Leadership

Our philanthropy is inspired by the Jewish values and traditions that have sustained the Jewish people and advanced human civilization for millennia. As we move further into the 21st century, we envision a pluralistic Jewish identity – a source of exciting possibilities for a diverse Jewry and for continuing the task of perfecting the world.

Board of Directors

Mikhail Fridman

Mikhail Fridman

Co-founder and Board Member

Mikhail Fridman is an international businessman, investor and philanthropist, who is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Mikhail was born into a Jewish family, in Lvov, Ukraine. Mikhail graduated from school in 1980, where he won school Olympiads in physics and mathematics. After graduating from on of the top universities in Moscow, he started as an entrepreneur. Together with several partners he has built private businesses from the bottom up, in retail banking; telecoms; insurance and water.

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German Khan

German Khan

Co-founder and Board Member

German Khan is an international businessman, investor and philanthropist, who is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Mr. Khan has built a career in business and is a co-founder of LetterOne (L1), an international investment business, headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in London and New York.

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Petr Aven

Petr Aven

Co-founder and Board Member

Petr Aven is an international businessman, economist, author and art collector. He holds a PhD in Econometrics. Petr is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Petr is Chairman of the ABH Holdings, a multinational banking group, based in Luxembourg. ABHH controls banks in several European states including largest country private banks in Russia and Ukraine. As of 31 December 2016, ABHH operating companies had more than 36 thousand full-time employees, served more than 17.9 million corporate and retail clients, and a branch network of 1,161 offices.

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Alex Knaster

Alex Knaster

Co-founder and Board Member

Alex Knaster is an international investor and philanthropist, who is a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Alex has built his career in finance. He founded Pamplona Capital Management; served as CEO of Alfa Bank, and was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, CS First Boston, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Bankers Trust Company and Simmons & Company in Moscow, London, New York and Houston.

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Gennady Gazin

Gennady Gazin

Chairman of the Board

Gennady Gazin, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Genesis Philanthropy Group, is an international businessman, investor and philanthropist.

Gennady currently serves as a member of L1 Technology Advisory Board and of the Supervisory Board of VEON Ltd.

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President and CEO

Ilia Salita

Ilia Salita

President and CEO

Ilia Salita is the President and CEO of Genesis Philanthropy Group. He leads the foundation’s efforts to engage and inspire Russian-speaking Jews around the world, build vibrant communities, foster social entrepreneurship and build bridges to ensure a robust Jewish future.

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