The Open World Leadership Center Welcomes 20,000th Participant from the Russian Federation

The Open World Leadership Center Welcomes 20,000th Participant from the Russian Federation

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will welcome its 20,000th Russian participant when Mr. Aleksey Melikov, age 32, arrives in Washington, D.C. as a member of a larger delegation of emerging Russian professionals on September 25th.

Mr. Melikov will be recognized on September 26th during the groups orientation followed by an afternoon of congressional meetings focusing on Energy Independence and Alternative Energy. Mr. Melikov will be hosted in Hilo, Hawaii by the Hawaii Rotary Club. The group will meet with the office of Senator Brian Schatz from Hawaii.

As a professor, researcher, and practitioner, Mr. Melikov is working to advance the quality of educational programs and research through advancement of scientific, educational, and innovative potential of the university. His professional focus in concerns the development of alternative energy sources and the introduction of renewable energy sources in the Volgograd region as a whole.

Mr. Melikov hopes that his participation in the Open World program will help introduce him to best practices of renewable energy in the United States which will allow him to enhance scholarship at the Volgograd State Agricultural University. Mr. Melikov hopes that what he learns from his American peers will help him introduce future research projects that will help develop the field of renewable energy sources in Russia.

Open World’s 20th Year
Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Open World Leadership Center maintains a vast network of more than 29,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The Center supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit