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President and CEO

Ilia Salita 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.

Under Ilia’s leadership, GPG has developed a comprehensive portfolio which includes leading innovative and effective educational, as well as community-building, initiatives across Russian-speaking Jewish communities across the globe, large and small. Ilia brings a business-minded approach to philanthropy and has spearheaded the expansion of the foundation’s work beyond North America, Israel and the former Soviet Union, to include Germany, the UK and Australia.

A strong believer in the impact of philanthropic collaboration, Ilia serves as a board member of the Jewish Funders Network and on the Steering Committee of Limmud FSU. He frequently presents at international conferences and has written for the Times of Israel and Vesty.co.il. He served as a co-chair of the Westbury Group from 2013 to 2016.

An alumnus of Moscow State University, Ilia started his career in academia, where he spent several years in research and teaching at academic institutions in Russia and the United States. Prior to joining GPG, Ilia worked in the private sector in the arenas of personnel management, business development and community-centric marketing.

Ilia and his wife, Irina, have two sons, Joshua and Robert.