Founders of global companies

GoTech Arena - is a meeting place for technology companies. The focus of the forum is on making deals and efficient networking. 

We are waiting for 1000 attendees:
300+ selected startups
200+ investors 
300+ corporates
100+ media and infrastructure partners 

In 1 day on GoTech Arena you can hold many meetings, get a drive boost for the year ahead and dozens of useful contacts. And, of course, all the most interesting tech startups will be here.

Take your great insights into the Russian startup ecosystem at one day. We are waiting for you!

Speakers of #GoTech 2018

Serguei Beloussov

Founder and CEO of Acronis

Founder and CEO of Acronis.

Russian-born Singaporean businessman, entrepreneur, investor and speaker. Ph.D.

Beloussov is the co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board of Acronis, a global data protection company, and is the senior founding partner of Runa Capital, a technology investment firm. He is also executive chairman of the board and chief architect of Parallels, Inc., a virtualization technology company and co-founder and chairman of the board of Acumatica, an enterprise resource planning software (ERP) company.

Beloussov is also co-founder of QWave Capital, chairman of the board of trustees for the Russian Quantum Center, and sits on the governing board of the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore.

Alexander «Sasha» Galitsky

Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners

Alexander Galitsky is a Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners, a venture fund with major offices in Portola Valley, CA, which is backed by Cisco Systems, EBRD and IFC, which he co-founded in 2008. Alexander is a well-known innovator, entrepreneur and investor in USA, Europe and Russia/CIS. Alexander serves as Member of the Skolkovo Foundation Board,

Member of Skoltech Board of Trustees.

Alexander was honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes, best GP of 2013 by Venture Awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Russia in 2013, was nominated for best venture capitalist of the last decade in Europe in 2012 by Investor AllStars and named "Technology Pioneer" at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000.

Prior to Almaz, Alexander made a series of private successful investments. His past and current investments include: Parallels, Yandex (IPO), QIK (sold to Skype), Vyatta (sold to Brocade), Acumatica, Jelastic, NavMaps (sold to TeleAtlas), Acronis, SJLabs (sold to VocalTec), EverNote, GridGain, WikiMart, CarPrice, StarWind, PIQ, Good Data among others.

Prior to his investment career, he founded five successful high-tech companies, ELVIS+, TrustWorks Systems (sold to Hamsard), EzWIM (sold to TMT Ventures), ELVIS Telecom (sold to Telenor) and NPC ELVIS, all of which he led as CEO. He pioneered in WiFi and Virtual Private Network technologies and product development on the global market in partnership with Sun Microsystems and was a pioneer of the Russian Internet industry back in the 90s. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Alexander served as one of the top technical executives for the Soviet space industry, where he worked on the MIR space station and the Soviet “Star Wars” response.

He has over 30 patents for numerous inventions, including parallel processing, WiFi and VPN security technologies.

He received his PhD in Computer Science from joint authority of Defense Research Institute and MIPT and graduated from MIET from the physical science department.

Dmitry Chikhachev

Managing Partner, Runa Capital

Dmitry is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Runa and is also head of the board at IT-cluster Phystech, a large infrastructure project at MIPT — one of Europe’s leading universities. He currently holds board seats at NGINX, Jelastic, LinguaLeo, Ecwid, and Cellrox.

Dmitry’s MSc in Applied Maths and Physics at MIPT and strong technical background give him a deep understanding of cloud computing, hosted services, and virtualization, as well as financial, healthcare, and educational IT-technology. His MBA (cum laude) and 18 years of executive experience, which includes growing a business from zero to $75M and managing HR for a giant international telecom supplier across 7 countries, also makes him an excellent “hands-on” investor.

Marvin Liao

Partner 500 Startups

Marvin is a Partner at 500 Startups, a global Seed Venture Capital Firm & Startup Accelerator based in Silicon Valley. He invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Fintech, Adtech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Mobile startups across the globe. 

Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. (10.5 years), Marvin Liao has held roles in the various departments of Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing & ran online marketing at a venture capital funded ecommerce start-up prior to that. He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies. 

In addition, he is a Mentor for several Startup Accelerator programs in Europe, Asia, Israel and the US, helping guide startup teams with their sales, marketing and partner development efforts."

Michael Breidenbruecker

Сo-founder, partner Speedinvest

Michael Breidenbruecker is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor and advisor, who founded companies such as, RjDj and RAWR.

Living in the Austrian Alps, he is active as a Mentor and Investor in the London, Berlin or Vienna startup ecosystem, establishes new startups within his Speedinvest Studio or enjoys hiking or skiing with his family in the Austrian mountains in his free time.

Michael graduated with a Master's Degree in Communication and Media Studies with Summa Cum Laude and co-founded Ltd. 2001 in London.

He managed  the company as CEO from 2002 until 2005. His approach in combining music discovery, online radio and social software was internationally highly acclaimed and brought the company to the attention of millions of consumers, global media and industry players. was acquired by CBS in 2007 for $280MN in an all-cash deal.

In 2008 Michael founded Reality Jockey Ltd. based in London, which published several highly innovative mobile applications such as “RjDj”, which became world-wide Top10 downloaded and awarded Apps.

Together with the multi-time Oscar Acadamy Award Winners Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan, Michael created the internationally awarded Mobile Apps “Inception” and “The Dark Knight rises” as a transmedia storytelling extension to the Hollywood Blockbuster Movies, featuring innovative usage of Location, Microphone and Sensor Data. Having a broad background in Music, Michael worked with Musical Acts, like AIR, Chemical Brothers and others on Mobile Music Experiences.

Michael is currently a Partner of Vienna based venture capital firm Speedinvest and also serves on a variety of boards, like e.g. Sutterlüty, Fraugster, Mikme and others. With 100Mn EUR under Management, Speedinvest is one of the leading Seed & Early-Stage Funds in Europe.

Michael combines his passion for launching startups and his entrepreneurial spirit with his love of the Austrian Alps as founder of Speedinvest Studio in Vorarlberg, Austria, where he helps Corporate Clients with an infrastructure to launch incubated StartUp Ideas and nurture their Intrapreneurship efforts. He is helping corporates, like Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and SME Companies to create and launch StartUps, that are close to their Corporate DNA. In the case for ÖBB e.g. a unique inter-modal mobility and ticketing app, including Car-Sharing etc. or an IIoT Platform for a SME.

Alexander Turkot

Managing Partner, Maxfield Capital

Managing Partner, Maxfield Capital.

Alexander is an engineer by heart. He has had a long career in IT, engineering, and project management. In the 1990s, he had worked for large corporations, most notably for IBM, spending a greater part of his time in the United States and overseeing projects across in Japan, South Africa and Switzerland to name a few.

After that, he decided to spend some time nurturing his own ideas, and launched a couple of startups himself. He then served as the CEO and Managing Partner of the Eastern European branch of MySpace. Following that he was approached to run a big project for the Russian government, creating the startup and IT cluster Skolkovo. Today, as the General partner and Founder of Maxfield Capital he oversees worldwide operations for the venture fund.

Investment interest: East coast USA & Israel, Russia.

Alexander holds a MSc in Computer & Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Economics.

David Yang

Founder and Board Director, ABBYY

Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Founder and Board Director, ABBYY,
Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, iiko,
Co-Founder and Board Director of Plazius,
Co-Founder, President and Chairman of the Board, Findo

In 1989, Mr. Yang, a 4th year student of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, partnered with Alexander Moskalev of the Institute for Microelectronics Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, to create his first company, ABBYY.

ABBYY is currently over 1250 employees strong and is the leading developer of Optical Character Recognition, Linguistic and Artificial Intelligence technologies. With 16 offices worldwide (Russia, USA, Germany, UK, Japan, Ukraine, Taiwan, Cyprus, etc.), it sells products in more than 200 countries.

More than 10 billion pages from paper documents and books are being scanned with ABBYY technologies every year. Today, more than 40 million users rely on ABBYY FineReader and ABBYY Lingvo solutions.

In addition to ABBYY, the entrepreneurial Mr. Yang is active in a variety of other projects, including:

  • Launched Cybiko, a hand-held wireless communication computer for teenagers, (USA, Taiwan, Russia, 1998-2003)
  • Participation in ATAPY Software (, 2001)
  • Founded iiko, company that develops integrated software solutions and innovative management systems for the restaurant and hospitality industry (, 2005)
  • Involved in a number of creative art-based ventures, including: FAQ-Café studio (, 2004), ArteFAQ club-gallery (, 2007), DeFAQto bar (, 2010);
  • Active in a number of charity organizations and educational projects: Educational fund Ayb (, 2005), participation in the operation of MIPT Supervisory committee, etc.
  • Founded Plazius, mobile payment and loyalty system (2015)
  • Founded Findo, AI-based smart search assistant across email, files and personal cloud (, 2016)

David Yang is among the world’s leading high technology entrepreneurs. The World Economic Forum in Davos named Mr. Yang as one of 100 World Technology Pioneers in 2002. He received the esteemed Science and Technology Prize from the Russian Federation Government, and has been ranked among the top 20 technology professionals by numerous Russian computer industry magazines. In 2011 David Yang became a winner of the prestigious "Aristos 2011" award in Russia, the “Innovative Company Leader” category.

David Yang is a regular member of the jury at Russia’s innovation and startup project competitions such as “Technovation Cup”,“Startup of the Year”, and Forbs Startup Competition.

Mr. Yang is an author of numerous patents and scientific publications. His other areas of interest include modern art, architecture and social communication technologies.

In 2013 David published his book “Now I Eat All I Want!” (available for free in English and Russian)

Jane Gilson

Director of Large Customer Sales for EMEA Emerging Markets, Google

Jane Gilson is the Director of Large Customer Sales for the EMEA Emerging Markets Region (Africa, Israel, Turkey, MENA and Russia).

Previous to Google, Jane spent over a decade at Microsoft and was heavily involved in the Seattle start-up scene, including founding her own online education company. Jane, who is originally from the US, has spent the past several years working in Europe, having been based in Prague, Munich and Paris before moving to Dublin to work for Google.

Dmitry Kalaev

Head of IIDF’s Accelerator

Head of IIDF’s Accelerator: 320+ investments in IT startups.

Co-founder of — a «venture tourism» program in Silicon Valley and an accelerator program in the USA — TechMafia.

Business angel and managing partner of RedButton fund: $10M of conducted transactions.

Head of Sberbank-Technology in Yekaterinburg: from zero to 50+ employees in 6 months; successful implementation of the core IT-system in 1800 of the bank’s offices.

Advisor to the Minister of Economics of the Sverdlovsk Region.

Naumen: from 6 to 400+ employees and a billion rubles in revenue. Now — a shareholder and a member of the Board of Directors.

Alex Martynov


Entrepreneur, pioneer of the computer vision technologies being used in hockey. Alex brings his in-depth hockey analytics expertise, plays key role in product development.

Alex graduated from York University in Toronto, earning his bachelor in Business Analytics. He spent a number of years researching the nature of advanced hockey analytics, then building a team of followers, which led to the creation of ICEBERG.

Yann Gozlan

Co-founder and CEO of Creative Valley

Yann Gozlan is the Co-founder and CEO of Creative Valley a network of Innovation Centers based in Paris Region.

Each Center has its own focus on developing startup and IT companies among a limited mix of topics such as : Art & Digital, Fashion Tech, HealthTech, Virtual reality, Games, Data, Security, Agri Tech. Success stories like Keymetrics, PK Paris, Ayo, Agriconomie, started in the creative valley network.

Creative Valley has developed a partnership with higher education key players such as 42, Université Paris Saclay, l'ENA, Epitech, IFM in order to launch and operate in-school cross-disciplinary startup programs.  

Yann Gozlan is also President of Defi Mecatronic a Paris-Region Robotic & IOT cluster and Reseau Entreprendre 94 Administrator. He graduated from Paris Dauphine and Fudan Daxue University. 

Oleg Bartunov

Сo-founder & CEO of Postgres Professional

Co-founder and CEO of Postgres Professional company, a vendor of PostgreSQL DBMS in Russia. Oleg is one of the three major contributors to PostgreSQL from Russia. Member of PostgreSQL Foundation.

Oleg graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University (Faculty of Physics) in 1982, since then worked as a researcher in Sternberg Astronomical Institute of MSU. Oleg is a professional astronomer, and his first acquaintance with PostgreSQL was connected with astronomy projects. Since 1996 Oleg has been involved in developing and promoting of the PostgreSQL DBMS in Russia.  Oleg Bartunov is also known for maintaining the most popular Russian internet resource on popular astronomy, He was among leading developers of Rambler - the famous Russian internet portal. Oleg's PostgreSQL contributions include the locale support, GiST, GIN and SP-GiST extensibility infrastructures, full text search, KNN, NoSQL features (hstore and jsonb) and several extensions including fuzzy search, support for tree-like structures and arrays.

Gleb Krivovyaz

Co-founder and CTO of GeoCV

Co-founder and CTO of GeoCV - the world leader in 3D capturing reality using 3D-enabled mobile devices.

Gleb graduated from the Graphics & Media Lab at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He is an expert and a PhD in computer vision and 3D reconstruction, with a track record of being the lead developer in several commercially successful projects. Gleb is experienced in R&D project management and in technological startups.

As co-founder of GeoCV, in 2015 Gleb participated in River startup accelerator in San Francisco - the first accelerator for VR/AR startups organized by Rothenberg Ventures - the world's most active investor in the field.

Vassili Philippov

Founder & CEO of MEL Science

Founder & CEO of MEL Science, a company combining science sets sent by post as a subscription service with virtual reality to visualize science.

Vassili was co-founder and COO of SPB Software, a mobile software company that started as a small team of mobile development experts and soon became the world-wide leader in Windows Mobile app business, with offices in six countries. SPB Software was acquired by Yandex in 2011, and Vassili worked as the head of mobile business development in Yandex.

Vassili has four sons, and likes doing science experiments with them. He was also the gold medal winner of the Russian Physics and Programming Olympiad.

Nikolay Storonsky

Founder and CEO Revolut

As a Russian immigrant living and working as a Senior Trader with Credit Suisse in London, Nikolay became frustrated with the associated hidden fees whenever he would send sums of money back to his native Russia. In 2015, Nikolay launched Revolut as a technology driven solution to tackle foreign exchange and dated banking technology. Fast forward to today, Revolut one of the fastest growing growing fintech companies in the world, with over 800,000 customers across 42 European countries and more than $4 billion in transactions.

Dmitry Aksenov

Founder and CEO DigitalGenius

Dmitry is a self-motivated entrepreneur whose passion and expertise lies in enterprise software and artificial intelligence.

He has founded a number of successful enterprise software businesses, including DigitalGenius, where he is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer. Сompany builds powerful artificial intelligence products specifically designed for Fortune 500 corporations and major Tier 1 banks.

Dmitry’s enthusiasm for the world of artificial intelligence has been a lifelong one. He built his first autonomous robot at the young age of seven; since then he has won multiple national and international robotics and AI competitions. One of his greatest achievements thus far is the building of an AI engine that is being used by millions of people worldwide. Dmitry is well and truly en route to his goal of bringing AI and cognitive computing to mainstream society.

Roman Shaposhnik

Сo-founder and CSO Zededa

Roman is a co-founder of a stealth IoT startup Zededa and a well-known thought leader and innovator in open source enterprise software development. He is a
former Director of Open Source Strategy at Pivotal and a VP of Technology for Big Data at Linux Foundation.

To engineers Roman is know as a committer on Apache Hadoop, co-creator of Apache Bigtop and a contributor to various other Hadoop ecosystem projects.
He is also an ASF member and a former Chair of Apache Incubator. In his copious free time he managed to co-author "Practical Graph Analytics with Apache Giraph" and he can be seen posting on Twitter as @rhatr. Roman has been involved in Open Source software for more than two decades and hacked projects ranging from Linux kernel to FFmpeg multimedia library.
He loves good beer and fights against American led IPA invasion one seidla at a time.

Alexey Dovzhikov

Serial entrepreneur, investor

Specialization: VR / AR, AdTech.
17 years' experience in IT industry.
The founder and ideologist of the eLama.
The founder of the CG TRINET.

Recognized as one of the leading experts of advertising technologies market in Russia by RUSBASE version.

Investor in Yagla, Textback,, SmartKinderMoika-moika.

The founder of the CG One More World, which develops innovative solutions and devices for working with VR / AR. Investor in Cyberlit - development of training courses in VR.

Aleksei often participates as speaker at major IT conferences (RIF + CIB, RIW, SPIC, eTarget, E-Commerce, TOP Marketing, Autumn session, etc.). Including lectures about  technologies of virtual and augmented reality. This year Aleksei was invited to YAC (Yet Another Conference by Yandex) with a report - "Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Service of Business".

Wilson Rainho

Head of International Scouting Startupbootcamp

Head of International Scouting Startupbootcamp

Born and raised in Portugal. I got a 2nd master in innovation management in Netherlands.

I worked in Portugal in one of the biggest and most well know startup in Portugal - Critical Software, then I moved to London to work at BP Group in the Innovation Department and since 2017 I am part of the Startupbootcamp. First as a Lead Scout of the programs based in Amsterdam and now as a International Lead Scout as I am responsible for the scouting for the Startupbootcamp programs abroad as well.

Anton Ustimenko

Partner, EY Moscow

Partner, Assurance, Head of Technology, Communications and Media & Entertainment Assurance group in the CIS, EY Moscow.

Over 20 years of experience serving clients in the telecommunications, technology, media and entertainment sectors as well as industrial and consumer products sectors; participated in audits and provided accounting advisory services and assistance with compilation of financial statements in accordance with IFRS, US GAAP and RAS; participated in due diligence and internal audit engagements; participated in transactions of debt and equity financing by EY audit clients; experience serving IBS Group, Luxoft, Group, Qiwi plc., Google, Game Insight, Golden Telecom Inc. (before acquisition by VimpelCom), Ufanet, Cian Group, B2B Center, SeoPult, Softline, CTC Media, Destiny, Nival, MegaFon, ABBYY,, Russ Outdoor, Publicis, 360 TV.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Economics; State University of Management, Master’s Degree in Management; Certified Public Accountant in the US (CPA); Certified Russian Auditor; member of the Russian Union of Auditors.

Vlad Yatsenko

Co-founder & CTO Revolut

Prior to co-founding Revolut, Vlad spent 10 years building financial systems at tier one investment banks such as Deutsche Bank and USB. Serving as CTO, Vlad has been at the forefront of Revolut's award-winning technology, building a next generation banking experience.

Alexey Girin

General Partner, Starta Capital and Accelerator

Alexey Girin is the General Partner at Starta Capital and Accelerator.

He has 15 years of experience in audit and finance and 10 years in the venture capital industry.

His introduction to investment started in 1996 when he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Investment Company Dominanta. His success at Dominanta led to a new CFO role at FMGC where he stayed for several years.

As an Entrepreneur, Alexey was the Co-Founder and Partner in AFD Consulting. AFD is an audit and accounting firm. Advancing from AFD in 2004, he began his Angel Investing work. In this capacity, which he still serves, Alexey functioned as an advisor and fundraiser for innovators and venture capital entities.

In 2010, Alexey became the Co-Founder and General Partner of Starta Capital. Starta Capital’s portfolio now includes a number of deep tech startup companies.

In 2015, together with Ekaterina Dorozhkina, Starta Capital’s Managing Partner, they launched Starta Accelerator. Starta Accelerator is New York City-based program that aims to empower startups with Eastern European roots and frontier technology.

Alexey earned his Master in Economics from the Russian State University of Trade and Economics.

Pavel Ershov

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Microsoft Russia

In the role of Subsidiary COO Pavel is responsible for running daily business operations and driving business growth for the company across all key market segments in Russia.

Pavel has joined Microsoft in July 2017 from Ingram Micro, global leader in ICT distribution based in California, where he held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Success, leading Service Providers Platforms business unit, focused on supporting Ingram Micro’s platform customers to succeed in the Cloud.

Between 2014 and 2015, Pavel worked in Singapore, where he led sales and overall operations in the Asia-Pacific-Japan region for Parallels. Before moving to Asia, he was responsible for the company’s expansion to Russia, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Parallels in 2011, Pavel spent more than 13 years in Microsoft on various sales and marketing roles, where progressed his career from a marketing manager to Public Sector Lead for Microsoft Russia. 

Pavel has more than 18 years of professional experience in the IT Industry, holds a Master degree in Economics and currently based in Moscow, Russia.

Anni Rahiala

Chief Networking Officer at Startup Sauna

Chief Networking Officer at Startup Sauna. 

Anni runs Startup Sauna accelerator program in Helsinki, Finland, taking care of it’s vast network of alumni, coaches and investors internationally. Startup Sauna is Europe’s leading zero-equity accelerator for early-stage tech-startups. The 7-week program organised twice a year focuses on finding the right go-to-market strategy and product-market fit.

Anni holds a degree in mechanical engineering, and has experience both from corporations and smaller organisations varying from international sales to leading several non-profit organisations. Before being chosen to Startup Sauna’s management team of four, she was part of the board of Aalto University student union, representing over 15 000 students from engineering, economics and art.

Sergey Zolotarev

Founder and managing partner at Arenadata

Founder and managing partner at Arenadata since 2015.

Arenadata is a startup building  enterprise-ready 100% open source based Unified Data Platform. Arenadata is a member of ODPi ( Linux Foundation) since 2015. Arenadata is a part of IBS company since 2017.

2013- 2015   Regional Director at Pivotal in Russia and CIS.  Responsible for delivering complex Big Data  projects for largest banks ant telco companies. More then 20 year of over all experience in IT: EMC, Jet Infosystems, Avaya, Microsoft, Compaq.


  • Bauman Moscow State Technical University
  • MBA at Open University of London


  • Since 2012 he has a lot of publications in business and IT media. Participating as a speaker on  key national events related to Big Data and Digital Transformation.

Igor Sysoev

CTO, Nginx Inc

Igor Sysoev’s passion for solving the C10K problem led him to become the author of nginx, which was initially released in 2004. nginx’s popularity and use became so widespread that Igor co-founded Nginx, Inc. in 2011. He has 15 years of experience in deeply technical roles and is currently the Chief Technology Officer.

Maxim Konovalov

VP of Engineering, Nginx Inc

Maxim Konovalov co-founded Nginx, Inc. in 2011 and is currently the Vice President of Engineering. He brings 20 years of extensive leadership experience in software development, IT infrastructure, corporate information systems, and open source product and project management.

Petr Lukyanov

Managing partner, Phystech Ventures

Petr Lukyanov is a managing partner at Phystech Ventures. 

He has 10 years of investing experience and worked for 8 years in venture capital industry. Petr co-founded Phystech Ventures in 2013. Phystech Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm with $50m AUM focused on technology companies in EnergyTech, Robotics, Industrial IoT. Phystech Ventures invests globally and has 20+ portfolio companies in Russia, US, Europe and Asia.

Kirill Korotaev

Co-inventor and VP of storage,  Virtuozzo

Since 2014 Kirill leads data storage and archiving related researches and development in Acronis.

Inventor of one of the first and leading containers virtualization technologies called Virtuozzo for Linux, system of applying patches and updates to OS kernel and applications on the fly without interruption of service, distributed storage system for hot and cold data. More then 10 years leaded core development in Virtuozzo, Parallels and Acronis companies.

Kirill owns more then 10 patens and inventions. Graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Major areas of interest: Virtualization, Operating Systems, Distributed Services and Storage Systems

Sergei Arkhipov

Head of Technology Partnerships & Transfer Department
 Gazprom neft

As corporate head of technology partnerships and technology transfer, Sergei is responsible for supply chain development by ensuring localization and new product development efforts in Russia by the key hi-tech local and international industrial companies

Before joining Gazprom Neft, Sergei served as Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Board at Russia’s leading industrial group OMZ. Before that, he was a successful CleanTech entrepreneur, a winner of the semi-final at the CleanTech Open 2010, a US nation-wide CleanTech business plan competition. In 2010 Sergei simultaneously graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. He focused on energy security and policy at Harvard and on energy technology and entrepreneurship at MIT.

Prior to coming to the USA, Mr. Arkhipov graduated with honors from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Law Institute and held executive positions in a number of Russian companies.

Sergei’s area of interest is the nexus of energy technologies, innovations and investments.

Mr. Arkhipov is a Supervisory Board member at the Harvard Club of Russia. He also leads MIT alumni community in Russia and teaches Technology Entrepreneurship, Organization Design and Strategy at a leading Russian tech university MIPT (Phystech). He is a co-founder of CleanTech Russia, non-for-profit accelerator supporting energy and resource efficiency start-ups.

Andrey Yashunsky

Managing partner, Prytek

Managing partner of the investment fund Prytek.

Andrey is a founder and a managing partner of a mezzanine financing fund FMF and a partner of an asset management company Da Vinci Capital. Ex co-founder and managing partner of HI Capital - investment fund of Roman Avdeev (MKB). Prior to that he was employed by a financial company Jendens Securities (England) and venture fund  Giza Venture Capital (Israel).

Igor Douplitzky

Head of Business Development, Orange Startup Ecosystem

Head of Business Development, Orange Startup Ecosystem.

An alumni of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications, Igor has worked 30 years for Orange, 10 of which in the US.  He has held positions in strategic marketing and partnerships  in B2C and B2B BUs.  He has headed technology scouting at Orange Lab San Francisco. 

4 years ago, he joined the new Orange Startup Ecosystem division to manage bus-dev with startups, with a focus on digital health, cybersecurity and networks.  He also is an interface to Orange Digital Ventures.

Mike Ushakov

Entrepreneur, founder of Forksy

Mike Ushakov is a serial entrepreneur and a founder of Forksy, that creates AI-powered nutrition coach to help people eat healthy and boost their energy. 

In 2011 Mike founded a browser extensions startup Metabar, which was acquired by Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX) in 2014. Metabar was the first Russian exit for Runa Capital and first ever successful exit among Skolkovo IT-cluster members. Yandex.Sovetnik (developed by Metabar) is currently being used by dozens of millions of Russian users. 

Alexander Frolov

General Partner at Target Global

Alexander have founded Target Global in 2012 and is focusing on the firm’s consumer internet and marketplace investments.

Prior to joining Target Global, Alexander worked at the VC firm DFJ Esprit in London. Before that, he led several private and corporate startups in the tech field, including the medical business unit of United Corporation for Innovations. He started his career as an analyst at Troika Dialog Asset Management, where he covered the telecom and IT sectors.

Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from the London Business School. Alexander also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Dmitry Matskevich

Founder and CEO Icon8

Founder and CEO Icon8.

Elena Krauzova

Ex-journalist Forbes

Worked as a columnist in Forbes Russia.

Worked as a correspondent at Kommersant-Science.
Worked as a journalist in the Republic.
Worked as a correspondent in the RBC (Their job).
Worked as a freelance correspondent in TeraFirrma.
Worked as a reporter at Computerra (Innovatie).


Serial entrepreneur, CEO ruhr:HUB

Oliver Weimann is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor and Initiator of RuhrSummit, one of the biggest Startup-Events in Germany.

As an investor, entrepreneur, coach he always tries to „help people, teams, startups, and corporates to make ideas happen!“ He is actively engaged in shaping the startup ecosystem in NRW (middle west of Germany) with ruhr:HUB, an initiative of the ministry of economics and six cities of the ruhr region. He still heavily grows RuhrSummit and is temporarily invested in twelve startups in truly different stages.

Together with NRW.INVEST, Economic Development Agency of North Rhine-Westphalia ruhr:HUB assists foreign startups to enter the German market and to establish its own company in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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