Ignaty Dyakov is a professional Russian language teacher with Master's degrees in Linguistics and The Political Economy of Russia. Originally from St Petersburg he came to London in 2008 where some time later he established Russia Local Ltd. (http: //www.russialocal.co.uk), a language-based consultancy which helps international businesses expand in Russia. Russian language training is where the company started and is still a core element of the business. Ignaty's clients are now based in the UK, France, Luxembourg, China, Hong Kong and Russia. They come from all walks of life and work in different areas, e.g. finance and banking, law, architecture, politics and administration. Ignaty's first-hand experience of running a business helps him better understand their needs and requirements. Nevertheless, he continuously develops his skills and this is recognised by the number of awards he has received which include scholarships and grants named after the Russian President and Government, awards from the Ministry for Science and Education and Interros investment fund, as well as a Shell LiveWire 'Grand Ideas' award. He is a member of the UK Society of Authors, the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (UK). Ignaty has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, interviewed by Thomson Reuters, The Voice of Russia, REN TV and BBC Radio 5 Live. He is an eager speaker on doing business in Russia and the Russian language matters; he is frequently invited to talk on different occasions. He is married and enjoys reading, playing chess and learning to play golf, travelling and vegetarian cooking.