Mr Cherkasov has been involved with venture capital and private equity for more than 16 years already, including board positions at growing domestic and international technology businesses. Currently he is CEO and Head of Investments at Managing Company SВVC (Sberbank Group).
Mr Cherkasov started his career as a business founder at age of 24 (fundraised, established, developed and successfully sold a publishing house, known for launching the first consumer finance magazine in Russia). In 2004 he was awarded the National Media premium for the most successful magazine launch and original concept of the consumer monthly. After exiting the publishing business Mr. Cherkasov has been pursuing a career in Private Equity and Venture Capital and in that capacity he has been deeply involved in the activity of Boards of Directors of numerous portfolio companies. The companies Mr. Cherkasov has been working with vary greatly by industry as well as by geography ranging from pulp&wood and shale oil to non-food retail and FMCG to new materials and electronics and located in Russia, Germany, Italy, Finland and on the US West Coast.
Mr Cherkasov holds a Graduate degree in International Economics from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), Diploma in Company Direction from London Institute of Directors (IoD). He was a Professor at Moscow High School of Economics and London School of Economics (giving lectures on Corporate Finance, Risk Analysis and Microeconomics).