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clem cecil
executive director

Clem Cecil is the Executive Director of Pushkin House.
She is former Moscow correspondent for The Times, and co-founder of the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society. She has co-edited four books on the threatened architecture of Moscow, Samara and St Petersburg.
From 2012 to 2016 she was the Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage and SAVE Europe’s Heritage.


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craig keNnedy

Trustee since 2013, Craig is a historian and banker. He is a Vice Chairman at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, where he has advised companies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to that, he worked at Morgan Stanley and Cambridge Energy Research Associates. He received a BA and a PhD from Harvard University and wrote a dissertation on Tatar-Muscovite relations in the 15th and 16th centuries. He also earned an MLitt in Middle Eastern Languages from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has been an IREX Fellow at the National University of Uzbekistan and a Fulbright Scholar at the Russian State Archives of Ancient Acts (RGADA). Craig currently serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and is writing a book on the Russian oil industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

sergei ostrovsky

Trustee since 2008, Sergei is a partner at Ashurst, an international law firm in London where he heads the firm’s Russian & CIS practice. Born in Moscow, he studied theatre and published theatre reviews in Russia, before pursuing his graduate legal studies in the United States and London. In 2006 he co-translated The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard, which was published in hardback by Inostranka publishers, and produced for the stage by the Russian Youth Theatre (RAMT) in Moscow in 2007.

william j. conner

William J. Conner has more than 40 years experience in development and as a management consultant in philanthropy. Since 2008 he has been a Fellow and Development Director at Wolfson College University of Oxford, and maintains an active consulting practice. Current and recent clients include Hughes Hall University of Cambridge, the Ashridge Busiess School, the Global Leadership Foundation (London), the Global Young Academy (Halle/Saale), the Hellenic and Roman Library (London), the Oxford Philharmonic and the Jubilee Sailing Trust (South Hampton). He was a Managing Director of Brakeley Ltd which he joined in 2001. Other institutional experience includes the role Development Director at New College University of Oxford, Associate Dean for Advancement with the London Business, Director of Development for the San Francisco Opera and earlier management roles in the arts and higher education.

Simon Franklin is Professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. His publications range from the history and culture of early Rus to 20th-century Russian poetry. His books include: Writing, Society and Culture in Early Rus, c. 950-1300 (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and , with Emma Widdis, National Identity in Russian Culture: an Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2004), both of which have also been translated and published in Russia. In 2008 he was awarded the Lomonosov Gold Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences - the Academy’s highest honour. For many years he lectured on 19th-century Russian literature, with particular emphasis on Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol and Tolstoy. He is currently working on a major book on the cultural and social aspects of information technologies in Russia between 1450 and 1850. From 2004 to 2009 he was Chair of the Pushkin House Trust, overseeing the move to Bloomsbury Square.


Maria Gordon

Masha leads the emerging markets equity portfolio management team at PIMCO, where she is an Executive Vice President based in their London office. Before joining PIMCO in 2010, she was Head of Global Emerging Markets Equity Strategy at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and a lead portfolio manager for the Goldman Sachs Emerging Markets Equity Fund. She started her career as a reporter for the Moscow bureau of The Washington Post. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she is now a Vice Chair of the Board of Overseers.

samuel greene

Dr Sam Greene is an expert in Russian politics and social movements, and the link between Russian domestic and foreign policy. Sam has written extensively on policy and academic formats and is a frequent commentator in Russian and international media. His areas of research interest currently focus on understanding Russia’s shifting state-society relations and the causes and implications of the recent re-emergence of contested politics in Russia, including the social, political and economic effects of new media. A 13-year resident of Moscow, he speaks fluent Russian and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Viv Groskop

Viv is a writer, comedian, broadcaster and committed Russophile. Raised in Bruton, Somerset, she is the Artistic Director of the Independent Bath Literature Festival. A fluent Russian speaker, she has a degree in French and Russian from Cambridge University, and a Masters in Russian Studies from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. A regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 (Front Row, Saturday Review, Loose Ends), over the past twenty years her byline has appeared in all the major newspapers from the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Telegraph to the Guardian and the Observer. She has reported in depth on the Nord-Ost siege, Beslan and the Litvinenko case. She worked for Russian Vogue from London as a contributing editor for 10 years and has lived in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Alexander Kan

A writer, journalist and broadcaster based in the UK since 1996, Alexander was previously a leading jazz and rock critic, and organiser of new music festivals and events in St. Petersburg.  He has worked as art and culture correspondent for the BBC Russian Service while continuing his work in music production and events.  He is the author of two books on the Soviet and post-Soviet new music scene.

Marc Polonsky

Marc Polonsky is a partner of counsel with an international law firm whose practice focusses on investment in Russia. He lived and worked in Moscow from 1998 to 2008. Marc studied Russian and French at Oxford University prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 1993. His book (co-written with Russell Taylor) USSR: From an Original Idea by Karl Marx (Faber, 1986) was republished as a Faber Find in 2011. Marc joined the Pushkin House Board in autumn 2017.

Heidi Smith

Heidi is an entrepreneur, consultant and educator with specialisms in Russia and its neighbours, the legal sector and transformative change.   She studied Russian at Durham University, politics at the LSE and law at London’s City Law School. She spent a year in Ulyanovsk Russia in 1992, where she co-produced TV programmes at Simbirsk TV and taught at Moscow State University.  She has worked for Accenture, Oracle and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and spent several years running OSCE legal reform projects in the former Soviet Union. She is the founder of a Russian-language legal support services business and speaks Russian fluently.

Elena Sudakova

Elena Sudakova is a founder and director of Grad, a not-for-profit art organisation which has been operating in London since 2013 as a Kunsthalle, a platform and a forum for debate while researching, curating, commissioning and producing over a hundred critically-acclaimed projects. Best known for premiering in London historical and archival materials from the Russian museums and cultural institutions, Elena also commissioned full scale installations in London by contemporary artists Olga Chernysheva, Irina Korina, Zhanna Kadyrova, ZIP art group and many others. Elena is also co-founder of ShadowMemory - an experimental art platform that provides free access to everyone, 24/7, and acts as a multidisciplinary art exhibition, a tour, a game, and an immersive experience, interacting within both digital and physical spaces. She lives and works in London.