Dmitry Firtash is a prominent Ukrainian investor and businessman, the founder of Group DF and President of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine.
From a commodity trading background in Ukraine and Russia in the late 1980s, Mr Firtash established business ties in Central Asia and organised supplies of consumer goods in exchange for natural gas in 1993, continuously developing this business over the subsequent years.
In 2004, Mr Firtash and Gazprom jointly created RosUkrEnergo AG, which commenced supplying natural gas from Central Asian countries to Ukraine and European states a year later. The gas supplies continued until the end of 2008.
Since 2002, Mr Firtash has been actively investing in chemical businesses and has built up a significant portfolio of interests in titanium, soda ash and mineral fertilisers. In 2004, his chemicals assets were consolidated into OSTCHEM holding company.
In 2007, Mr Firtash founded Group DF, a private international group of companies formed to ensure effective management of his assets in the energy, chemicals and real estate sectors.
Over the last two decades, Mr Firtash has become one of leading investors in the energy and chemicals sectors in Eastern and Central Europe. In 2011-2012, he expanded his business interests into new segments including banking and agriculture.
Mr Firtash is one of Ukraine’s most prominent philanthropists providing systemic support to education, science, theaters and museums, historical, cultural and humanitarian projects. For more information on charitable activities of Mr Firtash please visit the FIRTASH Foundation website.
In 2011, Mr Firtash was elected President of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine. He is also Chairman of the National Tripartite Social and Economic Council (NTSEC), Co-Chairman of Domestic and Foreign Investors Advisory Council under the Ministry of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine, as well as member of the Committee for Economic Reforms under the President of Ukraine.
Please see more information about Dmitry Firtash on his Personal Website.