Personal information

Date and place of birth: 10 January 1961, Perm

Family status: married, has a daughter and a son.

  • In 1983, A. Vavilov graduated from the Moscow Institute of Management as cyber-economist.
  • In 1985, he defended a thesis for the degree of Ph.D. in economy at the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science.
  • In 2002, he defended a thesis for the degree of D.Sc. in economy at the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science.
    Research interests:
  • public finance and public debt management;
  • open economy;
  • local government.

Employment History and Research Activities

Institute for Financial Studies

Late in 1996, A. Vavilov and his colleagues founded a research center – the Institute for Financial Studies. The Institute is mainly staffed with high-qualification economists and financiers who used to work with the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of the Russian Academy of Science and MFK Bank, including the head of the MFK Analytical Department. Shortly after the start, the IFS grew into one of Russia`s leading think-tanks engaged in extensive studies of macroeconomics, budgeting, monetary policy, etc. for corporate clients and the Russian Government including the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank and Federal Financial Markets Service.

Open Economy

From 1985 Mr. Vavilov worked as an engineer and a junior researcher at the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute. In 1988 he took the position of a senior researcher at the Institute of Economics and Research and Technology Advancement Forecasts.

In 1991, Vavilov headed a laboratory at the newly founded Institute for Market Problems of the USSR Academy of Science.

In 1991 – 1992 Vavilov worked as a researcher at the Institute for International Economics, Washington.

In September 1992, Vavilov was appointed the head of the Macroeconomics Department of Russia`s Finance Ministry.

In 1995 – 1997 Vavilov was a Government representative at the Council of Federation of Russia.

From 1992, Vavilov has been engaged in Russia`s economic policy. From November 1992 to 1997, he occupied the position of the first deputy finance minister. Development and implementation of efficient macroeconomic policy, federal budgeting and establishing relations with international finance institutions such as International Monetary Fund and World Bank were among his responsibilities.

From 1998 to 2002, A. Vavilov was CEO of the Institute for Financial Studies; since 2002 he has been in the position of the Institute's Research Council Chairperson.

Since 2007 he is a Visiting Senior Scholar at Penn State University; since 2008 - a Co-director of the Center for the Study of Auctions, Procurements and Competition Policy at Penn State (CAPCP) and a Scientific Advisor at the Center for Research on International Financial and Energy Security (CRIFES).

Public Finance and Public Debt Management

From 1992 to 1997, Vavilov was member of the Intergovernmental Committee for Public Debt and Property of the Russian Federation.

Vavilov was one of the founders of the Russian public debt, first domestic (current liabilities), then foreign (eurobonds). As the first deputy finance minister, he was in charge of issuing first Russian eurobonds in 1996-97 and the so-called Finance Ministry bonds. After this market was thrown open, public debt management became one of Vavilov's top priorities as the first deputy finance minister.

Other Activities

In 1997, Vavilov occupied the post of the President of the International Finance Company (MFK) Bank.

In 1998-99 he was a financial counselor at the RAO Gazprom Board.

In 2000, Vavilov acquired the controlling stock of a small oil company, Severnaya Neft. As the Chairman of the Board of Directors, in a less than four years` time, he turned the company into one of Russia`s leading independent petrol producers (not belonging to petrol holdings).

From 2002 till March 2010, A. Vavilov was member of the Council of Federation representing the Penza region Legislative Assembly.

From 2009 till 2012 he was a member of the Commission for Modernisation and Technological Development of Russia`s Economy.

In 2010 Dr. Vavilov became the Chairman of board of directors of the company SuperOx, an innovative research and production company, operating since 2006. SuperOx is one of the leading world centers of gathering intellectual capital in nanotechnologies research in general,  and high temperature superconductivity in particular.