Steven Geiger is the COO of
Skolkovo Foundation, a strategic national economic diversification
program personally headed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and
aimed at using technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to drive
the next generation of Russia's economic growth.
At Skolkovo, he is active in
building five technology clusters (Energy; IT; Space; Nuclear; and
Bioscience), establishing a full-service Technopark housing
start-ups and R&D labs of global technology majors, and
creating a world-class research university in partnership with the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also the
driving force behind Skolkovo's international branding and PR,
tasked with effectively communicating Russia's rich scientific and
intellectual resources to global audiences.
Prior to this, Mr. Geiger was the
co-founder and Director of Industries for Masdar, a $15 billion
technology development program by the government of Abu Dhabi to
strategically diversify its economy away from an overreliance on
natural resources. There he successfully led a team which built
Masdar from a five-person startup into a global brand and leading
investor in renewable energy and clean technologies.
While at Masdar, he founded and
constructed Masdar PV, a $600 million company producing advanced
photovoltaic technology, co-established a $250 million technology
fund, and played a key role in creating the world's first
graduate-level research institute dedicated to renewable energy
(Masdar Institute) in partnership with MIT, which included
implementing a world-class framework for commercialization of
innovative research and technology transfer.
Mr. Geiger has over 20 years'
experience in investments, strategic advisory and entrepreneurial
activities, primarily in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, Asia
and the Middle East.
He holds a Bachelor of Science
degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA
degree from Wharton Business School.