Vadim was born last century in a country no longer exists. Understanding that a country can cease to exist because of internal threats like a loss of shared values and solidarity, has led him to want to do everything in his power to ensure that it won't happen again in Israel. Vadim is a historian and a social activist in the fields of Jewish education and civil society. Currently the director of the Mandel Program for Excellence at the Jewish Agency for Israel, he was formerly a content and training specialist at Makom, the Strategic Content Lab of the Jewish Agency, and headed its education department in St. Petersburg, Russia. Prior to that he was the executive director of 1+1: Association of Immigrant Youth, a nonprofit that develops innovative frameworks for young Russian-speaking teens, including leadership and community development and helps youth at risk throughout Israel’s periphery. Vadim is an alumni of the GVANIM program for pluralism and leadership, as well as the JDC-ELKA Mashmaut training program for directors-general of voluntary organizations. Vadim is also one of the founders of the 1.5 Generation: Russian-speaking Young Adults; a board member of the New Israel Fund and Be Free Israel ('IsraelHofsheet'); and a member of the Content Committee of Limmud-FSU. Vadim lives in Ramat Gan with his husband, Roman, and their daughter, Danielle.