Museum of Modern Art
Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design of The Museum of Modern Art, where she has worked since 1994. Through her exhibitions — among them Design and the Elastic Mind in 2008 — teachings and writing, Paola strives to promote a deeper understanding of design's transformative and constructive influence on the world. She is very proud of a recent acquisition into MoMA's Collection: the @ sign. She is working on several exhibition ideas — including the upcoming Talk to Me — and on the book Design Bites, about basic foods taken as examples of outstanding design.
British Council Moscow
Olga Barnashova works in British Council Moscow as a senior projects and partnerships manager responsible for English and education work. Olga graduated from Omsk State Pedagogical University as a teacher of English and German. In 2000 received Hornby Trust scholarship and obtained MA in Language Teaching with distinction from Lancaster University. Worked as a teacher of English in secondary and tertiary sectors and as a teacher trainer with teachers of all levels. Olga joined the British Council Moscow in October 2003 where she was responsible for an in-service teacher training project run in 12 regions of Russia. She was also involved in a number of other ELT projects during these years including Unified National Exam in English, Textbook writing project Young Learners in-service teacher training.
Media Entrepreneur Constantin Bjerke is the founder and CEO of Crane.tv, the first video only online-magazine for contemporary culture. He is passionate about international culture and digital media which are also the cornerstones of Crane.tv. Constantin started his career in television and film production and was involved in Emotional Brand Building at MPS mediaproduction by Susanne Porsche, an agency acquired by Omnicom. He has worked with many international clients, including FIFA World Cup, Mercedes Benz, Laureus World Sports Awards, Orascom and Deutsche Telekom, as well as European television channels Pro7 and Sat1. In the past, he also worked in finance across various companies including UBS, Lazard and Citigroup.
Constantin holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole and a Master’s from ESCP, where he also lectures.
Alexis Bonte (34) is the co-founder and CEO of eRepublik Labs. eRepublik (one of the top 25 European start ups according to TechCrunch) is transforming the way strategy games are created, distributed and played by leveraging the power of communities and the Web.
Mike Butcher is currently Editor of TechCrunch Europe. Mike is also involved in a project to bring European technology entrepreneurs and investors together in a club environment called TechHub (@TechHub), in London initially. A long time journalist, Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The New Statesman.
Strategic technologies expert.
He works for Microsoft Russian since 2007. In 2010 – 2011 Mikhail Chernomordykov worked in Microsoft’s headquarters in the USA. He coordinates technology partnerships with leading internet companies and individual programmers. Mikhail Chernomordikov is a professional speaker, with a focus on technological and near-technological topics. He was declared as the best speaker of «Platform 2010».
Mikhail Chernomordikov is one of the authors of unofficial podcast Podcast 9, he also writes a column at «Digit.ru» portal.
Elena Dmitrieva, Doctor of Sociology, professor, leads Russian NGO pioneering in mhealth . Works in the field of innovative technologies in public health, including healthy lifes style, reproductive health and etc. Launched pioneering projects using mobile technologies for pregnant women and new mons text4baby- Russia, for vulnerable population, healthy life style for Russian youth.
Esther Dyson is an active investor in a variety of start-ups, focusing on technology. Her portfolio of private space and air travel investments includes XCOR Aerospace, Space Adventures/Zero G (recently merged), Constellation Services, Icon Aircraft, Coastal Aviation Software and Airship Ventures. She has flown weightless on Zero-G four times, but hopes to go up again soon. She is also the organizer of Flight School, an executive workshop for start-ups in air and space. On the IT side, her investments have included Flickr and del.icio.us, both sold to Yahoo! and Medstory, sold to Microsoft. Currently, she sits on the boards of 23andMe, Meetup, WPP Group, Eventful.com, Evernote, Boxbe and Yandex, the leading Russian search company. Dyson sold her business EDventure Holdings, along with its Release1.0 newsletter and PC Forum conference, to CNET Networks in 2004. Dyson left CNET at the end of 2006 and (with permission) has resumed doing business under the name of EDventure Holdings.
Co-founder and CEO of Ostrovok.ru.
Serge is responsible for partnerships and the business side of Ostrovok.ru. Serge began his career at the head office of Google in California and was youngest in his MBA class at Stanford GSB. Before returning to Russia was founder and CEO of video communications company TokBox where together with his partner he raised $14 million from top VC Sequoia Capital and the founders/top managers of YouTube, Google, PayPal and Cisco.
Team Europe Ventures
In 2002 Lukasz Gadowski founded Spreadshirt.com (currently ~300 employees worldwide, backed by Accel Europe) and was the co-founder of the Social Network "StudiVZ" (sold to Holtzbrinck in 2007, today Germany"s largest website). Since 2008 - Chairman of Spreadshirt Supervisory Board. Lukasz is an active internet investor since 2006 and has a portfolio of over 60 internet companies across geographies and stages. In September 2008 Lukasz launched "Team Europe Ventures" which combines his existing portfolio. Within the new entity he plans to scale and expand his activities - among other towards investments in later stages and more international focus.
Kate Garraway, ITV Daybreak and founder of discount website goodypass.com
Kate Garraway is the Entertainment Editor of ITV breakfast show “Daybreak”. She regularly presents other entertainment shows and documentaries and writes often for national newspapers and magazines. She is the founder of goodypass.com, a discount website that offers 50-70% off local salons, restaurants, days out and more – and amazing deals on national brands. Beta-launched in November 2010 the website has grown quickly and launched in April 2011 with a total of 12 UK celebrities. It is the official discount partner of Ok! magazine. Kate is very active on Twitter and blogs every week on the goodypass.com and Ok! websites.
Steven Lawrence Geiger
Chief Operating Officer.
Steven was the co-founder and Director of Industries for Masdar – Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a $15 billion technology development program by the government of Abu Dhabi (UAE) to strategically diversify its economy away from an overreliance on natural resources. There he successfully led a team which built Masdar from a start-up into a global brand name and leading investor in renewable energy and “clean” technologies.
He founded and constructed Masdar PV, a $600 million company producing advanced photovoltaic technology, and created R&D; partnerships with prominent applied-research scientists and laboratories.
He also played a key role in creating the world’s first graduate-level research institute dedicated to renewable energy (Masdar Institute) in partnership with MIT, which included implementing a world-class framework for commercialization of innovative research and technology transfer.
Earlier in his career he served as Director of Private Equity at Nikoil Bank in Moscow (2000-2002), and in other energy-related ventures in Russia and the Former Soviet Union since from 1991-1999.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Wharton Business School.
Mikhail Gerchuk was appointed Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of MTS in December 2008. In his current role, Mr. Gerchuk is responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s marketing, sales and customer service strategies, as well as realization of overall revenue targets.
Mr. Gerchuk joined MTS in August 2007 as the Group Marketing Director. In this capacity, he was responsible for the development and implementation of MTS marketing strategy and achievement of revenue growth targets in all countries of MTS operation.
Prior to joining MTS, Mr. Gerchuk was the Chief Commercial Officer at Vodafone Malta from 2006 to 2007, where he accomplished revenue growth and increased market share of the operator. He held senior marketing positions at Vodafone Group, UK, between 2002 and 2006, including the Head of Voice Propositions between 2004 and 2006 and a Senior Global Marketing Manager between 2002 and 2004. Mr. Gerchuk also worked as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton in London from 1999 to 2002 and before that as Category Marketing Manager at Pepsi-Cola and Brand Manager at Mars Inc.
Mr. Gerchuk holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA in Economic Geography and English from the Moscow State University.
Bas Godska studied Law and Russian in The Netherlands (University of Amsterdam). He spent multiple years in Ukraine and Russia helping companies to achieve their international trade objectives before he moved to Australia, where he studied E-commerce and Internet Marketing (University of Technology Sydney). In 2000 Bas set up his first e-commerce venture in Sydney, selling memorabilia on- and offline. This Australian business became leading in its niche sector and won the Website of The Year award in 2003. Then Mr. Godska went back to Europe to join the Benelux management team of lastminute.com as e-commerce and marketing director, developing the travel giant’s online marketing strategy from 2003-2005. In 2006, he started ‘venturing consultancy’ firm Gogol / VOC which mission is to help blue chip companies to define, manage or optimise their e-business strategy. Some of Gogol / VOC’s clients: Sportingbet, ReedBusiness, TNT Post, Randstad.
During 2007-2008, as European Marketing Director, Mr. Godska managed online travel company Ebookers.com’s nine digit marketing budget for Europe across 13 countries and headed the strategy development of this billion dollar subsidiary of Orbitz / Travelport.
When boutique VC company Index Ventures (investors in Skype, last.fm, MySQL and other companies) invited him in 2008 to lead Eastern Europe’s largest e-commerce company OZON.ru as CMO and deputy CEO, Mr. Godska moved to live in Moscow.
Since 2011, he serves as Chief Marketing Officer for fashion e-commerce project Lamoda.ru by Rocket Internet GmbH, a leading European incubator fund. Also, Mr. Godska is shareholder in a number of innovating start ups in the mobile and online travel sector, such as www.gekko.com, www.travelfed.com, gvmachines (www.kabanchi.com) and others.
Mr. Godska lives in Moscow, Kiev and Amsterdam; he speaks 9 languages.
Nicholas is the Chief Operating Officer (with specific responsibility for sales and marketing) of VIZERRA. Until recently Nicholas was the head of Strategy and Investment Planning department for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, prior to that he was the European Managing Director of Telstra and the European Managing Director of PSINet Europe, the Global Internet Service provider driving the successful rescue and turnaround of the business from 2004 to 2008. Nicholas is formally trained as a graphic designer and has founded, floated and sold several design and advertising agencies.
Igor Kolomiets is a game reviewer. He worked for such titles as «Gameplay», ukrainian game-magazine and FHM Russia. Igor Kolomiets also was an editor of game column at Look At Me. Now he is chief executive at «Piston Games» and also writes a column at Theory&Practice.;
Kommersant publishing house
Damian Kudriavtsev is a poet and a publisher, born in 1971 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia. He is also known as creator, co-owner and manager of a number of Russian internet companies and media projects.
He studied journalism at Leningrad State University and philology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
In 1990 Kudryavtsev moved to Israel, where he published his first book of verse (“Poems”) and worked as an editor of “EYE” – one of the first Russian online magazines.
In 1995 he moved back to Russia and since then has resided in Moscow. Soon Kudryavtsev became chief producer of Netskate – company that launched MSNBC/Russia, Anekdot.ru, Paravozov-News and other web sites. After a year Kudryavtsev headed Cityline, one of the first major Internet providers in Moscow, and co-founded a number of media projects (forum.msk.ru, Dorenko.net, literary magazine “Ay” etc).
His verse, essays and articles have been published in many Russian and foreign literary journals (NLO, Vavilon, 22, Itogi). In 2002, the publisher "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" released his new book, "The Practice of Russian Poetry".
In January 2006 Kudryavtsev was appointed CEO of the Kommersant publishing house. Under his guidance Kommersant has recently launched its own TV channel KommersantTV and radio station Kommersant FM.
Cofounder and President, Ostrovok.ru.
Kirill is the cofounder of Ostrovok, a new OTA for Russian-speakers backed by General Catalyst Partners and several other leading travel investors. After studying Mathematics at Oxford, Kirill started his career at Slide, a pioneer of social network application which was purchased by Google for $228M. He then cofounded YouNoodle and Quid, which are backed by Founders Fund and Peter Thiel, and provide innovation software and data to leading technology companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Intel.
Kirill was included in Forbes' top-30 most influential figures in the Russian internet industry this year.
Born in 1967 in Moscow, Oskolkov-Tsentsiper studied in Russian Academy for Theater Arts and in the Université de Bourgogne. In 1999 he started the first city listing and lifestyle magazine in Russia which quickly grew into Afisha, a major media company in Moscow. He created the magazines Afisha, Afisha-Mir, Afisha-Eda, Bolshoy Gorod, Afisha travel guides, afisha.ru and the Picnic festival. In 2010 he created the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design which he runs. He is vice-president of Yota Group, a 4G internet provider.
Stepan Pachikov, Ph.D. in computer Science, a founder of ParaGraph, ParaScript, Evernote.
S. Pachikov holds Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Academy of Sciences of USSR, the subject of Mr. Pachikov's dissertation was the use of fuzzy logic.
In 1986 Stepan Pachikov with a group of enthusiasts had founded Moscow Children Computer club.
In 1988 he founded ParaGraph JV, one of the first Soviet-American Joint Venture
In 1991 ParaGraph has signed a multimillion contract with Apple and became a leader in developing digital ink software. ParaGraph’s handwriting recognition technology and patents had been acquired by Microsoft and now is an essential part of every Pocket PC.
In 1993 Stepan brought to the market an ambitious vision to develop a vrtual time machine which allows children travel in past and two initial targets were Syracuse 212 BC and Roma 80 AD. This project called Alter Ego focused the company on 3D VR technology and ParaGraph became one of the leaders in VRML industry.
In 2005 he started a company Evernote and serves the company as a board member.
K. Venkatesh Prasad
Ford Motor Company
K. Venkatesh Prasad is the Group and Senior Technical Leader for Electrical & Electronics, at Ford Motor Company. He is a member of Ford's Technology Advisory Board – a group of twelve senior most internal technical leaders or fellows.
Prasad received the B.E. degree from the University of Madras (NIT-Trichy) in 1980, the M.S.E.E. degree from IIT, Madras, in 1984, the M.S.E.E. degree from Washington State University, Pullman, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in 1990, all broadly in Electrical & Computer Engineering.
He is the founder of Ford Motor Company’s Infotronics Technologies Group and has led teams that have transferred a series of technologies to high-volume automotive production. In 2009, he accepted the Ford Motor Company's highest award – the President's Technology award for technical contributions that led to the production of Ford's SYNC connectivity technology.
He has over 30 journal, conference and book chapter publications and holds six patents. He has delivered over 60 invited lectures, keynotes, and seminars at universities and professional society meetings. He is on the advisory board of several private-public academic partnerships involving academia, the government and industry, including the Ford-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Strategic Alliance and the EECS Department at Northwestern University; he is also the Chair of the ECE Department Visiting Committee at Michigan State University.
From 1996 to 1998, Prasad led research in the area of electronic imaging, pattern recognition, and associated vehicle system integration to support active vehicle safety and security applications. From 1992 to 1996, he was a Senior Research Scientist at the Ricoh California Research Center, Menlo Park, CA. From 1990 to 1992, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers, a Visiting Researcher at the Caltech, and a Caltech faculty-affiliate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA. Dr. Prasad is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the ACM, SAE International, a life-member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.
Advertising Agencies Client Service Director TNS Russia Michael Raibman was born in Moscow in 1969. In 1995 graduated from Moscow State Technical University (Bauman University).
In TNS Russia, Mr. Raibman works since 1995, the year of the company setup in Russia. Has extensive experience in organizing media research and software development for media planning. Member of advisory groups of the Association of Communication Agencies of Russia and the Guild of Press Publishers.
Al Seckel, formerly of the California Institute of Technology, is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on visual and other types of sensory illusions, specifically how they relate to perception. He has authored over 15 books on the subject (several best-sellers, two have won national book awards). His formal training was in theoretical physics, where he was a close student and friend of the late legendary Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman.
Seckel has lectured extensively throughout the world, at many of the world's most prestigious universities, as well as at many important conferences and venues, including the TED conference and at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Seckel serves on the Board of KC Long-Distance Learning (Michael Milken's global on-line educational initiative), Blue World Alliance, and the Los Angeles Mayor's Clean-Tech Kitchen Cabinet.
He is a member and contributor to John Brockman's Third Culture Group, The Edge, a by-invite only group of internationally known thinkers and achievers. Seckel is passionate about education, and especially thinking skills, innovation, and creativity, and developing ways to teach students how to think rather than just what to think.
Recently, he moderated a panel with Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Jon Klein ( former President of CNN), Caprice Young (CEO, Milken's Knowledge Universe), Peter Hirshberg (CEO, Conversation Group) on the topic: "Are We Transitioning from an Age of Information into an Age of Misinformation? And, if so, what can we do about it."
He is also the founder and President of a successful private consulting company: The Super Smart Consulting Network. For people who don't just want smart, they want the super smart.
Edward Shenderovich is the Managing Director of Kite Ventures. Prior to founding Kite Ventures, Edward was one of the founding executives and Head of Strategic Development at SUP, a Moscow-based online media company, which runs LiveJournal.com, Gazeta.ru, and other leading Russian media brands. Edward is also a co-founder of Ixtens, a multichannel commerce enabler behind some of the world's top retailers. Edward started his career at Silicon Valley Bank as the Industry Analyst in Communications and Online Services.
Dr. Anton Titov is a co-founder & CEO of biotechnology company Noviridae Therapeutics (www.noviridae.com) and is a Director at Investment Department of Skolkovo Foundation. Anton is interested in developing life sciences and healthcare infrastructure (medical clinics) in Russia. Anton’s prior experience includes venture capital work as Vice-President of Delta Private Equity Partners in Moscow and healthcare investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London. Prior to that Anton worked as a Neurological Surgery Resident at Children’s Hospital Boston and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and conducted medical research at Harvard Medical School in Boston and The Rockefeller University in New York. Anton studied at Harvard Medical School, and was the first Kauffman Fellow in Venture Capital from Russia. He holds an MD from St. Petersburg State Medical Academy, Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University in New York, and MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston.
Annelies van den Belt
Annelies van den Belt has worked in London and Moscow for most of her career. Annelies has extensive experience in managing commercial online ventures having been the managing director of ITV Broadband (the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster) and previously run the commercial online division of both the Times and then the Telegraph newspaper websites. Prior to these high profile British media positions she worked as the publisher of The Moscow Times and a number of other major Independent Media titles.
Josh Williams is co-founder and CEO of Gowalla, a location-based social network. Prior to Gowalla, Mr. Wiiliams served as CEO of Blinksale where he designed, created and launched one of the first online invoicing services for small business. He also founded Firewheel Design, one of the web's preeminent UI-design consultancies specializing in icon design for desktop, mobile and web. Сlients of Firewheel Design were Microsoft, Samsung, Hewlett Packard and other global leaders in high technology.
Afisha - FOOD
Alexei Zimin - Editor in Chief of "Afisha - FOOD". Alexei studied at Le Cordon Bleu, has worked at some of the top restaurants in Europe, and has written columns for a number of Russian publications. Currently, he has a culinary TV show on CTC Media, writes for "Kommersant" and "Vedomosti" newspapers, and runs Moscow's "Ragout" cafe.