International Council Member, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Oleg Deripaska has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Basic Element since July 2012. Basic Element is one of Russia's largest diversified industrial groups comprising over 100 companies in energy sector, manufacturing, financial services, construction, aviation, agriculture and others. The group employs over 200,000 people in Russia, CIS, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Mr. Deripaska is also the president of En+ Group and UC Rusal, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers.
Oleg Deripaska is Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Russian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship Council, an advisory body to the Russian Government.
In 2004, Deripaska was appointed by the President of Russia to represent the country on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council (ABAC). He has chaired ABAC Russia since 2007. Mr. Deripaska actively advocates for introduction of a global carbon tax that would be one of the most efficient enforcement mechanisms of cutting carbon footprint. From 1997 to 2001, he was President of Sibirsky Aluminium Group, and prior to that, from 1994 to 1997, he was Director General of Sayanogorsk Aluminium Smelter.
A nuclear physicist by education, Deripaska is a champion of the use of new technologies and innovation. He is a key figure in modernizing Russia’s industry and strives to drive up corporate governance and environmental standards in his businesses. Mr. Deripaska is a strong supporter of education, the arts and charities.
Mr. Deripaska sits on the Boards of Trustees of the Bolshoi Theatre, the School of Business Administration, the School of Public Administration, the School of Economics at the Moscow State University, and the School of Business Administration at Saint Petersburg State University. He is a co-founder of the National Science Support Foundation and the National Medicine Fund.
Deripaska is one of the most prominent philanthropists in Russia and a Founder of the Volnoe Delo Foundation (www.volnoe-delo.ru/eng) which was established in 1998. The foundation supports domestic science and education, helps to preserve Russia’s historic and cultural heritage, promotes social development, supports the healthcare system and tackles major social problems. Between 2003 and 2015 Deripaska donated over 10.4 billion rubles ($152 million) to more than 500 charity programs in education, science, culture, and healthcare as well as programs aimed at helping the poor. Programs' financing is arranged by Oleg Deripaska private funds. In 2014, he was named Philanthropist of the Year by Russia’s Ministry of Culture.
Deripaska graduated with honours from Moscow State University with a degree in physics in 1993 and received a Master’s degree from the Plekhanov Academy of Economics in Moscow in 1996.
Oleg Deripaska's website: www.deripaska.com