At a crossroad of very different cultures, half Russian, half Egyptian, Mikhail was born and grew up in Switzerland. He speaks five languages and holds a Master degree in Economics from the St-Gall School of Economics, Law, Business & Public Administration Switzerland. He got awarded the Stolypin Award in 2008 from the Minister of Agriculture of Russia for the most efficient investment into Russian agriculture and received in May 2013 the Anders Wall Award from the renowned Swedish Anders Wall Foundation for the rural project «Danilovka».