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Elena Ushakova Russian

Elena Ushakova
  • Post
    Head of the Department of National Programs and Projects



  • build and maintain an information database of Russian funds and programs related to educational, scientific, and innovative projects;

  • inform the university’s staff and students about Russian financial institutions, funds, and programs investing in educational, research, innovative entrepreneurial, institutional, exchange, and other projects;

  • provide a consulting support on interactions with financial institutions and organizations;

  • help prepare, submit, and implement scientific, educational, and innovative entrepreneurial proposals for Russian programs and funds;

  • develop mechanisms for providing support to representatives of the university’s key educational, scientific, and utility units to gain funding for their activities. 


  • 1982 – gained a degree in electronic computers (qualification: a system engineer), ITMO University.

Advanced training

  • 2003-2004 – the Ecorys Group program for trainers “Innovation Commercialization” (the Netherlands).

Professional activity

  • 2018-present – head of the Department of National Programs and Projects, ITMO University;

  • 2018 – head of the Department of Innovative Projects and Initiative Development, ITMO University;

  • 2015-2018 – manager at the Department of Project Activity and Fundraising, ITMO University;

  • 1995-2015 – deputy CEO of the Innovation Management Center;

  • 2004-2010 – specialist at Innovation Venture Fund;

  • 2008-2014 – consultant at the St. Petersburg Regional Foundation for Scientific and Technological Development;

  • 1982-1995 – engineer at the National Research Institute of Radio Electronics.

Professional interests

  • Innovative entrepreneurship;

  • Venture investments;

  • Project management;

  • Technology commercialization;

  • Technology transfer;

  • Development of innovation ecosystems;

  • Fundraising.


  • 2010 – certificate of appreciation from the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education for contributions to the innovation sector of the Russian economy.

Other professional activities

Elena Ushakova is the deputy chair of the committee on innovation activities and technology implementation.


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