In 1996, Vladimir Preobrazhensky was a member of the board of directors of the Samara Metallurgical Company (SAMEKO). From 1996 to 1998, he held the positions of financial director of JSC Shtern-Cement and CEO of the pharmaceutical company Vremya.
In 1998 for a year, Vladimir initiated and directed the "Scenarios for Russia" (Club 2015) and from 1999 to 2001, he was deputy general director, corporate development director and chief financial officer of VimpelCom (NYSE). In 2000, as CEO, he launched the "BeeOnline-Portal."
For 3 years from 2002, Vladimir served as chief financial officer of OJSC Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods (NYSE).
From 2005 to 2011, he worked as deputy general director for economics and finance and CFO of the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK); in 2005 he joined their board and became chairman of the SUEK Audit Committee.
Vladimir Preobrazhensky is a member of the RUSNANO's Strategy and Investment Committee, a member of the board of directors of the New Economic School (NES) and a member of the board of directors of the Agate Fund, which provides support for young entrepreneurs.
Vladimir graduated in space engineering from the Faculty of Astronautical Science at Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI).
Mr. Ansari is currently CFO for PepsiCo Russia, Ukraine & CIS, based in Moscow, with responsibility for all core Finance functions for the beverages, snacks, and dairy businesses. Prior to this role, he was CFO for PepsiCo Beverages Canda in Toronto, Canada. Over the course of his 15-year career at PepsiCo, he has held Finance roles in Revenue Management, Brand Finance and Analytics, Sales Finance, and Strategy and M&A for Frito-Lay North America in Dallas, USA; FP&A and Strategy for PepsiCo Americas Foods and Corporate Strategy & Development for PepsiCo in Purchase, USA. He started his PepsiCo career as a R&D Process Engineer commercializing new product innovations for Pepsi-Cola International.
Mr. Ansari also worked in R&D at the Seagram Company in White Plains, USA and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York, USA serving clients on diverse strategic issues in Consumer Packaged Goods, Media & Entertainment, and Private Equity. Mr. Ansari holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, USA and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York, USA.
Sergei Guriev received his Dr. Sc. (habilitation degree) in Economics (2002) and PhD in Applied Math from the Russian Academy of Science (1994), and M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude from the Moscow Institute of Physics in Technology (1993). In 1997-98, Dr. Guriev visited the Department of Economics at M.I.T. for a one-year post-doctoral placement, and in 2003-2004, the Department of Economics at Princeton University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
In 2004-13, Dr. Guriev was a tenured professor of economics and rector of the New Economic School in Moscow.
Dr. Guriev’s research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics and labor mobility. Dr. Guriev has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Political Science Review.
In 2006, he was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe, in 2012-14 – a co-chair of the Global Agenda Council on the New Economic Thinking, and in 2014-15 – a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Geoeconomics. In 2000 and 2005, he was awarded Gold Medal for the Best Research in Development Economics by the Global Development Network. In 2001, he was announced the Best Academic Manager in Humanities by Russia’s Science Support Foundation. In 2009-11, he was included in the top 100 of the President of Russia’s Cadre Reserve. In 2009, he was also awarded the Bill Maynes Award by the Eurasia Foundation. In 2009 and 2010 he received the Independent Director of the Year prize from Russia’s National Association of Independent Directors. In 2010, he received a Certificate in Company Directorship from the Institute of Directors (UK) and was voted the Best Independent Director by the Association of Managers of Russia and the Russian Institute of Directors.
He has been a a board member of Sberbank (2008-14), E.ON Russia (2013-14), Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company (2009-13), Russia Venture Company (2009-13), Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency (2008-12) and Russian Agricultural Bank (2008-09), a member of the President of Russia’s Council on Science, Technology and Education (2008-12), and a member of the board of the Dynasty Foundation (2007-2015). He is a member of the Scientific Council of the BRUEGEL think tank (Brussels), of the Advisory Council of the Peterson Institute on International Economics (Washington, DC), and of the Academic Advisory Board, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.
In 2006-13, Sergei Guriev has been running a monthly column in Forbes Russia. In 2003-13 he has also been a biweekly columnist for the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti and has contributed columns to the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Project Syndicate, and Moscow Times.