- Social Discovery Ventures
About Social Discovery Ventures: Social Discovery Ventures is a holding company which has invested in more than 50 internet technology projects, including Academia.edu, Shazam, Dating.com Group, Streetlife, Harbour.Space University. He is one of the first investors in blockchain technology in Russia. The company contributes to scientific and humanitarian projects. Its corporate values are underpinned by innovative technologies and contemporary art.
Nomination in Brief
Dmitry Volkov, CEO Social Discovery Ventures, supports global dialogue between philosophers and scientists globally. He believes that science, philosophy – and critical thinking in general – is a platform that enables intercultural and interfaith understanding and peace. Dr. Volkov’s most recent initiative was the organization of the first dialogue between Russian Scientists and the Dalai Lama.
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Born in 1976, Dr. Dmitry Volkov is a businessman, investor, philosopher, contemporary art collector and philanthropist. In 1998 he co-founded Social Discovery Ventures, an international umbrella brand for a group of technology and software engineering companies. SDVentures develops and licenses software and invests in tech. businesses globally. Company’s investment portfolio includes more than 50 unique online brands (LinguaLeo, StreetLife, Academia.edu, Roomi, Shocase etc.). SDVentures have offices in Moscow, Riga, New York and Hon Kong. Dr.Volkov is also a patron of Tretyakov Gallery and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Recently Dmitry has founded SDV Arts & Science Foundation. It supports projects in Russian contemporary art, especially those focused on synergy of art & technologies. Dmitry is the co-founder and active member of the Centre of Consciousness Studies at Moscow State University and the author of papers and books on analytic philosophy. Dmitry holds three degrees – a Ph. D. in Philosophy from Moscow State University, a MA in U.S. Contemporary History and an Executive MBA from the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO as well as multiple certificates from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Dmitry Volkov supports dialogue between philosophers and scientists globally. He believes that science, philosophy and critical thinking in general is a platform that enables intercultural and interfaith understanding and peace.
Dr. Volkov’s most recent initiative was the organization of The First Dialogue between Russian Scientists and Dalai Lama. It took place in New Delhi and became a result of a longstanding work of the Center. The delegation to New Delhi included leading neuroscientists, cognitive psychologists, geneticists and philosophers. The members of the delegation engaged the Buddhist scholars in a discussion on consciousness, human empathy and the effects of meditation on the quality of life. Dr. Volkov has been one of the presenters and participants in the round table. He has given a presentation on the Buddhist and Western perspective of the personal identity. He has also had a personal meeting with Dalai Lama and presented him with idea of establishing a global award for the scientific contribution in the research of consciousness. This September in Riga this initiative has been discussed with Dalai Lama and his assistants. Dr. Volkov has committed to fund this initiative.
- Julia Zhironkina
- Partnership during the organization of the First Dialogue between Russian Scientists and Dalai Lama in New Delhi
- Save Tibet Foundation