Mission and values
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
FOR ALL
HIGH QUALITY, WIDE-RANGING AND VERSATILE KNOWLEDGE
OPENNESS TO THE NEW AND CREATIVE FREEDOM
COLLABORATION AND COMMUNITY
ACADEMIC, PROFESSIONAL
AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Andrey Melnichenko Foundation is the private foundation supporting educational infrastructure projects in the natural sciences. Its mission is to create an environment to develop talent in Russia's regions.
Andrey Melnichenko
Andrey Melnichenko is a self-made Russian industrialist and philanthropist. Over the past 25 years, he has created multi-billion-dollar businesses that follow the highest international standards of management, accounting, auditing, and health and safety. His corporations – fertilizer producer EuroChem and coal energy company SUEK – are among the biggest in the world in their industries. They were built on merit, as Mr Melnichenko played no part in post-Soviet privatization or received any special treatment from the Russian government.
Andrey Melnichenko is a self-made Russian industrialist and philanthropist
At a time of economic turmoil following the breakup of the former Soviet Union, Andrey was studying physics in Moscow. While still working on his degree, Andrey and two like-minded fellow students found niches that would become the bedrock of his own business empire – first a currency exchange, then a bank that earned multiple awards from numerous respected international publications including The Banker and Euromoney, and became one of Russia’s most successful and largest private banks, MDM Bank.
Branching out at the turn of the millennium, Andrey took an interest in the commodities markets, notably fertilizers (EuroChem Group AG) and coal (SUEK), recognizing their importance to building Russia’s new economy. These industries were derelict and risky, and were not considered to be “strategic” by the government, which allowed them to be run without recourse to the political favor-brokering that has characterized other, “strategic” industries.
In the last 15 years, Mr Melnichenko's companies invested more than US$ 21 billion in Russia's industrial sector
Andrey Melnichenko built EuroChem Group AG into one of the world’s ten largest fertilizer producers. It is headquartered in Switzerland with operations in Russia, Belgium, Lithuania, Germany, and Kazakhstan, with a worldwide distribution network. His other major enterprise, SUEK, is one of the largest coal and energy companies globally, and the world’s third largest exporter of premium, higher-quality thermal coal. The company has an exemplary health and safety record.
Nearly US $ 500 million has been spent on social and charitable programs
In the last 15 years, Mr Melnichenko’s companies invested more than US$21 billion, helping to transform Russia’s economy while making significant contribution to the global economy, food security and energy access. His companies employ more than 92,000 people, supporting wider communities with the highest standards in corporate social responsibility and environmental awareness. His companies have spent nearly US$500 million on social and charitable programs, which have been recognized as leaders in Russia’s annual “Leaders in Corporate Philanthropy” survey.
The Andrey Melnichenko Foundation supports talented children in science and education
The Andrey Melnichenko Foundation supports talented children in science and education, and has developed a system of “social lifts” to support gifted children from the regions where his companies operate. Mr Melnichenko wants to ensure that talented Russian youngsters have a chance to become the world’s next generation billionaires. Just as he was, at the age of 32, named by Forbes Magazine. In this way, Mr Melnichenko is “giving back” to the country that he believes made him who he is today.

Mr Melnichenko is married to Aleksandra, formerly the Serbian singer Sandra Nikolic; they have a son and a daughter. He is fond of sea travel: his renowned Sailing Yacht A and Motor Yacht A reflect the same commitment to high-tech detail which have fueled his success; they represent a significant investment in sailing design and technology that drive innovation in the shipbuilding industry.
The Management Team
Ilya Tipunin
Alexander Cherednik
Director General
Executive Director
Tatyana Kononova
Director, "Quantum" Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering, Novomoskovsk
Tatyana Mamzina
Director, "UnicUm" Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering, Kuzbass State Technical University, Kemerovo
Larisa Peshkova
Director, Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering, Nevinnomyssk
Yuri Shenknekht
Director, "Heirs of Polzunov" Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering, Barnaul
Svetlana Shitz
Director, Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering,
Kisselyovsk
Irina Shvaiko
Director, "Intellectual Kemerovo State University" Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science, Kemerovo
Evgeny Sypin
Director, Affiliate of the "Heirs of Polzunov" Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering, Biysk
Tatyana Yakushina
Director, "Tramplin" Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering, Leninsk-Kuznetsky
Ekaterina Zyryanova
Director, Affiliate of the "Heirs of Polzunov" Centre for the Development of Children's Creativity in Science and Engineering, Rubtsovsk
The Supervisory Board
Vladimir Rashevsky
Alexander Landia
Chairman, Supervisory Board
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board of SUEK JSC
Member, Supervisory Board
Chairman of the Board of Directors of EuroChem, SUEK, and SGC
Igor Nechaev
Stepan Solzhenitsyn
Member, Supervisory Board
General Director of EuroChem MCC JSC
Member, Supervisory Board
Chief Executive Officer of SGC LLC
Mariana Lisovaia
Member, Supervisory Board
Executive Director of the fund 'SUEK to the Regions'
Annual reports