Founder Gennady Timchenko, has been involved in charity for many years. It was on his initiative that the Klyuch, Neva and Ladoga foundations were created. Today, these charities are carrying out hundreds of projects in the areas of social welfare, sport, culture and preservation of historical, religious monuments.
Sport is one of Gennady Timchenko’s personal passions: he plays tennis and ice hockey. Since May 2011, he has also been Chairman of the Board of SKA ice hockey club.
Gennady Timchenko was born on 9 November 1952. In 1976, he graduated from the Leningrad Military Institute of Mechanical Engineering as an electrical and mechanical engineer, after which he started his career on shifts as a foreman at a plant in Izhorsk. From 1982 to 1988, he worked as a senior engineer within the USSR Ministry of Foreign Trade. In 1988, he became vice president of Kirishineftekhimeksport, a state-owned foreign trade firm. From 1991 to 2001, he held managerial positions in Russian and international oil-trading companies. In 1997, he became co-owner of Gunvor, one of the world’s leading oil traders. Today, he has interests in trade, oil, gas and transport companies.
"We do not expect immediate results. We are helping people today, so that our society will gradually reach a new level of development. The character of our family’s philanthropic endeavour can be probably be described thus: we are strengthening the Russian tradition of benevolence with the tried-and-tested practices of Western charity, which usually focuses on long-term goals. ".