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Leadership

Ilya Hoffman 

 

Mr. Hoffman is a Managing Partner of VDI Group. 

As investor, advisor and board member Mr. Hoffman is active in Consumer Goods, Retail, Technology, Finance and Real Estate industries. 

 

An academic researcher in the past, Mr. Hoffman has authored a number of publications on Discrete mathematics and Combinatorial geometry. He holds an Erdos number of 2.

 

An active philanthropist, Mr. Hoffman has been awarded several international prizes, including Sir Georg Solti foundation award for his input in the international cultural dialogue. 

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Askar Ramazanov

Mr. Ramazanov is a Partner of VDI Group.

 

He leads the Group’s practice of brand strategy and place branding. His team uses innovative research and development methods, storytelling and archetypal mapping to create brands and concepts that resonate with consumers at a deep emotional level.

Previously he was co-founder and CEO of Theory & Practice, a pioneer in EdTech technology. Before then he worked in the Netherlands and USA, covering design, branding and leading transformational projects in retail and public spaces worldwide. He is also a co-creator of several unique venue concepts, such as DI Telegraph, Chekhov APi, CDG Commune, etc.

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Peter Pokhvalin

 

Mr. Pokhvalin is a Senior Partner of VDI Group. 

 

His professional focus is Consumer Goods, Retail, Finance, Internet and Technology. 

Earlier in his career Mr. Pokhvalin was CEO of an international trade operator based in China, held management positions at L'Oreal and Cisco in Europe, and managed an investment firm in the United States.​

 

He is also actively involved in non-profit initiatives in the fields of public health and education.  ​

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Mikhail Kozlov 

Mr. Kozlov is a Partner of VDI Group. 

His professional focus is Strategy, Analytics and Finance.

Earlier in his career Mr. Kozlov worked in Management Consulting at McKinsey & Co. and Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy, leading consulting and research projects in different geographies.

He also founded “Young Managers”, a non-profit organization bridging the gap between higher education and modern business demands.

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