Igor Runov

Under Secretary General, International Road Transport Union & Head of the IRU Permanent Delegation to the UN

Dr. Igor B. Runov (Econ.) was born in Moscow in 1952. In 1975 graduated from The Moscow State Institute ofrunov1 International Relations, faculty – international economic cooperation. After receiving Ph. D. in economics in the US and Canada Institute, (Moscow), in 1979 joined the USSR Ministry of Foreign Trade, where he was gradually promoted from senior expert to the Head of Department of International Economic Organizations. In 1991-1995 served as a Vice-president of the US – USSR Trade and Economic Council in Moscow and in New-York. In 1995-2001 worked as the Vice-President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.

Since September 2001 – the Head of Permanent Delegation of the International Road Transport Union (IRU) in the CIS region, since February 2010 – the IRU Under Secretary General. In his current capacity Mr Rounov is promoting liberalization and harmonization of road transport regulations with international law and UN based standards, developing security standards, overlooking implementation of 1975 TIR Convention on a vast geographical area.

In 2005 he initiated the IRU New Eurasian Land Transport Initiative (NELTI) aimed at establishing regular commercial haulage between China, SEA and Europe along several designated routes. In 2010 under his leadership a new project – Model Highway Initiative was launched.

Since June 2013 – the Head of the IRU Permanent Delegation to the UN in New York City, USA.


Vice-Chairman, “Association Russia – USA”;

Board of Trustees, Expert Institute of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. 


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