Marat graduated with Honours from the Energy Department of the State University of Management (SUM), Moscow, in 1999; in 2003, he gained his PhD in Economics. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School, France (2002). In 2008, he graduated from the BP Major Projects and Engineering Academy, MIT (USA) and in 2016 received an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School (USA). His research interests include negotiations, conflict management and major project management. He has written on macroeconomics, fuel and power, and negotiations in leading business media.
Between 2011 and 2015, he was Vice President of Major Projects and Head of the Iron Ore Division at EVRAZ. Between 2010 to 2011, he was Director of the Directorate of Major Projects at JSC Gazpromneft. From 2000 to 2010, he held various positions in supply chain management, finance and major project management at TNK (TNK-BP from 2003).
Marat is a member of the Board of Directors at Alfa-Bank, Alfa Strakhovanie Group, ABH Holdings S.A. and Rosvodkanal, as well as a member of the Supervisory Board at A1 Investment Holding S.A. and the Alfa Group Consortium.
Marat Atnashev was Dean of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO from 2016 to 2019. In 2019, Marat launched the SKOLKOVO Centre for Negotiation and Network Studies at SKOLKOVO business-school together with Professor Moty Cristal and is currently its co-founder and investor. He teaches negotiation skills and conflict management on SKOLKOVO corporate programmes.