Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor
(born September 8, 1953 in Moscow) is a Jewish leader, philanthropist and businessman. He is currently serving as President of the European Jewish Congress.
Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor was born in Moscow and spent his early years there, obtaining his degree from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1976. In 1981 he was awarded a PhD in Sciences with a specialization in Spacecraft Automatic Control Systems.
Kantor heads the publicly traded Acron Group, one of the leading mineral fertiliser producers and distributors in the world. He purchased the first asset of the Acron Group, a state-owned nitric acid-based fertiliser plant in Russia (formerly named Azot), in 1993.
Kantor is married to Anna Kantor and has four sons and a daughter.
Kantor, who is president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC), is well known worldwide for his fight against anti-Semitism, racism and neo-Nazism and has greatly contributed to revitalising Jewish life in Europe and beyond.
Moshe Kantor has been the president of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) since 2007. He was re-elected to the position in 2008 and again in 2012 and 2016. The EJC, the largest secular organisation representing the interests of European Jewry, is an influential, international public association representing some 2.5 million Jews across the European continent in 42 national Jewish communities.
Kantor is particularly involved in Holocaust education. To enshrine in memory the tragic events of the 20th century, he founded and headed the World Holocaust Forum (WHF) and the European Jewish Fund.
As Chair of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation Kantor initiated and organized the commemoration events in Krakow, on January 27, 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The “Let My People Live!” World Forum was attended by more than 40 heads of state and official delegations.
Kantor’s involvement in promoting Jewish life also extends to being the key founder and chairman of the European Jewish Fund (EJF), which focuses on promoting Jewish life throughout Europe by supporting programmes to reinforce Jewish identity and Jewish pride, especially by re-connecting young people with their rich and vital Jewish heritage. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of Yad Vashem. In 2013 Kantor was elected Chairman of the Policy Council of the World Jewish Congress and reelected in 2017.
In 2007, Kantor founded and was elected president of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, an international non-governmental organisation uniting leading world-renowned experts on nuclear non-proliferation, materials and delivery vehicles.
TOLERANCE AND RECONCILIATION
Kantor is actively engaged in promoting tolerance and reconciliation in Europe. In 2008, he founded the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR). The ECTR is a non-governmental organisation composed of former heads of European states, politicians and other world renowned individuals famous for their achievements in promoting tolerance.
2016Order of Honour, Russia
2015Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France
2014Grand Cross of the National Order For Merit, Romania
2013The Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Italy
2012Chevalier of the National Order of the Legionof Honour, France
2009Order of Leopold, Belgium
2006Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, Ukraine
2005Order of Merit, Poland
1998Order of Friendship, Russia
In addition, he received an honorary doctorate from Tel-Aviv University (2004); “Deserved for Tolerance” medal from the Ecumenical Foundation Tolerance (2011); and the European Jewish Leadership Award (2012).