Born Viatcheslav (Moshe) Kantor in Moscow in 1953, Kantor received both his undergraduate and a Doctor’s degree of Technical Sciences from the Moscow Aviation University. Last year, he established the Center for European Jewish Cultural Studies at the Tel Aviv University in Israel and at the same time was conferred an Honorary Doctor’s degree.
Moshe Kantor, the Russian industrialist and space entrepreneur became Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Jewish Congress. The son of a Jewish Red Army soldier from Zaporusia in the Ukraine, he identifies both with the liberators and the survivors of the Holocaust. His leadership in the European Jewish Congress has cast him as the face of European Jewry. Formally trained as a specialist in spacecraft automatic control systems and the author of more than 30 scientific works and inventions, Mr. Kantor is one of the most respected and well-known chief executives in the production sector of the Russian Federation.
In 1998, he was awarded the Order of Friendship in recognition of his “merits to the fatherland” and his “long-term conscientious work and substantial contribution to the promotion of friendship and cooperation between nations.”
In 2002, Mr. Kantor was elected Vice President of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, where he coordinates cultural issues and promotes cooperation between local Jewish communities in Southeast Asia and China. Particularly active in Jewish Diaspora affairs in Russia and Europe, Mr. Kantor actively helped to open synagogues and Jewish cultural centers in Veliky Novgorod (Russia) and in Geneva. Mr. Kantor is also a member of the International Board of Hillel – The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.