Andrei Kirilenko

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Andrei Kirilenko | Speaker Biography

Andrei Kirilenko is a Russian-American basketball executive and former professional basketball player. Born in Izhevsk, Russia, Kirilenko began playing professional basketball at the age of fifteen in the Russian Basketball Super League. He was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 1999 NBA draft, becoming the first Russian player picked in the first round and the youngest European player ever chosen. Kirilenko spent nine seasons with the Jazz, making the NBA All-Rookie First Team, earning three NBA All-Defensive Team selections, and participating in the 2004 All-Star Game. He led the NBA in blocked shots during the 2004-2005 season.

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Kirilenko returned to Russia and played for CSKA Moscow. He led the team to the 2012 EuroLeague Final, earning MVP honors, an All-EuroLeague first team selection, and the Best Defender award. In 2012, Kirilenko returned to the NBA to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves before retiring from professional basketball.

Kirilenko has also been involved in politics, serving as the First Secretary of the Zaporizhzhya Regional Party Committee of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) in the late 1930s. His contributions included significant developments in metallurgical and electrical engineering, as well as other industries. During World War II, Kirilenko was directly involved with evacuating industry to safe zones and served as a member of the Military Soviet of the 18th Army of the Southern Front. After the war, he became the First Secretary of the Zaporizhzhya Regional Party Committee of the USSR.

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