Minnikhanov Rustam Tatarstan President, Chairman of the Russia – Islamic World strategic vision group Rustam Minnikhanov was born on March 1, 1957 in the Novyi Arysh village of the Rybno-Slobodsky District in the Tatar ASSR. Education: He graduated from Kazan Agricultural Institute in 1978 as mechanical engineer and from Correspondence Institute of Soviet Trade (Moscow) as a commodity expert in 1986. He is a doctor of economic sciences. Career: 1978-1980 – engineer in the Saby District Association of Selkhoztekhnika 1980-1983 – senior engineer and chief power engineer in the Saby timber industry enterprise 1983-1985 – deputy chairman of the District Consumer Society Board 1985-1990 – chairman of the District Consumer Society Board in the Arsk District 1990-1992 – chairman of the Arsk District Executive Committee 1992-1993 – first deputy head of the Arsk District Administration 1993-1996 – head of the Vysokaya Gora District 1996-1998 – minister of finance of the Republic of Tatarstan In 1998, Rustam Minnikhanov was appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan From March 25, 2010 – President of the Republic of Tatarstan From March 24, 2015 – Acting President of the Republic of Tatarstan State awards: Order of Friendship (2002); Order of Services to Motherland 4th class (2007); Order of Services to the Republic of Tatarstan (2007); Medal in memory of the 300th Anniversary of Saint Petersburg (2003); Medal in memory of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan (2005); Medal to mark the three billionth ton of oil in Tatarstan (2007); Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (2008); Laureate of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology (2009); Certificate of Honor of the President of the Russian Federation (2009); Certificate of Honor of the Government of the Russian Federation (2010); Gratitude of the of the President of the Russian Federation (2012); Gratitude of the of the Government of the Russian Federation (2012, 2013); Order of Honor (2014) Keen on motor sport. Honoured Master of Sports.