Yakov Mrikin, DSc (Econ) is an eminent academic specializing in the financial markets and macroeconomics. He created the Russia 3.0 Concept and several development programs for Russia’s financial sector (1998–2011). He co-authored the Growth Economy program (2016). He set up the first Russian academic Securities Department (Financial University), Russian education in securities and financial markets (1992–1993). Head of the Department of International Capital Markets at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (Russian Academy of Sciences). Chairman of the Committee on Financial Markets and Lending Institutions of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. Winner of the Russian Presidential Award. He has written several well-known books and textbooks and is the director of several major academic research projects. He is the author of the famous “black book,” the first Russian textbook Securities and the Securities Market (1995), from which the entire Russian market learned a lot. His most famous books are Reality Crisis (2016), 1971–2025: Currency Exchange Rates, Global Raw Material Prices, Stock Prices (2015, co-author), Developing Markets and Russia within the Global Financial Structure: Financial Future, Long-Term Trends (2015), Financial Constructivism (2014), Financial Strategies for Economy Modernisation (2014, co-author), Russia’s Financial Future: Extreme Values, Booms, Systemic Risks (2011), Russia’s Securities’ Market: Fundamental Factors and Their Influence, Prognosis, Development Policy (2002), Handbuch Europäischer Kapitalmarkt (2001, co-author), etc. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eurofinances Investment Company. Academic Director of the International School of Business and Technologies at MISIS National University of Science and Technology. Member of the board of the NSMA, PATRAD, Self-Regulatory Interregional Appraisers’ Association. Columnist (Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Expert, Slon, RBC, etc.). Founded a financial library at mirkin.ru. Foresaw the financial crises in Russia in 1998 and 2008 and the financial dynamics in 2014–2015.