Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs of the Board of the Movement “Committee 2017”.

  Mikhail Zernov (Russian Federation)

a Co-Chair of the Board – the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Public Movement “Committee 2017 “. Russian and international public figure. A delegate of the first meeting of the twinned cities of the USSR and the United States in Tashkent in 1988. In the past was a co-chairman of the all-Russian public movement “Alternative”, the first deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Russia, Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Information and Environment Parliament under the Council of Europe, CEO of the Parliamentary Centre for Support of Civil Initiatives, the author of the national program “Quality Mark” and ” Protection mark of a product “, Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Property Fund under the Government of the Russian Federation. Since June 2010 – a member of the Board of Directors, the Director of the Branch of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF) in the Russian Federation, which is an international organization that consolidates prominent international public figures, politicians and scientists from 32 countries. On August 1, 2013, BSCSIF has received a special consultative status under the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Since August 2015 – a Co-Chair of the International Public Movement “We love Russia.” Since November 2015 – the Chairman of the Central Council of the Movement. In November 2015, he received the Humanitarian Award (MHA), which is awarded by Mikiva Humanitrian Foundition (RSA) for the international peacekeeping activities. The Fund recognizes the efforts and success of African and international public figures who have achieved tangible results in charity, peacemaking and culture. The only winner of MHA within the area of Russia – CIS – Europe.


  Olga Mironovna Zinovieva (Germany-Russia)

wife, colleague, guardian of the creative and intellectual heritage of Alexander Alexandrovich Zinoviev, the world-famous Russian thinker, philosopher, logic, sociologist, writer and citizen, the co-chair of Zinoviev’s club International news agency “Russia today.” Honorary Mentor of Augsburg’s University (Bavaria). From 1978 to 1999 was in forced emigration. The family was deprived of the right to communicate, not only with friends, but also with the relatives and the friends back home. Since May 2006 – Director of the Research Center of A.A.Zinoviev, chief editor of the journal “ZINOVYEV.” From 23 September 2009 – Director of the Russian-Bavarian Research Center of A.A.Zinoviev (Russian State Trade and Economic University (RSTEU) and the State University of Augsburg (Bavaria)). Since May 2013 the head of the project “Compatriots” of the “United Russia” Party (on non-party basis). From June 2013 to September 2014 was a member of Collegium of the Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation. In 2013, she initiated the establishment of the International scientific and educational center named after AA Zinoviev at the Moscow State University. In July 2014 she has become a co-founder and a co-chairman of Zinoviev’s club International news agency “Russia Today” together with Dmitry Kiselev (CEO of INA “Russia Today”). Distinguished columnist of the editorial column of the most authoritative online Russian edition “RIA News”.


  Sangeet Varghese (India)

The head of the «Lead Cap Ventures» – a research firm of the management consulting. In this capacity, he has advised the leadership of more than 20 Asian and African countries, he is also a freelance adviser to the heads of such states as Iraq, Afghanistan and Malawi. He has as well participated in realization of the programs of the United Nations, the World Bank, ABD, Fortune, Microsoft, Intel, and others. At the International Forum 2010 in Davos, he was honored as the most promising youth leader of the world. Since 2007 – the head of the «Vargese LeadCap Trust», which is a fund that focuses on expanding the opportunities for young people from the poor of India, and this organization is a way of social mobility for them. The programs of the organization employs more than 10 million young people, making «LeadCap Trust» one of the largest projects in the world.


  Gorbatko Viktor Vasilievich (Russia)

Major General, Soviet cosmonaut, twice was a Hero of the Soviet Union. The Chairman of the Board of All-Union Society of philatelists, honorary president of the Union of Philatelists of Russia. The Chairman of the Interstate Union of hero-cities and cities of military glory. He made the first space flight on October 12-17, 1969 at the spaceship “Soyuz-7”, and the second was in February 1977 on the spaceship “Soyuz-24” and orbital station “Salyut-5”. The third launch took place in July 1980 on the spacecraft “Soyuz-36”, “Soyuz-37” and orbital station “Salyut-6”, together with a citizen of Vietnam, Pham Tuan. Honorary citizen of Tiraspol, In March 1989, he was elected as people’s deputy of the USSR. On the first Congress of People’s Deputies of the USSR, he became a member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. On November 7, 2003 in the city of Krasnodar Territory – Novokubansk the Grand Opening of commemorative sculpture of Victor Gorbatko took place.


  Anatoly Evgenyevich Karpov (Russia)

Soviet chess player, 12th world chess champion, international grandmaster, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Three-time world chess champion among men, three-time world champion of FIDE, the double world champion as a part of the USSR team, six-time winner of chess competitions as a part of the USSR team, three-time champion of the USSR, the champion of the RSFSR. The Winner of nine chess “Oscars”. Honorary Citizen of Zlatoust and Tula. At 9 years old, he received the first rank, at 11 years old he fulfilled the Candidate norm for the Master of Sports, at age14, he became the master of sports of the USSR. In 1969, he became the world champion among juniors, in 1970 became the champion of the RSFSR and received the title of grandmaster. On April 3 1975, the President of FIDE M. Euwe declared Anatoly Karpov as the twelfth world champion. Since 1982 – the president of the International Association of Peace Foundations (the former name – the Soviet Peace Fund). Since 2004 – a Member of the Presidential Council for Culture. Since 2006, he replaces the President of the Commission on Ecology Safety and Environmental Protection of the Public Chamber. Since 2007 – a member of the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Since 2007 – the President of the Russian Environmental Fund “TEHEKO.” Regional Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. Deputy of the State Duma of the sixth convocation, the first deputy chairman of the committee on economic policy, entrepreneurship and innovation development.


  Giulietto Chiesa (Italy)

Famous Italian writer, a journalist, an international public figure. A professional journalist, a former Moscow correspondent of the newspaper “Unita” (1980-1990) and “La Stampa” (1990-2000). From 1970 to 1979 – a head of the Genoese association of the Italian Communist Party. From 1975 to 1979 – the leader of the ICP in the provincial council of Genoa. In 1989-1990 – a researcher at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies under the International Research Center of Woodrow Wilson in Washington. The author of numerous books about the Soviet Union and Russia. As well the Author of numerous articles in Russian newspapers such as “Literary Gazette”, “Business Tuesday”, “Moscow News”. In 2002 Giulietto Chiesa became the winner of the Italian national prize Premio Nazionale Cultura della Pace. Chiesa is the president of the association “MegaChip” and, together with Elio Veltri, Antonello Diego Novelli he is a member of the Presidium of the National Association “The Group of prosperous society’s builders “, whose president is Achille Okketto. In 2004, Chiesa was elected as a deputy of the European Parliament on the list of the Liberal Democratic of Di Pietro. A member of the Party of European Socialists since 2006. Since 2008, a member of the expert council of the international analytical journal “Geopolitics”. In 2010, he founded the organization “Alternative”. Giulietto Chiesa was the vice-president of the Commission for International Trade, and a member of the Commission for Culture and Education, the Commission for protection and safety, a member of the delegation from the Parliamentary Commission of EU-Russia and the delegation of the Parliamentary Commission of EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU –Uzbekistan; he also promotes ties with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.


  Michael Margolis (United States)

A writer, a political scientist, a theologian. The author of 8 books and 60 stories, including the bestseller «Return to the Red Planet». The creator of a new spiritual and political conception of Spiritual Diplomacy. The conception is to overcome the conflicts within and between countries, with the help of the spiritual values of the conflicting parties. For many years, he has worked as a freelance expert for the Eastern Europe with Senators Jesse Holmes and Mark Hetfield. The founder of the world’s first publishing house “Slovic Gospel Press” that published the works of Western writers and theologians in Russian, as well he is the founder of the magazine “Literary Messenger” and the newspaper “Literature Abroad”. More than 200 publications. He met with five US presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well with Mikhail Gorbachev, Alexander Lukashenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Askar Akayev, and others. He was awarded the UN medal “Righteous Gentile”. The owner of the first literary award of the Union of Writers of Ukraine, the second American prize of Marka Aldanova, the first award of the magazine “Youth”.


  Zolani Makieva (RSA)

South African poet, musician, actor and producer, the chairman of the National Delphic Council of South Africa and the President of the African Delphic Council, the initiator of the all-African Delphic Games. Zolani Mkiva, who is awarded the title of “The King of African Poetry”, was officially recognized as the national poet of Africa in 1998. Zolani Mkiva was a moderator at the opening ceremony of the international conference of writers in Berlin’s House of World Cultures, and participated in numerous local and world events (such as “Poetry of Africa 2000”), performed together with musicians from different countries – Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Pope Vemb, Ismael Lo, Byetta and others. A winner of many international titles, prizes and awards, among them there are: Nelson Mandela Poet Laureate, Best National Poet, Art & Culture (South Africa), Winner of Die Woche Award (Germany), Champion of Oral Poetry (England), Gurudwara Award (India) and many others. He is also a founder and the manager of Mkiva Foundation, handing Mkiva Humanitarian Awards and helping the development of rural areas of South Africa. Mkiva continues to create his music and is actively involved in the revival of moral values of the society. He has also initiated an international project “Poetic tribute to Nelson Mandela», which is expected to include a total of 95 poems by 95 poets from 95 countries.


  Dosim Suleev (Kazakhstan)

Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, honored worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, honorary rector of the Kazakh National Technical University. The founder and the first leader of the legendary ensemble of Kazakhstan “Dos Mukasan” – the Laureate of the All-Union competition of professional performers of pop songs in Minsk and of the World Festival of Youth and Students in Berlin. The Vice-President of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF), an international organization that consolidates prominent international public figures, politicians, scientists from 32 countries. An academician, the honorary rector of the Kazakh National Technical University, the author of 75 methodological works, applied in the educational process of higher educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He was awarded orders and medals of the USSR and the Republic of Kazakhstan. The leader of the legendary group “Dos Mukasan” known to every inhabitant of the country. For a huge contribution to the aesthetic education of the youth and the students of the republic, the ensemble was awarded the title of laureate of Lenin Komsomol of Kazakhstan in 1974, and in 1998 got the honorary title “Legend of Kazakhstan stage.”


  Dimitar Tsvetkov Costov (Bulgaria)

Famous Bulgarian diplomat, Honorary President of the Bulgarian Diplomatic Society, who has an extensive experience of the work in this world organization, where at various times he held the following positions: – Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations; – Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and New York; – Chairman of the UN Commission on Disarmament; – Deputy President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations; – Chairman of the Social Committee of the United Nations; – Deputy Chairman of the UN Committee on the non-use of force; A member of 15 sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Vice-President of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF). On August 1, 2013, BSCSIF received a special consultative status under the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


  Sharapov Vyacheslav Vyacheslaevich (Belarus)

The head and artistic director of the Belarusian state ensemble “Pesnyary”. During the period of V.V. Sharapov’s work, he distinguished himself as a talented composer and an arranger. Under his leadership and with his direct participation 6 music albums were recorded and released, the band has traveled in 115 cities of Belarus, in the central areas of Lebanon, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, China, Vietnam, the Russian Federation, as well as in Israel, Poland, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Latvia, Armenia, Moldova, Lithuania with solo concerts. He took part in the television filming of the concerts for various television channels of Russia (gala concert “Romantics of Romance” on t / c “Culture” VTGRK), Ukraine (the program “The machine hour” and “Christmas Night” on t / c «RTVI») and Belarus. During V.V Sharapov’s work in the ensemble 48 new pieces of music were created. For the contribution to the development of Belarusian Culture in 2008, V.V. Sharapov was awarded the Diploma of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, and in 2009 – the badge of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus.