President, Russian Railways JSK
(born June 30, 1948; Vladimir region)
Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin is a Russian official, head of state-run Russian Railways company.
In 1972 Vladimir Yakunin graduated from Leningrad Mechanical Institute where he studied aircraft construction. In 1972-1975 he worked in the State Institute for Applied Chemistry in Leningrad.
After completing his military service (1975-1977) he worked in the State Committee for International Trade of the Sovmin (Council of Ministers) until 1982.
In 1982-1985 he was a Head of the Foreign Relations Department in the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute.
Between 1985 and 1991 Yakunin was part of the Soviet diplomatic mission in the United Nations, since 1988 as the First Secretary of the Mission.
After 1991 he was a private businessman until 1997 when he became a government official once again.
In January 1997 Yakunin was elected member of the board of directors of BaltUneximbank.
Since December 7, 2000 - February 2002 Yakunin became deputy of the Russia's Transportation Minister Sergey Frank.
On February 8, 2002 he was appointed First deputy of the new Transportation Minister Gennady Fadeev where he worked until October 22, 2003.
On October 24, 2003 Vladimir Yakunin became Deputy Head of the Russian Railways headed by Gennady Fadeev and created out of the Ministry. On June 15, 2005 he became Head of the Russian Railways.
Vladimir Yakunin is Chairman of the Committee of Trustees of the Center of the National Glory of Russia and St. Andrew's Foundation organizations which fund Orthodox Church-related projects.
Vladimir Yakunin is also President of the "World Public Forum - Dialogue of Civilizations", an International NGO, registered in Vienna, Austria, which he co-founded with C.Kapur of India and N.Papanikolao from Greece/USA. World Public Forum - Dialogue of Civilizations is an initiative to link people of different civilizations, traditions and religions. It organizes the annual Rhodes Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations.