Ilya Galayev was born in Moscow in 1989. He graduated from the Department of Global Economy and International Trade, Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER), with a concentration in International Trade. He completed his Master’s degree in International Management at the All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade (VAVT), Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, in 2013.
He served as the Deputy Head of Department of Advertising and Exhibitions at Roselectronics from 2010–2011. From November 2011–May 2017, he worked at Uralvagonzavod. In 2016, he continued his professional activities in the nonprofit sector of the sports industry as the First Vice President of the Foundation for the Support and Development of Physical Culture and Sports (SPORT Foundation). In March 2018, he was a co-founder of the All-Russian Sports Society, Labour Reserves, and was elected its President. Currently, in the organization’s top post, he focuses on strategic planning and organizational development at the federal and regional levels, method development and implementation of corporate sports within Russian industry, research and integration of new technologies into company activity, and the development of new projects and innovative sports disciplines.