Dr. Sergey Tsakunov graduated from Moscow State University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the same university. For many years he was the head of the key investment promotion institution of the Government of the Russian Federation – ForeignInvestment Promotion Center of the Ministry of Economy of Russia. There he participated in implementation of large-scale investment projects in automobile, chemistry, woodworking, pulp and paper industries, negotiated with financial institutions, maintained investment deals. He also has four years of senior banking experience in VTB Group, including VTB-Invest (private equity arm of the second largest commercial bank in Russia). He has deep knowledge of Russian market, investment opportunities in different areas of economy and specific investment projects, participated in large international investment conferences and symposiums. He has wide practice of personal and confidential consulting of large multinationals and Russian companies in investment targeting, cross-border deals in Europe and CIS, including Russian and Ukraine.