Aleksandr Auzan

Dean of the Moscow State University Department of Economics

Member of the Scientific Council of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Research Advisor at the Institute of National Projects. Member of the Russian Presidential Economic Council. Member of the Government Commission on Administrative Reform. Doctor of Economic Sciences, professor.

Dmitry Belousov

Head of analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic processes at the Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-Term Forecasting

Member of the Interdepartmental Commission for Technological Forecasting of the Presidium of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation on economic modernization and innovative development of Russia. Member of working groups for Strategy-2020. Member of the working group on the development of a new model of economic growth; ensuring macroeconomic and social stability; fiscal and monetary policy and macroeconomic parameters of development of the Russian economy; transition from stimulating innovation to innovation-based growth. Candidate (Ph.D.) of Economic Sciences.

Timofei Bordachev

Programme Director, Valdai Club Foundation 

Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Director of Studies, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP); member of the Advisory Committee of the Eurasian Economic Commission. Ph.D. in Political Science.

Andrey Bystritskiy 

Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

Since 2014, Bystritskiy has been Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club and the Chairman of the Public Supervisory Council of the Russian Ministry of Communications. Andrey Bystritskiy is a Professor and PhD (Pedagogics, 1989). He is a member of the Union of Writers. In June 2007, he received the Order of Honour. Andrey Bystritskiy is the author of books, including such works as Youth Subcultures and Russia's Intelligentsia During the Demise of the Soviet System (1991), and numerous publications in newspapers and magazines. Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, member of the Union of Writers.

Valery Fedorov 

Director General of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM)

Since September 2003 has been Director General of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM), where he also heads Expert Council. Valery Fedorov is the member of VCIOM Board of Directors (since 2006). Chief Editor of the "Monitoring. Social and Economic Changes" scientific journal (since 2003).

Alexander Filippov

Sociologist, philosopher, editor in chief of the Sociological Review journal

In 1997-2003, Dean of the Faculty of Sociology of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences. Since 2004, Head of the Department of Practical Philosophy of the State University - Higher School of Economics, professor since 2006. The head of the Centre of the fundamental sociology at the HSE Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities. Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Social Sciences.

Alexei Goreslavsky

Executive Director of the Rambler & Co media group of companies

From 1995 to 1998 he worked as a correspondent card "Private Lives," the newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets". From 1998 to 2004 he was the editor of the politics and economics sections of the "Sovershenno Sekretno. Versiya." newspaper. He has been chief editor of "Vslukh o..." and managing director of Chas Media Publishing House. From July 2005 to May 2007, chief editor of Vzglyad online newspaper. From 2007 to 2010, director of Internet projects for Interfax news agency. In 2011-2013, Alexey Goreslavsky was president of Agency One communications agency, From May 2013, Deputy Director General for external Communications at the Afisha-Rambler-SUP media holding. From. 2014 to 2016, chief editor of the Internet portal.

Gennadiy Konstantinov

Ordinary Professor of the Higher School of Economics. Academic Supervisor of the Center of Corporate Management, Higher School of Economics

Professor of Higher School of Economics since 2000. Main courses - strategic management, strategic thinking, strategic modeling of the future, corporate governance. Honored worker of the Higher School of the Russian Federation. Since mid '90s to 2010s  - active consulting work, consultant of the Institute of Economic Development of the World Bank, the implementation of consulting projects for Russian companies in the field of strategic management, corporate governance, restructuring of enterprises, knowledge management. Since 2012 - RZDStroy Member of the Board, member of the panel of arbitrators, RSPP Commission on corporate and business ethics, member of the RSPP committee on the national register of independent directors. Doctor of Sciences in Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

Evgeny Kuznetsov

Deputy CEO, Program Director, Member of the Management Board, Russian Venture Company

Professional in the field of strategic development and public affairs. At RVC he was an initiator and mentor for the segments related to development of entrepreneurship ecosystem, development of universities and other infrastructure and ecosystem agents, development of technology transfer and specialized services, programs related to promotion, confidence generation and constructive public communication in the field of innovation. He is one of the initiators and leaders of development of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) from its early formation. At RVC he also specializes in methodology and long-term forecasting measures for technological and social development, manages a number of subject areas at the Project Center established to implement the assignment of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation related to innovation development. He is a member of the Experts Committee of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Presidium of Council on Foreign and Defence Policy.

Oleg Lavrov

Chairman of the board of the Association of Russian experts and specialists in knowledge management "KM Alliance".


Chairman of the Expert Council of the Association of Russian experts and specialists in knowledge management, partner of Knowledge Associates International (Cambridge, UK), founder of the Moscow Knowledge Office, Russia’s first project office of knowledge and innovation management.

Scientist in the area of neuroimmunophysiology, doctor of medical sciences. Leader of research projects “Knowledge management in public health,” “Patient-oriented model of mobile medicine.”

Yaroslav Lissovolik

Chief economist with the Eurasian Development Bank, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club

Yaroslav Lissovolik joined the Eurasian Development Bank as its Chief Economist in 2015, with responsibilities covering macroeconomic analysis and forecasts as well as macroeconomic research. In 2001-2004 he worked in the International Monetary Fund, where he was Advisor to the Executive Director for the Russian Federation in Washington. In 2004 Yaroslav Lissovolik joined Deutsche Bank as Chief Economist; in 2009 he became Head of Company Research in Russia and in 2011- a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank in Russia. Yaroslav Lissovolik is a member of the Council on foreign and defense policy and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. In 2012 Yaroslav Lissovolik became a member of the Expert Council of the Russian government as well as the Working group on macroeconomic policy of the Presidential Economic Council. 

Fyodor Lukyanov

Academic director of the Valdai Discussion Club 

Since 2015, Fyodor Lukyanov has been the Academic Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club. Fyodor Lukyanov was an international journalist in 1990-2002. He collaborated with numerous newspapers, radio and television broadcasters. Since 2002, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal. In 2012, Lukyanov was appointed as the Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy – one of the oldest Russian NGOs. Fyodor Lukyanov is a Research Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics. He is considered one of the most well-known Russian experts in the field of international relations and foreign affairs, author of numerous articles in Russian and foreign media. Lukyanov received the Government Award of the Russian Federation in 2011 for his contribution to international journalism. 

Vladimir Nechayev

First Vice-Rector of the Moscow State Pedagogical University. Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Council of Moscow State Pedagogical University, professor

Supervises the organization of work to improve MPGU management system, ensuring the interaction of pro-rectors and structural subdivisions, coordinating the activities of the Program of Development of the Moscow State Pedagogical University, qualification of employees, coordination of organizational and staff, and other events; activities after the completion of the merger with Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities. Doctor of Political Sciences.

Sergey Plugotarenko

Director of the Association of Electronic Communications (RAEC), a recognized expert of the Russian Internet industry

As Director of the Association, he represents the interests of the Russian internet businesses, promotes the most productive dialogue between the government, society and the Internet sector. "Man of the Year" according to the "ROTOR 2009" online awards. Ideologist and program director of the Russian Internet conferences, forums and Runet Awards. Ideologist of a number of research and analytical products, including the study "Economics of the Russian Internet", an annual industry report "Runet today: events, figures and facts."

Alexey Ponomarev

Vice-President for Strategy and Relations with the industry in the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

He has nearly 30 years of experience in teaching and research institutions. The Skolkovo Tech, he oversees cooperation with industrial companies and public authorities, as well as coordinating the Skolkovo Tech participate in government programs in education, science and research. Prior to joining the Skolkovo Tech Ponomarev two years he served as Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. In addition, he served on the board of several major Russian industrial companies and was instrumental in the reorganization of the aviation industry of the country. Associate professor of the Higher School of Economics, was awarded the Order "Honored Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation."

Andrei Sharonov

President of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

Andrei Sharonov joined the SKOLKOVO team in September 2013. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Mayor in the Moscow Government for economic policy. In 2013 was appointed Dean of SKOLKOVO Business School and in September 2016 he was elected President of the Business School. Andrei is a Chairman of the Board of NefteTransService LLC, member of the Management Board of such companies as PAO Sofkomflot, OAO NOVATEK, member of Supervisory Council of PAO VTB Bank.

Vladislav Shershulsky

Microsoft Technology Policy Director

Formerly editor-in-chief of Infoart independent publishers. Head of Department of International Scientigfic-Technological Cooperation of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus. Senior fellow at the Minsk Radio-Technical Institute, Director of Business Development at EPAM Systems.

Yuri Simachev

Director of Economic Policy at the Higher School of Economics

Dr. Simachev has focused on practical recommendations for federal authorities on private sector development, advisory work on RTI and industrial policy. He is one of the writers of document that defines the Government’s longterm RTI policies - Strategy for Innovation-Driven Development of the Russian Federation for the Period Ending in 2020. Dr. Simachev is a member of the Interagency Commissions under the Presidential Council for Economic Modernisation and Innovative Development - on technology development and on implementation of strategy for innovation-driven development. He is a member of the Expert Council of the Russian Government.

Oksana Sinyavskaya

Deputy Director of the Independent Institute for Social Policy, Associate Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, Higher School of Economics

Oksana Sinyavskaya is actively involved in applied research of social policy for the Russian Government and the Presidential Administration. Over the years, she has participated in the work of expert groups organized by the Russian government on pension reform. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the company L'Oreal for the Share & Care social development program. Member of the Academic Council of the Ekonomika Scientific and Practical Center, under the Presidium of the General Council of the United Russia Party, the Academic Council of the Independent Institute for Social Policy. She is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and the Association for Studies in Public Economics (ASPE). 

Mikhail Sokolov 

Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology, European University in St. Petersburg, Candidate of Science in Sociology

Mikhail Sokolov

Expert in organization theory, academic and educational sociology, mathematic sociology, social stratification, cultural sociology.

Andrey Sushentsov

Programme director, Valdai Club Foundation

Political analyst and international relations scholar at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and a managing partner with the Moscow-based consulting agency Foreign Policy Advisory Group. He holds diploma in history of Lomonosov Moscow State University and a PhD in international relations of MGIMO-University. Sushentsov was a visiting researcher at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies in 2007 and at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2008. He was a visiting professor at Rome LUISS University in 2013 and at Armenian State University of Economics in 2014. In 2015, Sushentsov was an EASI-Hurford fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace focused on Russian policy toward Ukraine and the future of Russian-Ukrainian interdependence.

Victor Vakhshtayn 

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences

Head of the Department of Theoretical Sociology and Epistemology at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). PhD in Sociology, Professor.

Ruslan Yunusov

CEO of the Russian Quantum Center

Economist (Russian Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration). Eight years of experience as Financial Director and Director-General of various innovational, investment and oil and gas businesses. Author of many scholarly works on physics and economics. Candidate (Russian equivalent of Ph.D.) of physical and mathematical sciences.