Marina was born in Moscow. She graduated from the Physics Department of Moscow State University (specialising in biophysics and biomedicine). She later gained an M.B.A. from Stanford University, USA. Work experience includes consulting in telecom, biotech,
education and healthcare. Serves on board of Andrei Sakharov Foundation, actively involved in planning of diverse projects, dedicated to Sakharov's legacy and human rights. Speaks six languages. Hobbies include painting and mushroom hunting.