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Annual Business Leaders Investment Forum

20 - 22 April 2011
Kendrick White
General director, Managing Principal, MARCHMONT Capital Partners, Nizhny Novgorod
Mr. Kendrick D. White (49) has over 20 years of professional investment experience in Russia and is the founder and CEO of Marchmont Capital Partners, LLC, an investment advisory & holding company formed in 2005, based in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Since its founding, Mr. White has used Marchmont as a platform from which to leverage his unique experience as a former PWC advisor on SME development to the Russian government in the 1990’s, and subsequent successful VC investment track record through 2005 as the Director of the EBRD’s $50.0 Mio Central Russia Regional Venture Fund, (CR-RVF), which ultimately generated substantial returns for the Fund’s investors. Based on this experience, Mr. White has focused Marchmont’s resources on identifying new high tech investment projects and developing their commercial viability in the areas of medical diagnostic devices, clean technologies, new materials chemistry, space & IT, FMCG preventative nutritional supplements, and micro electronics. Mr. White is a member of the Start Invest business angel club in Nizhny Novgorod, and has built a portfolio including the companies Super Position & Cascade, which are both currently active residents in the Skolkovo Space cluster. In recognition of Mr. White’s unique experience in technology investing, he was invited in 2006 to join as an advisor the “Innovation Council for High Technologies” (ICHT), a bilateral US Russia council initiated by Presidents Putin and Bush. In 2010, Mr. White was invited to join the successor to the ICHT, the “Innovation Working Group”, (IWG), which is a part of the US Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where he is developing strategy proposals for the creation of university Proof of Concept (POC), commercial viability assessment & packaging centers. In 2010, Mr. White was also invited to join the “RVC Expert Council” as an advisor on developing new high tech commercialization methods. Currently, Mr. White is developing a new generation POC/innovation commercialization center, jointly with the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, to be called the “Marchmont-UNN Venture LAB”. The Venture Lab will focus on assisting University authors in identifying the specific commercial applications for their new technology initiatives, and then “packaging” the most viable for further development & Start-Up by Accelerator programs. The Venture LAB has been designed as a working example POC to be replicated in other provincial innovation clusters. Since Marchmont’s formation, Mr. White has focused his media, events and consulting activities on the development of a regional network of over 100 formal & informal partnerships located across the country, which include six of the country’s top national research universities as well as ten of the top High-Tech techno parks. This network also includes formal media partnerships with key infrastructure development agencies such as the RVC, Rusnano and Skolkovo as well as numerous investment funds, accelerators, R&D labs, incubators, admin support agencies, as well as internationally recognized individual experts, coaches & mentors. In support of these goals, Mr. White initiated several innovative media programs. In 2007 & 2008, he published nine “Marchmont Investment Guide to Russia” full color glossy journals which were distributed to over 20,000 investment professionals in Russia, the EU & US. Following this, in 2008 Marchmont launched the & websites covering innovation discovery & commercialization news from across Russia, aimed at technology and investment experts. Currently, the sites attract over 10,000 unique daily visitors, and include archives of over 18,000 stories, news clips, blogs, interviews & videos – all available in both English & Russian, fully searchable by sector & region, and downloadable for subscribers. In 2007 Marchmont launched a series of Business Leaders Investment Forums, which ran monthly across Russia through 2011, promoting new innovation development tools such as angel clubs, incubators and accelerators to local community leaders. Marchmont followed this by launching a new Business LAB three day Master Class program in 2012, delivered to 11 of Russia’s top High Tech Techno Parks, providing unique training for local innovation leaders on how to set up a POC and the role it could play in stimulating local innovation commercialization efforts. In this effort, Marchmont was a pioneer in organizing over 50 large scale events across the Russian Federation between 2007-2012, which included up to 60 expert speakers and over 150 participants on average per event. This unprecedented initiative attracted the RVC to join Marchmont as its General Partner in the event series from 2010 - 2012, and allowed Mr. White to build a unique national network of Moscow based experts together with local community leaders across the RF. Based on Marchmont’s unique proprietary contact network and reputation, the company launched in 2012 the weekly Marchmont PULSE newsletter to its global subscriber database of over 20,000 contacts. The newsletter highlights the week’s recent stories, blogs, events and partner’s news as well as a weekly in depth research article on a new emerging technology success story. Prior to forming Marchmont, between 1998 to 2005, Mr. White was the Director of the EBRD’s CR RVF, where he led the development of several key investment projects including Nizhpharm, now part of the STADA Group, Bridgetown Foods, a top FMCG snack food producer, and Multiflex, a leading flexible packaging producer in Russia. Other co-investments made by Mr. White and the CR RVF team included: Nature Products, ROC fish products, ERA Trading, Speech Technology Center, Deseigni, Pekar baked goods, Morion quartz oscillators, Cybiko, and Parnas M meat. Between 1995-1998, Mr. White worked for PWC, where he was seconded as a corporate finance and M&A expert and Senior Advisor to the Russian Privatization Center (RPC) and its local Nizhny Novgorod branch. Mr. White was responsible for training 22 Russian consultants in three provincial regions of Central Russia on the development of a self sustainable investment consulting center for SME businesses seeking market expansion. The RPC center achieved its goals by generating over $1.0 Mio in local client fee income in 1998, and was considered one of the few RPC programs to achieve all of its stated self sufficiency objectives. Between 1992 and 1995, Mr. White worked as an advisor to the Nizhny Novgorod based “EPI center” think tank, where he initiated post privatization SME development programs. At this time, Mr. White established one of Russia’s first training centers dedicated to emerging entrepreneurs, resulting in numerous new company formations and helping to establish the region as a leader in Russia’s young economic reform process and its conversion from a Command Economy to a market driven system. Mr. White is a member of the Independent Directors Association, (IDA), and Marchmont also holds formal membership in the US Russia Business Council (USRBC), the Russo British Chamber of Commerce, (RBCC) as well as many other regional Russian Trade and Commerce Associations. Mr. White is also a frequent guest lecturer at various Russian universities, including the Higher School of Economics, (HSE) on the topics of pre-seed and early stage Start Up investing, and Venture Management, as well as case studies in PE & CF management practices. Prior to arriving in Russia, Mr. White worked from 1985-1992 at ABN/Amro LaSalle Bank, in Chicago, IL, in various management positions in Strategic Planning, Cash Mgt and M&A. Mr. White holds an MBA in Finance & Int’l Business from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1990), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and a BA degree in International Economics from Stetson University (1985), DeLand, FL. Mr. White is a fluent Russian speaker and has lived full time in the city of Nizhny Novgorod since 1992, together with his wife and two children. Mr. White enjoys reading science & fiction, psychology and economics, and loves hiking, biking, boating, horses, table tennis and global travel.
Alexander Zhilkin
Governor of the Astrakhan region, Asrtakhan
Yury Pimenov
Rector, Astrakhan State Technical University, Asrtakhan
Askar Kabikeev
Deputy Chairman, Astrakhan Regional Government – Minister of Economic Development, Asrtakhan
Nailya Nikitina
Chairman of the Council Astrakhan Regional Branch “Delovaya Rossiya”, Asrtakhan
Born in Astrakhan city on 07.02.1955 Education: Graduated from Astrakhan Fish Industry Institute; Engineer-Technologist; Additional Course at Moscow State University named after M. Lomonosov, Geographic Faculty, Expert Ecologist; Post Graduate Study at Astrakhan Fish Industry Institute; Candidate of economic sciences Work Experience: Junior Research Scientist of “The Caspian Fisheries Research Institute”; Ingosstrakh OSAO Branch Director, Astrakhan-Volgograd ; “Fire Protection” Fund, Director; General Director, Founder of Insurance Broker “Norma”; General Director, Founder of Insurance Broker LLC “Strakhovoy Center” Public Activity: Chairman of Astrakhan Regional Branch of All-Russia Public organization “Delovaya Rissiaya”; BoD member of Astrakhan Regional Branch of “RF Association of Law Bodies Employees”; member of Russian Academy of Business& Entrepreneurship; Co-chairman of Public-Consultative Council at FAS Administration of Astrakhan Region; member of Public Council under Public Prosecution Office of Astrakhan Region; member of Public Council on Entrepreneurship under the auspices of the Astrakhan Region Governor
Vera Burdina
Business-Consultant, Director, Consulting and Outsourcing Centre “Nashe Budushee”, Asrtakhan
Alla Kalinina
Pro-rector for Research and Innovations, Volgograd State University, Volgograd
Shirali Yusufov
Pro-rector for Science and Innovation Activity, The Dagestan State Technical University, Makhachkala
Dmitry Andreev
Expert, Information Systems Development, Microsoft, Moscow
Nadezhda Berberova
Pro-rector for Science and Innovation, Astrakhan State Technical University, Asrtakhan
Vadim Mankov
Bit South Contest and Caspian Innovation Forum Organizer, Head of Science Department, Astrakhan State Technical University, Asrtakhan
Higher Education, Astrakhan State University, 1996, Physics & Mathematics, Cand. Sc. Phys. & Math. Dean, Physics Faculty Astrakhan State Technical University (2001-2002) Head of Science and Innovation Activities Department (Industry Transportation, Communications, Science and Technologies Department of Astrakhan Regional Administration (2005 - 2009) Science Department Head, Astrakhan State Technical University (2009 till present) Organized and participated in many competitions (innovations projects, scientific projects etc.)
Leonid Gusev
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Astrakhan Region, Asrtakhan
Arthur Abramov
Government Relations Manager, OJSC “Russian Venture Company”, Moscow
Date of birth: 26 October 1982. Education: 1999-2004 – Institute of international trade and law. Faculty of law; 2004-2007 – Diplomatic academy of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Russian Federation. Faculty of world economy. Working experience: September 2003 - August 2005 – International foundation for supporting humanitarian program. March 2006 - May 2007 – Ministry of economic development and trade of the Russian Federation. December 2007 – present – OJSC Russian Venture Company. Manager, Government relations.
Sergey Krzhanovsky
Head of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development Department, Ministry of Economic Development of the Astrakhan Region, Asrtakhan
Aleksander Nevredinov
Chairman of the Astrakhan Regional Branch “OPORA RUSSIA”, Asrtakhan
Alexey Ivchenko
, Moscow
Education: 1998 Graduated from Tambov Higher Military Air Engineering Academy 2000 Tver Technical State University, Economics Faculty 2007 Presidential Program of Management Training, Russian Economic Academy named after Plekhanov 2008 Internship in Germany Experience: Worked in several commercial companies on different positions, starting from sales manager to sales department head Present Head, Representative Office Merloni Progetti Russia & CIS
Alexey Eliseev
Director, Development and Marketing, OJSC “Russian Trading System” Stock Exchange, Moscow
Alexey Eliseev was born in Orenburg city in 1979. Graduated from Orenburg State Agriculture University, Ph.D. in Economics. Alexey’s career on the Russian stock market began more than 6 years when he took a position of a financial analyst at an investment company. Before joining RTS’s team, Alexey worked as a Vice Director of Development Department at OJSC Central Moscow Depository where he was in charge of registrar’s interaction with securities issuers. In June 2008 Alexey Eliseev took a position of Director of Regional Policy Department of OJSC RTS. And starting from December 2008 Alexey has been heading Development and Marketing of Listing and OTC Market Department. Now his competence involves issues relating entrance of securities of Russian companies to the stock market.
Igor Golubkin
Head, Federal Program “Zvorykinsky Project” in Astrakhan Region, Asrtakhan
Marat Bulatov
Pro-rector for Innovation and High-tech Business Development, Astrakhan State University, Asrtakhan
Oleg Rubalsky
Director of R&D Establishment “Regional Infectious Pathology” of Astrakhan State Medical Academy , Asrtakhan
Vitaly Vinogradov
Co-founder and general director of i-Accelerator, deputy director of Innovation Center of Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Lawyer (civil law specialization) with more than 10 years of experience in international consulting (a Big4 company), companies of Russian electric power industry, financial sphere (corporate secretary of a major bank) and private equity (corporate secretary / director in charge of corporate governance of a Western private equity fund). Vitaly has an extensive experience of holding seminars and workshops on corporate law and corporate governance; articles on professional topics in leading publications. Author of a practical guide to investment M&A deals structuring. Member of the Working group on expertise and development of corporate legislation of the National council of corporate governance (NSKU). Speaks Russian, English and German. Specialization areas – corporate law and governance, contract law, employment law, M&A deals structuring, due diligence, etc.
Aleksander Terentiev
Deputy Head of R&D Center for Special Computing Technologies (NITS SVT), the participant of the National Supercomputer Technological Platforms, Nizhny Novgorod
Konstantin Antipov
Deputy General Director, CJSC “IKT Group”, Member of the Federal Council Working Group for Monitoring of 261-FZ, Moscow
Vera Zubikhina
Director, CJSC “Center on Testing, Implementation, Certification of Products, Standardization & Metrology”, Asrtakhan
Local co-organizer(s)
Astrakhan State Technical University
Official sponsor(s)
Regional partner(s)
Astrakhan Regional Branch Delovaya Rossiya

Informational partners

Unova Media



Administration of the Volgograd region

Venture Business News



Business Incubator Higher School of Economics



Ingria Business Incubator


Association of Personnel Search Consultants

Web-portal “Expomap.Ru”

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