Meet the WWF Russian Arctic team

Office contact details

WWF Russia headquarters
109240 Moscow, Nikoloyamskaya St.19, Building 3
Phone: +7 (495) 727 09 39
Fax: +7 (495) 727 09 38

Victoria Elias

 
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Victoria Elias
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Programme Director
Victoria Elias is the director of WWF Russia’s conservation programme responsible for strategy development and implementation. She is based in Moscow. Victoria graduated from Moscow State University with a PhD in biology and has a broad range of experience working in environmental issues, including 10 years of chairing and coordinating the European ECO-Forum – Pan-European Coalition of environmental citizens organizations. She has been extensively involved in international environmental and sustainable development cooperation. She is an expert in conservation, eco-toxicology and education on sustainable development.

Alexey Kokorin

 
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Alexey Kokorin
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Head, WWF Russia Climate and Energy Programme
Alexey Kokorin has been the head of WWF Russia’s climate and energy programme since 2000. He graduated from Moscow State University, Russia with honours then completed a degree in physics and math sciences. Prior to joining WWF Alexey worked as the Senior, then the Leading Scientist at the Russian Academy of Science focusing on atmospheric physics, environmental pollution and climate change. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers. Alexey was the climate advisor to the Russian Minister of Ecology in 1998 -1999. He has taken part in and presented reports on more than 150 international and domestic conferences and workshops. He has authored a wide range of ecological, economic and policy studies on Russian climate policies and measures.

Konstantin Zgurovsky

 
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Konstantin Zgurovsky
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Head, Sustainable Marine Fisheries Programme
Konstantin Zgurovsky is the head of the Sustainable Marine Fisheries programme based in Moscow. He is responsible for coordinating programmes in both the Barents and the Bering Seas ecoregions. Konstantin graduated from Far East State University in zoology, and then obtained a PhD from the Institute of Marine Biology. He completed a four month fellowship with WWF US, NOAA and the University of Washington in Seattle. He previously worked as a fishery scientist and deputy director of a fishery and processing company.

Oleg Sutkaitis

 
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Oleg Sutkaitis
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Head, WWF Barents Sea Office
Oleg Sutkaitis is the head of the WWF Barents Sea office based in Murmansk, Russia and is also responsible for working with nature protected areas. He has a rich and diverse background as a civil servant in the State Committee on Environmental Protection of the Murmansk region and in the Murmansk Forest Management Authority. Oleg coordinates protected areas network development and biological diversity conservation as well as rare and flagship species projects. He is an engineer of forest and garden/park economy from Arkhangelsk State Wood Technology Institute.

Viktor Nikiforov

 
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Viktor Nikiforov
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Head, Model Projects Programme
Viktor Nikiforov heads the model projects programme based in Moscow and has more than 25 years of arctic field experience. He has a Masters degree in ecology from Moscow State Lomonosov University. Since joining WWF in 1992, he has worked to establish new protected areas in the Russian Arctic and for the conservation of polar bears. Viktor enjoys a close working relationship with numerous Indigenous peoples’ organisations.

Sergei Rafanov

Head, Kamchatka Office
Sergei Rafanov is the head of WWF Russia’s Kamchatka office. He joined the WWF team in November, 2010. He graduated from the Moscow State University Faculty of Linguistics, then worked at the university as a manager. Sergei has extensive knowledge of both business and politics.

Stanislav Fomin

 
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Stanislav Fomin
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Marine Programme Coordinator, Barents Sea
Stanislav Fomin is the Marine Programme Coordinator in the WWF Barents Sea office, based in Murmansk, Russia. He previously worked as a senior lecturer at Murmansk State Technical University on fishery economics and holds a PhD in management and marketing in the fishery industry. Stanislav has also worked as an able seaman.

Ekaterina Khmeleva

Environmental Programme Officer
Ekaterina Khmeleva is WWF Russia’s Environmental Programme Officer, based in Moscow. She has a PhD in environmental law and was legal counsel for a number of environmental NGOs as a lawyer for almost fifteen years. She has broad experience in litigation for the protection of environmental citizens’ rights, public participation in environmental decision making, law drafting and research. She has also worked on indigenous peoples rights as an expert for RAIPON.

Vadim Krasnopolsky

Oil & Gas Projects Coordinator, Barents Sea
Vadim Krasnopolsky is the Oil & Gas Projects Coordinator in the Barents Sea regional office in Murmansk. He is responsible for helping the oil and gas sector become more ecologically sound. He graduated from the Murmansk State Liberal University and then went on to get a law degree from Murmansk State Technical University. Prior to joining WWF Vadim worked at the Murmansk Shipping Company as a manning agent.

Tatiana Baeva

 
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Tatiana Baeva
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Communications Officer
Tatiana Baeva is the WWF Barents Sea Ecoregion Communications Officer responsible for Arctic activities throughout WWF Russia. She is based in Murmansk. Tatyana has degrees in advertising management and cross-cultural communications, previously working as a journalist and public relations manager. She coordinates relations with mass media, NGOs, stakeholders and edits the WWF newsletter, the Barents Bulletin. She is also responsible for public events, advertising and publications.

Alexandra Filatkina

 
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Alexandra Filatkina
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Communications Officer
Alexandra Filatkina is the Communications Officer for the Kamchatka/Bering Sea ecoregion, based in the Kamchatsky region. She does media relations for marine and terrestrial projects and coordinates information between the Kamchatka and Alaska offices. Alexandra is responsible for relationships with mass media and local communities as well as the implementation of ecological education programs including ecological actions, campaigns, environmental lectures and workshops, filmmaking and production of printed materials. She is a professional journalist with TV, radio and newspaper reporting background.

Anatoly Dekshtein

 
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Anatoly Dekshtein
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Senior Marine Programme Officer
Anatoly Dekshtein is the Senior Marine Program Officer for the WWF Kamchatka office. Anatoly has 26 years of salmon research experience at the Pacific Institute of Fisheries & Oceanography, which he now applies to WWF's Kamchatka Salmon Conservation Initiative. He also oversees WWF's project to reduce seabird by catch in the longline fishery and supports coastal and marine conservation in priority areas, such as the Commander Islands.

Denis Semenov

 
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Denis Semenov
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Marine Officer
Denis Semenov is the Marine Officer for WWF's Kamchatka office. He has years of experience in logistics and international trade of fish products, which he is now applying to WWF's projects in fisheries, particularly in tracking the chain of custody of Kamchatka salmon products. Denis is also an experienced diver and accomplished underwater photographer.

Alexey Knizhnikov

 
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Alexey Knizhnikov
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Extractive industry environmental policy officer
Alexey Knizhnikov is WWF Russia’s extractive industry environmental policy officer based in Moscow. He coordinates the development of strategy and action plans to improve the environmental performance of the extractive industry in Russia. He also works in coalition building with Russian NGOs on this issue. Since 1996 Alexey has participated in numerous international environmental workshops and conferences including those specific to the impact of the oil and gas industry on the environment. He has a Masters degree in Geography from the State University of Moscow.

Mikhail Shistov

Conservation Officer, Arctic, Species, Protected Areas


Ekaterina Lipatova

 
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Ekaterina Lipatova
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Office Manager
Ekaterina ('Katya') Lipatova is Office Manager in WWF's Kamchatka office. In 2006, Katya played a central role in establishing our Kamchatka office and setting up systems to work efficiently with Moscow, Alaska, and Washington, DC - all of which are many time zones away from Kamchatka. Katya oversees project budgets, expenses, grantees' financial reports and bills. She is also responsible for all technical aspects of office maintenance.

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