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Team

Vladimir Sakovich

Vladimir Sakovich

CEO

Since September 2019, Vladimir holds the position of Director General of Skolkovo Ventures LLC.

Since June 2017 – Managing Director, Head of Investment team.
Before joining the Skolkovo he worked as investment director in the venture investments department of VTB Capital, where he was involved in more than 15 venture deals in Russia, the United States and the EU, including participation in syndicates with leading international venture funds (Sequoia Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures). Several portfolio companies were brought to the stage of a successful “exit” by Vladimir (M&A and MBO in Russia, IPO on NASDAQ, M&A in the US).
He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Faculty of Innovation and High Technologies and New Economic School under the Master of Finance program.

Dmitry Schigolev

Dmitry Schigolev

Executive Director, Deputy Head of Investment office

Dmitry is responsible for M&A deal structuring and private placements, he has participated in a large number of deals with technological companies. Before joining Skolkovo Ventures, Dmitry worked at investment-banking consulting company Advance Capital, where he participated in execution of several deals with small and medium-sized companies. Prior to joining Advance Capital, Dmitry worked at investment boutique and private equity firm IBRG Capital. He focused on execution of M&A transactions with companies in food retail and media industries. The previous experience included several engineering positions in Aerospace industry.
Dmitry graduated from NES and Bauman State Technical University.

Stanislav Kolesnichenko

Stanislav Kolesnichenko

Director of Ecosystem Development

Stanislav is responsible for Ecosystem Development in Skolkovo Ventures.
Started his career in KPMG in corporate finance for 5 years he has extensive consulting experience in corporate finance and business valuation. Has operational experience on executive positions in internet industry in Fast Lane Ventures and Viamedix Fund. Was Strategy and Corporate Development Director in major global advertising holding Dentsu Aegis Network in Russia. Had been launching an OTT online video platform ShowJet in Russia in the role of CFO. Worked in Nielsen backed VC fund in Israel.
Stanislav graduated Sofaer International MBA in Tel Aviv University, has BSc and MSs degrees in Strategic and Corporate Management at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (Russia).

Andrey Savchenko

Andrey Savchenko

Investment Director

Andrey is focused on business development and execution of M&A transactions, strategic advisory, raising debt and equity capital.
He has more than 10 years of investment banking experience.
Prior to joining Skolkovo Ventures, he served as VP at Otkritie Bank, a TOP-5 bank in Russia, and was involved in establishing of asset management company with the main investment focus on special situation projects, restructurings and exit financings.
Before that, Andrey worked in Oaklins, the global mid-market investment banking advisor, and was responsible for searching of new business opportunities on Russian market. With more than 20 closed investment banking deals, he has strong execution skills and in-depth expertise in corporate finance.
Andrey graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and from Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

Egor Popov

Egor Popov

Investment Director


Backed by more than 10 years in the industry Egor is focused primarily on M&A and private placement advisory services.
Prior to joining Skolkovo Ventures team, he was leading a Business development function at an innovative tech start-up with two series of funding raised, including strategic investor. Before that Egor had been specializing in M&A and fundraising for more than 6 years as an AVP at Credit Suisse and Associate at FCG. In total he participated in projects across various industries with an approximate value of around $1 bln. Egor started his career at Deloitte.
Egor graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation specializing in Finance and credit.

Dmitry Zubanov

Dmitry Zubanov

Investment Strategy Director


Dmitry is responsible for investment strategy in new technologies and for the strategy of preparing tech business for sale.
Before joining Skolkovo Ventures, Dmitry worked 5 years in high-tech companies and start-ups (Google, Double Data et al.) and 4 years in strategic consulting (McKinsey and Roland Berger). Managed Big Data projects, that resulted in: better prediction of churning clients and better cross-sell for Russian banks, stronger credit scoring models for payday loans in Vietnam, a breakthrough approach to data-driven marketing research for FMCG and pharma producers. Optimised production efficiency (machinery, steel-works, mining), managed turnarounds in large CapEx projects (construction of nuclear power plant and oil pipeline). Developed strategy of new business launch for freight transportation and repair strategy of rolling stock.
Dmitry got bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Department of Innovations and High Technologies) and MBA degree from London Business School.

Kirill Tishchenko

Kirill Tishchenko

Senior investment Manager

Kirill is responsible for a full-cycle of equity fund raising and M&A deals origination and execution on both sell- and buy- sides.
Prior to joining Skolkovo Ventures, Kirill was a part of such venture capital funds as Synergy Innovations, IIDF, Ingate VC, where he participated in VC, PE & M&A deals totaling up to $25 + mln. Kirill also took part in the successful launch of the company on foreign markets, incl. Iranian market. The combined experience of working at buy-side and sell-side of Private equity industry exceeds 8 years.
Kirill holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Helsinki School of Economics (Aalto university nowadays).

Mikhail Stefanenko

Mikhail Stefanenko

Associate Director

Mikhail is responsible for attracting private investments in high-tech companies.
He previously worked at Gazprombank in DCM, Ernst&Young, and Laser Solutions Holdings where he was responsible for business development in the Russian and foreign markets.
Mikhail holds a bachelor’s degree from the Higher School of Economics and the University of London.

Vladimir Kadnikov

Vladimir Kadnikov

Investment manager

Vladimir is responsible for Ecosystem Development in Skolkovo Ventures.
Prior to joining Skolkovo Ventures Vladimir worked at McKinsey&Company, where we was engaged in strategy development for telecom and energy corporations. He also worked at Winter Capital Advisors, where he was responsible for investment analysis of potential targets and for value generation for portfolio companies.
Vladimir holds a master’s degree in Corporate Finance from Graduate School of Management SPSU and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of SPSU.

Danil Khorokhordin

Danil Khorokhordin

Investment manager

Danil is managing and supporting M&A transactions, advisory services, raising debt and equity finance. Prior to joining the company, he was engaged in corporate finance practice within deals advisory business department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on banking and pharmaceutical industry companies. Before that, Danil worked at commercial division of VTB Bank, structuring and delivering deals of debt financing, and, underwriting large-cap enterprises.
He graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a master’s degree in economics.

Tsevdn Kanduev

Tsevdn Kanduev

Investment Analyst


Tsevdn is responsible for Ecosystem Development in Skolkovo Ventures.
Before joining the Skolkovo team, he worked at investment banking division of Sberbank CIB and Credit, Leveraged Finance and Investments department of VTB Capital.
Tsevdn holds a bachelor’s degree from the Higher School of Economics.

Marat Gayzatullin

Marat Gayzatullin

Investment Analyst


Marat is supporting M&A transactions, advisory services, raising debt and equity finance.
Prior to joining Skolkovo Ventures Marat worked in M&A and corporate finance group within investment banking department of Sberbank CIB. Before that, he was engaged in consulting practice within deals advisory business department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on financial industry companies
Marat holds a master’s degree in Finance from Warwick Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics of HSE

Pavel Morozov

Pavel Morozov

Managing Director, Head of Venture Capital Funds Management team

Pavel is responsible for venture capital fund’s management and cooperation with the Venture partners. Before joining Skolkovo Ventures, Pavel worked as investment director in VTB Capital, RBV Capital and Troika Dialog. He was involved in over 25 venture capital transactions including Troika Dialog investments in Evernote and iiko, RBV Capital’s exit from RetroSense Therapeutics via company acquisition by Allergan (NYCE:AGN), VTB Capital’s exit from Rolith via company acquisition by Metamaterial Technologies, he served as a Board member in iiko, Grid Dynamics, Avalanche Technology, Rolith and other startups. From 2003 till 2007 Pavel worked at A4Vision, a cross-border Russian-American startup where he was responsible for standardization of technology at ISO and managed several key accounts.
Pavel graduated with honors from MSU after M.V. Lomonosov and has a PhD degree in mathematics.

Sergey Sobolev

Sergey Sobolev

Investment manager

Responsible for development of the AgroBioTech fund’s portfolio.
Sergey started his career as an analyst at RUSNANO. Prior to his joining Skolkovo, Sergey held the position of Investment manager of Polar Star Ventures and BioFund RVC focused on biotechnology.
He graduated from National University of Science and Technology (MISiS).

Victor Chervyakov

Victor Chervyakov

Investment Director Industrial Fund I


Victor is responsible for investment deals initiation and execution with Industrial fund managed by Skolkovo Ventures.
Victor was engaged in raising capital investments in High-tech companies in the perimeter of the Skolkovo Foundation, then to Skolkovo Ventures, and successfully closed 5 transactions.
Prior to joining the company Victor worked at VTB Capital Asset Management, where he was engaged in business development of portfolio companies and searching for exit opportunities form existing assets. Victor successfully closed a number of M&A and MBO transactions, both in Russia and abroad.

Feofan Ilyushkin

Feofan Ilyushkin

Investment associate Industrial fund


Feofan is responsible for screening and analyzing investment opportunities for the industrial venture fund.
Prior to joining Skolkovo Ventures, he worked at Industry 4.0 venture arm of the State Corporation Rostec, PE/VC fund Waarde Capital and small-cap investment boutique RB Partners conducting a broad range of investment activities is multiple industries.
Feofan holds master’s degree in finance from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).

Romanova Marina

Romanova Marina

Financial Analyst

Her responsibilities includes preparation of reports of the venture funds and the investment management company performing, as well as an analysis of potential projects/deals.
She passed an internship in the Audit Department of financial organizations in the PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to joining the company, she worked for 3 years in the consulting company NEO Center JSC. She carried out valuation reports, business plans and investment memorandums to attract credit financing, presentations and other materials. Her skills includes DCF-modeling (for project financing, business valuation and strategy development), relative and net asset valuation, monitoring financial and operating company’s activity, industry and company analysis, financial analysis and risk analysis of the projects (financial, operational, tax and legal), marketing research in various sectors.
Education: The Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Specialist’s degree, Faculty: “Finance and Credit”, Specialization “Valuation and Property Management”.

Kirill Vodolazov

Kirill Vodolazov

Investment lawyer

Kirill is an investment lawyer in a venture capital funds management team. He is responsible for a legal support of venture funds and venture transactions. Kirill has more than 10 years’ experience in legal consulting, private equity and asset management in companies such as Salans (now Dentons), Capital Group and VTB Capital Investment management.
Kirill graduated from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) where he got a Master of Laws degree.

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Natalia Roshchina

Natalia Roshchina

COO, Head of operations

Natalia is head of back-office, responsible for providing full support of day-to day operations of the Company, including finance, accounting, tax, HR, legal and compliance.
Natalia has over 15 years of professional experience in finance, including 7 years in management positions in private equity and asset management. She started her career in 2002 in KPMG Moscow as external auditor, participating and supervising audit engagements of leading Russian oil and gas companies. Starting from 2006 she worked in internal finance, growing from Head of IFRS (Russian holding company with development, real estate and retail industry focus) to CFO (“Fleming Family & Partners”, international family office and asset management, and “Da Vinci Capital” private equity). The total assets under management she dealt with was over $500m.
Natalia graduated with honors from State University of Management (GUU), Moscow (Economics, anti-crisis management). She’s a fellow-member (FCCA) of Association of Charted Certified Accountants (ACCA) since 2008 and has FSFR (Federal Financial Market Service) certificate 1.0.

Oleg Zhukov

Oleg Zhukov

Head of Legal

Oleg provides general legal support for the Company`s activities.
Prior to joining Skolkovo Ventures worked in Bashneft, where he was engaged on corporate governance issues and development of the best international practices in this area. With his participation, the company became the best in the corporate governance in Russia, and the company’s Annual report was recognized as the World Top-100.
He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of investment transactions and corporate governance.
Graduated from the Russian Law Academy with a degree in Civil Law and the Financial University with a degree in Financial Management.

Maria Ignatieva

Maria Ignatieva

Head of Administration

Maria is responsible for management of administrative staff and corporate communications
Maria has ten years of successful executive experience in property management, corporate management, corporate communications, administrative management in holding Russian Railways. She was involved in important investment projects including international projects. Recognized for her services by numerous industry awards.
Maria graduated with honors from the Baikal National University of Economics and Law, Faculty of Law, State and International Law.