Mr. Kerzner received this award in the Creative Social Project of the Year nomination for one of his projects Art-zavod Platforma.
'I am deeply convinced that Ukraine has huge potential and great future! That's why I have been developing my business in Ukraine for many years, despite the crises. Our projects are quite successful, which makes me and investors like me feel confident in the tomorrow. I want the people of this country, young people who will have to build a new Ukraine to know that there are many businessmen all over the world who can and, most importantly, are ready to invest in Ukraine!' Ofer Kerzner comments.
The mission of the Art-zavod Platforma founded in 2014 is to develop the cluster of creative economy in Kyiv, implement fresh, daring and unordinary ideas, and create the comfortable environment for people who want to develop their ideas and don't want to leave for anywhere but, on the contrary, want to benefit Ukraine. In just one year, this creative space became a cult place in Ukraine's capital. It hosts festivals, workshops and concerts. It is a real "city inside a city" that has offices, outlets, art galleries, showrooms of young Ukrainian designers, restaurants, concert stages and a recreation area.
Ofer Kerzner, the owner of the City Capital Group property development company, has been doing business in Ukraine for over 18 years. Among his most important projects are Art-zavod Platforma, Business Park on Kyiv's Left Bank, Darynok Market Mall, exclusive villas on the Dnieper banks, a residential complex in the center of Kyiv, a residential project near the Holosiivskyi Park, a logistics park by the road to the airport, Podil office center and many others.
Ofer Kerzner is the initiator and organizer of mutual visits of Israeli and Ukrainian businessmen and politicians aimed at developing trade, commerce and friendly relations between Ukraine and Israel. It is worth noting that he was appointed the Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Jerusalem in 2013 in recognition of his substantial contribution to the strengthening of multisided relations between the two countries.
The Person of the Year national award was founded in 1995 and covers all regions of Ukraine. The program's laureates are determined by the expert polling, but the final decision rests with the Higher Academic Board. This year, the Person of the Year celebrates its 20th anniversary.