External PhD candidate. Dmitrii's first university degree was in foreign languages. In 2017, he graduated from the postgraduate program in economics at Ural Federal University (Russia). Besides, Dmitrii has an MBA degree (2014, Moscow Business School). He has more than ten years' experience in corporate sales. In 2015, Dmitrii moved from the corporate sector to the university. Dmitrii worked at leading Russian universities, such as Ural Federal University, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), and Higher School of Economics. Dmitrii is now an external PhD researcher at CWTS. His topic is 'A Scientometric Study of the Global Excellence Initiatives'. His research interests include scientometrics, knowledge economy, higher education research, and innovation policies.