God Semenovich Nisanov (Biography)

God Semenovich Nisanov (Born on April 24th, 1972, in ‘Krasnaya Sloboda’, Azerbaijan, USSR) – is a Russian entrepreneur and Chairman of the board of directors (COB) of the ‘Kievskaya Ploshad’ company. God Nisanov is the co-owner of the furniture center ‘Grand,’ the Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow (Hotel Ukraine), the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel, and the partial owner of the International Business Center – Moscow City.

Biography

Год Семенови Нисанов

God Nisanov was born on April 24th, 1972 in the “Krasnaya Sloboda village” in Azerbaijan, into the family of Semen Davidovitch Nisanov and Margarita Mordehaevna Nisanova (neè Abramova). His first administrative experience was at his father’s enterprise, where he fulfilled the duties of manager. In 1992, together with his friend and countryman Zarakh Iliev, he started a business related to wholesale trade.

Today, the primary interests of the entrepreneur are focused on the development of socially significant projects, such as the first agro-cluster in the country — Food City. The agro-cluster was opened by God Nisanov and the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, in Autumn 2014. By 2015, the Moscow City Hall recognized the format of the agro-cluster as optimal for supplying food to the metropolis.

Food City is Russia’s first modern agro-cluster. “Its capacity is enough to provide a third of the city's food supply,” said Sergey Sobyanin at the opening of the wholesale food center. Today,Food City provides the residents of the capital with fresh produce at an affordable price and offers a guarantee for product sales to Russian agricultures.

Another socially significant project is the Center of Oceanography and Marine Biology – Moskvarium. God Nisanov personally presented the Moskvarium both to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin and to the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin during its opening day in August 2015. It is the largest Oceanarium in Europe and the only marine park of such scale that is located hundreds of kilometers from the sea coast. The Center of Oceanography and Marine Biology accommodates 80 aquariums, each appropriately conditioned to provide comfortable living for various animals. Thousands of people visit the Moskvarium daily, for informative and scientific purposes. The Oceanarium is equipped with a lecture hall, where students of different ages are invited to partake in thematic exercises.

In spring 2015 God Nissanov, together with the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, opened a new international bus station – Southern Gate, that is located on the 19th kilometer of the Moscow Ring Road. God Nisanov is a co-investor of the project.

In January 2017, Moscomarchitecture approved the project for the redesign of the Shchelkovsky bus station building. The reconstruction will start in spring 2017 and will end in autumn 2019.

According to the design project, the station will become a modern and multifunctional complex, with the design of the façade to look like a flying glass ship. Its eleven floors – six above the ground and five below – will accommodate: cash desks, waiting rooms, shops, a café, a cinema, storage rooms and an underground parking.

God Nisanov’s assets are concentrated in commercial real estate. He is the co-owner of the ‘Radisson Royal Hotel Moscow’ (Former Ukraine Hotel) and the river fleet ‘Radisson Royal’, the ‘Radisson Slavyanskaya' Hotel, partial owner of the international business center ‘Moscow City’,and co-owner of the furniture center ‘Grand’.

На церемонии вручения нагдад: президент РФ Владимир Путин награждает предпринимателя Года Нисанова

The projects mentioned above and many others have been deservedly praised by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. In 2014, Vladimir Putin awarded God Nisanov with the Order of Friendship with the following wording: “For the vast contribution to the implementation of economic projects and the attraction of investments towards the economy of the Russian Federation." A year later, Vladimir Putin ordered to present God Nisanov with a commemorative medal "70 years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945."

In addition to the implementation of socially significant projects, God Nisanov actively engages in charitable activities. He made a significant contribution to the restoration   of the Kronstadt Naval Cathedral named after St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.

In 2015, with God Nissanov’s assistance, the Jewish school ‘Heder Menachem’ was built.

In September 2014, God Nisanov was elected vice-president of the ‘World Jewish Congress,’ which unites communities of 115 countries.

In December 2016, he was elected vice-president of the Russian Azerbaijan Congress, uniting the Azerbaijani diaspora of the Russian Federation.

God Nisanov’s latest project is a luxury hotel, which will be located at the beginning of the Varvarka Street and will adjoin the Zaryadie Park. ‘MFK’ LLC, which is part of the group of companies owned by ‘Kievskaya Ploshchad,’ will lead the reconstruction of the building complexes in the center of Moscow. In order for the new buildings to organically blend into the city’s historical image, it was decided to render a pre-revolutionary look to the new designs. The facades of the former income house ‘Anchor’ will be restored according to the preserved samples and drawings. The project intends for the construction of the building to allow one to move from the busy street to the park and back. The atrium of the hotel will become a continuation of the Zaryadye park – the space will be constructed at the ground level, and fruit trees will be planted in the courtyard. Part of the building facing the park will have a modern look and thus will become a fine background for the historical buildings of the area. The project implementation period is three years and two months.

In January 2017, another project of ‘Kievskaya Ploshad’ was announced – the construction of a Center of Oceanography and Marine Biology in St. Petersburg. The project and its investors are recognized as strategic for the city, as stated by the investment committee of St. Petersburg. The endeavor to build an oceanarium in the city is unique for St. Petersburg. Visitors will be able to see marine inhabitants, previously not presented in the oceanariums of Russia. The project will be implemented by ‘Optima’ LLC, which is part of the group of companies owned by ‘Kievskaya Ploshchad.’ Investment volumes are estimated to be around 15 billion rubles. The oceanarium will occupy 15 thousand square meters and will be able to hold 750 visitors simultaneously. The complex will also contain: a marine biology center with an area of 9,2 thousand square meters, an extreme sports arena with an area of more than 10 thousand square meters, a parking, shops, a cafe and a cinema. The estimated implementation period of the project is five years.

FORTUNE

According to the Forbes magazine,in 2015 God Nisanov’s fortune amounted to $4.3 billion.

Год Семенович Нисанов с отцом Семеном Давыдовичем Нисановым

INTERESTING FACTS

God Nisanov is fond of snorkeling and horse riding. He speaks six foreign languages, including Arabic, Turkish and Farsi.

AWARDS

  • Certificate of Honor of the President of the Russian Federation (for the restoration of the Kronstadt Naval Cathedral in the name of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Kronstadt, 2012).
  • Order of Friendship (for the large contribution to the implementation of economic projects and the attraction of investments towards the economy of the Russian Federation, 2014).
  • Award for Leadership (2014).
  • Award of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FEOR) "Fiddler on the Roof", 2015.
  • Commemorative medal "70 years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945" (for active participation in patriotic education of citizens and resolving social and economic problems of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, 2015).
  • Order "For Service to the Fatherland" (by the Decree of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, God Nisanov was awarded the Order "For Service to the Fatherland" of the 3rd degree, for merits in the field of strengthening friendship among peoples.)

Facts

  • In August 2015, God Nisanov personally presented the Moskvarium to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and to the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin. It is Europe's largest center for oceanography and marine biology, and was built on the VDNKh territory.
  • In Autumn 2014, God Nisanov and the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, opened the agroholding ‘Food City’ – the country’s largest wholesale food center, that plays an important part in the product import substitution.
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