CEO, Former Member, Trident Acquisitions, Russian State Duma
Ilya Ponomarev has more than 30 years of international operational and investment experience working in high technology industries with primary focus on IT and energy. This has been complemented with active political and social life involvement as well as government relations practice. Since 2016 Hon. Ponomarev leads Trident Acquisitions, the first NASDAQ publicly listed company with focus on Ukrainian oil & gas investments. In 2007-2016 Ilya Ponomarev was a member of Russian Parliament – State Duma, Social Democrat representing Novosibirsk – the capital of Siberia, and chairing Hi-Tech developing subcommittee, introducing legislation to support emerging innovation economy in Russia. Before being elected, Hon. Ponomarev was working for Secretary of IT and Telecom as national coordinator for hi-tech parks task force - $6 bln. private-public project to develop a network of small settlements across the country for fostering innovation and R&D activities. Earlier Hon. Ponomarev held various positions in government offices and private companies. His most remarkable positions include: vice president for strategy, regional development and government relations at IBS, largest Russian system integrator and consulting company; vice president of Yukos Oil Company, largest Russian oil and gas corporation. Ilya’s duties during 4 years at Yukos at different times included being corporate CIO as well as chief executive and chief of operations in Yukos’ oilfield technologies and services subsidiaries and daughter investment company (specialized in high technologies); Also Ilya Ponomarev held position of Director for Business Development and Marketing in CIS for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, responsible for scouting, adopting into Schlumberger product lines and further global marketing of Russia-originated technologies in energy sector. Before joining Schlumberger, Ilya was among founders of two successful high technology start-ups in Russia. His first job position was in Institute for Nuclear Safety (IBRAE), Russian Academy of Sciences. Ilya Ponomarev holds BSc in Physics from Moscow State University and MSc in Public Administration from Russian State Social University. He is member of Society of Petroleum Engineers (IT), Council for Foreign and Defense Policies, Council for National Strategy, fellow at “Open Russia” foundation, as well as member of Steering Council at “Free Russia Forum”.