Alexei Sitnikov joined the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in October of 2011 and currently serves as Vice President of Institutional Development. Alexei is in charge of establishing the foundation for the long-term development of the Institute. His responsibilities also include formulation and execution of Institute’s communication and marketing strategy, international relations and public outreach. He serves as the Executive Secretary of the Board of Trustees.
Alexei transferred to this position from the post of Director for International Development at Skolkovo Foundation, where he lead the efforts of establishing the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. In his position at the Foundation, Alexei also created the international network of partners from among a number of international academic institutions, non- profit organizations and foundations.
From 2005 to 2010 Alexei served as Vice President for Operations and Development at the New Economic School in Moscow. While at NES, Alexei led the establishment of one of the first and largest university endowment funds in Russia.
From 1999 to 2005 Alexei held the position of Program Coordinator for Russia at Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. For over 9 years, Stanford’s program on distance learning, offered Stanford’s courses in social sciences and international security to several thousand students in Russian universities.
In 2003 Mr. Sitnikov co-founded the Global Technology Symposium at Stanford University and served as its Vice-President for business development until 2008. Global Technology Symposium is the leading investment conference on venture capital, technology, and entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Each year, the Symposium brings together selected opinion leaders in business, finance, technology, and policymaking to Silicon Valley, where they share insights into the opportunities and challenges of globalization.
Alexei leads the “Young professionals” working group at the Expert Council of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.
Alexei graduated (with Honors) from the Department of History at Yaroslavl State University in 1995. In 1996 he received a Master of Political Science degree (with distinction) from the Central European University in Budapest. In 1997 Alexei was awarded the Master’s Degree in Political Science from Stanford University. Until 2001 he was enrolled in the PHD program at Stanford with specialization in comparative politics, international relations and organizational theory.