Maria Morozova

General Director,

Maria Morozova is General Director of the Timchenko Foundation. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Klyuch, a charitable foundation from St. Petersburg which helps children and socially vulnerable members of the population.

Maria has been in the non-profit sector since 2006, after working in the past for banks and consulting companies, specialising in public relations and working with international financial institutions. She was previously the head of the Russian representative office of the foreign charity, Partners in Hope.

Maria has an MBA with distinction from California State University, Hayward, USA; has a degree from the Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (GITIS) in Moscow; and has received training from the CAF Foundation School (on its programme for advisors on private and family philanthropy, and foundation executives).

Igor Baradachev

Deputy General Director,

Igor Baradachev occupies the post of deputy general director.

Igor has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years: starting as manager, he rose to become vice president of the Siberian Centre for the Support of Social Initiatives. From 2007 to 2012, he was in charge of UC RUSAL’s social programmes. He has vast experience of working in Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. He has written around 20 publications on youth policy, the development of NGOs and corporate social responsibility in business. He runs the sport programme within the Foundation.

Igor has a first class degree in history and law from Adygea State University (in the city of Maikop), studied for a masters degree in philosophy at Novosibirsk State University and at the Management Training Centre in St. Petersburg. He has also received on-the-job training in Germany and the USA.

Vadim Samorodov

Vadim Samorodov has been working in the non-profit sector since 1993.

Up until 2001, Vadim worked on humanitarian aid and local development programmes within the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Russia, the CIS and Africa. From 2001, he worked in association with CAF Russia, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the non-profit company, Evolution & Philanthropy, working on various types of strategic charitable work, infrastructure of the non-profit sector and community charities. He has carried out consulting projects for Russian companies and international organisations on the creation of local social development models. Vadim has written a number of analytical articles and papers on the organisational development of charities. He manages the Older Generation focus area within the Foundation.

Vadim graduated from the Moscow Institute of Civil Engineering and has an MBA from California State University, Hayward, USA.

Elena Konovalova

Head of Programmes

Elena Konovalova started working as head of the Timchenko Foundations Culture programme area in spring 2014.

Elena has more than 15 years of experience working in management positions in the non-profit sector for both Russian and international non-governmental organisations. Her responsibilities have included development and management of charitable programmes; programmes to promote public interests at both regional and international level; and interaction with government and non-governmental organisations. She has specialised in project and programme assessment, which includes managing a number of projects to assess social programmes in Russia and the CIS. She worked for two years in the United Kingdom.

Elena is a graduate of Novosibirsk Technical University and has also received training on a number of certified programmes dealing with social programme management and project/programme assessment, both in Russia and abroad.

Elvira Garifulina

Elvira has worked in the non-profit sector since 1999. She has experience of working for charities dealing with orphaned children and previously handled corporate social responsibility issues for large international companies. Elvira has authored more than 30 applied research papers, including co-authoring a series of manuals on the prevention of child abandonment and development of family placement. She is in charge of the Family and Child focus area within the Foundation.

Elvira graduated from with a first class degree in social work from Altai State University, has a second degree in economics (anti-crisis management) and is a candidate of science (higher research degree) in sociology. In addition, she is a graduate of the presidential management training programme (MIRBIS - Moscow International Higher School of Business), and has taken part in the following training programmes: Project Management according to ANSI PMI PMBOK Guide and Standards 2008; Practical Methods for Managing the Risk, Change and Staff of a Project; Strategy-Focused Organisation; Time Management and Efficiency; and the GRI 4 International Non-Financial Reporting System. She has also taken part in courses for managers, consultants, trainers, evaluators and facilitators, as well as for enhancing teaching skills (in Russia, Great Britain, USA, South Africa and Finland).

Irina Filippova

Irina Filippova is a programme manager.

She previously worked for CAF, where she was initially a manager and then became head of the Liniya Zhizni (“Line of Life”) programme. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 2006.

Irina graduated with a degree in economics from the Bashkir State University.

Elena Yatsenko

Elena Yatsenko has worked in the non-profit sector since 1997.

From 2005 to 2012 she was chief accountant at the Absolyut Charitable Foundation. She established its administrative and financial accounting, took part in creating and implementing the foundations portfolio of programmes. She is author of a monograph, entitled "NGOs and Legislation".

Elena is a graduate of the Moscow University of Management.

Oksana Vladimirovna Fedoristcheva (Timostchuk)

Head of the Public Relations Department,

Active in the non-profit sector since 2001. Was involved in developing international and Russian projects in the sphere of education, developing corporate social responsibility, internal communications and public relations in Russian and international financial corporations as well as in the educational and philanthropic sectors.

Graduated with honors from the Russian State University for the Humanities specializing in Political Psychology and went through an extended education program at the Higher School of Economics in Public Relations and Fundraising in Non-Commercial Organizations. Was certified in Social Responsibility (Account Ability GRI). Received the XV Silver Archer National Award for developing public relations in the nomination Best Project in the Sphere of Social Communication and Philanthropy.

Prior to working in the Timchenko Foundation team was the head of PR directions (including Corporate Social Responsibility departments and Internal Communications departments) in the association of Russian Grantmaking Organizations (Donors Forum), in Victoria Children Foundation, in Russian and international banks. Wrote on Corporate Social Responsibility, endowment funds, philanthropic work and others topics. Member of the PR Committee of the Donors Forum.

Lilia Timurova

Manager, Sports programme:

Lilia Timurova is a project manager, Sports programme, Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. Employed by the Foundation since the spring of 2015. Extensive experience in sports project management. Between 2012 and 2015 served as executive director of the chess federations of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Graduate of Kazan State Financial and Economic Institute (now Management, Economics and Finance Institute, Kazan Federal University (KFU)). In 2016 completed a course of study in Sports Management at the economic faculty of the Lomonosov MSU.

An international grandmaster (chess).

Ekaterina Porotnikova

Programme Manager

Ekaterina Porotnikova has been managing the Culture and Sport programme areas at the Timchenko Foundation since spring 2014. Prior to this, she had a years experience dealing with various projects in the charitable sector, including projects providing assistance to children suffering from cancer. She also spent five years working in the non-profit sector.

Ekaterina graduated with a degree in politics and sociology from Urals State University. She also has a masters degree from Lund University in Sweden.

Bozhana Gomer

Manager, the Older generation programme:

Bozhana Gomer is a project manager, the Elderly programme, Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. Employed by the Foundation since 2016. Experienced in organizing and managing non-profit activities. Implemented a number of her own social projects (care of orphaned children and cancer patients).

Before joining the Foundation, did HR consulting work for major Russian companies, as well as organizing a conference for the Mann, Ivanov and Ferber publishers.

Graduated with honours from Bachelor's Programme of Donetsk National University in Law and Master's programme at the law faculty of National Research University Higher School of Economics in legal support for HR management.

Olga Galperina

Head of the Secretarial Office,

Olga Galperina is head of the secretarial office.

For many years, Olga headed the secretarial offices of various companies and educational institutions.

Olga graduated from the pedagogical faculty of Moscow Region State University. She is a linguist and teacher of English.

Lyubov Nekrasova


Lyubov Nekrasova is an accountant at the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. Employed by the Foundation since 2015. Before that, worked for over 10 years as an accountant in the private sector, serving as deputy chief accountant and chief accountant. In 2015 moved to the non-profit sector.

Holds a degree in economics. Graduated in Finance and Credit from the Moscow Economics and Management Academy.

Dmitry Denisov

Legal counsel:

Dmitry Denisov is an in-house counsel at the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. Manages a wide range of legal services for the Foundation. Employed by the Foundation since 2015.

Served as in-house legal counsel at a non-profit from 2000. Involved in the incorporation and re-incorporation of a number of major private foundations, provided a full package of legal services for the parent and subsidiary non-profits.

Graduated in Law from the Moscow Government's Moscow Business Academy.

Aleksandr Zverev

PR manager:

Aleksandr Zverev is a PR manager, Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. Employed by the Foundation since 2017. Specializes in external communications with non-profits. Has a research background, as well as practical experience in not-for-profit PR and GR.

Previously employed by the Centre for Civil Society and Not-for-Profit Sector Studies, Higher School of Economics. As a volunteer organized an international conference of non-profits specializing in the protection of cultural heritage (Bonn, Germany). Served as a trainee with the Moscow Government.

Graduated with honours in Political Governance from the Bachelor's programme of St. Petersburg State University and in Political communications from the Master's programme of Higher School of Economics. Made an internship at the University of Helsinki (Finland).