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President and CEO

Ilia Salita leads the foundation’s efforts to engage and inspire young Jews around the world, build vibrant communities, support Jewish culture and build bridges to ensure a robust Jewish future.

An alumnus of Moscow State University, Ilia started his career in academia, where he spent several years in research and teaching at academic institutions in Russia and the United States. Prior to joining GPG, Ilia worked in the private sector in the arenas of personnel management, business development and community-centric marketing.

Under Ilia’s leadership, Genesis Philanthropy Group has developed a comprehensive portfolio which includes leading innovative and effective educational, as well as community-building, initiatives across primarily, but not exclusive Russian-speaking Jewish communities around the globe, large and small. Ilia brings a business-minded approach to philanthropy and has spearheaded the expansion of the foundation’s work beyond North America, Israel and the former Soviet Union, to include Germany and the United Kingdom.

A strong believer in the impact of philanthropic collaboration, Ilia serves as a board member of and the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN). He also served as a co-chair of the Westbury Group from 2013 to 2016. Ilia frequently presents at international conferences and has written for media outlets based in the USA, in Israel and in the former Soviet Union.