Alexey Ponomarev has spent almost 30 years in both academia and research centers, culminating in an appointment as Deputy Minister for Education and Science of the Russian Federation in 2010. He has also been a board member of several of Russia’s largest industrial companies and played an integral role in the reorganization of the country’s aviation industry.
In 1982 after graduating from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Alexey began building ties within Russian academia and government as a researcher and lab director at the Defense Research Institute. After 10 years, he became general director for the Interdepartmental Analytical Center and continued in that position until 2010. At the Center Alexey oversaw research and analytical support in economics, innovation, industry, science and technology, and foreign economic policy. In 1998, he made his first steps into industry by becoming the First Deputy General Director for Tupolev. In 2005, he served as Vice President of the United Aircraft Consortium, executing a merger to establish the United Aircraft Corporation, or UAC. Upon the creation of the UAC, Alexey became the Development Director of Transportation Aircraft within UAC until 2008 when he shifted focus to the United Engine Corporation as Deputy General Director of Strategy, charged with turning the company into one of the top 5 world producers of turbine engines for aircraft. Alexey also taught at the Higher School of Economics in the department for restructuring and development of industries, and he has been awarded the Order of Honor and given the rank of Honored Science and Engineering Worker of the Russian Federation.