Andrey Ignatyev is a Russian businessman and public figure; the former CEO of the Russian Tourism Company (rostourism.ru), which is associated with the Russian Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy; the former vice president of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR); , a founder of the international volunteer initiative Dadobro.com , and a holder of a PhD in economics. He currently acts as a president of Russian Union of Travel Industry
In 1987, Andrey Ignatyev graduated from the Moscow State Aviation University with a diploma in engineering;
1988–1989 — tourism inspector at the USSR State Committee for Foreign Tourism (Goskominturist);
1993 — graduated from a UK government-sponsored management training program in London;
1990–1996 — co-founder and director of group of tourist companies BSI Global Group (www.bsiglobalgroup.com);
1996–1997 — advisor to the chairman of the Russian State Committee for Sports and Tourism;
1997–1998 — general representative of the Russian State Committee for Sports and Tourism in the US and director of the Russian National Tourist Office in New York;
1998–2000 — general director of the Russian Travel Company (rostourism.ru), which is associated with the Russian Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy;
2001–2005 — associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Services and Tourism at the Moscow University for the Humanities;
2006–2012 — advisor to VFS Russia (outsourcing provider of visa services);
2012 – 2018 – 2012–2018 — business advisor to VFS Global.
January 2019 – present — advisor to BSI Global Group.
March 2020 – present — president of Russian Union of Travel Industry.
For most of his career, Andrey Ignatyev has been focused on business and management activities in tourism.
In 1990, he founded one of the first travel cooperatives in Russia. With time, it grew to become BSI Global Group — one of the largest tourist company in the country — which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015.
Starting in 2000, Mr Ignatyev has combined business activities with research and teaching. Between 2001 and 2005, he taught a course on economics and entrepreneurship in the travel industry at the Moscow University for the Humanities. In 2001, he received a postgraduate degree, and in 2011, he became the first Russian businessman of tourism field travel to receive a PhD in economics for a thesis on “Formation methods and implementation mechanisms of innovative strategic management in tourism business”. Mr Ignatyev has written numerous articles and scholarly works on the topic of business process management in tourism, including:
Over the course of 14 years (1995–2009), Andrey Ignatyev headed some of the largest non-commercial organizations in the Russian tourism industry, promoting tourism in the country and protecting the interests of both businesses and individuals involved in travel. As a member of a council of experts, he took part in the creation of the first national law regulating tourism, On the basics of tourist activities in the Russian Federation (December 3, 1996).
Between 1995 and 1997, Mr Ignatyev was a board member of the National Tourist Association. In 1996, he founded the Club of Tourism Professionals, which brought together the owners of the leading companies in the national market. He acted as the vice president of the club until 1997. From 1997 to 1998, he was the president of the Association of Tourist Organizations of Russia (ASTOR); from 1998 to 2002, he was a board member of the Russian Union of Travel Industry; and from 2007 to 2009, he was the vice president of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR)
For his participation in the creation of a regulatory framework for the tourism industry, Mr Ignatyev has twice been awarded Certificates of Merit by the Russian Parliament and by the Russian Tourism Agency. He has also received a commemorative medal from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2012, Mr. Ignatyev founded the international volunteer initiative Dadobro.com based on the best global practices of corporate volunteering.
At present, the initiative is active in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and the UK. DaDobro brings together 200 international companies and over 3500 volunteers involved with 75 ongoing social projects. The project is centered on its Calendar of Good Deeds, which includes 12 key thematic events taking place in 50 cities across the world.