Andrey Ignatyev is a Russian businessman, a public figure, former General Director of the Russian Tourism Company with the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Physical Education, Sports and Tourism, former Vice President of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), cofounder of Dadobro.com international volunteer initiative, Doctor of Economics. At present: he is Business Consultant to global international company VFS Global, which, with his participation, established the largest Visa Service Centre network on the territory of the CIS.
In 1987, received the diploma of Moscow State Aviation University as Mechanical Engineer;
1988 – 1989 – Inspector for Tourism with the State Committee for Tourism of the USSR;
1993 – completed British Government programme for Training of British Industry Managers (London);
1990 – 1996 – cofounder and director of group of tourist companies BSI Global Group (www.bsiglobalgroup.com);
1996 – 1997 – Adviser to the Chairman of the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Physical Education and Tourism (GFCT of Russia);
1997 – 1998 – General Representative of the GFCT of Russia in the USA. Director of the Russian National Tourist Office in the USA (New York);
1998 – 2000 – General Director of the Russian Tourism Company with the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Physical Education, Sports and Tourism;
2001 – 2005 – Assistant Professor of the department of Social and Cultural Service and Tourism of Moscow Humanitarian University;
2006 – 2012 – Consultant to russian company VFS Russia (Visa centres on the territory of Russia);
April 2012 – present time – Business Consultant to global international company VFS Global.
The career of Andrey Ignatyev was largely focused on business and management activity in the field of tourism.
In 1990, he set up one of the first tourist cooperatives (small businesses) in Russia. Subsequently, the cooperative turned into a group of companies – BSI Global Group – one of the largest in the country, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015.
Since 2000, he has combined his practical activity with scientific work in the field of tourism. From 2001 to 2005, as Assistant Professor of the department of Social and Cultural Service and Tourism, lectured at Moscow Humanitarian University on Economics and Business in the Field of Tourism. In 2001, got his PhD degree, and in 2011 was the first practicing actor of Russia’s tourist industry to defend Doctor Dissertation on the theme “Methods of generation and mechanisms of implementation of the innovative strategy of tourist business management” and obtained the degree of Doctor of Economics.
During 14 years (from 1995 to 2009), Andrey Vladimirovich Ignatiev managed and surprised major non-profit tourist associations fostering development of tourism in Russia and protection of rights and interests of legal entities and RF citizens in the field of tourism. As a member of the Expert Council, he participated in development of the country’s first law on tourist activity “On basics of tourist activity in the Russian Federation” enacted 3 December 1996.
From 1995 to 1997, was a member of the Board of the National Tourist Association (NTA). In 1996, he organized the Professional Tourist Club bringing together owners of travel agencies that were market leaders, and was its Vice President until 1997. From 1997 to 1998, was President of the Association of Tourist Organisations of Russia (ASTOR), from 1998 to 2002 – member of the Board of the Russian Tourism Industry Union (RST), and from 2007 to 2009 – Vice President of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR).
For his law-making activity in the field of tourism in Russia, he has been rewarded with Diplomas of the RF State Duma and two times – by Diplomas of the Russian Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), as well as a the Commemorative Medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RF.
In 2012, became a co-founder of the international volunteer initiative Dadobro.com, conceptually based on global best practice of corporate volunteering.
At present, the Dadobro.com volunteer initiative brings together 20 Russian and foreign companies, 2500 volunteers in 8 countries of the world, 68 facilities in 50 cities under their patronage. Every year, under the auspice of DaDobro about 800 beneficent events are held all over the world, where anybody can take part.