Candidate of geographical sciences (Institute of Geography under RAS), master of regional and urban geography (Lomonosov Moscow State University); Corporate Management Program at INSEAD; Urban Infrastructure Financing Modalities Program at the Research Triangle Institute, North Carolina, USA. Successful startups: the Geograffity: Exploration of Physical, Cultural and Intellectual Landscapes magazine, the Center for Financing Urban Infrastructure at the Institute for Urban Economics, EA-Ratings (presently part of Standard&Poor's).
Management experience: 3 years at the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism of the Higher School of Economics, 3 years as Managing Director at Thomson Reuters, 12 years as Managing Director at Standard&Poor's, 3 years as General Director at EA-Ratings. Visiting Professor: Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), University of Oxford (UK), University of Birmingham (UK), Florida International University (Miami, USA), Radford University (Virginia, USA). Dean of the Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism (2015–2018). Member of the Auditing Council under the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.