Who is Dmitry Arkadievich Mazepin?
Dimitry Mazepin was born in Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, the Soviet Union in the year 1968. He is a Belarus born Russian businessman and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of URALCHEM. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Uralkali, member of the Bureau of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).
He graduated from the Suvorov Military Academy in Minsk in 1985. Between 1986 and 1988, he served as a military interpreter in Afghanistan.
In 1992, he graduated from MGIMO University Department of Economics and then went to work in the financial sector in Russia and Belarus. He climbed the corporate ladder, taking up executive positions in major private and government owned companies, namely TNK and Sibur.
In 2008 he graduated from Saint-Petersburg Institute for Economics and Management with a first-tier university degree in Organization Management. In 2012, he earned his PhD from the same institution. He defended his thesis on developing a methodical approach to managing the stock market potential of an oil producing company.
He was CEO of an insurance company, Infistrakh from 1992 to 1993. Until 1995, he held the position of Deputy Branch Manager at the Belarus bank. He also held senior positions at Falkon Bank in 1995 and from 1996 to 1997, he attained the position of deputy CEO of a commodities trader, Raznoimport.
A major turning point happened in 1997 when he was appointed as Vice-President of TNK, a Tymen Oil Company. He was tasked with making the company profitable again.
Between 1998 and 1999, Dmitry Mazepin was the Deputy President of the Board of Flora Moscow and was the CEO of Kuzbassugol, a coal producing company. In 2002, he was named the First Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federal Property Fund.
In 2004, Mazepin created his own company and he acquired a majority stake in Kirovo-Chepetsk Chemicals plant in a public auction. He became chairman of the board of his company, Constructive Bureau, which later acquired stakes in other companies between 2004 and 2006.
In 2007, all his assets were combined to form a public joint-stock company, URALCHEM United Chemicals company. In December 2013, he acquired a 19.99% stake in the world’s leading potash producer Uralkali and he also bought at 21.75% stake at Suleiman Kerimov.
Part of his business development plan was to introduce both URALCHEM and Uralkali to African markets. He has been in talks with several African leaders including Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangawa and Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu. Zambia and Zimbabwe were set to become important hubs for fertilizer as the global demand grows. He was also in talks with Angola’s President to discuss the possibility of constructing an urea plant with a capacity of 1 million tonnes per year.
When it comes to philanthropy, through URALCHEM, Mazepin is involved with social programs for veterans and children. They also support education and science programs, regional development initiatives as well as promote culture and sports. He is known as one of the most charitable Russian Billionaires having spent over $700,000 on charitable causes in 2012.