Petr Aven

Petr Aven

Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Alfa Banking Group, Board Member of Alfa-Bank Russia

Petr Aven served as President of Alfa-Bank from 1994 to June 2011. He was responsible for the Bank’s overall strategy and for relations with business and government leaders in Russia and abroad.

Prior to joining the Bank, Petr Aven was Minister of Foreign Economic Relations for the Russian Federation from 1991–1992 and served as Russia’s representative to the G-7.

Aven spent several years at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria (1989–1991) and prior to that he was a senior researcher at the All-Union Institute for Systems Studies at the USSR Academy of Sciences.

Aven holds a Ph. D. in Economics from Moscow State University (1980).

Petr Aven is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Consortium «Alfa-Group»; Chairman of the Board of Directors of AlfaStrakhovanie.

He is a member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; member of the Presidium of «Russian International Affairs Council» (RIAC).

He is also a Board member of the Russian Economic School; Member of the Board of Trustees of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Trustee of Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Great Britain; member of President’s Council on International Activities of Yale University (USA).

Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society; Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain).

In 2007 Petr Aven became Chairman of the Russia-Latvia Business Council.

He is a professor at State University — Higher School of Economics. Honorary Doctor (Dr.h.c.) of the University of Latvia. Petr Aven is the author of numerous scientific papers and articles on Economic and Trade Issues. Aven often lectures on economic developments in Russia.

He was awarded the Russian Federation Order of Honor and Latvian Order of the Three Stars.

Petr Aven is a passionate supporter of the arts and theatre in Russia, and is a major collector of early twentieth century Russian Art.


10 Aug 2006Kudrin, Aven Assure Putin on Economy, The  Moscow Times, Bloomberg
25 Oct 2004Russia’s most-admired executives — Craig Mellow and Paul Sweeney, Institutional  Investor
07 Aug 2003Russian banker wants tough controls over industry — Jonathan Thatcher, Reuters