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Artem Kudryavtsev

Artem Kudryavtsev, an extremely experienced CFO obtaining the Executive MBA in University of Chicago Booth School of Business, ranked among the top-10 telecommunications industry executives by the Executives Rating of the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant.

To the moment, he has an experience of managing such companies as JSC Sistema Mass Media, AFK Sistema, LLC Tsifrovoye Teleradioveschaniye and Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Television, Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS) and now Artem is President and Board member in JSC Company Transtelecom (TTK).

Artem has already taken part in International guest week in PRUE with master-classes called "Myths about leadership or what do Top Managers actually do?", and "Strategy. Transformation. Personal skills. Communication tools".


Christopher Korten

Christopher Korten is a Director of M.A. Program in Cultural Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

Christofer studied at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to participating in many international conferences, he has guest lectured at the universities of Hong Kong, Trinity College, Dublin, La Sapienza (Rome), as well as Oxford and Cambridge. He was also visiting professor at Moscow State University (Lomonosov) in the autumn of 2016.

Professor Korten formerly taught at the University of Warsaw,  now – at MGIMO of the MFA of the Russian Federation. He has taken part at PRUE International Teachers Weeks several times with very urgent topics.


Daria Lewandowska

Daria Lewandowska is a master business trainer, ICF Coach, Senior Learning and Development Consultant working for business and academic sector. Graduated from Sociology, holds MBA, joint program of London Business School, HEC School of Management Paris and NHH Bergen. She continued her education at the University of California in Berkley.

Daria works and studies in a multilingual environment, being fluent in English, Polish, Italian and Spanish. Her professional experience comprises fifteen years of diverse human resources and self-development work, including in world's top high-tech multi-national corporations, research and development center, and privately-found training companies.

Since 2016 as the CEO of training, coaching and facilitating company “selfmakers” in Poland she has been dedicated to Coaching for Executive Development High Performance Teams and Coaching Training.

Daria specializes in the emotional freedom of people in business and Academia to perform at maximum efficiency, building talent culture using Gallup Institute solutions for individuals and organizations, coaching and psychological safety in teams. Currently, on-line education co-partner and consultant for Peregrine Academic Services and Peregrine Leadership Institute in USA.

Dmitriy Berzin, Ph.D

Dmitry Berzin, graduated from Moscow State University, got Ph.D in Math.

He held a position of a researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology for three years. In addition, after that he worked as a researcher and programmer at the software company "Elysium" for six years (Hamamatsu, Japan).

From 2008 Dmitry Berzin is an associate professor at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.

He is an author of a number of courses in English for students, related to applications of mathematics and IT in economics.

Dmitry Berzin is also an author of dozens scientific publications, including papers in top-rated international journals. Moreover, he is a co-author of a textbook, related to applications of IT and Math to Economics.

Elena Dimova, Ph.D

​Elena Dimova, Ph.D in Economics, is a Recognized expert in financial markets, international banking, private banking and asset management both as an industry practitioner and as an accomplished academic. Fast learner with high energy and drive to exceed expectations.

Originally, Elena received economic education at PRUE and later added to it MBA in Strategy and Innovations.

She worked in such organizations as, National Settlement Depository (Moscow Exchange Group), Thomson Reuters, BCS Financial Group and Sberbank.

Elena also has a comprehensive students teaching experience in Sberbank Corporate University, Higher School of Economics, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Eva Hua

Originally from Austria, Eva moved to Moscow in 2009. Since 2010 she is working as business consultant for Awara, assisting international companies with their business activities in Russia in the areas of legal, accounting, recruiting and training.

She is working with international executives and matching their recruiting needs with top potential candidates.

Eva speaks native German, English, some Russian, Spanish and Czech.

Jean-Luc Petitjean, Ph.D

Jean-Luc Petitjean, Ph.D in Management Sciences, received the third ranking in the national competition of the aggregation of economy, accounting and financial management.

He's currently Director of Institute of Finance, Auditing and Accounting of University of Champagne-Ardenne, France. He's in charge of Master's degree in Management Control and Organizational Auditing and of international relations of Research Laboratory in Economics and Management of Faculty of Economics, Social and Management Sciences.

Authors of numerous publications in scientific journals, book chapters and papers in international conferences, his research focuses on management control in contexts characterized by complexity (inter-organizational structures, universities, environmental and Corporate Social Responsability control) and also on environmental accounting.

Michael Barry

Michael Barry is an Advisor to expatriates, Russian nationals and charities on, predominantly, personal affairs in Moscow, Russia.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a  Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, Michael graduated with a B.A. (Hons) degree in Philosophy from the National University of Ireland and holds the degree of B.Ph. from the Pontifical University, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland.

Beginning his career in England training as an auditor, Michael studied tax with PWC, was a Director of Lead Advisory services at Moore Stephens in London before becoming Chief Financial Officer and Operations Director, and Advisor to the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England.


Michael Ryzhov

Michael Ryzhov, a VGIK graduate, is a Founder and Head of «Production Studio of Exclusive Portfolio Michael Ryzhov MEDIA», a partner of Google and has his own online exhibition space.

He's also an author of courses on the development of creative vision and master classes for photographers.

Author of personal photo exhibitions with portraits of stars of theater and cinema, author of an exclusive book with portraits of theater and film actors (the book includes 4 generations of actors!).

Michael is also known as The Founder of his own photo school Michael Ryzhov Study.  is a partner of Google and has its own online exhibition site.

Michael Sklyarov, Ph.D

Mikhail Sklyarov is the Executive Director of Alcor & Co. (L'etoile). Under his leadership, the retail chain "L'etoile" rank first in the Russian market of perfumes and cosmetics. In Russia, the company is presented in more than 200 cities and is among the 500 largest companies in the country. He has managerial experience both in large international corporations and start-up projects, such as Yohji Yamamoto Parfums and Metro Cash&Carry Russia.

Michael graduated from Voronezh state University and then received Ph.D in Economics and Chicago booth EMBA. He also has teaching experience in disciplines "Financial analysis" and "Management accounting" and trainings " Finance for non-financiers".

Pavel Leonov, Ph.D

Pavel Leonov, Ph.D in Economics, auditor, experience in real audit practice for over 10 years.

Currently CEO of an audit organization. Teaching experience at the National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" for more than 8 years. Regular participant of international scientific-practical and professional conferences in the field of economic security and Big Data analysis. Co-author of the first textbook on the subject "Financial monitoring" in Russia, which was edited by Director of Federal Financial Monitoring Service. Author of works and publications in Russian and foreign scientific and scientific-practical journals, including Scopus and Web of Science citation databases. Winner of the "Best Young Teacher of the National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI" in 2012.

Awarded with diploma of Cosmonautics Federation of Russia, medal of the Cosmonautics Federation of Russia named after Yuri Gagarin, Gratitude from the Director of Federal Financial Monitoring Service, Gratitude from Tashkent State University of Economics, thank-you letter from the Association "Audit Chamber of Russia".  

Robert Leslie

Robert Leslie is a Deputy of  Chairman Committee on Digital Economics and Cybernetics, member of International Union of Economists

Robert is qualified teacher - native English speaker from the UK (Aberdeen). He is lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University, MBA programme and RENEPA

In Russia, Robert Leslie has experience in teaching English at the MBA program "management of interaction between business and the state", as well as experience in conducting business classes for bachelors and masters. Robert Leslie has practical experience in coordination and logistics in the offshore zone of the North sea and runs his own business "school of safe traffic training".


Robin Joyce

Robin Joyce is a professor of Financial University under The Government of Russia, author of 50 manuals in International Financial Reporting Standards.

Since 2015, Robin Joyce: Has been giving guest lectures and master classes in English for undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty of  Finance in cooperation with the Department of Accounting in the following areas: "International Financial Reporting Standards", "Management Accounting and Analysis" for 1st  and 2nd year of studying masters and "Financial Risk Management", "Financial Planning", "Company Value Management", "Cash Flow Management" for 3rd and 4th year bachelors; Participated in the International Teaching Week; Took part in conference «Business management: what will happen?» and in VII International scientific-practical conference «Modern economy: concepts and the model of innovative development» with speech "Improvement of retail payments in Russia on the basis of the experience of UK".


Stuart Lawson

Stuart Lawson is a Senior Advisor for Financial Institutions and Government Initiatives in Russia and the CIS of Ernst&Young.

Stuart has 36 years of banking experience, including 16 as CEO/Chairman of four banks in Russia. He won several Russian banker of the year awards conferred separately by the Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank, the Banks Association and the Audit Chamber.

Since 2016 Stuart Lawson has been giving guest lectures and master classes in English for undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty of  Finance in cooperation with the Department of Financial Markets in the following areas: «Investment Management», «Financial Management», «Finance, Strategy and Competitiveness of companies», «International Financial Management», «Money, Credit, Banks», etc.; Participated in the Ist and IInd International Teaching Weeks; Conducted a "Study and Career" joint event between E&Y and PRUE graduates.


Szabolcs Pasztor, Ph.D

Szabolcs Pasztor is a Budapest-based economist who has been lecturing on international finance and economics for more than fourteen years.

Apart from being an associate professor at the National University of Public Service, he is a visiting professor at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow, at the École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers (ESSCA) in Budapest, at the Ethiopian Civil Service University in Addis Ababa and at the Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

He has been the editor in charge of two Hungarian academic journals.

Between 2014 and 2016, he worked at the Central Bank of Hungary and since than, he has been an associate research fellow at the Hungarian Banking Association.

His publications are clustered around economic development, the effect of globalisation on the core–periphery relations and the transformation of the banking industry.

Dr. Alexandr Akimov

​Alexandr Akimov is a Senior Lecturer in Banking and Finance at Griffith University.  He holds a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of New England as well as CFA and ERP professional designations.  In addition to academic appointments, Alexandr has held the risk management appointments at the National Bank of Uzbekistan. He is an active member of a number of professional and research associations.

His teaching expertise is in financial institutions management, investment analysis and fixed income.

He is currently a President of Australasian Association for Communist and Post-communist Studies (AACaPS) and is Australian representative at ICCEES Executive Committee.

His research expertise is in the areas of emerging market finance with the particular focus on post-communist economic transition in post-Soviet Central Asia. Other research and supervision interests include energy and carbon markets, and local government. He has published over 25 peer-referred journal articles, book chapters and a book.

Katarzyna Mikołajczyk

​Graduated from Cracow University of Economics in Economic Cybernetics and Information Technology, and holds PhD in Economics.

She is an associate professor at Finance Department of Cracow University of Economics, where she has been teaching finance and banking for more than twenty years, specialising in quantitative methods in finance, corporate finance, corporate bankruptcy prediction, research methods and banking. She was a visiting lecturer at the Jagiellonian University, University of Montenegro, National Chengchi University, University of Azerbaijan, Bari University Aldo Moro, Polytechnic Institute of Braganca and Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. She is a member of European Association of University Teachers of Banking and Finance.

Her main research interests relate to transition economies and include the outcomes of privatisation programmes, bank mergers and acquisitions, multinational banking groups operating in Central and East European countries and the impact of structural changes in the banking industry on efficiency and stability. Other research areas include structure and efficiency of public expenditure and their impact on economic growth and corporate bankruptcy prediction models.  She published (as author or co-author) more than 50 scientific articles and book chapters.

In 2006-2011 she was a co-author of annual Reports on Privatisation in Poland, prepared for Polish Ministry of Treasury. In 2006-2008 she was a member of Supervisory Board of Południowy Koncern Energetyczny S.A. in Katowice (now a part of the holding TAURON Polska Energia S.A.). 

Dr. Chuluundorj KHASHCHULUUN  

Ch. Khashchuluun has a PhD in international economics from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He is now a member of Monetary Policy Council of Central Bank of Mongolia, also works as a Chairman of board at the Practical company (insurance) and as an independent director for boards at companies MMC, MMFG and Invescore. He is an associate professor at the Department of Economics, National University of Mongolia (NUM) and a member of University's Academic Council. In 2009-2012 worked as a Chairman of National Development and Innovation Committee of Mongolia, a government agency in charge of national development strategy and as an inaugural chairman of Board of Directors of newly organized Development Bank of Mongolia and also as a dean of School of Economic Studies at NUM, Mongolia.

Voorstelling Stef

​Stef Mannaerts is a lecturer in accounting and finance from University College Leuven-Limburg Belgium. His specialties are management accounting and financial planning.

Besides lecturing Stef is founder and head of his own business in personal financial planning. Trainings and advise on estate planning and wealth structuring are the main topics of the business. In addition he is a coach at Plato. This is a business network where Stef coaches mature company's on strategies and overall management. 

                    Gregory Degand 

Gregory Degand is a lecturer at EPHEC University College of Business Studies in Brussels (Belgium) where he gives practice-oriented lectures in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Project Management, Communication Skills/Public Speaking and Business English for Accounting and Finance students.

Gregory Degand is also the former director (2011-2016) of the International Trade study programme at EPHEC University College. He had overall responsibility for leading a department which role is to prepare students for a successful transition to the labour market by giving them the knowledge and skills they need for thriving in a 21st century global business environment. During his term, he gained extensive hands-on managerial experience in the areas of human resource management, change management, project management, individual/team coaching and public speaking (internal and external communication).


Simona Činčalová

Simona Činčalová is a junior lecturer at College of Polytechnics Jihlava in the Czech Republic. In 2018 she graduated from the University of Pardubice with a Ph.D. in Management with a dissertation, which was focused on corporate social responsibility. She continues to pursue this issue in her publishing activities. She is a member of review committee of several conferences and SWS Journal of Sciences and Art.

At present she works as an assistant professor at the Department of Economic Studies at the College of Polytechnics Jihlava.

Hugh Piper
Hugh joined ManpowerGroup UK in 2000. In 2005, he joined the Board of Directors as the Director of Strategic Client Operations, a high value services division. He was in charge of the operational development of  effective and sustainable HR solutions.

Hugh Piper had responsibility for large "on site" delivery in manufacturing, call centre, outsourcing, and local authorities.  He led a global workstream in solution feasibility and design, having the know-how to shape successful client services programs across both the public and private sectors. This focus on innovative client solutions means working closely with heads of business across the ManpowerGroup to implement new structures, helping clients do things differently to reduce costs and improve productivity advantage. That is very important value and experience Hugh was able to bring to Russia.

Prior to joining ManpowerGroup Hugh made a successful career in the National Westminster Bank, the UK's largest retail bank, where he headed the HR Operations with more than 65 000 employees. Hugh has the expertise in the formation of unique programs for customer service, which has helped many companies to decrease costs and increase  its productivity.

A member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development, Hugh is continuously monitoring industry trends, be they new ways to recruit people, different ways to structure teams or more effective ways to achieve return on investment. He is passionate about taking complicated systems and structures and simplifying them in order to build workable solutions for Manpower's clients worldwide.

Elina Wainio

“Elina Wainio, M.Sc. (Economics), is a senior lecturer and an international student mobility coordinator at Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland. For two decades, she has been teaching business administration and management, leadership, human resources management, marketing, service design and intercultural competences.  For the last ten years, she has been applying Laurea´s unique teaching model Learning by Developing, by conducting real-life student projects with partners like finance corporations, charity organizations, public organizations and entrepreneurs. During her academic career, Elina Wainio has published several articles about teaching and learning in an innovative and inspiring way. Prior to her academic career, Elina Wainio gained extensive experience in sales and marketing in tourism business, both leisure and corporate.

Besides her job, she is currently a board member of a nationwide Knowledge Management Registered Association.”