Valery received undergraduate (1986, with honors) and Doctoral (1989) degrees in Economics from St.Petersburg University, and did post-doctoral studies at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (1990-91). He has taught at several European business schools. His research on evolution of strategic management theory and management education was published in 8 books and in the top international and Russian peer-reviewed and professional journals.
During 1997-2012 he led (as the Dean and later as the SPbU Vice-Rector) the Graduate School of Management at SPbU, the first and the only Russian business school that has been accepted to CEMS Global Alliance, achieved the EQUIS accreditation and got in the Financial Times global ranking.
During Dec.2012-Dec.2018 he served as the Dean of Sberbank Corporate University, which has received for the first time in the Russian business history the CLIP accreditation and the EOCCS certification for its three online programs.
Professor Katkalo is the Vice President of EFMD and the member of the Boards of Trustees of EFMD and Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and Supervisory Board of the Far Eastern Federal University. During 2008-2013 he also served on several Advisory Boards for global business schools (HEC-Paris, Fuqua School at Duke University, WU-Vienna); during 2010-2018 - as the Chairman of the EPAS Accreditation Board at EFMD; during 2013-2017 - on the Board of Directors of PJSC Transneft.
He has been awarded with the Letter of Appreciation from the President of the Russian Federation, with three state medals, and with the title of the Distinguished Worker of the Russian Higher Education.