Professor Alexander Asmolov (born in 1949 in Moscow), Head of the Department of the Psychology of Personality at Moscow State University, a full member of the Russian Academy of Education and a president of ORT-Russia. Asmolov is an author of more than 500 scientific publications including nine books and monographs on evolutionary perspective of the development of personality and other topics. He is one of the leading scholars on the field on cultural-historical psychology which relies on the scientific heritage of Lev Vygotsky, Alexander Luria and Aleksei Leontiev. Professor Asmolov is also a former first Deputy Minister of Education. In that position, he was a key person in facilitation reforms of Russian educational system in the middle of the 1990s.