Tatarkin Alexander Ivanovich - Soviet and Russian economist, Doctor of Economics (1986), Professor (1990), Honory Worker of Science (1996); Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1997); Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician (2006). Alexander Tatarkin was the director of the Institute of Economics of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1991-2016).

Alexander Tatarkin made an invaluable contribution to the development of Russian economic science. He is the author of  about 800 books and papers. Alexander Tatarkin was one of the leading scientists in the field of regional economy not only in the Ural, but also in Russia. The leading scientific school of Russia, the Ural Scientific School “Regional Competitiveness”, was founded under his leadership. The main issues that Alexander Tatarkin paid particular attention were the problems of managing regions and territorial complexes, self-development of regional socio-economic systems, and the formation of a concept for sustainable socio-economic development of territories.

Alexander Ivanovich Tatarkin took part in international programs through UNESCO, EEC, TASSIS, in events with the University of Houston, the University of Kansas City (USA), the Marburg International Concern for Textile Industry (Belgium), the University of Helsinki to increase the knowledge-intensive production, with Cape Town University (South Africa), Harbin University (PRC), GA under the Central Committee of the CPC (Beijing) and others.