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), Doctor of Economics.
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.
During 14 years (from 1995 to 2009), Andrey 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. From 1995 to 1997, was a member of the Board of the National Tourist Association (NTA), 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).
In 2012, became a co-founder of the international volunteer initiative Dadobro.com, conceptually based on global best practice of corporate volunteering.