Dominique Fache
Chairman of the RTF Board of Directors


Graduated from the Sorbonne in 1972 with a degree in engineering (Agrege de l’Universite, Ingenieur CNRS).

In the 1970s, together with Pierre Laffitte, founded and worked at the Sophia Antipolis science park near the city of Nice (France). Today, Sophia Antipolis is Europe’s largest technology park, with 1,500 companies (offices and headquarters of the largest technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Air France, Hitachi, IBM, France Telecom, Honeywell, and others), contributing almost 100 million euros in taxes to the region’s budget, and turning over 5-6 billion euros per year – more than the entire tourism industry along the French Riviera. Its population is over 100,000.

1988-1992 — General Manager of TSD & Stratech International Science Park Consulting.

1993-2003 — Regional Director for the Schlumberger family of companies in Russia and the CIS.

In 2001, founded the Сlub de Nice, an organization that hosts a European energy forum.

2006-2008 — member of the SUEK Board of Directors.

2008-2012 — member of the Market Council.

2008-2013 — Chairman of the OJSC Enel OGK-5 Board of Directors.

Since 2014 — Member of the Board of Directors KEGOK, Kazakhstan

Since 2014 — member of the Sophia Antipolis Board of Directors.


Vadim Kulikov
Managing Partner


Vadim is responsible for the overall management of RTF and oversees cooperation with state institutes of development, technology parks, and foundations.Vadim initiated the creation of and was actively involved in the development of a series of venture and seed funds in the CleanTech sphere (including MajorsEco and BRIGHT Capital), which focus on investing in new technology in energy and infrastructure in Russia (22 projects), the US (25 projects) and other countries. The projects chosen for investment now employ over 5,000 highly qualified specialists and managers. CleanTech 100 rated BRIGHT Capital’s fund portfolio as the best in the world in 2012.

Vadim has successful work experience with incubators and accelerators at leading engineering schools in Russia (MIPT, MSTU, MGU, MIIT, MPEI, and others), the US (Georgia Tech, MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU Poly, FAU, and others), Israel (Technion), and Europe (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Royal Institute of Technology). He has also successful work experience with institutes of development in Russia (Rusnano, RVC, Skolkovo) and the US (NYSERDA, DoE).

Vadim is actively involved in projects on restoring engineering skills and practices for commercializing innovative technologies in Russia, working with committees and commissions such as the RSPP (a Skolkovo working group, the Commission on Innovation), the RF CCI (Commission on Innovation), commissions on engineering for the Government and President of the Russian Federation, and, since 2007, with economic forums in Krasnoyarsk, St. Petersburg, and Sochi (in the arenas of education, engineering, and new technologies).

Vadim graduated with a degree in energy from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, and is a merited inventor in Russia (2009).

Vadim is fluent in English and Bashkir.


  Dmitry Braznikov
  RTF Managing Partner


Dmitry guides the company’s key objectives and is responsible for the strategic development of RTF’s portfolio projects.

Dmitry has 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in high-tech service and consulting. Before joining RTF, Dmitry held senior positions in the international consulting companies PwC, Accenture, and Molten, and rose from a position as an engineer to the Director of Technical and IT Consulting at Schlumberger.

Dmitry has extensive experience in managing projects in operational strategy and innovation management for oil and gas companies in the CIS and Europe, including a project to develop an operational model for the innovation center of a refining and sales block of one of the largest Russian oil and gas companies (2014-2015), a complex transformation of the business for the exploration and extraction block of a national oil and gas company in Eastern Europe (2013-2014), and the restructuring of the innovation center of an exploration and extraction block in one of the largest oil and gas companies in Russia (2007-2009).

Dmitry graduated with a degree in economics from the Gubkin Oil and Gas University with a focus in strategic planning.

Dmitry is fluent in English.


  Evgeny Golubchikov
  RTF Managing Partner


Evgeny manages key projects in the company and is responsible for developing foreign partnerships.

Evgeny has significant work experience in investments and the management of high-tech industrial projects. Before joining RTF, Evgeny was the head of international development at a leading investment company that ran projects to optimize technological processes for Russian and international industrial holdings.

Evgeny has also served in the government: for five years he worked in regional administration, and was responsible for working with state authorities in Russia’s Northwest Federal Region and for increasing the region’s attractiveness to investment.

At the beginning of his career, for several years Evgeny was the Director of Business Development at a major Russian-Japanese development company.

Evgeny graduated with honors from MGIMO with a degree in international economic relations. He studied in Japan (ICU, Tokyo) and was educated at the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Evgeny holds a Ph.D. degree in economics.

Evgeny is fluent in English and Japanese.


 Katerina Braznikova
 Partner, Communications and PR


Katerina is responsible for the company’s marketing, PR, and internal communications.

Katerina has over 14 years of experience in international management consulting, small business management, complex programs in change management, marketing, PR, and internal communications.

For 9 years, Katerina managed the Russian business of the international consulting company Molten. The industries in which Katerina specializes include oil and gas, energy, banking and finance, and management consulting.

Katerina has managed over 150 consulting projects for major companies in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, the US, and Hungary, including clients such as BP, Credit Suisse, TNK-BP, Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, and MOL. Some of the key projects Katerina worked on in the oil and gas and energy industries include the development and implementation of a strategy for international development at an oil and gas company, the development of a corporate engineering center (5 project institutes), the development of innovation culture, a program for implementing new technologies, a program for managing geological and manufacturing data, the implementation of models for managing knowledge and information, and the formation of internal communications processes.

Katerina holds three degrees in Management, Economics and Finance, and Marketing, as well as an MBA with honors. Katerina was educated in Great Britain, where she studied and worked for 9 years.

Katerina is fluent in English.


 Andrey Shishakov
 Partner, Operational Efficiency and Corporate Transformation


Andrey is responsible for corporate transformation, operational efficiency, and client risk management.

Andrey has worked in consulting and engineering services for over 15 years. Andrey began working for the Marsh & McLennan companies in 2000, and was until 2009 the Marsh Inc. Vice President, responsible for heading the Russian division of Marsh Risk Consulting. Andrey then joined the international consulting company Oliver Wyman as a Partner and General Director of the Russian office, where he worked until early 2013. In 2013-2014, Andrey led the transformation of the NEOCentre consulting group.

Andrey has taken part in over 30 projects related to transforming enterprises and financial institutions, increasing business efficiency and workforce productivity, risk management, and evaluating prospects for new development and entering new markets.Andrey has also worked for the Bank of Russia, the Moscow government, commercial banks and state-owned companies.

He is the recipient of Marsh Inc.’s highest corporate awards – in 2006 he was awarded the Alan Williamson Cup for outstanding achievements in business development, and in 2007 was awarded the Circle of Excellence by the Chairman of the Marsh Inc. Board of Directors. In 2009, he became a laureate of the Russian Risk Management Society “for personal contribution to the development of risk management in Russia.” In 2012 he was recognized as the best mentor in the Russian office of Oliver Wyman.

Andrey graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University and completed business fellowships in the US, Great Britain, and France. In 2002 Andrey became a qualified economist and received a Master of Business Administration from MIRBIS (the Moscow International School of Business). In 2010 he finished an international compliance specialist training course with honors from the Manchester Business School.

Andrey is fluent in English.

Increasing the efficiency of energy sector leaders on the Eurasian market through advanced technology transfer

The RTF team participated in the Open Innovations forum


The RTF team participated in the Open Innovations forum, which took place in Moscow from October 28 to November 1. Chairman of the RTF Board of Directors Dominique Fache served as the main speaker at several key round tables.

The forum included a variety of plenary sessions, open lectures, and round table discussions featuring the leaders of innovative industries. Over 15,000 representatives from 70 countries attended. Leading companies in the robotics, biomedical, new material manufacturing, IT, new media, games, and education industries presented their ideas and recent advancements.

On October 28, participants of the “Energy Revolution Timetable: What’s on the Agenda?” round table discussed the prospects of traditional and alternative forms of energy, as well as possible changes to the development of electro-energy. Dominique Fache noted that we live in times of great uncertainty, and more is expected to change. In his opinion, the process of decentralizing electro-energy supply points has already begun. He also believes these changes will affect tariffs and technologies and, in the process, we will find solutions to key issues around alternative energy: it will lead to the appearance of a new generation of capacitors and storage drives, as well as lower-cost solar panels and wind turbines. All of this could rapidly increase the generation of electro-energy from renewable sources. Furthermore, the advent of storage drives will also spur a breakthrough in electric transport.

Dominique Fache emphasized that humanity doesn’t fully understand where it’s going. Energy literally means power – and the current chaotic development of the global energy industry, which lacks the coordination of a specific plan for cooperation between European market participants and Russia, is alarming. The geopolitical situation doesn’t help stability. In addition to the threat of ISIS terrorists, experts forecast a major conflict sur-rounding gas exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. It is regrettable that the European community and Russia have yet to sign a strategic Energy Agreement analogous to Helsinki-2, which could anticipate many conflicts in the industry, such as in Ukraine.

In Dominique’s opinion, the International Thermonuclear Reactor (ITER) project, in which Russia’s role is significant, is an example of how countries can work together in the energy industry. Despite sanctions, the project contin-ues. Russia’s participation in ITER helps it gain new technologies and means of production as well as new person-nel and engineering skills on par with the best world practices.

The “Innovative Habitat. How to create an environment for creative business?” round table discussion, held on October 29, was interesting as well. It brought together participants who represented dreams come true: those who were present for the birth of technology parks in countries such as France, Great Britain, Denmark, and Germany.

Participants talked about how more and more countries, regions, and cities of the world are competing to be most attractive for innovative entrepreneurs, companies, and industries. But what makes a place attractive? What are the necessary and sufficient conditions for creating an innovative environment? It is to these main questions that participants sought a general answer.

Dominique Fache, as the founder of Sophia Antipolis, one of Europe’s leading technology parks, shared his experi-ence and vision as an answer to the above questions. He noted that an innovator always needs freedom for creativity, and that significant achievements in new technologies are accomplished in places without strict gov-ernment intervention in the industry. At the same time, government help is necessary to establish and stably develop technology parks. Preferential tax policies as well as support for universities and innovative companies in technology parks depend on government support. In short, it is imperative to walk a fine line when it comes to collaboration with the government: it should be more of an assistant. Regarding the environment or general atmosphere – culture can play a significant role here. For example, Sophia Antipolis was associated with names such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Pablo Picasso during their time.

Overall, round table participants talked about how we are living in a time when everything happens in a very short time span, business has become more mobile, and that it is necessary to have sharp instincts to see and succeed in working with these trends. Innovative thinking and rigid frameworks are incompatible. Deregulation and financing are the means necessary to create an innovative environment.


Publication date: 01.11.2015

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