Andrei Fursenko

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Andrei Fursenko

Aide to the President of Russia

Andrei Fursenko was first appointed Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on March 9, 2004, by a Presidential Decree and was re-appointed to this post following the re-election of President Vladimir Putin to his second term in May 2004.

Mr. Fursenko was born on July 17, 1949 in St. Petersburg. He studied in the Department of Mathematics and Mechanics of Leningrad State University Named for Zhdanov, earning a Ph.D. in physics and mathematics.

From 1971-1991 he worked at the Ioffe Physics and Technology Institute in St. Petersburg as a Junior Researcher, Senior Researcher, and Laboratory Head, eventually becoming Deputy Director for Scientific Research.

From 1991-1993 Mr. Fursenko was Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center Ltd., a research and development company. From 1994-2001 he served as General Director of the St. Petersburg Regional Foundation for Scientific and Technological Development.

In November 2001 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Industry, Science and Technology of the Russian Federation and in November 2003 Mr. Fursenko became First Deputy Minister of Industry, Science and Technology of the Russian Federation.

Since October 2000 Mr. Fursenko has served as the Chairman of the Academic Council of the Northwest Centre for Strategic Research.  Mr. Fursenko was awarded an Honorary Certificate of the Government of the Russian Federation.