Prof. Mikhail Chlenov is President of the Va'ad -- The Federation of Jewish Organizations in Russia. He also chairs the Euro-Asian branch of the World Jewish Congress and is a member of its Executive.
In the 1970s, he was a well-known Hebrew teacher in Moscow and was one of the founders of the “kulturniks” group. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, he has played a major role in re-establishing the Jewish community in Russia.
Mikhail Chlenov is currently Dean of the Department of Jewish Studies at the State Jewish Maimonides Academy and of the Center for Jewish Studies and Jewish Civilization at Moscow State University. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology.
Mikhail Chlenov was a member of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors from June 1998 through June 2002. Than he became an Associate member of the Board and he serves as a Committee Member from September 2006.