Alexander "Sasha" Galitsky, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital

Alexander Galitsky is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital, an international venture fund with major office in Portola Valley, CA, as well as with offices and representative offices in Berlin (Germany), Kiev (Ukraine) and Moscow (Russia). The fund was backed in 2008 by Cisco Systems, EBRD and IFC. Among the most famous deals of Almaz Capital are Yandex (IPO NASDAQ), QIK (sold to Skype), Sensity Systems (sold to Verizon Communications) and others. Alexander Galitsky is a well-known innovator, entrepreneur and investor in USA and Europe. Alexander is the President of the South East Europe Tech Tour which will take place in Bucharest (Romania) and Sofia (Bulgaria) in May 2019, as well as the President of the 2018 East Europe Tech Tour, which took place in Warsaw (Poland) and Sofia (Bulgaria). He was honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes, best GP of 2013 by Venture Awards, EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Russia in 2013. Alexander was nominated for the best venture capitalist of the last decade in Europe in 2012 by Investor AllStars and named "Technology Pioneer" at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000.Currently  Sasha serves as a member of Board of Directors at the following international companies: CarPrice, Jelastic, OctonionCo-founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital/PIQ, Parallels, PetCube, StarWind, and as Institute Advisor in B612 Foundation. Prior to Almaz Capital, Alexander made a series of private successful investments. His past and current investments include: NavMaps (sold to TeleAtlas), Start Telecom, Magnifire, SJLabs, PGP, Parallels, Acronis, EverNote among others. Alexander founded five successful high-tech companies, ELVIS+, TrustWorks Systems (sold to Hamsard), EzWIM (sold to TMT Ventures), ELVIS Telecom (sold to Telenor) and NPC ELVIS, all of which he led as CEO. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Galitsky served as one of the top Technical Executive for the Soviet Space Agency and Defense Industry. He pioneered in Wi-Fi and Virtual Private Network technologies, as well as product development on the global market in partnership with Sun Microsystems. He has over 30 patents for numerous inventions. Alexander is PhD in Computer Science and holds a Master's degree in physics.