Executive Team

Andrey Bystritskiy

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Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, member of the Union of Writers

In 1985-1991, Andrey Bystritskiy was engaged in research as a Senior Fellow at the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. He has been in the media industry since 1991, starting as the Head of the Audience Research Department of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (RTR), author and host of radio and television broadcasts. In 1993-1996, Andrey Bystritskiy headed sociological research at the Company. From 1996 to 1997, he was in charge of the "Society" Department at the Itogi (Russian Newsweek) magazine. In 1997-1998, Andrey Bystritskiy was Deputy Director General for Information at TV Tsentr. Between 1998 and 1999, he was the Producer of the Russian news service on BBC. In 1999, he joined the Organizing Committee of the Unofficial Moscow Festival as one of its Co-Chairs, he was also a member of the Editorial Board of the Moscow Alternative newspaper and Chairman of the Mayak State Radio Broadcasting Company (main information radio in Russia). In 2000, Bystritskiy became the Director General of the Vesti State Television Company (an entity of RTR). From 2000 to 2008, he was Deputy Director General of RTR and the Director of the Department of Information Programmes of the Russia TV. In 2000-2013 Bystritskiy was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of international broadcasting company Euronews. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Apologia monthly magazine. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Chairman of the Voice of Russia State Radio Company (Russian international broadcaster in 44 languages).

Andrey Bystritskiy has been at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics since 2001, as a Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design since 2014. Since 2008, he has been the head of the Council of the Heads of Government and Public Television and Radio Organizations of CIS Countries. Since 2014, Bystritskiy has been the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club and the Chairman of the Public Supervisory Council of the Russian Ministry of Communications.

Andrey Bystritskiy is a Professor and PhD (Pedagogics, 1989). He is a member of the Union of Writers. In June 2007, he received the Order of Honour.

Andrey Bystritskiy is the author of books, including such works as Youth Subcultures and Russia's Intelligentsia During the Demise of the Soviet System (1991), and numerous publications in newspapers and magazines.



Nadezhda Lavrentieva


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Executive Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

In 1997-2002, Nadezhda Lavrentieva was in charge of the financial activities of the first satellite television broadcaster, NTV Plus, as the Head of the Budget Planning Department. From 2003 to 2014, she was Deputy Director General of the RIA Novosti News Agency, curating issues of economy and business analysis. In 2014, she was the Advisor to the Director General of the TASS Russian News Agency.

Since 2014, Nadezhda Lavrentieva has been the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.

By Presidential Decree, Nadezhda Lavrentieva received the title of the Honoured Economist of the Russian Federation.



Fyodor Lukyanov

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Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

Fyodor Lukyanov was an international journalist in 1990-2002. He collaborated with numerous newspapers, radio and television broadcasters. Since 2002, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal. In 2012, Lukyanov was appointed as the Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy – one of the oldest Russian NGOs.

Since 2015, Fyodor Lukyanov has been the Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.

Fyodor Lukyanov is a Research Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics. He is considered one of the most well-known Russian experts in the field of international relations and foreign affairs, author of numerous articles in Russian and foreign media. Lukyanov received the Government Award of the Russian Federation in 2011 for his contribution to international journalism.


Leonid Burmistrov

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Advisor to the Executive Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

In 1994-2000, Leonid Burmistrov worked in subdivisions of the "MOST" Group and MediaMost. Since 2000, he has been the Vice President of the Public Relations Development Company (KROS). Leonid Burmistrov took an active part in the first high-scale federal PR and information project (which was supervised by KROS) – information support of the Russian Census (2002). In 2003-2014, he was the First Deputy Editor-in-Chief of RIA Novosti.

Leonid Burmistrov participated in and supervised numerous high-scale projects, including the Valdai Discussion Club, International Arctic Forum, G8 Summit (2006) and G20 Summit (2013) in Saint Petersburg, APEC Summit in Vladivostok (2012), Saint George Ribbon project within the framework of the 60th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Forum of European and Asian Media (FEAM), International Forum "Drug Production in Afghanistan as a Threat to International Peace and Security", Media Center for non-accredited journalists at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Year of Russia in China (2006) and others.

Since 2014, Leonid Burmistrov has been the Advisor to the Executive Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club.