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Startup Women Forum: speakers


I am glad to introduce you to the invited speakers of the first international Startup Women Forum that was held in Moscow, Russia on April 4-5th 2011.

Lubov Simonova-Emelyanova, Almaz Capital Partners.

Lubov is  Almaz Capital Partners fund expert. In the past she led the department of strategies and expansion of the IT division of FINAM holding, was an operation portfolio manager (Alawar Entertainment, Inc., E-Generator, MoneyMail, MirTesen.ru), took part in prearrangement of business deals for FINAM holding and FINAM-IT fund. She was a member of the committee for investments within FINAM holding. Lubov is a current member of the social council operating as a part of Youth Social Chamber of the Parliament on modernization and innovations. In 1995 Lubov Simonova-Emelyanova graduated from Moscow State Academy For Chemical Technologies in the name of M.V. Lomonosov

Elena Masolova, GrouponRussia, Pixonic.

Elena graduated fromHigh SchoolofEconomics, Economics Faculty in 2006. She was doing her postgraduate programme in the same University and in 2008 was awarded the degree of Master of Science in Economy. Elena Masolova used to be a founder and CFO of the business angels fund AddVenture, a co-founder and a partner of the venture fund RUVENTO, CEO of Smart-Book. Elena founded her first company Smart-book at the age of 22 while being a student ofHigh SchoolofEconomics. She won the HSE-5K – annual competition of business ideas and plans to be held inHigh SchoolofEconomics– with the Smart-book business plan. Elena is a member of executive committee of SVOD (Silicon Valley Open Doors) conference and a member of selection committee of Russian Tech Tour 2009.

Renata Akhunova

Renata Akhunova is a deputy programme leader at the Federal Youth Agency of Russian Federation. The programme Renata is in charge for – Zvorykinsky Project – is aimed at commercialization of the most promising Russian innovative projects (and one third of these projects are led by women by the way). Renata used to be a CEO adviser working for the National Agency for Innovations.

Maria Chernitskaya, CEO of the web advertising agency iConText

Maria is a well known expert in the field of web advertising.  In 1997 she headed the Saint-Petersburg branch of the national ISP – CityLink. In 1998-2000 Maria led the marketing and sales department of Mail.ru web portal. In 2000 she was proposed to head marketing and sales department of the Russian branch of Lycos Europe web portal. In 2002 Maria started her own agency for web advertisement – iConText. In 2006 she gained “Internet person of the decade” award established by Rambler Media.

Alena Popova, Starlook.ru and other projects

Alena is a media-consultant, web producer, venture investor, eGovernment consultant, expert in startup business.

Projects portfolio: founder and CEO of Starlook.ru, head of StartUp Afisha, author of the project Gov2Project, Startup Women, founder and CEO of Videosnack, leader of theStartUpSchool, founder of StartUp Women.

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