Oksana Oracheva


Oksana Oracheva is General Director of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation. She keeps strategic programs, partnerships and operations on track, fosters innovative thinking, oversees programs and projects development and is responsible for the Foundation’s international activities and global partnerships. Oksana is a member of the Council on Guardianship under the Government of the Russian Federation and a member of the Expert Council of Presidential Foundation for Cultural Initiatives.

Oksana was chair of the Governing Council of the Russian Donors Forum. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, Oksana served as Russia Program Director of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program at the Moscow office of the Institute of International Education. In 1999–2000 she was an editor of the bi-weekly Russian Regional Bulletin published by East-West Institute Moscow Center. Oksana is a political scientist and has over 20 years of work experience in the non-profit sector.

Since 1989 she has been teaching different courses on Political History and Political Science. She has written extensively on federalism, centre-periphery relations and good governance. Oksana holds a MSocSc in Political Science degree of the University of Birmingham (UK) and a PhD in Political History from Perm State University (Russia) and did research as a Visiting Professor at Yale University.

Oksana is a winner of the Fulbright and Chevening Scholarship awards.