Alexander Ikonnikov

Chairman, Supervisory Board, Independent Directors Association

An acknowledged Russian expert in corporate governance and Board efficiency. Executive Committee member of Global Network of Director Institutes, and a member of Committee for interpretation of Corporate Governance Code at Central Bank of Russia.

Has experience in Russian and European public companies as an independent director since 2000, including Baltika Breweries (beer producer, part of Carlsberg), Sollers plc (car manufacturers with joint ventures Ford, Toyota, Mazda), East Capital Explorer plc (part of East Capital, a Swedish investment Fund), NSD (Central Depository), SPIMEX (Saint-Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange).

During his professional career he worked as Head of Department for Attracting Investments in the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of the Russian Federation; as Executive Director of Investor Protection Association (http://api-russia.org/ru, members of Association manage a total of 1.7 trillion RUB); as Chairman of the Association of Independent Directors ( http://www.nand.ru, the largest community of directors in Russia promoting best governance practices for sustainable development of companies and society).

The first Russian director who was named Rising Star of Corporate Governance by the Millstein School of Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management (2010).

Has the highest international director’s qualification of IoD Chartered Director of the British Institute of Directors (IoD UK).