Olga Golodets

Chairman of the Council

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

1984: Graduated from the Economics Faculty at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

PhD (Economics).


1984-1997: Researcher at the Central Research Laboratory of Labour Resources of the R&D Institute of Labour and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Employment Problems Institute.

1997-1999: Social Programmes Director, Reformugol Foundation.

1999-2001 and 2002-2008: Director, Social Policy and Human Resources Department; Deputy Director General for Human Resources and Social Policy at Mining and Metallurgical Company Norilsk Nickel.

2001: Deputy Governor for Social Issues, Taimyr (Dolgano-Nenets) Autonomous Area.

July 2008-December 2010: President of the All-Russian Inter-industry Association of Employers – National Alliance of Nickel and Precious Metals Manufacturers; Board Chairperson at the Soglasiye Insurance Company.

December 2010- May 2012:Deputy Moscow Mayor for Education and Healthcare and Member of the Moscow Government.

May 21, 2012: Appointed Deputy Prime Minister by Presidential Executive Order.

Olga Vasilyeva

Deputy Chairman of the Council

Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation

In 1979 graduated with a degree in Choir and Conducting from Moscow State Institute of Culture.

In 1979-1982 was employed as teacher of music at schools Nos. 578 and 91 of Moscow.

In 1982 was admitted to the Evening Studies Department of the Faculty of History, Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Correspondence Studies, and graduated in 1987. In 1982 started teaching History of Russia in senior classes in school No. 91 of Moscow.

In 1987 was admitted to the Ph.D. program in the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

In 1990 defended her Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “The Soviet State and Patriotic Activities of the Russian Orthodox Church during the Years of the Great Patriotic War.”

In 1990-2004 was employed at the Institute of History of the USSR Academy of Sciences. At the Institute she progressed from Junior Researcher to Leading Researcher and Head of the Center of History of Religion and Church of RAS Institute of Russian History.

In 1999 Vasilyeva defended her Doctoral dissertation at RAS Institute of Russian History, entitled “The Russian Orthodox Church in the Policy of the Soviet State in 1943-1948.”

In 2002 she headed the Department of Religious Studies of Presidential Russian Academy of Civil Service.

In 2007 Vasilyeva graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a major in International Relations.

In February 2012, she was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Culture of the Government of the Russian Federation.

In early 2013, Vasilyeva was appointed Deputy Head of the Office of President of the Russian Federation for Public Projects, where she oversaw implementation of public projects in education, carried out joint activities with public unions and other civil structures.

On August 19, 2016 by order of the President of the Russian Federation, Dr. Vasilyeva was appointed Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

In 2005 O. Yu. Vasilyeva was awarded the academic title of Full Professor; she served as advisor to three Doctoral dissertations, and more than 25 Masters' dissertations.

She has written over 160 articles and 8 books.

Волков Andrey E. Volkov

Deputy Chairperson of the Council

Professor of Moscow school of management “SKOLKOVO”

Counselor of the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

In 1984 graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (today – National National Research Nuclear University MEPhI).

Doctor of Technical Sciences.
Worked in scientific and educational institutions of the USSR and Russian Federation.

2002-2005   - Pro-rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, director of the programs of top management training.
Headed a team of experts of the “Group of Eight” countries (G8) regarding educational initiatives in Russia and participated in developing projects of higher education modernization in the RF.

In 2006 - 2013 – rector of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.


Malcolm J. Grant

Member of the Council

Chairperson of the National Health Care Service of the UK

Member of the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong.

Graduated from the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Taught in universities of New Zealand and the UK.

Professor of law in the University College of London and Land Relations of Cambridge University, pro-rector of Cambridge University in 2002-2003.
Since 2003 till 2013 – president and rector of the University College of London.

Expert in financing and investment attraction in higher education. Over the years of managing the university was able to attract substantial investments and strengthen its positions in the top ten.

Абрамов Alexander G. Abramov

Member of the Council

Chairperson of the Board of the company of “EVRAZ plc.”

Member of the Bureau of Entrepreneurs’ Council affiliated to the Government of the Russian Federation.

Member of the Supervisory Board of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).

Member of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
In 1982 graduated from the Faculty of Molecular and Chemical Physics of MIPT.

In 1985 finished graduate course of MIPT, Candidate of Physics and Maths
Worked in the Institute of High Temperatures of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

1995 - 2005 – Director and Chairperson of the Board of the “EAM Group”.

1999 -2005 – President of the ore mining and smelting complex “Evrazholding”.

2008 – to the present day – Chairperson of the Board of the company of “EVRAZ plc".


Michael M. Crow

Member of the Council

President of Arizona State University

Member of the National Academy of Public Administration (USA) and a number of counseling boards.

Obtained Bachelor Degree in Iowa State University in 1977.

Obtained PhD in Municipal and State Management in Syracuse University (USA) in 1985.

Worked at research and administrative positions in universities of Iowa, Kentucky, Illinois.

Since 1991 in Columbia University, since 1992-till 2002 – Executive pro-rector of Columbia university.

One of the creators of the “New American University” model, aiming a university at the highest quality of education and research, involvement into regional processes and active social position. Expert in application of new methods in higher education, knowledge economy, intellectual entrepreneurship.

d01c3b0ad602e0aebb6d5a46f980d262 Koenraad Debackere

Member of the Council

Managing Director of the Catholic University of Leuven

He obtained his Ph.D. in Management with an ICM-fellowship at the University of Gent after stays as an ICM-fellow and an ICRMOT research assistant at MIT Sloan School of Management. He was a Fulbright-Hays post-doctoral fellow at MIT in 1991-1992.
Since 1992 he was for two years an assistant professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam before becoming an NFWO-Post-Doctoral Researcher in 1993.
In 1995 he became professor at K.U.Leuven where he teaches Technology and Innovation Management. He is the co-founder and chairman of Leuven.Inc, the innovation network of Leuven high-tech entrepreneurs. He is a board member of IWT-Vlaanderen, the Flemish government agency that supports science and technology development in Flemish industry. 
 Since 2005, he is the general manager of K.U.Leuven.

Philip G. Altbach

Member of the Council

Director of the Center of Higher Education in Boston College

Professor of Boston College.

Bachelor’s Degree (1962), Master’s Degree (1963) and PhD (1966) in Chicago University.

Taught in Harvard University (1965-1967), в Wisconsin-Madison University (1967–1975) in the Centre of comparative education in the University of New York State in Buffalo (1975-1994).

One of the leading experts in higher education in the world. For noticeable achievements in science has been awarded with a prize of the Association on Research in Higher Education of Howard Bowen.

Member of International Counseling Committee of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

Editor of the journals “Higher Education” (USA) and American Education Research Journal (USA).

Греф German O. Gref

Member of the Council; President, Chairperson of the Board of OAO “Sberbank of Russia”

Chairperson of the Board of the Centre of Strategic Development.

In 1990 graduated from the Law Faculty of Omsk State University, major “Legal Science”.

In 1990-1993 – graduate student of Leningrad State University, Faculty of Law.
Candidate of Economics.

Worked in the administration of St. Petersburg, in 2000 was appointed as first deputy minister of state property of the Russian Federation.

Since May 2000 till September 2007 – minister of economic development and trade of the Russian Federation
Member of the board of directors and supervisory boards in a number of joint-stock companies.


Lap-Chee Tsui

Member of the Council, President of Hong Kong University

Being at the head of the university has introduced reforms and attracted substantial public and private investment which resulted in the fact that the university has become an educational institution of the world standard.

Outstanding geneticist. One of the leaders in the project of human genome decoding. Author of about 400 scientific papers, holder of more than 50 scientific awards and honorary titles.

Obtained Bachelor’s Degree in China University of Hong Kong.

Obtained Master’s Degree in Biology in China University of Hong Kong.
PhD was obtained in Pittsburg University in 1979.

Worked in universities, scientific and medical organizations of Canada and the USA, Professor.

Козлов Valery V. Kozlov

Member of the Council

Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Science

Member of the Council under the President of the RF on science, technology and education.

Director of Maths Institution named after V. Steklov of the Russian Academy of Science.
Graduated from the Faculty of Mechanics and Maths of Moscow State University named after M. Lomonosov, major “Mechanics” in 1972.

Was entitled as Doctor of Physics and Maths in 1978.

Since 1983 — professor of Moscow State University named after M. Lomonosov.

Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Science since 1997, academician of the RAS since  2000.


Weifang Min

Member of the Council

Executive President of Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy

Director of the Economic Education Institute in Peking University.

Obtained Bachelor’s Degree in Peking University.

Obtained two Master’s Degrees in Stanford University (USA) in Educational Economics and Sociology of Organisations.

Obtained PhD in Education in Stanford University in 1987.

Worked in universities of USA. Since 1988 in Peking University, Professor.
Since 1996 – Executive Vice-President of Peking University.

Since 2002 till 2011 Chairperson of Supervisory Board of Peking University.

Executive and member of a number of national and international committees on development of education.

Recognized international expert in state politics and regulation, economics and management in higher education. Author of more than 100 scientific papers, holder of 20 national and international scientific prizes and awards.