The Rybakov Prize is a $1.2 million international award for philanthropists and benefactors who have invested their personal capital in the reinvention of preschool and school education and have made tangible progress in this field. The prize has been described by Forbes as the "Nobel Prize for Philanthropists in Education" and was established by Ekaterina and Igor Rybakov, co-founders of the Rybakov Foundation.

The award ceremony was held on February 2, 2020.

Игорь и Екатерина Рыбаковы

Rybakov Prize 2020

Winner of the $1 million Rybakov Prize Grand Prix Award
Olga Zubkova (Russia) is the inspiring leader and president of "Tetradka Druzhby" Educational Development Association from Perm city.
Boris Bulaev (USA) is a co-founder of the non-profit organization Educate!
Two Rybakov Prize winners received $100,000 each
Abdul Abdulkerimov (Russia) is the creator of the innovative educational center Luminary in the mountain village of Khyrug, which has become a guiding beacon for children from neighboring villages.
The classes in the center are free. The center's features include an interdisciplinary approach, modular education design and educators with practical experience. Working together with the business community, Abdulkerimov pledges to open 50 Luminary centers in 5 years. According to the award terms, most of the Grand Prix Award will be spent on the development of Luminary.
The Association supports joint socially relevant initiatives of teenagers with different capabilities and needs. Its educational programs for creating an inclusive environment are used in 24 countries worldwide. A franchising opportunity was launched to enable schools to become centers of inclusive environment in local communities.
His brainchild Educate! helps high school students in Africa develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills in order to enable young people to start their own businesses or find high-skill jobs right out of school. The organization cooperates with schools and governments in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, where Educate! has been lending a helping hand to nearly 50,000 high school students.

Abdulzhelil Abdulkerimov, Russia, initiator of the Luminary education center in the Dagestan village of Khrug, member of the Board of Trustees and philanthropist of the "Prosveshcheniye" Fund named after honorary educator of the Republic of Dagestan Makhmud Abdulkerimov. Owner of the investment company Trustcom, founder of Digital. Space venture capital and Paysend online payments system. Social impact: Russia.

Oleg Belyaev, Russia, President of the Moscow Alumni Association, which projects are aimed at career guiding and development of over-professional competencies in high-school students in cooperation with entrepreneurs, higher and professional education institutions, high-school graduates and their parents. Social impact: Russia.

Boris Bulayev, USA, co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization "Educate!", which provides the youth of Africa the knowledge, skills and competencies to be successful in the modern economy. Social impact: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda.

Peter Vesterbacka, Finland, founder of the Fun Academy Future Astronauts educational project for unlocking the potential in children ages 2-6 utilizing the "education+fun" format. Entrepreneur, founder of the Slush startup conference. Social impact: USA, Finland, China, Vietnam.

Alina Gonikman, Russia, invests in educational projects of the "Moscow Pedagogical Theater for Youth" and "LiS", which use theatrical instruments to work with schoolchildren. President of the company "FinAssist Insurance Broker", Head of the "Female League" of the Russian Jewish Congress, founder and Head of "Kimberlit" Charity Foundation. Social impact: Russia.

Sergey Gutzeit, Russia, founded the Pavlovsk School named after A.M. Gorchakov in 1999, a private boarding-school for young men that was created as a "modern version" of the Tsarskoe Selo lyceum. Founder and owner of the "Podvorie" restaurant. Social impact: Russia.

Olga Zubkova, Russia, President of the "Tetradka Druzhby" Educational Development Association, founder of the full-day camp "Novy Gorod Druzhny". Develops inclusive space in the environments of children and youth through innovative proprietary programs, the point of which is to facilitate joint activity of children with disability and their healthy peers. Social impact: Russia.

Vadim Klet, Russia, creator of the "Algoritm Uspekha" Educational Complex in rural areas, founder of the "Nashi Deti" Charity Foundation. Entrepreneur: Head of "Belgorodstroimontazh", "Novostroyzakazchik", "Investicionaya Kompaniya Ulitka". Social impact: Russia.

Logan Cohen, USA, co-founder of the Kudzoo project – a free mobile application that can be used to reward students and schoolchildren for good grades and involve local entrepreneurs in school communities. Social impact: USA and other countries.

Samaira Mehta, USA, the 11-year-old creator of table games Coder Bunnyz and CoderMindz, which teach children programming. Author of the educational initiative "Yes, One Billion Kids Can Code". Social impact: USA, China, Africa, India, Japan, Europe.

Sergey Nugaev, Russia, co-founder of the educational project "Kruzhok" – a round of free programming classes for children of remote towns and villages. After the classes, students create websites about rural life. Former Head of the Moscow Coding School. Social impact: Russia.

Aram Pakhchanian, Armenia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the "Ayb" Educational Fund, founded in 2006; Director of the "Ayb" school. Vice-president and shareholder of ABBYY company. Social impact: Armenia.

Thomas Trüb, Switzerland, founder and President of The Dariu Foundation, creator of a network of kindergartens and a project aimed at raising digital literacy among rural children. Social impact: Vietnam.

Evgeniya Tyurikova and Marat Shaidayev, Russia, co-founders of the "Selo" Foundation, aimed at restoring rural schools as educational and informational centers. The foundation helped build a school in the Dagestan village of Tsmur. Evgeniya is the Head of Sberbank Private Banking, Marat is the former Head of the United Grain Company. Social impact: Russia.

Nat Ware, Australia, developed a new tool to finance education and founded the Forte project, which allows young people to receive tuition payments from investors in return for their future earnings. Founder of 180 Degrees Consulting, the largest consulting company for non-profits and social entrepreneurs in the world. Social impact: USA and other countries.

Jason Ng, Singapore, develops the education environment in rural communities of the developing countries. Activity is aimed at training local teachers who work with children ages 5-9, and providing an educational program for schools. Social impact: Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timur, Burma, China, Mongolia.

Forbes Under 30 Summit – Europe in Berlin: Selecting the Finalists
Harry Patrinos
World Bank Education
Harry Anthony Patrinos is the Practice Manager for the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank's education global practice. He specializes in all areas of education, especially school-based management, demand-side financing and public-private partnerships. He managed education lending operations and analytical work programs in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, as well as a regional research project on the socioeconomic status of Latin America's Indigenous Peoples, published as Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). He is one of the main authors of the report, Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy (World Bank, 2003). Mr. Patrinos has many publications in the academic and policy literature, with more than 40 journal articles. He is co-author of the books: Policy Analysis of Child Labor: A Comparative Study (St. Martin's, 1999), Decentralization of Education: Demand-Side Financing (World Bank, 1997), and Indigenous People and Poverty in Latin America: An Empirical Analysis with George Psacharopoulos (World Bank/Ashgate, 1994). He has also worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He previously worked as an economist at the Economic Council of Canada. Mr. Patrinos received a doctorate from the University of Sussex.
Vikas Pota
Varkey Foundation
Vikas Pota is Chairman of global education charity the Varkey Foundation and Group Chief Executive of Tmrw Digital, which invests in education technology businesses and has established the Tmrw Institute to advance understanding of the education technology sector in key areas.

At a time when we face a global education crisis — with the urgent need to recruit 69 million teachers to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goal of universal quality education — Vikas responded by getting presidents, prime ministers and even the Pope around the table by convening the annual Global Education & Skills Forum — widely known as the 'Davos of Education' — to discuss how to meet this challenge.

Vikas established the $1 Million Global Teacher Prize, which has brought together world leaders and stars such as Lewis Hamilton, Matthew McConaughey, Princes William and Harry, Bill Gates, Hugh Jackman and the late Stephen Hawking in celebration of the work teachers do. The prize — known as the 'Nobel of Teaching' — has unearthed the stories of thousands of inspirational teachers to shine a spotlight on the profession. Vikas identified that by raising teacher respect in this way, we could help encourage the best and brightest to go into and stay in the teaching profession to solve the recruitment and retention crisis.

Vikas has won numerous awards and honours for his work including being named by the Evening Standard as one of London's Top 1000 most influential people, being appointed a visiting practitioner by Harvard University, and being selected to join the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders programme by HRH Queen Rania of Jordan.

Osama Obeidat
Queen Rania Teacher Academy
Dr. Osama Obeidat is the Chief Executive Officer of Queen Rania Teacher Academy. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education quality, policy, evaluation, reform, among other areas.

Previously, he was with Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge where he worked for 6 years as the Director of the school inspection system, which monitors and evaluates the quality of education in all public and private schools at the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Before moving to Abu Dhabi, Dr. Osama established and managed multiple monitoring and evaluation systems in Jordan. He also consulted for several local and international organizations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, EDT, Ministries of Education in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Rwanda, and Iraq.
Dr. Osama's academic experience include working for 5 years as a professor and researcher of education at the Hashemite University in Jordan. He also worked for 3 years as an Assistant to the Director, Institute of International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh-USA.

Dr. Osama holds a PhD in International and Development of Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003, a Certificate in Evaluation Practices from George Washington University as well as an Executive Leadership Certificate from INSEAD.
Safeena Husain
Founder and Executive Director, Educate Girls
Safeena Husain is the Founder and Executive Director at Educate Girls – a non-profit organisation that partners with the Government and with communities to improve access and quality of education for all children, especially young girls.

After graduating from the London School of Economics, Safeena spent over a decade working with grassroots projects in Latin America, Africa & Asia. In India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – that of girls' education. To commence work, Safeena together with a local team, conducted a 50-school test project in Rajasthan and its success led to the initiation of Educate Girls in 2007. This was followed by a 500-school pilot project in Pali district and since then Educate Girls has scaled operations to 16 districts in the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, having over 6.7 million total beneficiaries of its programmatic interventions.

Under Safeena's leadership, Educate Girls initiated the world's first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education, a proof of concept that ties funding to outcomes. In 2018, on its completion, the Educate Girls' DIB surpassed both its target outcomes by achieving 160% of its learning target and 116% of its enrolment target. It aims to become a proof of concept for replication and scale-up in education sector and beyond.

Safeena's efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. She has been conferred with the 2017 NITI Aayog's Women Transforming India Award and has in the past received the British Asian Trust's Special Recognition Award from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education. Moreover, Educate Girls has received the prestigious 2015 Skoll Award, 2014 WISE Award, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award, the 2014 Stars Impact Award and the India Development Marketplace Award in 2011 from the World Bank.
Tatyana Bakalchuk

Wildberries, CEO
Graduated from the Moscow State Regional Social and Humanitarian Institute, Department of Foreign Languages, specialized on English and German language teacher.

In 2004 Tatyana founded an online shop from scratch, which is used by over 3.5 million visitors daily in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. About 500,000 orders on average a day proceeds at Wildberries. Company has about 5500 pickup points with fitting rooms, where customers can try on clothes and return them if they don't fit

The online store sells more than 25,000 Russian and international brands: clothing, children goods, beauty, household products, appliances and electronics. The suppliers of Wildberries are about 16,000 companies, 10,000 of them are individual entrepreneurs. 40% of goods are produced in Russia.

The overall sales of company exceeded 118.7 billion rubles ($1.9 billion) in 2018. According to analysts of Forbes magazine, Wildberries is worth approximately $1.2 billion. Wildberries has become the largest online store in Russia, according to Data Insight for three years in a row.
Magomed Musaev
Global Venture Alliance
Born in 1963 in Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

  • Dagestan State Medical University (1985), School of Privatization and Entrepreneurship (1999), Russian University of Economics named after G.V.Plekhanov (2000)
  • Candidate of medical science
Career path (last 12 years)
  • 2004-2009 — CEO, JSC All-Russia Exhibition Center
  • 2010-2011 — Chairman, Committee for Innovative Development, Expo and Congress Activities, City of Moscow
  • 2011-present time — President, Global Venture Alliance
  • Experience in Russian and international organizations
  • Russian representative in Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)
  • Commissioner General of Expo-Sciences International
  • Chairman of Interstate Council of Exhibition and Fairs Industry and Congress activity CIS
  • Member of the Board of Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
  • Vice-president of Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs
  • Member of the board of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs
  • Executive secretary of National Institutional Committee to promote the candidacy of Russian federation as organizer of Expo-2010
  • Establishment of VDNKh as the main national exhibition center. Building and placement into service of a unique exhibition complex. Effective operation of VDNKh as an instrument of development of Moscow, Russian Federation and regions. Organization of large congresses and exhibitions, influencing national and international status of Russia and having great economic effect.
  • Elaboration of concept and document package for application for organizing World's fair in Russia, organization of several presentations abroad.
  • Elaboration of innovative Concept and Program of innovative development of metropolitan area, elaboration of legislation for improvement of innovative ecosystem in Moscow.
  • Elaboration of the model and implementation of Eurasian innovative platform which brings together Russian and international investors, Russian R&D expertise and venture funds.
  • Foundation of Institute of World's Ideas which partners with research centers, UN institutions and experts' community all over the world.
  • Foundation of Global Venture Alliance, creation of Startup Academy and Venture Academy.
Awardee of Presidential award for education (2010).

Personal life
Married, three children

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Sergey Solonin
Sergey Solonin was born on November 28, 1973 in Moscow. Currently, he occupies the posts of General Director of the FinTech Association, General Director of the QIWI Group, and Co-Director of the "Finnet" working group (The Agency of Strategic Initiatives).

Sergey Solonin has made private investments into promising fintech projects by becoming a co-investor in the Instamart, TimePad, Youdo, Gaijin, Arena Market, Aviasales, SEO Pult, BitFury, Ecwid, Obed-Bufet, and Ramensky Confectionery Factory projects. Sergey is also co-owner of several restaurants, Ruski and Insight. At the start of 2019, he invested in the food delivery service "Food in the Neighborhood" (Kukhnya na rayone).

Mr Solonin also participates in developing new educational initiatives and institutes in Russia, by providing systematic investment support for federal projects. In particular, he is a co-investor in the IKRA school for creative thinking, the British Higher School of Art and Design (BHSAD), Universal University, the Moscow Film School, MACS, the Blockchain Academy, Scream School, and others.

In August 2018, he embarked upon a round-the-world trip with his family, which he entitled
"Journey to the heart of the family". After returning from this round-the-world voyage, shares in QIWI had skyrocketed.

  • 2017-present — General Director of the FinTech Association
  • 2012-present — General Director of the QIWI Group, shareholder.
  • 2004-present — shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of the QIWI Group.
  • 1998 — Chairman of the Board of Directors, shareholder in the "Russian Investment Club" Investment Banking Group.
He is married with 5 children.
Steven Duggan

UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, Terawe Corporation
Steven Duggan is Vice President of Terawe Corporation, and was previously the Director of Worldwide Education Strategy at Microsoft. A former school teacher, Steven has worked in education for more than 30 years and has a passionate interest in teaching and learning and in the ways in which technology can transform student outcomes, with a particular interest in the needs of underserved learners and communities. The writer and presenter of the award-winning documentary feature The First Mile (RGI Films) his views on education have featured in press and radio and in a variety of publications. In addition to his role as a member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, he serves on a variety of educational bodies and partnerships, including the Matuto: Literacy For Life partnership and the Collaborative Assessment Alliance.
Randall Lane

Forbes USA
Randall Lane is the Chief Content Officer of Forbes Media and editor of Forbes Magazine, responsible for editorial content across all platforms. Since returning to Forbes in 2011, he has helped the magazine and reach peak levels of readership. He created The Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy and the Under 30 Summit, the world's greatest convening of young leaders and entrepreneurs. He helped launch the One Free Press Coalition in 2019, uniting more than 30 leading media organizations worldwide in support of journalists under attack for pursuing the truth.

Prior to joining Forbes Media, Lane cofounded two media companies, launching over a dozen editorial brands, including P.O.V. (Adweek's "Startup of the Year"), Trader Monthly and Dealmaker. Lane began his career at Forbes in 1991, and served as reporter, staff writer and Washington bureau chief.

Randall Lane sits on the boards of directors of Global Citizen and Just Capital, chairs the advisory board of Last Mile Health, and serves on the Board of Overseers of Columbia's School of Professional Studies, as well as three boards affiliated with his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
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Oksana Razumova, Foundation “Friends”
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Sergey Golubev, Social Investment Foundation
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Maria Chertok, CAF Russia
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Nailya Novozhilova, Charity Foundation "Arifmetika Dobra"
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Ekaterina Ogorodnik, MEL
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Viacheslav Bakhmin, Independent expert on civil society
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Tatiana Lazareva, TV presenter, SOZIDANIE Charitable Foundation
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