Tor­ben Ma­j­gaard

Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

Tor­ben Ma­j­gaard, a Dan­ish cit­i­zen with a flair for busi­ness, was an im­por­tant part of the Kyiv com­mu­nity. It was with sad­ness that we re­ported his Jan. 3 death in a Span­ish hos­pi­tal. The gifted en­tre­pre­neur in 2002 started Cik­lum, an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy com­pany, and built it into one of the five top IT out­sourc­ing pow­er­houses in Ukraine, with 2,500 em­ploy­ees and in­ter­na­tional reach in sev­eral na­tions.

Ma­j­gaard was also gen­er­ous, in­vest­ing in IT ed­u­ca­tion, in the Kyiv Post's IT fel­low­ship pro­gram and many other note­wor­thy ven­tures, in­clud­ing the 2018 Ukraine House Davos. Ma­j­gaard spoke twice at the an­nual Kyiv Post Tiger Con­fer­ence, al­ways in­sight­fully. He was gre­gar­i­ous and chance en­coun­ters with him were in­vari­ably pleas­ant. He also had a rich grasp of his­tory and could talk in­tel­li­gently for hours on many top­ics.

He did have his weak­nesses, as most of us do. He drank too much al­co­hol for too long and it killed him, erod­ing his liver and kid­neys. He died at 48, decades pre­ma­turely. The cir­cum­stances of his death do not de­fine his life or di­min­ish his ac­com­plish­ments. But Ukraine is an easy place in­dulge in ex­cess and jus­tify it. The sober­ing re­al­ity of this tragedy should spur re­flec­tion about how we can be bet­ter per­sons — to our­selves and to each other, so that all of us can reach our po­ten­tials, with lives that are not only ful­fill­ing, as Ma­j­gaard's cer­tainly was, but also long and healthy, as his was not.

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