Yuriy Dzhygyr is a graduate of the National University of “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” (1999), where he received a double Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Sciences. He continued his study at Syracuse University in the United States (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs), where he gained a Master’s degree in Economics in 2001 with a specialisation in Public Finance. In 2001-2018, Yuriy worked on a number of international development projects and was responsible for the development and expert back-up of public finance reforms as well as for the funding of social sector programmes in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and in the countries of Eastern Asia and Oceania. In 2015-2018 he worked as an external advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine supporting the fiscal decentralization and funding for healthcare. In 2016-2018 he worked as an external advisor to the acting Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine developing and implementing the funding reform of the healthcare sector. During 2018-2020 he acted as Ukraine’s deputy Minister of Finance, covering public spending on human capital development programmes.