Board of Governors
Chairman, Access Industries
Len Blavatnik is a major American industrialist with global interests in three sectors: natural resources and chemicals, media and telecommunications, and real estate. He is the founder and Chairman of Access Industries, a privately-held U.S. industrial group with strategic investments throughout the world.
Raised in Russia, he immigrated to the United States in 1978 and became a U.S. citizen in 1984. He received a Master's degree in Computer Science from Columbia University (1981) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1989). In addition to corporate directorships, he sits on boards at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Tel Aviv universities and numerous charitable organizations, including the Center for Jewish History in New York.
An active philanthropist, Mr.Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundationhas provided significant support to many leading educational, cultural and medical institutions in the U.S., Europe, Russia and Israel, including the founding of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. Mr. Blavatnik, together with the New York Academy of Sciences, established the annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists to celebrate noteworthy young scientists and engineers conducting research in the United States. In 2017 the Blavatnik Awards were expanded to the United Kingdom and Israel.