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ALFIA ILICHEVA
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD DIRECTOR

Alfia is a Group Director at R/GA, where she advises senior executives of Fortune 500 and private equity-backed companies on strategic growth opportunities and transformation briefs.

Prior to R/GA, Alfia was an Engagement Manager at Fahrenheit 212, a global innovation strategy and design firm, where she led high-impact innovation engagements for a broad spectrum of clients, including Anheuser-Busch, Charles Schwab, Church & Dwight, Citigroup, Discover, Nestle, Pfizer, and Uber. Prior to Fahrenheit 212, Alfia was the President of Five Boroughs Foundation of Photography and was an analyst at Royal Bank of Scotland where she implemented capital issuances across technology, retail, natural resources, and CPG industries.

Passionate about the role of design thinking and innovation in academia and business, Alfia has contributed her thought leadership to different innovation outlets and events, including the Fast Company Innovation Festival, SXSW, MBA Innovation Summit, and Columbia Women in Business Conference, amongst others. She has repeatedly conducted innovation workshops and tutorials as a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s Startup Lab and Harvard Business School.

When Alfia is not busy traveling the world for new inspiration and meaning, she is focused on her most important passion - her family. As a young mom in bustling New York City, she cherishes peaceful moments with her three children, reading Russian fairy tales, exploring new parks and museums, or baking salted chocolate cakes. Alfia was born in Moscow and takes deep pride in her Tatar-Russian roots. She loves to go back to her native Tatar village to reconnect with extended family over endless cups of samovar tea and folklore songs.

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