Anatoly Iksanov

Executive Director, Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation of the CIS (IFESCCO).
Born in St. Petersburg in 1952. He previously managed the largest theatres of Russia — the Tovstonogov Academic Bolshoi Drama Theatre (1978–1998) and the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia (2000–2013).

He oversaw large-scale reconstruction of the historic building of the Bolshoi Theatre, opened the new stage of the SABT, set up the Council of Trustees of the Bolshoi Theatre, which allowed to attract considerable non-budgetary resources into the sphere of culture. He was the first to use the term "fundraising" in the Russian language. He was one of the initiators of the first in Russia culture-themed TV channel (Kultura (Culture) All-Russian State Television Channel).

Since 2014 and to the present time, Anatoly Iksanov has been the head of the Interstate Foundation of Humanitarian Cooperation of CIS Member States.

Candidate of Economic Sciences. Author of the books "How to Ask for Money in Culture" (St. Petersburg, 1995), "Charity Foundation of the BDT: Theory and Practice of Success" (St. Petersburg, 1997), and "Resource Support of Cultural Establishments in Conditions of Market Economy" (Moscow, 2008).

Winner of the annual RBC National Prize "Person of the Year" (2004), Russian Citizen of the Year National Prize of Public Recognition (2006), Winner of the Prize of the Russian Federation Government (2011), Cavalier of the Order of the Legion of Honor (France) (2011). Has been awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation (2010), the Anita Garibaldi Gold Medal (Brazil) (2010), the Order of the Commodore of the Italian Republic (2012), the Order of Honor of the Russian Federation (2013).

Anatoly Iksanov is a Distinguished Worker of Culture of Russia, Distinguished Worker of the Arts (Ukraine).