Alexander Pankov is the founding member & Managing Director of National Alternative Investment Management Association (NAIMA), a non-profit partnership representing alternative investment firms and service providers committed to the growth of long-term capital in Russia. Most recently Alexander worked as Director, Venture Capital, at VTB Capital. Before co-founding NAIMA in 2011 he spent five years at Troika Dialog, a leading CIS investment bank in several capacities, incl. Advisor to the Chairman & CEO. During his tenure at Troika Alexander was instrumental in building relationships with major international industrial groups, financial institutions, think tanks and foundations. He was also actively involved in international business development and corporate giving. Alexander graduated with honours from the All-Russia Academy for Foreign Trade majoring in economics. He is Scholar of the President of the RF and completed DAAD-sponsored course for young professionals at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.