Ilya Vladimirovich Ponomarev is Russian politician, member of the State Duma, and a technology entrepreneur. Ponomarev has been active in politics for 20 years, combining international operational and investment experience working in high technology industries with a primary focus on IT and energy. His previous positions include Vice president of Yukos Oil Company, Director for Business Development and Marketing in CIS for Schlumberger Oilfield Services, and Vice President for strategy, regional development and government relations at IBS. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (IT), Council for Foreign and Defense Policies, Council for National Strategy, and a fellow at the “Open Russia” foundation. He also chairs the Boards of Trustees at the Institute of Innovation Studies and the Open Projects Foundation. Ponomarev holds a BSc in Physics from Moscow State University and a Master of Public Administration from the Russian State Social University.