Master's in Economics and Finance, St Petersburg University; Yeltsin and British Council Scholarships; studies, London School of Economics. Ten years' experience in investment and acquisition strategies and in developing financial reports and investment guides via directorships of advisory companies in Russia and the UK. Formerly: Head, Department of Major Investment Projects, St Petersburg Finance Committee; worked on the First City of St Petersburg Eurobond Issue and EBRD Financial Creditability Program; positions with World Bank, EBRD, Deutsche Bank and other financial and commercial institutions. 2009, Founder, Calvert22 Foundation, a charity promoting Russian and Eastern European contemporary art and culture through a series of curated exhibitions and educational programmes. Actively pursues other philanthropic initiatives, including British Friends of the Hermitage and Chain of Hope.