Alexandr I. Chernykh is the Director General of the FSBI "TsNIGRI" - the leading enterprise of the State Geological Service of the Russian Federation in the field of geology and metallogeny of diamonds, non-ferrous and noble metals. He holds PhD degree in geology and mineralogy. Dr Chernykh is a member of the editorial board of leading Russian geological journals, the author and co-author of more than 100 publications. A.I. Chernykh is an expert in the metallogeny and in the mineral exploration and prospecting methods for solid mineral deposits.