Dmitry Demidenko, Co-founder of Skif Ventures & Co-founder of European Alliance for Technology Development, Russian Federation.
Born in 1979 in Brest, Belarus. In 2001 graduated with honors from Brest State University (diploma in jurisprudence). In 2004 completed the postgraduate research in the field of the civil and arbitration procedure in the Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Belarus, also with honors.
Started practicing law career in 2002 as an in-house lawyer in a bank. Moved to Moscow at the end of 2003, continuing to work in financial institutions.
At the beginning of 2006 founded my own legal practice, focused on advice to French businesses in Russia and the CIS.
Relatively quickly, the company gained a large client base and a weight in the French-Russian business community. Since 2013, have been elected to the Administrative Council of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, becoming the first representative of Russia in the board of this institution. Since 2015, annually re-elected as Vice-president of the Сhamber.
Starting in 2016, I became active in the field of technology transfer between France and Russia, and also have been investing in some early-stage technological projects as a business angel. Realizing his interest in venture capital investment, as well as the ability and aspiration to work with start-ups, came up with the idea of creating the early-stage VC fund, using his skills and international network formed over the years of legal practice. Fund is now on the fundraising stage (www.skif.vc).
Also recently I co-founded The European Alliance for Technology Development (www.alliance-tech.eu) - French non-profit, aiming to support the development of sustainable geo-innovation zones by bringing emerging economies to the global market.
Continue investing and mentoring startups.
Except for the native Russian language, I am fluent in English and French. .