22 - 27 August 2019


Ambassadors of the event are well-known, talented, and leading representatives of their professions. The Ambassadors work experience will contribute to the promotion of vocational occupations and support the development of vocational training in Russia and around the globe.

Mask_Group_12248.png Arkady Novikov

Arkady Novikov

Chef, caterer, TV presenter, and businessman. A man has proved that you can be successful in a vocational occupation through hard work and diligence.

Kristina Terkhulova, who was a Competitor at EuroSkills 2016 in Cooking, received a job offer from Arkady Novikov’s cooking school.

I'm not going to become a ‘waxwork’ for the forthcoming WorldSkills Competition. I will try to serve as a role model and promote cooking and catering, as well as other skills.

Mask_Group_12249.png Boris Akimov

Boris Akimov

Renowned journalist, artist, musician, candidate of philosophical sciences, and founder of the LavkaLavka farmers’ cooperative. Boris worked as a journalist until 2010, when he left journalism to focus on his LavkaLavka project.

After the WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Ambassador initiation ceremony, Boris Akimov presented the organizers with a spade. The gift symbolizes agricultural labour, and a hope for abundant success for WorldSkills Kazan 2019

Our major task is to inspire young professionals to devote themselves to agriculture, farming, and small business with no fear; it’s an interesting and educational work and it deserves great respect.

Mask_Group_12250.png Vladimir Chagin

Vladimir Chagin

Legendary athlete, one of the most decorated rally raid drivers in the world, seven-time Dakar winner, Kazan-Master Team pilot. Head of Kamaz-Master team since 2013, since 2015 – Project Director of Silk Way Rally.

Vladimir Chagin participated in his first rallies as a technical support staff.

"In my field, I constantly experience a high demand for qualified personnel. And all our
victories and achievements are undoubtedly due to the hard work done by a big team of
professionals: car designers at factories, engineers, assemblers, electricians, car mechanics and
many-many other professions that are just as important."

ambassador___Krikalev.jpg Sergei Krikalev

Sergei Krikalev

Cosmonaut, aerobatics pilot, Master of Sports of the International Class in aerobatics flying, Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of the Russian Federation

Accumulated about 803 days in space over the course of six spaceflights and performed eight space walks.

The work of a cosmonaut is closely related to the vocational occupations. It was actually considered as one before, because you have got to control a spacecraft and maintain its systems and work. As a cosmonaut, you should know how to work with your hands at the same time as using your head. This is exactly what the young professionals will do while getting ready and competing at WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

ambassador_-_l_one.png Levan Goroziya (L'One)

Levan Goroziya (L'One)

L’One is a Russian rapper and resident of Black Star label, who succeeded to secure his leading position on the Russian music market with Internet as a leverage to promote his art. His Gravitation album issued in 2016 was the best Russian-language album of the year according to Apple editors. He has his own clothing line Cosmokot.

L'One is actively cooperating with WorldSkills Russia and has already been at WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, WorldSKills Hi-Tech in Yekaterinburg and DigitalSkill in Innopolis (Republic of Tatarstan).

Today we help the youth choose their way and acquire the necessary skills, and tomorrow they will be alongside those who are happy and proud to do their job.

foto_Gudkov__kopiya.png Alexander Gudkov

Alexander Gudkov

Russian TV host, actor, showman and scriptwriter. Captain of the Fyodor Dvinyatin KVN Team. Since 2013, Alexander Gudkov has been a regular participant of the Evening Urgant and Comedy Woman shows, scriptwriter and host of the Ladies’ Club and Alexander Gudkov Music Studio sections.

In 2018, together with Ivan Urgant he was awarded in the Producer of the Year category at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

Skills are very important. We live in a materialistic world. We need to eat, get medical treatment, and have our hair cut. We need to repair equipment, create cars. I am impressed with the message of the Competition; it has a good meaning! I am so glad that young people are the main heroes of this event. They are our future.

ambassador___Ivlev_2.png Konstantin Ivlev

Konstantin Ivlev

Russian chef. Founder of IVLEV group, concept chef of Capital Business Group, and brand chef of Delli by Shell. Cookbook writer and host of Ask the Chef, Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Eat it Immediately! TV shows. Founder of the New Russian Cuisine culinary movement. Member of the Chaine des Rotissers in France, President of the Federation of Professional Chefs and Confectioners of Russia.

Konstantin Ivlev completed professional internships at Vatel School (France), Edsbaka Krog Restaurant, the winner of 3 Michelin Guide stars (Sweden), at the Beef Institute (USA), at Juan Maria Arzak Restaurant, the winner of 3 Michelin Guide stars (Spain).

First of all, every Ambassador should promote the values of the Competition, in other words, popularize skills. I’ll keep doing it and hospitality industry is not the limit, because I'm interested in other fields, as well. There is always something to share with others no matter what you do: painting, building houses or cooking.