disciplines such as young railroad professionals, architects, aviators, mariners, IT developers, and the food and agriculture professionals. Within the framework of such national programs as Aviator, Railroad Professional, Marine Business, Agro, Food Technologies, IT Developer, and Architect, the philanthropists rewarded thousands of gifted students with visits to international professional forums. Our young people learned from the industry-leading professionals from UK, France, Japan, Germany, Greece, Italy, UAE, during their masterclasses, discovered the world’s leading companies in each of the industries, learned about their achievements, and thus became a part of the global process.
In 2020-2021, the Foundation focused its efforts on the projects most relevant to the challenging times. Thus in March 2020, the Foundation was among the first to grant substantial financial aid to help combat the coronavirus and its negative implications. It joined the efforts to improve the nation’s health and promote a healthy lifestyle. The philanthropists supported medical students by launching the first modern simulational and VR-laboratories for them to study in. This project, implemented at Kyiv National University after T. Shevchenko, helped to create and enlarge scientific benefits. The total budget of the project was 3 million hryvnyas.
From the very moment of its launch, the Foundation supports the number of regional charity programs and maximizes its efforts to support gifted students and school pupils, elderly people, talented athletes, and orphans. Thus in Konstantynivka, the philanthropists opened the School of Culinary Arts and a Community Driving School that provides free training for young people from the entire region. The Foundation also installs kids playgrounds, bus shelters, new elevators in multiple-storied buildings, provides equipment to educational and medical centers in the oblast, restores the monuments to the heroes of World War II, organizes charitable community work Saturdays, provides targeted aid to the winners of school Olympiads, young athletes, and gifted students. It organizes quality leisure activities for children, such as educational tours to Kyiv and Kharkiv to visit Konti and APK-Invest factories, football and ice hockey games. The entertainment projects for the general public are no less engaging such as contests and concerts of world-famous stars. The Foundation takes care of the health of school pupils organizing swimming pool sessions for them, sports classes, and ice rink visits. It regularly presents chocolate bundles and school bags to children from the region to celebrate the International Day of Knowledge and St.Nikolay Day. The Foundation also supports orphans, disabled citizens, and veterans who live in the oblast.
In October 2020, the President of the Foundation supported the launch of the modern ice arena – Mariupol Ice Center. From the very opening of the arena, the Foundation organizes free visits to Mariupol Ice Center for school pupils, children from orphanages in Mariupol, and the neighbouring villages, thus providing fun, active, and quality leisure for them.
The projects by the Foundation and its positive drive were not left unnoticed by our society. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 the Ukrainian Forum of Philanthropists awarded the Foundation as Ukraine’s best national charitable organization with an annual budget from 10 to 100 million hryvnyas invested in the development of education and science in our country.
The Foundation’s website – www.kolesnikovfund.org.
Facebook page – www.facebook.com/kolesnikovfund
Instagram page – www.instagram.com/kolesnikovfund .
In 2010 Borys Kolesnikov became the owner of the hockey club Donbass. It proved to be the turning point in the history of the champion level club, the club that is a leader of hockey in Ukraine, the club that year after year proudly represents our country on the international level, which in turn allowed the Donetsk region to become the true ice hockey capital of Ukraine.
In the very first season under the leadership of Borys Kolesnikov HC Donbass for the first time in the club’s history won golden medals of the Championship of Ukraine. Later HC Donbass has twice proven the title of the national champions.
On May 31, 2011, during the general assembly of the Supreme Hockey League, HC Donbass was unanimously approved to join this non-commercial partnership.
In July 2012 the leadership of the Continental Hockey League, the strongest hockey league in Europe, approved the right of HC Donbass to join its ranks. During their first regular season in CHL the club took 9th place in the Western Conference and didn’t make it to play-off series by losing only one point to HC Atlant.
In January 2013, HC Donbass became the first and, so far, the only Ukrainian club to win the IIHF Continental Cup. The Super Finals took place at Druzhba Arena in Donetsk. HC Donbass won in all three matches against Metallurg of Belarus, Bolzano of Italy, and Rouen of France, scoring a maximum of 9 points out of 9.
In the next season, HC Donbass managed to improve their results in IIHF Continental Hockey League. After only 54 games, they finished the first part of the championship in 4th place in the Western Conference. As a result, on March 7, 2014, Druzhba Arena hosted the play-off series of CHL for the first time in the history of Ukrainian hockey. In the quarter-finals, the Donetsk club took over Dinamo of Riga, but in the semi-finals they let the Lev of Prague move to the finals.
In summer 2014, as a result of the complicated political situation in Donetsk, the club was forced to cancel its games in CHL season, and the core team took a prolonged off-period.
In the summer of 2015, the decision was made to restart the first team of HC Donbass. The team immediately applied to participate in the Ukrainian national championship 2015/16. Under the tightest schedule, the club managed to put together the team that eventually won gold medals of the national tournament. After the Ukrainian national championship in the 2017/18 season, HC Donbass became the five-time champion of Ukraine. The team managed to succeed formidably in the next two seasons.
The day of October 22, 2020, made its way into the history of Mariupol. On this day, the grand opening of the new modern arena, Mariupol Ice Center, took place. The ice arena was a gift from the President of HC Donbass, Borys Kolesnikov, to the city where he was born. The remarkable arena welcomed professional athletes, ice sports fans, future hockey players, and figure skaters.
On October 25, 2020, the 5th season of the Ukrainian Hockey League started. The anniversary season was marked by extending the number of competing clubs to 8. HC Donbass won the regular season ahead of schedule. It then took over the Sokil of Kyiv in the final series and became the champion of Ukraine for the 8th time in the club's history.
In May 2021, the leadership board of the Champions League approved issuing the Wild Card to the champion of Ukraine, HC Donbass. This decision marks the recognition and support of the European hockey teams.
Honourable economist of Ukraine, 2003, Single Tax Efficiency.
Order “For Achievements” I, II, III rank.
Silver medal “Independence of Ukraine” and the honorary medal of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of Ukraine “Law and Honour”.