Igor Agamirzian

CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Russian Venture Company

Igor Agamirzian, PhD, has been CEO and BoD Chairman of Russian Venture Company since May 2009. Previously, in 2007-09, he was General Manager of the Software Development Center of EMC Corporation in St Petersburg.

Prior to that, he was National Technology Officer and a member of the Cabinet of the Chairman of Microsoft in Russia and CIS countries. In 2002-04, he ran Microsoft’s Government Relations and Education programs and in 1999-2002, he was responsible for managing relations for Microsoft Research with Computer Science research institutions in Eastern Europe, including Russia and other CIS countries. Before joining European Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, UK, Dr Agamirzian ran enterprise sales at Microsoft’s Moscow subsidiary. He joined Microsoft in 1995 as a Consultant of Microsoft Consulting Services, and in 1996 he started MCS’ practice in Moscow, Russia.

Before entering the business world in 1991 Dr Agamirzian worked for 12 years as a Senior Research Fellow in the field of programming languages and computer architecture. In 1991, he published the first overview of the history and current state of Soviet Computer Science. He is strongly involved in the international Information and Communication Technologies sphere, representing the Russian private sector in the G8 DOT Force, an international taskforce on the Digital Divide and Information Society. In 2002, Dr Agamirzian was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations ICT Task Force.