* Experts having made a speech at SEDeC programmes

    CEO and Chair of the Board of Director of JSC Russian Venture Company

    From 1995-1997, Igor Agamirzyan was a consultant for Microsoft Consulting, Microsoft Middle East (Dubai) and senior consultant / head of practice at Microsoft Consulting, Microsoft Eastern Europe. For the next two years he headed the department for work with corporate clients and was the Russian Microsoft representative, Microsoft Eastern Europe.

  • ALEKSEEV Alexander

    Professor to the Department of Economics and Social Geography in the Faculty of Geography at Lomonosov Moscow State University

    Alexander Alekseev is a specialist of social geography, human geography, geography of the countryside and of Russian regions. He has written more than 200 published works, (including more than 15 books), which are available in Russian, English, French, Spanish and Hungarian.

  • BOLOTOV Victor

    Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Education

    Victor Bolotov is a Russian education specialist and policy maker. In 2001 he joined the working group to create the project “Concepts for Modernising Education”, which was subsequently approved by the Russian State Council and ratified by the Russian Federation Government.

  • CRAWLEY Edward

    Founding President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology,
    Director of the Bernard Gordon “Leadership in Engineering” Programme

    From 1996 to 2003, Dr. Crawley held the position of dean of the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT.

  • FROUMIN Isak

    Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences

    From 1994 to 1999, Isak Froumin was the director of the Institute of Experimental Pedagogy of the Siberian Branch of RAO.


    President of the Public Council of The Ministry for Public Health and Social Development

    Sergei Gradirovskiy is an expert in faith-based policy, situational demographics, government and social strategy for overcoming poverty and alienation and author and co-author of a wide range of works on migration policy and demographic transformations.

  • ISAEV Kamil

    General Director for Research and Development, Intel Russia

    Kamil Isaev has been General Director for Research and Development at Intel, Russia, since February 2010. He specialises in strengthening 'ecosystem' links between the Russian IT industry, universities, the Academy of Sciences, field-specific ministries and state corporations.


    Dean of St. Petersburg European University

    Oleg Kharkhordin is the founder and Director of the Inter-departmental Research Centre Res Publica.

  • KLIMOV Alexander

    Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

    From 1992 to 2005, Alexander Klimov was vice-principal, dean and department head of the Tolyattinskiy Academy of Management.


    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
    Head of the SKOLKOVO Education Development Centre (2012-2016)

    Denis Konanchuk has been managing consulting projects in the field of education at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO since 2010. Denis was involved in implementing a strategic programme for the Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Arkhangelsk city; the Concept and strategic programme for the Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg city; and the Concept for the Russian International Olympic University, Sochi city.

  • KUZMINOV Yaroslav

    Dean of the National Research University “The Higher School of Economics”

    In 1992 Yaroslav Kuzminov became dean of the State University – the Higher School of Economics (now known as the National Research University). Under his 20-year leadership the Higher School of Economics has become one of Russia's leading universities.


    Specialist in Regional Economics and Policy and Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations

    From 1995, Olga has held teaching positions, lecturing at Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and others. From 1996 to 2003, she worked in the Office of Economic Reform to the Russian Government, and in 1998 she became head of the Department of Regional Economic Policy.

  • LIVANOV Dmitry

    Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

    From 1997 – 2000 Dmitry Livanov was vice-principal for research of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (abbreviated in Russian to 'MISIS').

  • OMAE Enio

    First Vice-President for Technology and Development of EF (Education First)

    Dr. Enio Omae is a world famous academic in the field of educational technology. His work focuses on research and development in the field of artificial intelligence, learning technology and cognition.

  • PESKOV Dmitry

    Director of the “Young Professionals” Division at the Agency for Strategic Initiatives

    Dmitry Peskov was head of the Students Free Trade Union. For 8 years he worked at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations as director of the Centre for Internet Policy and served as deputy principal for research, IT director and director for innovative educational programmes.

  • PIROZHKOV Vladimir

    President of the Centre for Industrial Design and Innovation “Astra Rossa”

    Vladimir Pirozhkov joined Citroen in 1994, where he developed the interior models of the Xsantia X2, the C5, the concept car C3 Lumiere, the C3 Air, C6 Lignage and C4 Volcane. He also restyled the Xsara model.

  • POGOSYAN Mikhail

    President of JSC UAC

    Mikhail Pogosyan became CEO of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise the Aviation Military-Industrial Complex “Sukhoi” in April 1998. In September 2003, by Russian Federation Government decree, he was appointed general director of the JSC Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company, which brings together developers and manufacturers of the aircraft brand "Su". In May 2004, Mikhail was elected chairman of the board of directors of JSC KNAAPO.

  • SAIAS Maurice

    Professor of IAE Aix-en-Provence (France)

    Maurice Saias is a professor of strategy at IAE Aix-en-Provence (France). He is a renowned expert on the strategy of multi-national companies and change management. He has consulted for many large companies, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Allied Signal, Alcatel, Philips, Kodak, Lafarge, Schneider and Rolls-Royce.

  • SITNIKOV Aleksei

    Vice-President of Institutional Development of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

    Until recently, Alexei Sitnikov was director of international development at the SKOLKOVO Foundation. He was directly responsible for the creation of the SKOLKOVO Institute of Science and Technology, and for setting up and developing a broad international network of SKOLKOVO partners.

  • SOBOLEV Alexander

    Director of the Department for Government Policy in Higher Education

    From 1978 to 2008, Alexander Sobolev was a senior laboratory assistant, graduate student, an assistant, senior lecturer, associate professor, senior researcher, professor and department head of the Ural Polytechnic Institute.

  • VOLKOV Andrei

    Academic policy advisor of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

    Deputy Chairman of the Council on Global Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Research and Education Centers. Andrei Volkov (Doctor of Engineering) has been the Dean of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO since its inception in 2006 till 2013, he is one of Russia's leading experts in education policy and advisor to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Andrei headed the group of G8 experts on questions relating to Russian initiatives in the field of education.

  • ZUBAREVICH Nataliya

    Regional Programme Director of the Independent Institute for Social Policy

    Nataliya Zubarevich is a specialist in the field of regional socio-economic development and social and political geography. Nataliya works as a manager and project lead on programmes for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and also on international projects and programmes. From 2005, she has been Professor of Geography at the Moscow State University, where she reads lectures on the “Challenges of Regional Development” and “New Approaches to Social Geography”.