Marat Atnashev

Marat Atnashev is the dean of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. He joined the Business School team in September 2016. In 2011–2015, Atnashev served as the vice president of major projects and head of the iron ore division at Evraz. He was responsible for operations and improving the performance efficiency of the company’s core business, management of investment projects, and development of project competencies in the entire company. In 2010–2011, Atnashev headed the major projects directorate at Gazprom Neft, oversaw the creation of project company Gazpromneft Razvitie, and was responsible for the implementation of major Russian and international projects. In 2000–2010, he held various positions at TNK and TNK-BP, supervised large-scale projects, and was engaged in organizational development and procurement/supply. Atnashev received a degree from the energy department of the State University of Management (SUM), Moscow, in 1999 and a PhD in investment project management from SUM in 2003. He also earned an MBA from INSEAD (France) in 2002 and graduated from the BP Projects & Engineering Academy at MIT (U.S.) in 2008. Atnashev was awarded a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School (U.S.) in July 2016. He has held the position of an expert in project management at the SKOLKOVO Business School since 2009 and is an associate professor of the faculty of economics at the Higher School of Economics since 2006.

Marianna Belenkaya

Marianna Belenkaya is an Arab studies scholar and a columnist at the Kommersant Publishing House. She has almost twenty years of work experience in the Arab world and the Middle East region. From 2002 to 2007, she served as a political commentator for RIA Novosti, and from 2007 to 2013, she was the first editor of the RT Arabic website (Rusiya Al-Yaum). Belenkaya is also a regular contributor to the

Hervé Boulhol

Hervé Boulhol has been a senior economist in the Directorate for Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs of the OECD, responsible for work on pensions and population aging, since March 2014. His current responsibilities include the flagship publication Pensions at a Glance and the Preventing Ageing Unequally report. Previously, he worked in the Economics Department of the OECD, heading the France and Poland desks. Prior to joining the OECD in 2007, he had worked on financial markets at Natixis. Hervé Boulhol completed his studies at the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) and holds a PhD in economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications at the OECD and in highly ranked periodicals.

Kristina Butaeva

Kristina Butaeva is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interaction (CSDSI), New Economic School, and a PhD student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She holds an MA in economics (2014) from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and a candidate of science in economics degree (2017) from Lomonosov Moscow State University. The topic of her dissertation is “Income Inequality Measurement Mechanism in Russia: Formation and Application.” In January—May 2018 she was a research fellow at the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kristina Butaeva’s research interests include the standard of living, income inequality, heterogeneity, and economic development.

Elena Chirkova

Elena Chirkova is an associate professor of the School of Finance of the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and a freelance financial advisor. She specializes in corporate finance and investment theory. Chirkova has seventeen years of experience in investment banking and financial advisory services. She has served as a vice president of Troika Dialog investment company, a director of the finance department at Deloitte, the head of the proprietary investments department at the Bank of Moscow, an advisor to the representative office of the Rothschild bank in Moscow, and a visiting professor at Harvard University. Chirkova is the author of scholarly papers and nonfiction articles on economic and financial issues, as well as eight books on economics and finance, including The Warren Buffett Philosophy of Investment, published in 2015 by McGraw-Hill Education. In 2016–2017, she cooperated with Carnegie on a project analyzing the resource curse. Elena Chirkova graduated from Moscow State University, attended a master’s program in economics at the Claremont Graduate School (U.S.), and holds a PhD in economics.

Bill Conerly

Bill Conerly is a consultant who helps business leaders understand the economy so that they can develop successful strategies. He is a regular contributor to, a member of the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, and the chairman of the board of Cascade Policy Institute. Previously, he was a professor of economics and a corporate economist for PG&E, Nerco, and First Interstate Bank. He received his PhD from Duke University.

Ruben Enikolopov

Ruben Enikolopov is the rector of the New Economic School in Moscow. He graduated from the New Economic School (MA, 2002) and Moscow State University. He also received a PhD in economics from Harvard University. In 2008, Ruben Enikolopov became a professor at the New Economic School, and since 2013, he also holds the position of a professor at the Pompeu Fabra University (Spain). In 2012–2013, he worked at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. His main research interests include political economy, the economics of mass media, and the economics of developing countries. Enikolopov’s scientific papers are published in leading international journals such as American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, American Political Science Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and Journal of Public Economics.

Konstantin Gaaze

Konstantin Gaaze is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center. He graduated from the Moscow State University faculty of public administration in 2001. Konstantin Gaaze has worked in the PR industry and has headed his own advertising agency. From 2006 to 2008, he was an adviser to the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. In 2008, Gaaze started his career in journalism: he worked as a reporter and political columnist at Russian Newsweek and, and as an editor at Moscow News, Interfax Group, and Big city. In 2016, he received an MA in sociology from the University of Manchester/Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences. Since 2017, he is a senior fellow at the International Center of Social Theory at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.

Sergei Guriev

Sergei Guriev is the chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has had many affiliations, including being a board member with Sberbank, Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company, Russia Venture Company, Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency, Russian Agricultural Bank, and the Dynasty Foundation, as well as a member of the Russian Presidential Council on Science, Technology, and Education. He was also a professor of economics at Princeton University, the New Economic School in Moscow, and Sciences Po in Paris. He earned his DSc in economics and PhD in applied math from the Russian Academy of Sciences, and an MSc summa cum laude from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. His research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics, and labor mobility. Some of his recent publications are “Effect of Income on Trust: Evidence From the 2009 Crisis in Russia,” “Soft Budget Constraints and State Capitalism,” “Earnings Manipulation and Incentives in Firms,” and “The European Trust Crisis and the Rise of Populism (EBRD Working Paper No. 208).”

Åsa Hansson

Åsa Hansson is a senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at Lund University and at the Department of Technology and Society at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. She is also a research fellow at the Research Institute of Industrial Economics. She received her PhD from Lund University, with her dissertation analyzing the limits of tax policy. Hansson is a public finance scholar with a focus on taxation and public economics. Some examples of her many publications are “Labor Taxation and FDI decisions in the European Union,” “Taxation of Income and Economic Growth: An Empirical Analysis of 25 Rich OECD Countries,” and “Is the Wealth Tax Harmful to Economic Growth?”

Boris Kim

Boris Kim is the chairman of the board of directors of QIWI Group. He is one of the leading Russian entrepreneurs in the financial sector, with more than twenty years of experience in the payment service industry. From 1999 to 2007 he was the president of the E-port group and a co-owner of the United System of Instant Payments (later converted to the QIWI Group). From 2007 to 2012 he headed the Committee on Payment Systems and Banking Instruments of the National Association of Electronic Commerce Participants (NAUET). From 1996 to 1999, he worked as an adviser to the chairman of the board and a member of the board of directors of JSCIB Zurich, From 1999 to 2004, he was an adviser to the chairman of the board of the banking and financial group Zerich. From 1993 to 1999, he was the chairman of the board of the Private Bank, and the CFO of TJ Collection (Russia). Boris Kim received degrees from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1985 (chemistry), the Russian Financial and Economic Institute in 1996 (finance and credit), the Moscow Law Academy in 2000 (jurisprudence), and Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2004 (psychology) and 2007 (philosophy).

Andrei Kolesnikov

Andrei Kolesnikov is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research focuses on the major trends shaping Russian domestic politics, with particular focus on the fallout from the Ukraine crisis and ideological shifts inside Russian society. Kolesnikov also works with the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy and is a frequent contributor for Vedomosti,, and He sits on the board of the Yegor Gaidar Foundation and is a member of the Committee of Civil Initiatives (the Alexei Kudrin Committee). Kolesnikov has taught courses on journalism and modern media at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. 

Mikhail Korostikov

Mikhail Korostikov is a columnist for Kommersant, responsible for covering Russian politics in the Asia-Pacific region. Korostikov is an Asia specialist. He is a member of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s press pool. In 2016, Korostikov was awarded an RIAC and Russian Journalist Union prize for the best analytical article on international issues. He has written a number of research and journalistic articles for Kommersant Publishing House,, RIAC, GQ, and others.

Andrey Movchan 

Andrey Movchan is a nonresident scholar in the Economic Policy Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research focuses on Russia’s economy, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the future of Russia’s economic relations with the EU. Movchan has been a top executive for Russian and international financial institutions since 1993. He was an executive director of Troika Dialog for six years. From 2003 to 2009, Movchan headed Renaissance Investment Management Group, which he founded, and from 2006 to 2008, he was the CEO of Renaissance Credit Bank. He also founded the Third Rome investment company, and was its CEO and managing partner from 2009 until the end of 2013. Movchan has also authored numerous publications on economics and finance. His op-eds and commentary regularly appear in the media. He won two PRESSzvanie business journalism awards in 2011 and 2013.

Filip Novokmet

Filip Novokmet is a postdoctoral researcher at the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics. He received his PhD in economics from the Paris School of Economics. His research focuses primarily on economics of inequalities, political economy, and economic history, and has led to the following works: “From Communism to Capitalism: Private Versus Public Property and Inequality in China and Russia,” “From Soviets to Oligarchs: Inequality and Property in Russia, 1905—2016,” and “Inequality in Poland: Estimating the Whole Distribution by G-percentile,” among others.

Albert Park

Albert Park is Chair Professor of Social Science, Professor of Economics; Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at HKUST; and the founding Director of the Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS). He is also a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He completed his Ph.D. at Stanford and previously held faculty positions at the University of Michigan and University of Oxford. Prof. Park is a development and labor economist whose research focuses on the Chinese economy. In recent years he has published articles on poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, the economics of aging, and firm performance in China. He has co-directed numerous survey research projects in China, and currently serves as a co-PI for the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) and PI for the Gansu Survey of Children and Families (GSCF). He has consulted frequently for the World Bank, and was lead international consultant on the World Bank’s most recent poverty assessment report (2009).

Kirill Rogov

Kirill Rogov is a political and economic analyst, a member of the supervisory board of the Liberal Mission Foundation and the Levada Center, and a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy. In 2006–2015, he was a senior research fellow at the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy. Previously, he was a columnist for the leading business daily Vedomosti and a deputy editor in chief at Kommersant daily. He is also a co-founder and former editor in chief of the news and opinion site Polit.Ru, one of the first online media in Russia. His current research deals with Russian political economy, political development, public opinion, and the post-Soviet history of Russia. He is a regular contributor to Vedomosti, RBC, and Novaya Gazeta and is frequently quoted in the West by the Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Igor Rybakov

Igor Rybakov is a Russian entrepreneur, venture investor, and philanthropist. He is cited on the Forbes list of the richest people in Russia with estimated net worth of $1.2 billion in 2018. Rybakov is a co-owner of TechnoNICOL corporation, which is currently among the 200 largest private companies in Russia according to RBC media, and a co-founder of the Larix international venture fund and the Prytek international business integrator. In December 2015, Igor Rybakov and his wife Catherine started Rybakov Foundation, which was named among the top nine private Russian charitable foundations by Ogonyok magazine in 2016. In 2017, Rybakov established the Legacy Endowment Foundation, an international organization to develop personalized solutions for the launching and implementation of philanthropic projects. He is the founder of two international business communities (R2 and Equium) and a chairman of the Presidium of the General Council of the Eurasian Economic Cooperation Organization.

Andrei Sharonov

Andrei Sharonov is the president of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO since September 2016. In 2013–2016, he was the dean of the SKOLKOVO Business School. Prior to this, in 2010–2013, Sharonov served as a deputy mayor of Moscow for economic policy. Sharonov graduated from the Ufa State Aviation Technical University and the Russian Presidential Academy of Public Administration; he holds a PhD in sociology. In 1989–1991, Sharonov was a people’s deputy of the USSR, and until 1996 he chaired the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Youth Affairs. In 1996–2007, he served in the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade as a department head, deputy minister, and state secretary. In 2007–2010, he was the managing director and chairman of the board of directors of Troika Dialog Investment Company, and headed the investment banking business. Sharonov is a chairman of the board of NefteTransService LLC and a member of the management boards of such companies as PJSC Sofkomflot, PJSC Novatek, and PJSC PhosAgro. He has also headed the executive committees of the Moscow Urban Forum and Open Innovations Forum. Sharonov was awarded the Order of Honor and is an Honored Economist of the Russian Federation. He also received presidential letters of gratitude in 2003 and 2008.

Fedor Sheberstov

Fedor Sheberstov is responsible for the development strategy of Teach for Russia, a charity foundation with a mission to support and develop education. He has extensive experience in the field of evaluation and development of leadership potential. In 2001 he founded Pynes & Moerner (Odgers Berndtson since 2009), which became a top-5 Russian executive search company. He studied at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and has completed a number of executive programs at INSEAD, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School of Business.

Christopher Smart

Christopher Smart is the head of macroeconomic & geopolitical research at Barings, leading analyses drawn from the diverse perspectives of the firm’s investment teams to explore the impact of economic and political developments on financial markets. Christopher Smart has worked in the industry since 1995. Prior to joining Barings in 2018, he was a senior fellow in the Geoeconomics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a special assistant to the president at the National Economic Council and the National Security Council, where he was a principal advisor on trade, investment, and a wide range of global economic issues. He also spent four years as a deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury, where he led the response to the European financial crisis and designed U.S. engagement on financial policy across Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. Prior to his government service, Christopher Smart worked as the director of international investments at Pioneer Investments, where he managed emerging markets and international portfolios. Smart holds a BA in history from Yale University and a PhD in international relations from Columbia University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Konstantin Sonin

Konstantin Sonin is a John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor at the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and a professor of economics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He is a regular contributor to major Russian media and has been writing a fortnightly column for the newspaper Vedomosti for the last fifteen years. His research interests include political economics, development, and economic theory. He earned an MSc and a PhD in mathematics from Moscow State University and an MA in economics at Moscow’s New Economic School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His publications include “Social Mobility and Stability of Democracy: Reevaluating De Tocqueville,” “Economic Transition and the Rise of Alternative Institutions: Political Connections in Putin’s Russia,” and “Political Economy of Redistribution.”

Vita Spivak

Vita Spivak is the program coordinator in the Asia-Pacific program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.  Her research interests focus on contemporary Chinese economy and foreign investment in the energy sector, the anti-corruption campaign in the PRC, and the development of the One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR). She holds a BA in Chinese history from Moscow State University, and an MA in economics from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.

Anton Tabakh

Anton Tabakh is an influential economist with extensive experience in the financial markets as well as in academia. From 1993 to 2007 he worked as an emerging markets economist at the Moscow and New York offices of AllianceBernstein. He has worked in the analytical departments of Uralsib Capital (2011–2013) and Troika Dialog (2008—2010). From November 2014 until April 2016 Tabakh was a macroeconomics and regional ratings director at Rus-Rating agency. Since 2017, he has been working as a managing director for economic analysis and prognosis at Expert RA. He received a BA in economics from Missouri State University and an MBA from Illinois University. Tabakh holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In December 2010, he received a PhD, and he is a docent at HSE and the MSU Faculty of Economics.

Denis Volkov

Denis Volkov is a sociologist and the head of applied sociology research at the Levada Center, a Moscow-based independent polling organization. In his ten years at the Levada Center, he has been involved in more than a hundred quantitative and qualitative research projects looking into different aspects of Russian society. Denis Volkov has authored works on sources of the political regime’s support, attitudes toward the future, the political attitudes of Russian youth, and protest activities and civil society in Russia. He regularly contributes his analysis to Vedomosti and RBC, as well as to the Carnegie Moscow Center’s website.

Shlomo Weber

Shlomo Weber is an economics professor and the president of the New Economic School in Moscow. He is the academic director of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions based at the New Economic School, Moscow, as well as a professor emeritus of economics at Southern Methodist University. Shlomo Weber is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of the Global Development Network (GDN) and a member of the international academic council of the Ural Federal University. Professor Weber served as the chairman of the Department of Economics at SMU; the research director of CORE at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; and the academic director of the International School of Economics in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has received various international prizes, including the Alexander von Humboldt prize for outstanding foreign scientists and the Leontief medal for achievements in economy. His research is focused on studying diversity, game theory, political economy, public economics, and the economy of the former USSR, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

Grigory Yudin

Grigory Yudin researches theories of democracy and economic anthropology. He is the author of several dozen articles in leading international and Russian journals on philosophy, sociology, and anthropology. He is the head of the first political philosophy master’s program in Russia at the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences (Shaninka) and a columnist for Vedomosti and Republic. He holds degrees in sociology (MA from the University of Manchester, bachelor’s and master’s from the Higher School of Economics) and philosophy (candidate of philosophy, 2012). Currently, Yudin is pursuing a doctorate at the New School (New York).