VladimirYakunin Russia Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute; Head of the Department for State Governance, Moscow State University Russian business leader, philanthropist, and Doctor of Political Sciences; Former President of Russian Railways; Head of the Department of State Politics of the Faculty of Political Science of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Doctor of Political Sciences; Visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics; Honorary Doctor of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry; Member of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences. Vladimir Yakunin graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Mechanics as a Mechanical Engineer in 1972. After completing military service, he worked with the Administration of the State Committee of the Council of Ministers of the USSR for Foreign Trade, and as a department head at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute. From 1985-1991, Vladimir Yakunin was Second and then First Secretary of the USSR’s Permanent Representative Office at the United Nations. Vladimir Yakunin served as Chairman of the Board at the International Centre for Business Cooperation, and was then nominated head of the North-Western Federal District Inspectorate of the Senior Control Department of the President of the Russian Federation. Yakunin was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport in October 2000 and first Deputy Minister of Railways in February 2002. In October 2003, the Board of Russian Railways JSC appointed Vladimir Yakunin First Vice President. In June 2005 he was promoted to President of Russian Railways JSC, a position he held until August 2015. Vladimir Yakunin is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St Andrew the First-Called Foundation and of the Centre of National Glory, Founding President and Co-chairman of the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations, and Co-president of the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association. He is Head of the State Policy Department, Political Sciences Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2013, Vladimir Yakunin founded the Endowment for the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations, aimed at supporting research in the sphere of political and social sciences, religion, and culture; developing communication between countries on political and economic matters; and seeking compromise in cases of social unrest and international disputes.