April 18, 2018
It is a well-known fact that in order to achieve success as quickly as possible, you need to find someone who has been successful in your chosen area and ask him/her to become your advisor, otherwise known as a mentor or expert.
The expert will promptly point you in the right direction, indicating where you would do best to channel your efforts, and also where you do not need to waste time. As a rule, he/she always has extensive contacts at different levels, which will enable you to save a significant amount of time on discovering how to achieve your goals and will open up doors to areas that had previously been inaccessible.
Experts of the School of Management SKOLKOVO
Experts - business leaders from the founders and/or leadership of the School, who have unique experience, knowledge and way of thinking.
Founding Partner and Vice-Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Chairman of the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Chairman of the Expert Council of the school’s Wealth Transformation Center. President of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO in 2006-2011.
Ruben Vardanyan is an Armenian-Russian impact investor and social entrepreneur. He serves on the advisory boards of the IFC (World Bank Group) and Fundação Dom Cabral business school in Brazil. He is also a board member at Ameriabank (a major Armenian bank), SOLLERS (Russia’s auto major) amongst a host of other companies, NGOs, public and professional organizations. A prominent financier, Ruben owns a stake in a joint venture with the Otto family in a commercial realty management business in Russia. He is known both for his financial projects (Troika Dialog investment house) as well as his deep reaching philanthropic programs, such as the first UWC college in Eastern Europe (Dilijan, Armenia) and the Tatev Revival Project, part of which includes the construction of the world’s longest cableway leading to an ancient monastery. Together with his partners, Ruben has invested about $500M in projects in Armenia, developing a commercial approach that relies on involving blended financing to find solutions to social problems. He has also raised over $500M to finance the first private business school in Russia – a pioneering institution both in terms of scale and in its collaborative nature. In 2015, Ruben co-founded another global project, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide and in gratitude to their saviors.
President of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (2011-2016).
Until 2009 Chairman of the Board of the Federal Grid Company of UES
From 1997 to 1998 he was Deputy Chairman of the Board, Member of the Board, RAO UES of Russia.
From 1997 to 1998 he was First Vice-President of the united company Yukos-Rosprom.
From 1991 to 1996 he was chairman of the board of the corporate investment block of Alfa-Bank.
In 1997 he defended his dissertation, specialising in the Sociology of Management – candidate of sociological sciences.
Mr Viljakainen was born in Finland in 1972. He graduated with a degree in engineering from the University of Technology at Lapeenranta. Drawing on his technical expertise Mr Viljakainen worked for 25 years as an ambassador between business executives and technology teams. He started his career as an entrepreneur in 1986, founding Oy Visual Systems Ltd. (1986-2004). In 2000 the company was incorporated in TietoEnator. He is also widely known as the Bulldozer. He earned this nickname thanks to his reputation as a leader and track record, where he demonstrated his ability to adopt complex management decisions and settle political issues within major international organizations. During his corporate career, he acted as the trusted advisor of CEO and Chairmen, specialising in transformations related to corporate digitisation and HR.
After 26 years of running Visual Systems-Tieto, in 2011 he decided to step down from his operational roles, focusing on the non-profit educational project in the area of leadership www.nofear-community.com. Thanks to this project he currently continues to act as an invited speaker and adviser at several international educational corporations and faculties (based on the example of the IMD Business School).
In 2012 Mr Viljakainen was invited as a Senior Advisor to the President of the Skolkovo Foundation. At the same time, he acted as the founder and advisor of several entrepreneurship national programmes in the Russian Federation. The All-Russian Development Institutes Russian Startup Tour 2013-2014 (16 + 28 Russian cities, accordingly) and the StartupVillage conference constitute the key conceptual components of these programmes. During the implementation of the programmes, he was the driving force for the establishment and consolidation of a network of entrepreneurs, including local governmental institutions, inter alia, universities throughout the Russian Federation and abroad.
Mr Viljakainen is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Post and Soprano Communications.
Mr Viljakainen is also well known as an investor, business angel and advisor for several high-tech companies in the production area. These activities are managed by the family investment association www.Aii.fi. Mr Viljakainen is also known as an active supporter and philanthropist in several areas such as education, classical music and has participated in various social projects. His hobbies include flying helicopters (PPL (H) management), skiing, weightlifting and the triathlon.
In addition, the experts may be famous businessmen, politicians and public figures, who have achieved significant success in their areas of expertise and have been recommended by the founders as Experts.
Personal growth master class
The personal growth master class is a cross-modular course in the MBA Programme established to develop student potential and facilitate the realisation of the individual’s plans. Experts, represented by Russia's entrepreneurial elite, provide the educational framework. Having successfully attained the heights of more than one business summit, they will pass on to the students their own invaluable experience, skills and expertise, which will become their ace in the pack when resolving business challenges.
The master classes encompass two development areas for students: attainment of goals and personal development.
Attaining set goals under the guidance of an Expert renders this process more effective, while the focus on personal development forms the leadership skills required for success.
Work in the Master Classes will proceed in small groups that focus on your specific goals
This represents a possible (but by no means exhaustive) list of the types of goals, projects and ideas that could serve as the basis for the establishment of the group:
- Developing your own business
- Career progression at a corporation
- Change in scope of activities\profession
- Public activity
- Personal development\self-determination
- Social entrepreneurship
- Regional development
The main goal of the Expert is to help the students with their development aspirations by openly sharing their own knowledge with the students and facilitating the growth of the student’s skills.