Thomas D. Nastas, Program Contributor - Real Russia Project
Thomas D. Nastas is president and founder of Innovative Ventures Inc (IVI), Lansing, Michigan, and Moscow, Russia. The business of IVI is venture capital and the creation of venture capital funds in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, CEE and the CIS. Mr. Nastas is Independent Director, Board of Directors, Sotsgorbank, Moscow, Russia. Mr. Nastas was Chief Investment Officer, Senior Advisor in venture capital at the Russian Investment Fund, HP Russia, IFC, Canadian Development Bank, Financiere St. Dominique & others.

Tom Nastas created IVI to invest venture capital (VC) into US technology companies. He marketed IVI's entry into Canada, Europe, Africa & the CIS; established relationships, access markets, raised capital to finance the start-up & mgt of international cash flow & VC funds. He managed the P&L, led int'l bus dev thru sales & execution. His early career includes Product Development Engineer, Ford Motor Company: Manager of Product Planning & Market Development at Multifastner Corp., & Donnelly Mirrors (auto suppliers): He started his career as a management consultant to AMF, Lear Sigler, Votrax Speech Synthesis, Sinteris Magnetics, Chinese Computer Comm., Recomtex & others.

Mr. Nastas is active in the Russian community, to develop future leaders and help place talented Russians in companies he is involved with. Since January 2002, Mr. Nastas is Professor of Marketing, American Institute of Business & Economics, Moscow, an evening MBA program for Russians. Since 2001, he is Advisor, Pericles, Moscow. He tutors Russians for admission to international MBA universities, assists in the preparation of essays & interviews. Successes? 100+ students enrolled in London School of Economics, U of C Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Wharton, INSEAD.

Mr. Nastas is a avid writer with articles published in the Harvard Business Review (Russian and Hungarian editions), Alternative Assets, Russian Investment Review, African Technology Development Forum Journal, Development Outreach (publication of the World Bank) and many others. View his full profile here.