Herman Gref

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Person.png Herman Gref  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(banker, deep politician)
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BornHermann Gräf
February 8, 1964
Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materOmsk State University, Leningrad University
Spouse • Yelena Gref
• Yana Gref
Member ofJP Morgan Chase/International Council, Munich Security Conference/Advisory Council, WEF/Board of Trustees
Interests • The Great Reset
• Sputnik V
Russian banker/politician. World Economic Forum’s board of trustees. Played a prominent role in the development and production of the Sputnik V vaccine.

Herman Gref (Russian: German Oskarovich Gref) is a Russian politician and businessman. He was the Minister of Economics and Trade of Russia from May 2000 to September 2007. He is the CEO and chairman of the executive board of Sberbank, the largest Russian bank. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s board of trustees. He played a prominent role in the development and production of the Sputnik V vaccine

Education and early career

Herman Gref was born in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (now Kazakhstan) into a family of German deportees who were exiled there in 1941. After fulfilling two years of military service, he studied law at Omsk State University in Siberia from 1985 to 1990.

He then moved to Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) and taught law at Leningrad University until completing his post-graduate degree in 1993. In 1992 – 1998 Gref worked on several positions at the Saint Petersburg City Administration.

Sberbank and COVID

In 2011, Herman Gref—CEO of Russia’s largest bank, and a member of JP Morgan’s International Council[1] — joined the World Economic Forum’s board of trustees. Gref’s Sberbank (which is majority-owned by the Russian government) has been a strategic partner of the World Economic Forum since 2008[2], and is aggressively pushing the climate change agenda in Russia.[3]

Gref played a prominent role in the development and production of the Sputnik V COVID-vaccine. He claims that he got the vaccine in April 2020 - which would make him one of the first people in the world to be injected with the drug. [4]

Sberbank is also working on implementing a QR code-based payment system in Russia.[5]

Work for the Russian government

In August 1998, Gref was appointed First Deputy Minister of State Property of the Russian Federation, and was a member of its board until 2000. He was also appointed to the board of the Federal Commission for the Securities Market of the Russian Federation and the board of state-owned Svyazinvest and Gazprom in 1999.

Gref was first appointed as Minister of the newly formed Ministry of Economic Development and Trade on May 18, 2000 and was reappointed to the position in the succeeding Cabinet in 2004.

Gref was a major advocate of Russia's joining the World Trade Organization.[6] He is also responsible for creation of the Stabilisation Fund.[7]

Gref was considered as one of the liberal reformers in Vladimir Putin's administration of the early and mid-2000s, besides Alexei Kudrin.

In January 2018, Gref was added to the US Treasury's "Kremlin list", a list of 210 officials, politicians and businessmen believed to be close to Vladimir Putin. According to the US Department of Treasury, the list is not a sanctions list and no restrictions are automatically imposed on its subjects.[8]


Events Participated in

WEF/Annual Meeting/200724 January 200728 January 2007SwitzerlandOnly the 450 public figures listed of ~2200 participants
WEF/Annual Meeting/201126 January 201130 January 2011World Economic Forum
2229 guests in Davos
WEF/Annual Meeting/201225 January 201229 January 2012World Economic Forum
2113 guests in Davos
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013World Economic Forum
2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014World Economic Forum
2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Attended by a lot of people, both leaders and followers
WEF/Annual Meeting/201717 January 201720 January 2017World Economic Forum
2951 known participants
WEF/Annual Meeting/202021 January 202024 January 2020World Economic Forum
This mega-summit of the world's ruling class and their political and media appendages happens every year, but 2020 was special, as the continuous corporate media coverage of COVID-19 started more or less from one day to the next on 20/21 January 2020, coinciding with the start of the meeting.


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