President of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe
PhD in Spacecraft Automatic Control Systems, Honorary Doctor of Tel Aviv University
Born on September 8, 1953, in Moscow. After graduating from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1976 he was engaged in spacecraft engineering.
In 1993 took the helm at Acron agrochemical company. Under Mr. Kantor's supervision, Acron has become one of the world's leading fertilizer producers and distributors. The Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs have recognized Acron as 'Best Russian Enterprise' ten times.
Between 1996 and 2000, served as Economic Adviser to the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Co-founder of the National Institute for Corporate Reform, a non-profit organisation uniting renowned politicians, business leaders and scholars to provide effective support for corporate reform in Russian industry.
In 2007, chaired the Organising Committee of the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe that brought together nearly sixty most authoritative experts from 14 countries. The final Conference Declaration containing the essential steps to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation regime was circulated to heads of state throughout the world, UN Security Council and management bodies of the EU, CIS, NATO and other international organisations.
The same year Viatcheslav Kantor became president of the permanent Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe.
President of the Russian Jewish Congress (2005-2009), president of the European Jewish Congress (since 2007). Co-Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (since 2007).
Kantor was awarded the following Russian and foreign orders and medals: Order of Friendship (Russia, 1998), Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit (Poland, 2005), Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (Ukraine, 2006), Order of Leopold (Belgium, 2009), Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, 2012), the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italy, 2013) and Grand Cross of the National Order For Merit (Romania, 2014), Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (France, 2014).