Kirill Dmitriev

Kirill Dmitriev
Born 1975
Education BA in Economics from Stanford
MBA from Harvard (Baker Scholar)
Alma mater Stanford University, Harvard Business School
Occupation CEO
Employer Russian Direct Investment Fund

Kirill Dmitriev (born 1975) is CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), a $10bn private equity fund established by the Russian government to co-invest with leading global investment funds in high-growth sectors of the Russian economy. From 2007 to 2011, he was President of Icon Private Equity, a private equity fund in the CIS with over $1bn under management. Prior to Icon, Dmitriev was Co-Managing Partner of Delta Private Equity Partners, a private equity fund in Russia.[1][2]

During his career, Dmitriev worked on the sale of DeltaBank to General Electric,[3] DeltaCredit Bank to Société Générale,[4] CTC Media shares to Fidelity Investments, National Cable Networks to Basic Element, CompuLink to three investment funds, TV3 to Prof-Media, and NTC to Bank Rossiya.

In March 2009, Dmitriev became a member of the supervisory board of Prominvestbank, a banking institution in Ukraine.

From 2005 to 2006, he served as Chairman of the Russian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. Dmitriev has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos,[5] and serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard Business Review Russia.

Prior to joining Delta Private Equity in 2002, Dmitriev was Deputy General Director at Information Business Systems (IBS), the leading Russian IT services provider. He also worked as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New York and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles, Moscow, and Prague.

Нe holds a BA with Honors in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School.

In 2009, Dmitriev founded the Social Initiatives Fund, which is dedicated to supporting talented people and socially significant events in Russia and Ukraine. Among its projects was "One World Art", a charity concert held on December 7, 2010, at the Ukrainian National Philharmonic. Moscow virtuosi led by the music legend Vladimir Spivakov performed with young talented children from Ukraine and Russia. The event was attended the by political and business elite of both countries.

Five rules for survival

In November 2008, Dmitriev published an essay entitled, “Crisis: five rules for survival”, in the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti (sister paper of the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal).[6] In the article, Dmitriev warned that the current crisis would be prolonged and suggested the following rules for surviving it:

  1. Don't cherish hopes for a quick recovery
  2. Avoid dramatic growth in unemployment
  3. Support private enterprise
  4. Move forward onto new territory, defending one's current positions is not enough
  5. Avoid open confrontation, use levers of influence


External links

  • Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
  • Icon Private Equity
  • Delta Private Equity Partners
Press comments
  • The Banker:Banks merge to combat crisis
  • BusinessNewEurope
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