Oleksandr Kamyshin

Oleksandr Kamyshin
Олександр Камишін
Kamyshin in 2022
Minister of Strategic Industries
Assumed office
21 March 2023
PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyy
Prime MinisterDenys Shmyhal
Preceded byPavlo Riabikin
CEO of Ukrainian Railways
In office
11 August 2021 (initially as acting CEO) – 28 February 2023
Preceded byVolodymyr Zhmak[1]
Succeeded byYevhen Lyashchenko
Personal details
Born (1984-07-02) 2 July 1984 (age 39)[2][3]
Alma materIgor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute[4]
Known forChairman of Ukrainian Railways during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

Oleksandr Mykolayovych Kamyshin (Ukrainian: Олександр Миколайович Камишін, IPA: [ɔ.lekˈsan.dr me.kɔ.lɐˈjɔ.ʋet͡ʃ kaˈmɪ.ʃin]; born on 2 July 1984[3]) is a Ukrainian politician who has been the Minister of Strategic Industries since 21 March 2023. He was the CEO of state-owned Ukrainian Railways from August 2021 to late February 2023.[5][6][2][7]


Oleksandr Kamyshin was born on 2 July 1984 in Kyiv in the Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union.[3] He studied finance at the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute from 2001 to 2007.[4][3] In 2006 he started his professional career as an auditor at KPMG; he left the company in 2008.[5][3] From 2008 to 2012 he was the General Director of Kyiv Motorcycle Plant, while also working for the investment management company Dragon Capital.[5][3] In 2012 Kamyshin became an investment manager at SCM Holdings.[5][3]

Kamyshin left SCM in 2019.[5][3] In January 2020 Kamyshin became a managing partner of Fortior Capital.[5][3]

On 11 August 2021 Kamyshin was appointed acting CEO of state-owned Ukrainian Railways.[6] At the time he was advisor to Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov.[5] He was appointed permanent CEO in March 2022.[5][3] Kamyshin gained world-wide recognition for keeping Ukrainian trains working during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[2] Kamyshin resigned as CEO late February 2023 to become the head of the European integration office of Ukrainian Railways.[5][3] On 3 March 2023 he was appointed as a freelance Advisor to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.[3]

On 20 March 2023, the Ukrainian parliament received Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal's submissions on the appointment of Kamyshin as Minister of Strategic Industries.[8] On 21 March 2023 he was appointed to this post.[9]

Kamyshin is married and has two sons.[3]


  1. ^ Govt appoints head of Boryspil airport's supervisory board Zhmak as Head of Ukrzaliznytsia, Interfax-Ukraine (26 August 2020)
  2. ^ a b c Keane, Fergal (15 March 2022). "Ukraine's wartime rail chief has to be faster than the Russians tracking him". BBC News. Archived from the original on 16 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Short biography of Oleksandr Kamyshin". Lb.ua [uk] (in Ukrainian). 3 March 2023. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Ukraine: Oleksandr Kamyshin appointed as chairman of the management board of joint-stock company "Ukrainian railways" on 25 October 2021". International Union of Railways. 2 November 2021. Archived from the original on 3 February 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Head of Ukrzaliznytsia resigns". Ukrainska Pravda. 28 February 2023. Retrieved 28 February 2023.
    "The head of "Ukrzaliznytsia" Kamyshin is resigning". Ukrainska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 27 February 2023. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  6. ^ a b "The Supervisory Board of UZ recommends to appoint Alexander Kamyshin as the head of Ukrzaliznytsia". 11 August 2021.
  7. ^ McLean, Scott; El Sirgany, Sarah; Streib, Christian (14 March 2022). "The command center on rails: How Ukrainians are keeping trains on track in war". CNN. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Rada received submissions for the appointment of three ministers". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 20 March 2023. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  9. ^ "The Verkhovna Rada appointed two ministers and a deputy prime minister". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 21 March 2023. Retrieved 21 March 2023.

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