Alexander N. Shokhin was born in 1951 in the Arkhangelsk Region. He graduated from the Economy Faculty of the Moscow State University in 1974.
From 1974 to 1987 he worked with several research institutions associated with the USSR Academy of Sciences, the USSR State Planning Committee and the USSR State Labor Committee.
In 1991-1994 and in 1998, he was the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. In 1991-1994 he also held positions of the Minister of Labor, Minister of Economics, Chairman of the Russian Agency for International Cooperation and Development, and Russian governor at the IMF and the World Bank. On behalf of the Russian government he represented Russia in the international negotiations on Soviet-era debt. Additionally, he represented the President of the Russian Federation in Russia's relations with the G7 countries.
In 1994 - 2002 Mr. Shokhin was elected as a Deputy of the State Duma, where he was the First Vice Chairman of the Parliament, leader of the parliamentary fraction 'Our Home is Russia', Head of the Duma Committee on Credit Institutions and Capital Markets.
From 2002 to 2005 Mr. Shokhin was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Investment Group "Renaissance Capital".
Since 2005 ã. – President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Mr. Shokhin is a member of several advisory boards under the Russian President and Government and acts as an independent director at the directors boards of the major Russian companies (including Lukoil and Russian Railways).
Mr. Shokhin is Doctor of Economics, Professor.
Igor A. Vdovin – is the Head of the Management Board of the National Direct Investment Agency and member of the Management Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).
He graduated from law school and received Doctor of law from the Saint-Petersburg University in 2002.
Mr.Vdovin is a Chairman of RSPP Committee on investment policies, development institutions and export support, Deputy Head of Public Council under the Ministry of regional development of the Russian Federation.
He is an active member of the Investment Policy and Public-Private Partnership working group established by the Board of “United Russia” party.
Mr. Vdovin is a member of several advisory boards under the Russian President and Government and acts as an independent director at the directors boards of the major Russian companies (including OJSC “TAIF”).
He has more than 20 years of experience in strategy development, investment advisory and financial project management.
Mr. Vdovin is Doctor of Law, Professor of the State University - High School of Economics.