Vladimir A. D’yakonov was born in 1980 in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. He graduated from the Ufa State Petroleum Technical University (Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia, 2002) with an honors diploma. He received his Candidate (Ph.D.) (2005) and Doctor of Science, Chemistry (2012) degrees from the Institute of Petrochemistry and Catalysis of Russian Academy of Sciences under the guidance of the Corresponding Member of RAS, professor Usein M. Dzhemilev. Since 2018, V.A. D’yakonov is the director of the Institute of Petrochemistry and Catalysis of Russian Academy of Sciences. Professional objective: Main scientific interests are in the field of metal complex catalysis in organic and organometallic synthesis, total synthesis of natural compounds, medicinal chemistry, chemistry and stereochemistry of the strained and cage compounds, organic chemistry of nontrasition metals (Mg, Al, Zn, Ga, In) as well as chemistry of small, low-stable and highly strained molecules, including the development of new catalytic synthetic methods based on transformations of strained molecules and metallacarbocycles, and the elaboration of simple (“one-pot”) ways for the preparation of various carbo-, hetero- and macrocyclic compounds. Scientific works: V.A. D’yakonov was the facilitator of the issue ARKIVOC, 2011 (viii), the author of papers and reviewer of a number of scientific journals, including Journal of Organic Chemistry, Chemical Communications, Chemical Reviews, Tetrahedron, Tetrahedron Letters, Organometallics, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Current Organic Chemistry, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. He is the author and co-author of 5 books, about more than 100 scientific articles and reviews. He also has more than 100 patents issued.