Speaker Profile

Andrey Yakunin

Co-Founding Partner, VIY Management LLP

Andrey has more than 21 years of international experience. He co-founded VIYM in 2006 and today runs both the private equity growth capital and real estate investment arms of the company, with overall responsibility for more than USD400 million AUM. He is an internationally experienced hotel operator, and successfully manages assets in a number of Russia's leading hotel, logistics and multi-use real estate projects.


Prior to co-founding VIYM, Andrey led the development of the largest hotel in St. Petersburg "Pribaltiyskaya" and opened the first indoor water park in the city, the largest in Russia. He also worked in various financial consultancy roles at Rocco Forte's New Hotel Group, MCD-Pannell Kerr Forster and Europe Management-Invest.


Andrey seeks to develop the Private Equity industry in Russia, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the National Alternative Investment Management Association (NAIMA), a non-profit partnership representing leading alternative investment firm providers committed to the growth of long-term capital in Russia. The association’s current flagship project is an industry-wide endeavour to promote private equity and venture capital as an asset class in Russia. 


Andrey has a distinguished background in academia. He was previously an Associate Professor of Economics at St. Petersburg State University, holds a PhD in Finance & Credit from St. Petersburg State University, as well as an EMBA Global from London Business School and Columbia University GSB. He is fluent in Russian, English and German.