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ALBINA NIKKONEN

Ms. Albina Nikkonen is Executive Director of Russian Venture Capital Association (RVCA).

At her instigation and with her active participation, a set of fundamental documents aimed at improvement of investment attractiveness of Russian economy has been worked out. Thus, the Yearbook «Russian Private Equity and Venture Capital Market Review» has been published annually since 2004.

Albina Nikkonen was the initiator of establishing in Russia the National Business Angels Association in 2010, the functioning of which is actively supported by RUSNANO State Corporation and Russian Venture Company JSC.

In 2006, A. Nikkonen took part in formulation of the Russian Venture Company’s concept of operations.

Albina Nikkonen is one of the authors and permanent Chairman of the organizing committee of the Russian Venture Fair which has been conducted annually in Russia since 2000. Now the Venture Fair is the major in Russia contact ground for professional participants of private equity and venture capital industry as well as for owners and managers of small and medium-scale business companies from technology innovation sector.

Before joining the RVCA executive management board in 1992, Albina Nikkonen was one of the organizers of The Saint Petersburg Regional Foundation for Scientific and Technological Development, on the base of which the first in Russia Innovation Technological Center (ITC) was created.

At present, Mrs. Nikkonen actively participates in international activities in the innovation and investment areas: she is a member of the Russian-American Inno- vative Council on high technologies, an expert at the United National Economic Commission for Europe — UNECE, a member of Finnish-Russian working group for innovation cooperation.

A.Nikkonen was awarded: Honorary certificate of the Russian Federation Government, Honorary certificate of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Medal of the Russian Federation «In memory of the 1000th Kazan anniver- sary», Order of Friendship.

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