Educated at the Engineering and Economics Department of the St. Petersburg State Marine Technical University and at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business specializing in Economics and Organization of the Machine-building Industry.
Since 1994 he was the head of the project CJSC "Agency Don Plus", since 1995 - the investment manager of the representative office of the Finnish banking investment company "Galza Investments". Since 1996 he is the adviser to the Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Gref Management of Urban Property (KUGI) of St. Petersburg on Economic Issues .
Since 1997 - the head of the Office of Investment Projects, since 1998 - the director of the Department of Urban Property Economics of the KUGI of St. Petersburg. Since 1999 - the deputy General Director of Development, since 2000 - 1st Deputy General Director of JSC "Lenenergo".
Since 2004 - the director of the Department of State Tariff Regulation and Infrastructure Reforms of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. 10.11.2005 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation (since 12.05.2008 Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation).
Member of the Board of Directors of OJSC "Rosneft", JSC "Zarubezhneft", PetroEnergoBank. On 15.05.2008 he took the post of Deputy Head of the government apparatus. He supervises the functioning of the apparatus, planning the activities of the apparatus, ensuring the activities of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.