Oleg Afanasyev was born in Moscow in 1993. He graduated from school 171 in Moscow in 2009 and from the Department of Chemistry of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2014. He did his diploma project in the field of triazole chemistry and is currently a PhD student in the Group of Effective catalysis at the A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds working under the supervision of Dr. Denis Chusov. His research is focused on the development of new catalytic reductive reactions with carbon monoxide as a reducing agent.