The Сhairman of the Board of the Open Society Foundations, Alexander Soros, visited Ukraine to meet Ukrainian civil society, state and government leadership, and deputies. The critical message that Alexander brought to Kyiv is that the vector of support for Ukraine remains one of the key ones for the Open Society Foundations.
During a meeting with the team of the International Renaissance Foundation, which is part of the Open Society Foundations network, Alexander said: “Ukraine is the place where my father, George Soros, spent a lot of time and where he directed many of his efforts to build the Open Society. I came to express my solidarity. Our support for Ukraine remains steadfast. It doesn’t matter what happens on the battlefield. It doesn’t matter what happens in the US. We will continue to support Ukraine and the International Renaissance Foundation, which works here.”
During the two-day visit, Alexander Soros also met with representatives of civil society organizations to hear their opinions and visions on the situation in Ukraine and to discuss ways the Open Society Foundations and the International Renaissance Foundation can help Ukraine preserve freedom and democracy. Separate meetings covered European integration of Ukraine and international advocacy, assistance to veterans of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and economic and social recovery of Ukraine.
The results of the meetings with the representatives of the President’s Office, the Prime Minister, and the members of the Verkhovna Rada will be announced later.
It will be recalled that in December 2022, George Soros transferred his functions as Chairman of the Board of the Open Society Foundations to his son, Alexander Soros. Alexander has worked on charity projects of the Network for many years and is deeply familiar with the principles of its activity.
Alexander Soros graduated from New York University in 2009 with a BA in History, and in 2018 earned a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an honorary fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Central European University in Budapest and a visiting researcher at the Institute for Humanities in Vienna.