Igor Ivanovich Shuvalov (Игорь Иванович Шувалов) was born 4 January, 1967, in Bilibino in the Magadan region. A Russian politician, Shuvalov has served as first deputy prime minister to Vladimir Putin since May 12, 2008.
Between 1984 and 1985, Shuvalov worked in a laboratory at the Ekos Research Institute, before serving two years in the Soviet army. When he had completed his military service, Shuvalov entered the Law Department of Moscow State University, graduating with a degree in jurisprudence in 1993.
After graduation Shuvalov briefly worked as an attache in the Legal Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, before becoming a senior legal advisor to AOZT and ALM Consulting in Moscow from 1993 to 1997.
In 1997 Shuvalov moved into the federal government department dealing with property issues, heading a department in the State Register of Federal Property and then serving as deputy head of the Committee on State Property (Goskomimuschestvo) up to May 1998. He then moved to the Russian Federal Property Fund, serving as acting chairman for six months before being confirmed in the position and serving until May 2000.
In May 2000, Shuvalov was appointed chief of staff in Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's cabinet, with the rank of federal minister. Three years later he was appointed an aide to President Vladimir Putin.
Between October 2003 and March 2004, Shuvalov was deputy head of the Presidential Administration, before returning to his role as presidential aide. On January 4, 2005, he was appointed Chairman of an interdepartmental commission on Russia's participation in the G8, becoming Russia's G8 sherpa (personal representative of the Head of State who prepares the agenda and agreements for G8 Summits).
On 12 May 2008, Shuvalov was appointed first deputy prime minister in Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's second cabinet. In this position he is responsible for coordinating the work of federal organs in the following areas: international economic activities and foreign trade; economic and trade relations and economic integration with participating CIS states; negotiations on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization; road traffic safety; development of small businesses; regional development; and management of state ownership.
Shuvalov also works on state policy on international relations, technical regulation, intellectual property, civil defence, response to emergency situations, real estate, competition, monopolies, tariffs and socio-economic development.
Following the resignation of Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin in late September 2011, Shuvalov took over responsibility for financial issues within the cabinet.
Shuvalov is married, with one son and two daughters.
Government.ru, Profile of Igor Ivanovich Shuvalov (In Russian)