Academician-secretary of the Division of Biochemistry, Physiology and Molecular Biology of NAS of Ukraine; director of the Palladin Institute of Biochemistry of NAS of Ukraine

Degrees, titles and honours: Doctor of Medicine with distinction (1966), PhD in Biochemistry (1970), Doctor of Sciences in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (1989), Professor of Biochemistry (1989), Corresponding member of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1990), Full Member (academician) of Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (1991), Full Member (academician) of Ukrainian National Academy of Medical Sciences (1993). Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

, State Order of "Yaroslav the Wise" (V degree-2005), State Order of "Merit" (III degree-1996, II degree-1998), Honorary Doctor of Sciences: Kingston University (1997) and North London University (1997), , Honorary Professor of Odessa National University (2010), Honorary Member of the Polish Biochemical Society (2011). Ukrainian State Award (1979), O.V. Palladin Award in Biochemistry winner (2003), I.I. Mechnikov Award in Immunology winner (2011).





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As an Ambassador


Professor Serhiy Komisarenko was the first Ukrainian Ambassador ever to the Court of St. James's. He was appointed as an Ambassador by the President of Ukraine on May 15th 1992 and presented the copies of his Credentials to the Foreign Secretary September the 9th 1992 when his official tour of the duty started. Professor Komisarenko presented his credentials to HM The Queen on October 27th in audience in the Buckingham Palace accompanied by Mrs. Komisarenko.

During more than five years of operation in Britain HE Professor Komisarenko as Ambassador contributed a lot for Ukrainian-British relations. Just some examples. In 1992-1993 Ukraine was practically unknown to the British people. However, since the Embassy was set up Britain has supported territorial integrity of Ukraine, acknowledged Ukraine's contribution towards peace settlement in former Yugoslavia, backed the application and membership of Ukraine in the Council of Europe. In April-June 1995 the British Parliament ratified the Agreement on Partnership and Co-operation between EU and Ukraine. The Embassy ensured through various channels that the President of Ukraine was invited to address the WEU Assembly (Paris, 5 June 1996). Ukraine was the first country visited by the British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind after his nomination. Mr Rifkind was the first to state in public that independent Ukraine was a key country in Central and Eastern Europe and that the presence of independent Ukraine was pivotal for safeguarding security and stability in Europe. The Embassy ensured success of two official visits of the Presidents of Ukraine (1993 and 1995), a visit of the Ukrainian Parliament delegation headed by the Speaker (1993), a visit of the Ukrainian Prime Minister (1995), visits of a number of delegations headed by Ukrainian Vice Prime Ministers and Ministers. The Embassy promoted or fully assisted with the visits to Ukraine of the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Gloucester, the Prime Minister John Major, the Lord Mayor of London, the then Secretaries and Ministers of State - Mr M. Rifkind, Mr K. Clarke, Mr M. Portillo, Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Baroness Chalker and other high-ranking officials from the former Conservative Party Government. After the 1997 year election the Labour Party Government confirmed the importance of good relations between Britain and Ukraine. Secretary of State for Defence (later NATO General Secretary Lord Robertson) paid a visit to Ukraine and participated in joint Ukrainian-British-Polish military exercises.

A legal foundation for bilateral relations has been set up and was successfully developed - an Agreement on the principles of relations and co-operation and 14 individual agreements have been signed. Among those agreements are the Agreement on co-operation in the field of education, science and culture, the Agreement on air transport communication, the Memorandum on technical assistance, the Agreement on co-operation in tackling crime, the Agreement on consular relations, etc. The Embassy was party to negotiations on the text of security assurances signed by four states (the United States, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation and Ukraine) in December 1994 in connection with Ukraine's accession to the NPT.

Serhiy Komisarenko put forward the initiative on Ukraine's joining EBRD, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Sugar Organization (ISO) whose headquarters are based in London. Until appointment of the Ukrainian representatives the Embassy took part in sessions of IMO, ISO and INMARSAT. The Embassy also organized or contributed to a number of successful exhibitions and seminars aimed at acquainting British companies with business opportunities in Ukraine. The Embassy assisted Ukrainian companies wishing to find partners in Britain. Professor Komisarenko initiated to Ukrainian top authorities an idea to create in the West a special “Marshall plan” for Ukraine and was promoting this idea among British establishment. He also put forward setting up a British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of London and contributed his most for the foundation of this Chamber. Later he was elected an Honorary member and member of the Board of Directors of the British-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce.