Professor Katkalo has received undergraduate and Doctoral degrees in Economics from St. Petersburg University, and did post-doctoral studies at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He taught at several European business schools. His research on evolution of strategic management theory, and advances in management education was published in 6 books and in the top international and Russian journals. Prior to joining Sberbank in 2012, Professor Katkalo has directed the Graduate School of Management at SPbU since 1997 as its Dean and later as SPbU Vice-Rector. Under his leadership GSOM became the first and the only Russian business school to obtain membership in CEMS and PIM global networks, to receive EQUIS accreditation and to get afterwards in the Financial Times global ranking (Master in Management programs). Professor Katkalo also serves as Vice President of EFMD and Chairman of the EPAS Accreditation Board; he is a member of Advisory Boards of GlobalCCU (Council of Corporate Universities), HEC Paris, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Higher School of Economics (Moscow), and of the Board of Directors for JSC Transneft.