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 master’s 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.

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Elena Konovalova

Head of Programmes

Elena Konovalova started working as head of the Timchenko Foundation’s 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 foundation’s portfolio of programmes. She is author of a monograph, entitled "NGOs and Legislation".

Elena is a graduate of the Moscow University of Management.


Oksana Timoshchuk

Head of Public Relations,

Oksana Timoshchuk has been working in public relations for more than 10 years, both in private business and in the non-profit sector.

Before working for the Foundation, Oksana was head of PR for the Russian Donors’ Forum, the Viktoria Children’s Foundation and in the financial sector. She has written inter alia on corporate social responsibility, special-purpose capital and corporate charity. She ran a project, which won a special prize in February 2012 for the Best Project in Social Communications and Charitable Work at the Serebryanyi Luchnik XVth National Awards for PR Development. The prize was awarded for a joint project between the Donors’ Forum and Radio Mir’s programme, The Alphabet of Charity: Doing Things Together.

Oksana has a first class degree in politics from the Russian State University of Humanities and also completed a course on PR and Fundraising for NGOs at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.


Sergei Rychikhin

PR Manager,

Sergei Rychikhin is PR manager.

From 2007, he worked as a journalist in various Russian national sports media outlets. From 2008 to 2009, he worked for the press service of VMF ice hockey club in St. Petersburg.

Sergei graduated with a degree in public relations from the Humanities Faculty of St. Petersburg State University of Electrical Engineering in 2008.

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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 year’s 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 master’s degree from Lund University in Sweden.


Olga Kursova

Office Manager,

Olga Kursova is the Foundation’s office manager.

Previously, Olga held various posts in educational institutions and the civil service.

Olga graduated from the Blagoveshchensk State Pedagogical Institute and the Far East State University, specialising in social anthropology (political and legal anthropology).


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.