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Highlights from the Russian CFO Summit 2014

Members of the 2015 Speaker Faculty include:

Members of the 2015 Speaker Faculty include:

Jim Lee Vice President & CFO PepsiCo Russia

Jim Lee is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Russia, a food and beverage business with a product portfolio that spans across dairy, savoury snacks, beverages and juices and a wide range of leading brands, including Lays, Lipton, Pepsi, J7, Domik v Derevne, Chudo and Agusha.  PepsiCo Russia is PepsiCo’s largest international market with net revenues of more than US$4 billion and over 20,000 employees. Jim assumed his current role in August 2013 and is responsible for strategic and financial leadership, across functional areas including commercial finance, revenue management, operations finance, financial planning, financial reporting, M&A, productivity and budget management. Jim joined PepsiCo in 1998 and has served in a variety of roles across the globe, including Vice President and CFO of Southeast Europe Region, Senior Director and CFO of Australia and New Zealand Business Unit and Senior Planning Director of China Beverages Region.  Prior to his international assignments, Jim held a variety of roles in PepsiCo’s headquarters in New York, including Planning and Strategy Director of PepsiCo International and Planning Manager in Pepsi Cola North America.  Prior to PepsiCo, Jim worked for the management consultancy, Marakon Associates, based in Connecticut. Jim holds a BSE in Operations Research from Princeton University and earned his MBA from Columbia University.

Ulyana Holovenko Managing Director, Russia TMF Group

Alexander Beyder Business Development Director, ECM TerraLink

Dmitry Guzeev Chief Financial Officer Nordgold

Dmitry was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Nordgold in November 2014, having joined the Company as Head of Corporate Reporting in July 2013.

Prior to joining Nordgold, Dmitry was the Head of Corporate Reporting of SIBUR, Russia’s largest gas processing business and a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry, where he established and developed the IFRS function and was a leading IFRS expert supporting complex corporate transactions.

Dmitry also gained previous experience with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen.

He holds a Degree in International Economics from the State Finance Academy (Russia). Dmitry is Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2005.

Lyudmila Smirnova Chief Financial Officer Tele2 Russia

Lyudmila Smirnova graduated from the Management Faculty of the Russian State University for the Humanities. Her professional activity in corporate finance administration includes leading roles in the biggest Russian and foreign companies: Independent Media, ACNielsen, Hewlett-Packard Russia.

For eight years Lyudmila Smirnova served as Vice President and Corporate Finance Director of the Hearst Shkulev Media/InterMediaGroup publishing house that issues such periodicals as ELLE, MAXIM, Marie Claire and Psychologies. Lyudmila supervised reorganization of the group of companies and a project for automation and optimization of business processes at the company.

Lyudmila Smirnova has held the post of Financial and Administrative Officer at Tele2 since September 2012. Under her guidance, the financial department has successfully supported a range of complicated processes: shareholder reshuffle, redomiciliation to Russia and integration of Rostelecom’s and Tele2 mobile assets aiming to create a new federal operator. With Lyudmila’s involvement, Tele2 reached a high level of business processes optimization and efficient cost control.


Marco Fossataro Vice President & CFO Enel Russia

Marco Fossataro is Group Vice President and CFO of PJSC Enel Russia, a Public Joint-Stock Company listed on Russian MICEX-RTS. With 9.7GW of installed capacity Enel Russia posted approx. €1.5B of revenues and approx. €360M EBITDA in 2014.Previously Mr. Fossataro has been in charge of Enel Netherlands Corporate Center, acting also as General Manager of Enel Finance International N.V. and General Manager of Enel Investment Holding B.V.. Enel Netherlands Corporate Center is a Holding and Financial Center which operates as a “corporate bank” for Enel Group, raising funds through bond issuances, loans and other facilities and lending them to the companies belonging to the ENEL Group. The Holding invests mainly in generation and transmission of electricity, with assets in several countries including Russia, Romania, Spain, Belgium and France.Mr. Fossataro joined Enel Dutch activities after serving for approx. five years as Chief Financial Officer at Enel Green Power North America, with responsibilities over treasury, financial planning and analysis, operational finance, accounting, tax and risk management. During Mr. Fossataro stay, the Company diversified its portfolio by entering geothermal and solar production and building approximately 1200 MW of wind farms and geo and solar power plants in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Minnesota and in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. It also acquired a minority stake in two wind developers located in Kansas and Minnesota and fully acquired one in California adding several thousand MW of pipeline. This resulted in more than a $2bn investment, approx. $1.5bn in project financing and an approx. 400% growth. Formerly Mr. Fossataro worked for three years at Enel corporate headquarters as the Head of Group Procurement Control, with the responsibility of controlling the entire Group purchasing portfolio.Although Mr. Fossataro’s most recent focus is in the energy industry, as a former manager at KPMG Consulting, he has advised clients with business planning, control, corporate turnaround, purchasing and logistics in a number of industries, including chemical, transportation, consumer goods, telecommunications and real estate.Mr. Fossataro has a relevant Board experience having served as Member of the Board of Directors in several Enel companies in the USA, Canada, Russia and The Netherlands.Mr. Fossataro has a global professional and educational experience from Italy, USA, Russia, UK, Spain and The Netherlands. He holds a joint MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School and an Executive Leadership for Energy Certificate from Harvard University. He graduated with honors from La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, with a degree in Business Administration. 

Gaspar Gasparyan Chief Financial Officer Multon, Coca-Cola Russia

Gaspar Gasparyan began his career in the Coca-Cola System in Armenia in 1999 where he worked as an accountant.During the next few years he received the qualification ACCA and in 2003 he became a member of the association ACCA, and in 2009 became a member of FCCA .During his professional career in Coca-Cola Systems Gaspar Gasparyan held various positions in the finance department of the company in different countries - Finance Manager in the Urals Region (Russia, Ekaterinburg), Finance Manager of JSC “Multon” (Russia, St. Petersburg), Finance Manager of BSS-corporate system of information technologies (Sofia, Bulgaria)More than 15 years of experience in the financial sphere of international business and long career path in Coca-Cola Systems have allowed Gaspar Gasparyan to become Finance Director of JSC “Multon” in 2014.

Vitaly Ustimenko Chief Financial Officer MD Medical Group

Mr Vitaly Ustimenko joined the Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2012. Mr Ustimenko has 14 years experience in finance. Previously, he was the Head of Strategic and Business Planning of JSC Russian Helicopters and before that, held the position of Senior Manager at Deloitte Tohmatsu Limited. Mr Ustimenko holds a bachelor’s degree from the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation and a PhD in finance from the State University of Management.

Sergey Moiseev Head of Enterprise Performance Management Solutions Oracle Russia

Joel Bernstein Chief Financial Officer, Global Customer Operations SAP

Joel Bernstein is the Chief Financial Officer for SAP Global Customer Operations. In this role, Bernstein is responsible for leading the financial activities and profitable revenue growth for the company's customer go-to-market organization. SAP Global Customer Operations encompasses all global and regional routes to market as well as the company's professional services, ecosystem and channel, and industry-specific go-to-market teams. Working closely with the regional finance leads, Bernstein is accountable for the global P&L of SAP's largest organizational unit. As such, Bernstein serves as a senior member of both the SAP Global Customer Operations Management team and Global Finance Leadership Team.
Bernstein is an ardent supporter of SAP's social corporate responsibility initiatives, often serving as the executive sponsor for programs that connect SAP employees in the communities where employees live and work

Pavel Tatyanin Senior Vice President, CFO EVRAZ

Born in 1974.
Mr Tatyanin was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in November 2014. His responsibilities include financial planning and analysis, financial strategy and corporate finance. North American and South African businesses continue to report to Pavel as well.
Mr Tatyanin joined EVRAZ in April 2001 and, between 2002 and 2004, held the posts of Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Corporate Finance. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2009. From 2009 to 2014 Mr Tatyanin held the position of Senior Vice President, Head of International Business.
Before joining EVRAZ, Mr Tatyanin held various positions in the financial sector. He was Vice President of Adamant Financial Corporation, responsible for M&A transactions and asset restructuring, between 1999 and 2001 and, during the period 1997 to 1999, was Vice President of United Financial Group, Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking division.
Mr Tatyanin graduated with honours from Moscow State University in 1995 with a degree in Accounting and Economics and studied Economics in Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. He received a Master’s degree with honours in International Business from Moscow State University in 1997.

Mikhail Chaikin Chief Executive Officer ING Commercial Banking

Maxim Ulyanov Head of Analytical Solutions Thomson Reuters

Stanislav Fedorov Department Head Thomson Reuters

Vyacheslav Sotnik First Vice President, Economics & Finance TransTeleCom

Pavel Malyi Deputy Chairman & CFO Sibur

Pavel Malyi joined the Group in 2011. From 2011 to March 2013, Mr. Malyi served as a Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Strategy and Investments Committee of the Group’s Board of Directors. Since April 2012, Mr. Malyi has been Managing Director of OOO LEVIT. From 2011 to 2012, Mr. Malyi served as President of ZAO Miracle. Mr. Malyi served as Director, Executive Director, Managing Director and Head of UBS Investment Bank in the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Kazakhstan from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Malyi graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1991 with a degree in international law. In 1994, Mr. Malyi graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Evgeny Fetisov CFO & Member of the Executive Board Moscow Exchange

Evgeny Fetisov was born in 1975.
He graduated from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation with a specialty in World Economics. He also studied finance at Harvard Business School.
From 1994 Evgeny worked for various banks and consulting firms including Сitibank и McKinsey & Company.
From 2007 he was the Managing Director and Partner of Da Vinci Capital Management being in charge of financial sector investment.
In the meantime he was a member of the Board of Directors of RTS Stock Exchange from 2009. After the merger of two exchanges he was a member of the Corporate Governance Commission and Deputy Head of the Budget Commission of Moscow Exchange.
In February 2013 Evgeny was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and confirmed as a member of the Executive Board of Moscow Exchange.

Alexey Blinov Finance Director Mondelez Russia

Inna Karaduman Chief Financial Officer ROSVODOKANAL

In August 2013 joined the team of “Rosvodokanal” as the Finance Director of the Group after nearly 10 years of working in “TNK-BP”, one of the leading private oil and gas companies in the world.In 2010-2013 worked as the Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors of “TNK-BP” where she was in charge of the corporate management of the company. In 2009-2010- was the Head of the President’s office of “TNK-BP”.In 2006-2009 worked in the Administration for Internal Finance Control of “TNK-BP” where she was in charge of delegation of responsibility system, credit risks management and management of the activity of independent regional finance controllers.In 2004-2006 worked in the Administration of Finance Projects of “TNK-BP” where she was responsible for the implementation of the project of the transformation of accounting (fast close) in more than 30 sister companies of the Group.In 2002-2004 was in charge of the functioning of the project finance service of the project Sakhalin-1 (Exxon-Mobil)  and ABB Lummus Global where she came from Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) where she was the head of similar services (2000-2002).Before joining CPC worked in the international audit company Ernst & Young.Inna Karaduman has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance Management, Accounting and Economics (Moscow Institute of Entrepreneurship and Law) and has a diploma in Internal Audit from the Instutute of Professional Financial Managers, London.

Dr Lionel Ponsard Group International Controller Boston Consulting Group

Dr Lionel Ponsard is a senior international executive, who has significant global and pan-European CFO and COO experience, with turnaround and strategic growth credentials across international technology, underpinned by classic strategy consulting expertise.
 Lionel was appointed to his current position this year to serve as the interface between all main BCG operations and local management across offices worldwide. Key responsibilities include:
Between 2012 and 2015 Lionel was Executive Vice President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science & Technology, the green field State-funded Technology innovation centre, managing directly $100m+ yearly budgets, 200 staff, setting up legal, financial and compliance frameworks to ensure delivery of long-term objectives.
From 2008 to 2012 Lionel was CFO & COO – CIS & Nordics of the Boston Consulting Group, managing 6 offices and 150 staff as a Business Partner and also serving on the 15-strong BCG Global Finance Leadership team.
Between 2004 and 2008 Lionel served as COO & Deputy Director of the NATO Information Office in Moscow, leading all Finance & Operations, including a multi-functional team of 40 and with a budget of €70m.
Dr Ponsard holds a PHD in Economics from Leiden University in the Netherlands, an MA in International Relations from Kings College London and a BA in Languages from the University of Louvain in Belgium.

Andrey Ilyin Chief Financial Officer EuroChem

In 1993 Andrey started his career with PriceWaterhouse (Moscow). From 1997 to 2004 he worked in London-based investment banks Nomura International plc, and later in Sindicatum Ltd, where he had equity research and investment banking responsibilities. Before joining EuroChem he was the CFO of MDM Bank in Moscow.Andrey graduated with honours from the Faculty of International Economic Relations of the Finance Academy of the Russian Federation. He also holds a Certificate (with honours) in International Banking and Finance from London School of Economics. He is a Chartered Accountant (ACCA, UK).

Evgeny Plaksenkov Head of Chair "Finance, Payments & e-Commerce" SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management

Independent director on the Board of directors of JSC “Hals-Development” and GK MIEL. At present Evgeny Plaksenkov is involved in corporate management, venture business, lecturing and research.In 2004-2007 – Finance Director, 2007-2009 General Director of the MIEL Holding. In 2002-2004 –top manager of OTIS-Russia. In 1993-2002 – Director of Corporate Programs of International Management Institute of St. Petersburg ( IMISP).He was born in 1966 in Ulyanovsk. In 1990 he received a first-class diploma in Economic Cybernetics from St.Petersburg University of Economics and Finance. He got a Master’s Degree at  St.Petersburg University of Economics and Finance, an Executive MBA at the High School of Economics, DBA in International School of Business of the Finance University supported by the Government of Russian Federation.  Completed study placement at ESC_Lyon (Ecole Superior de Commerce), SDA Bocconi University, Henley Management College.

Victor Belyakov CFO & Member of the Executive Board FESCO

Before joining FESCO in March 2015, between 2004 and 2014 Mr. Belyakov worked in Uralkali JSC as Director of Economics and Finance and also acting CEO. He previously held senior positions in the economic and financial field at several major Russian and foreign companies and banks.Victor Belyakov graduated from the Tver State Technical University. He also holds an MBA degree from Kingston Business School and a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) degree.

Olga Petrova First Deputy CEO, CFO NefteTransService

Olga Petrova was appointed to the position of First Deputy General Director for Economics and Finance in February, 2014.
Previously, from 2012 to 2013, she worked as Deputy General Director for Economics and Finance at United Grain Company OJSC. 
From 2009 to 2012, she was Finance Director at Rusagro Group, LLC. Between 2002 and before joining Rusagro Group, she held the roles of Accounting and Auditing Director in Unimilk Group LLC (now as a part of the DANONE Russia Group). 
From 1994 to 2002, Olga held a variety of positions in the banking sector
Olga graduated with honors from the Omsk Technological Institute and was awarded a diploma in accounting and auditing.

Konstantin Yanakov Vice President, Finance ICT Group

Mr. Konstantin Yanakov has been Chief Financial Officer of ICT Group since 2005. Prior to joining ICT he held various positions at MDM Bank and was CFO of Polymetal since 2003. Mr. Yanakov is Non-Executive Director of Polymetal International PLC and Board member at Rigensis bank, Greek Organization of Football Prognostics SA ( OPAP S.A. ), O1 properties Limited, JSC NPF Future and Inbank. He graduated from Finance Academy with a degree in Global Economics and received a PhD in Economics from the Russian State University of Management. In 2007, Mr. Yanakov received an MBA from London Business School.

Roman Borisov Chief Financial Officer Inventive Retail Group

Has worked as a top manager in medium and large companies for more than 10 years.
2004 - 2007: CFO of "Soyuz-Viktan (Russia)";
2007 - 2009: CFO of distributor "ASB-Rating";
starting 2009 till present: SFO of international retail network «re:Store Retail Group».
Has diplomas on higher education in economics and law; PhD in economics (Accounting, control and analysis of business activity); in 2008 he obtained MBA.

Mikhail Lukashevich Editor-in-Chief CFO-Russia

Born in 1977. Graduated from Moscow Physical Engineering Institute with a degree in electronics in 2000.
As deputy editor-in-chief of the journal “The Art of Management” between 2000 and 2004, Mr. Lukashevich was involved in its creation and management, introducing the Russian reader for the first time to the best material from the Fast Company and Harvard Business Review – the leading worldwide publications on management.
In 2004 and 2005 Mr. Lukashevich managed the business literature department at the publishing house “Rosmen”, where he published several business bestsellers.
In 2005 at the publishers B2B Media (“Prof-Media” holding) Mikhail released the journal “Commercial Director: Sales & Marketing Management”, of which he was editor-in-chief for two years. In 2007 he created the journal “Financial Directors’ Club”, handed out to delegates of the 10th Russian Economic Forum in London. In 2008 the journal was turned into the website CFO-Russia.ru, which Mikhail is still editor-in-chief of.
Under Mr. Lukashevich’s management, in 2009-10 CFO-Russia.ru ran the feature “Lessons from the crisis: the CFO viewpoint”, culminating in the release of the book of the same name in 2011. The book, a compilation of interviews with financial directors dealing with the fight against the crisis, was presented to the audience at the CFO Summit 2011, organised by Adam Smith Conferences.

Vsevolod Rozanov Senior Vice President & CFO AFK Sistema

Mr. Rozanov was born on 30 July 1971 in Moscow. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Foreign Economies.
From 1993 till 2001 he held a various positions with Bain & Company Inc. in Moscow, London and Stockholm.
From 2002 till 2004, Mr. Rozanov held a position of Deputy CEO of Economics and Finance at CJSC MTU-Inform.
From 2004 till 2006, he was a Vice President of Economics and Finance at OJSC Comstar United Telesystems.
From 2006 till 2008, Mr. Rozanov held a position of Vice President for Finance and Investment, member of the Management Board at MTS.
From 2008 till June 2013 he was CEO of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (MTS India).

Sergey Berezovka Finance Director Sika Russia

Born on February, 2, 1979 in the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
In 1996 finished the gymnasium №1518 in Moscow, in 2001 – graduated from the Financial Academy under the Government of Russian Federation with a specialisation in "Finance and Credit".  In 2002 got the certificate of the Open University of Great Britain with a specialisation in "Management Accounting". In 2003 he completed  with honours  a programme of administrative personnel  training for the national economy of Russia. Presently studies at the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).
From 2001 to 2004 - Manager of the Planning and Control Department of RUSAL From 2004 to 2008 - Head of the Finance Department of Rockwool From 2009 to 2011 - Chief Financial Officer of Аlbea (Alcan Packaging Beauty) Since 2011 to present time – Chief Financial Officer of Sika Russia.
In 2013, Sergei became the laureate of the annual national award "The Best Chief Financial Officer of 2013" in the nomination "Comprehensive Approach to  Addressing Performance Issues in a Company” . In 2014 he was recognized by the experts of the finance community in one of the most prestigious nominations as  "The Best New Generation CFO". Married, has two children; hobbies: windsurfing, mountain skiing

Mikhail Stiskin Chief Financial Officer Polyus Gold

Mr. Mikhail Stiskin joined Polyus Gold in 2013 following a highly successful career in investment banking. Mikhail was Managing director at Sberbank CIB (until 2011 known as Troika Dialog where Mikhail was also a partner), a corporate and investment banking arm of Sberbank, Russia’s largest financial institution, where Mikhail was in charge of research coverage of the metals and mining/fertilizer sectors. For many years in a row Mikhail’s team rated as best in the sector within both the CIS and EMEA regions, according to annual institutional investor surveys. Mikhail has also been actively involved in a number of landmark transactions in the sector. 
Mr. Stiskin graduated with honours from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a degree in economics and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).


Sergei Aleksashenko Director, Macroeconomic Research Higher School of Economics

December 2008 – Director, Macroeconomic Research, State University - Higher School of Economics
Member of the Board of Directors, Aeroflot-Russian airlines
Member of the Board of Directors, National Reserve Bank
Member of Advisory Council to the Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia
Member of Expert Council, Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation
Professor, Qilin University (Changchun, China)
April 2006 – May 2008 – Chairman and CEO, Merrill Lynch Russia
Nov 2004 – March 2006 - President, Member of the Board, Antanta Capital
Nov 2000 – June 2004 - Deputy Director General, Managing Director, Member of the Board, Interros Holding
Since Jan 1999  – Chairman, Development Center
•    Independent research organization concentrating on macroeconomic policy and the banking system in Russia
Dec 1995 - Oct 1998 - First Deputy Chairman, Member of the Board, Central Bank of Russia
•    Responsible for monetary and foreign exchange policy, accounting and payment system, negotiations with the IMF
May 1993 – March 1995 – Deputy Minister of Finance
•    Responsible for budgetary planning, macroeconomic and tax policy, accounting
At the same time since January 1994 until March 1995 he was the Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Audit in Russia
Apr 1991 - May 1993 - Deputy Director, Executive director, Expert Institute of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
Jan 1990 - Apr 1991 - Leading specialist, Commission on Economic Reform, Government of the USSR.
Aug 1986 – Dec 1989 – Junior Researcher, Researcher, CEMI (Central Economic and Mathematical Institute), Academy of Science of the USSR. Joined this Institute in August 1986 graduating from Moscow State University. Took Ph.D. (Econ) at the same Institute in December 1989.

Dmitry Milshtein Chief Financial Officer Euroset

Dmitry was born in Moscow in 1975.


 1997  The Russian Economic Academy, named after G.V. Plekhanov           Specialising in Business Administration

2000  The Russian Economic Academy, named after G.V. Plekhanov           Specialising in Accounting and Reporting


2008 – to the present day: Vice President, Finance / CFO, Euroset

2003-2008: Х5 Retail Group – Chief Treasurer of the Holding

2003: Federal State Unitary Company “Directorate of Railways of the Ministry of Railways of the Russian Federation”  Chief Specialist of the Department for cooperation with credit-financial institutes (banks) and capital markets, Finance Division

Married with two children

Alexey Kornya Chief Financial Officer MTS

Alexey Kornya was appointed to the role of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of MTS in June 2010. He served as acting Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MTS from July 2008 to June 2010. Alexey Kornya has been at MTS since July 2004. He started as the Chief Financial Officer of Macro-region “Ural” and since then served at various positions in the Company. Mr. Kornya served as the Chief Financial Controller from March 2007 to July 2008.
Prior to joining MTS, Mr. Kornya worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, OJSC North-West Telecom, and AIG-Brunswick Capital Management. He graduated from St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance in 1998.

Alexey Ievlev Head of Client Coverage & Lending, Board Member ING

Alexey joined ING in 2003 and has undertaken a number of leading roles in Russia and the UK. From 2009 he acted as Deputy Head of Clients/Lending department at ING Moscow before moving to ING London in 2011 as a Senior Director leading the Corporate Finance / Natural Resources team.
Mr. Ievlev holds a Ph.D degree in International Economics from the Plekhanov Russian Economic Academy. He also holds an Executive MBA from the IE Business School of Instituto de Empresa.

Alexei Kulichenko Chief Financial Officer Severstal

Alexey Kulichenko joined Severstal in 2005 as CFO of Severstal Resources, appointed CFO of OAO Severstal in July 2009.
Prior to joining the company, Alexey held leading management positions at Sun Interbrew and Unimilk, where he was CFO.
Alexey Kulichenko graduated from the Omsk Institute of World Economy with a degree in economics.

Olga Safonova Partner, Regional Leader, Russia & CIS BearingPoint

Olga Safonova graduated from the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics of  the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1993. In 1996 Olga started working at KPMG and then continued working at the separated from the audit business consulting practice which was called KPMG Consulting, later re-named BearingPoint. In 2001-2004 she worked at Deloitte & Touche Central Europe after which she returned to BearingPoint in a role of a senior manager. Later she became a Managing Director and in 2009 – a Partner. Olga managed large successfully implemented projects for the key clients of BearingPoint, such as LUKOIL, SUEK, State Corporation “Rosatom”, AK “Alrosa” and other leaders of the Russian economy.

Natalia Afanasieva Director, Client Accounting Department TMF Group

Vladimir Preobrazhenskiy Director of Research Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO

One of the best Russian top managers who is in the Top 10 best finance directors of Russia. In November 2012 joined the team of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO as a Director of Research.From mid-90s has been working in top management positions in the leading Russian corporations, such as SUEK (“Siberian Coal Energy Company”), “Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods”, “VympelCom”, OJSC “Incombank”, “SAMEKO” (“Samara Metallurgical Company”) and others.Initiator and director of the project “Scenarios for Russia “(Club 2015)At present:- Director of Research of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVOMember of the RUSNANO Strategy and Investment CommitteeMember of the Board of Directors of the Russian Economic School (RES)Member of the Board of Directors of the Agate Fund (support of young entrepreneurs)Education:In 1984 graduated in space engineering from the Faculty of Astronautical Science of Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI).  From 2007 a visiting professor in RES, on the course “Economic measures of strategy” at the Master’s in Finance program.Was awarded an order of Peoples’ Friendship in 1993 and a medal of the Order for the Services to the Motherland of 1st degree for the preparation of Russia for the G8 Summit in 1996.

Anton Vishanenko Chief Financial Officer Uralkali

Anton Vishanenko has been Chief Financial Officer of Uralkali since October 2014.Anton Vishanenko was born in 1979. In 2001, he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute. He also holds a PhD in economics from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and executive MBA from INSEAD. Mr. Vishanenko is a member of ACCA and affiliate member of AICPA.Anton Vishanenko started his career at Wimm-Bill-Dann as a member of the accounting team. In 2003, he joined Mechel leading the company’s IPO preparation and, in 2006, became the CFO of the company.From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Vishanenko held the position of CFO of Uralchem, one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate fertilisers in Russia and the CIS.In 2012, he was CFO of Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port.

Vladimir Pravdivy Chief Financial Officer Avito

Vladimir Pravdivy has more than 18 year of extensive professional experience in Finance, Strategy, M&A, business and corporate development. He is Chief Financial Officer of Avito Group and Executive Director in Avito Russia. Avito is the leading online classified business in Russia being one of 5 biggest Russian websites with over 300mln page views per day and one of the largest online classifieds in the world. Vladimir joined Avito in February 2014 and is responsible for Finance, Investor Relations, Human resources, Legal, Management Information Systems and Corporate Development.
In 2006-2013 Vladimir Pravdivy served as Chief Financial Officer of the Prof Media Holding – the biggest private media conglomerate in Russia with the turnover exceeding US$700mln.
In 2004-2006 Vladimir worked as Finance Director in North-West macro-region in “Mobile TeleSystems” (MTS) company.
In 2001-2004 he was Chief Financial Officer ABBYY Group. 
Vladimir Pravdivy started his career in 1997 in PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In 2010-2012 Vladimir did Executive Development Program in The Wharton School.
In 1997 he graduated with honours from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.

Ilya Soloviy Chief Financial Officer Bistrodengi

25+ years of experience in finance. Ilya joined Bistrodengi in 2013. Earlier Ilya worked as CFO in retail chain Stroyarsenal/Superstroy. From 2010 to 2012 he was Financial Controller in Kalina, the biggest Russian cosmetics producer, a part of Unilever. Ilya started his career in Big4 audit companies – EY and KPMG.

Ilya graduated from Ural State Technical University with degree in Management and IT in technical systems. Currently he is taking Executive MBA degree in London Business School.

Igor Furnosov Chief Financial Officer Essence Development

Igor Furnosov has 12 years experience in audit, controlling and corporate finance. Igor started as audit consultant with PwC (Moscow). After PwC he worked in News Outdoor Russia (subsidiary of News Corporation). In News Outdoor Igor was in charge of management accounts, internal controls and SOX compliance, consolidated accounts of News Outdoor Group. Last 7 years Igor is working in various companies of Real Estate & Development industry. From mid. 2008 till mid. 2012 he worked in IMMOFINANZ Russia (SC «Golden Babylon», SC «5th Avenue», SC «GOOD ZONE»), from mid. 2012 till mid. 2013 PPF Real Estate Russia (Office park «ComCity», logistic parks «Tomilino» and «Southgate», SC «M5 Mall» (Ryazan) and SC «Yarmarka» (Astrachan), from mid. 2013 till August 2014 in Megapolis Property Management (BC «Quatro Corti» (StP), Business center on Kadashevskaya nab., 30 (Moscow). In these companies Igor was in charge of reporting, external auditing, financing and re-financing projects, dealing with valuation companies, building and coaching finance teams. Last 4 years Igor is working as Head of Finance/CFO managing teams of 10 to 20 people. Key competencies: reporting (IFRS, management accounting), dealing with banks on financing/re-financing, internal controls and compliance. Currently Igor is CFO of Essence Development. Essence Development provides its clients with a comprehensive set of services at all project realization stages. The company’s strategy is to develop and manage high-quality Real Estate (currently 2 largest Transportation Hubs in Moscow – Salarievo and Kotelniki).Igor is a member of ACCA (since 2008). Speaks fluent English.Igor is married and has three kids.

Tom Blackwell Chief Executive Officer EM

Tom is the CEO and one of the founders of EM Communications, the leading international IR and financial PR advisory business in Russia.

He has more Russian IPO experience than any other practicing communications advisor in the market, having personally led the communications for IPOs including MD Medical Group, Ruspetro, OKEY Group, Pharmsynthez, Exillon Energy, Human Stem Cell Institute, M.video, Bank St Petersburg, MMK and Raspadskaya. 

In addition, he has considerable M&A experience in the region, having advised on high-profile transactions such as Pepsi – Lebedyansky and Enel - OGK-5. 

Tom has also worked with a number of privately held Russian companies to raise their public profile and to create the necessary communications infrastructure in preparation for future capital markets activity. 

Based in Russia for most of the last ten years, Tom is a fluent Russian speaker.

Alexander Kutowski Executive Vice President, CIS COMPAREX

Yuri Rotmanov Managing Director, Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS Anaplan

Sergey Sulimov Chief Financial Officer MMK

Date of birth: 19.01.1978, in Kharkov. In 2002 Sergey received an honorary degree in finance and credit from the Financial University under the government of the Russian Federation. In 2005, he completed an MBA in INSEAD, an international business school. In 2001, Sergey joined McKinsey & Company. In 2007, he became a member of the supervisory board of Delta Bank in Ukraine. Sergey spent 2010-2012 in the MMK Group as counselor, deputy CEO for company relations at the MMK Group, acting CEO of MMK Metalurji (Turkey). In 2012, he joined Bank Svyaznoy CJSC as deputy chairman and then became chairman of the board of directors. In November 2013, Sergey was appointed deputy CEO for finance and economy in MMK OJSC.

Elena Milinova Chief Financial Officer X5 Retail Group

Deputy General Director of JSC "KAMAZ" - Chief Financial Officer since 09.2011.
In 2000 she graduated from Togliatti Academy of Business and Banking. Joined "KAMAZ" in 2007. Responsibilities: economy and finance, property and insurance activities management in the group of companies JSC "KAMAZ".
Made a great contribution to the development of information transparency of "KAMAZ" for foreign and Russian investors.

Nikolai Solomon Chief Financial Officer Rosatom

Nikolai Solomon was born on January 3, 1971 in Moscow. In 1993, he graduated from the Moscow State Technical University for Motor Vehicles and Highway Construction (MADI) majoring in road machinery, and then received a degree in International Economic Relations from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation. He is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. In 1994–2003, Mr Solomon held a number of audit and management consulting positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2003, he moved to Yukos-Moscow as Director for Project Management and Acting Director of the Financial and Accounting Centre. In 2005, he was appointed Financial Controller and Director for Economics and Controlling at the Siberian Coal Company. In February 2009, he joined ROSATOM as Deputy CEO for Finance (later as Deputy CEO for Economics and Finance). Since April 2011 Mr Solomon has held the office of First Deputy CEO for Corporate Functions and Chief Financial Officer at ROSATOM

Irina Kalinovskaya Chief Financial Officer MRTS

Irina graduated from Odessa State Economics University with a degree in finance, master's degree in   Economics.

After graduating from the University she has been working for State Administration of Taxation and as a top manager for financial management, human resources management departments. For example, she has been working for Financial and Analysis Department in Uralsib. Prior to being hired by MRTS OJSC Kalinovskaya has been working for auditing administration of Kiev Auditing Chamber.

In 2008 she has started to work for MRTS OJSC as Price Formation Service Head and a lot of projects aimed at automatic control of planning, budgeting and financial control have been developed. In 2010 Kalinovskaya became MRTS OJSC Head of Financial and Economic Department. In 2011 she became Deputy Director General of Economic Affairs.
In 2013 she defended a dissertation on business methods of innovative-oriented company restructuring under conditions of competitive environment. She got conferment of a higher degree of Ph.D. in Economics.

Kalinovskaya has been done a great deal of work aimed at restructuring of organizational structure of MRTS OJSC Administration and its affiliates. It resulted in MRTS Holding OJSC establishing in 2014.
In 2014 Irina being MRTS OJSC Deputy Director General in charge of Economics and Finance became MRTS Holding OJSC financial director.

Kalinovskaya received additional education at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas training and research center aimed at professional development, Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics and other organizations specialized in stock-exchange industry. She has auditor's qualification certificate.

Sergey Karataev Chief Financial Officer Freight One

Sergey Karataev has worked in senior financial management positions in Russia and Sergey Karataev has worked in senior financial management positions in Russia and Switzerland for more than 15 years.  
He joined as CFO Freight One, his current employer, in June 2012 after it had been acquired by UCL Holding from Russian Railways, the transaction was co-led by Sergey as CFO of Transportation Assets Management (a UCL Holding’s management company). Under his leadership the company syndicated acquisition finance, developed IR, Risk management and Internal control functions, optimized its corporate structure and got prepared for potential IPO. Before joining Freight One / UCL Holding Sergey served as Group Financial Controller at Global Head Quarters of Novartis (Switzerland) supervising USD 30 Bn Pharma Division at Group level. In this role Mr.Karataev also successfully led/co-led multiple cross-functional projects, i.e financial planning improvement for Manufacturing Division, new KPIs’ implementation across 20+ countries, Global Pharma’s performance benchmarking and etc. Prior to that Sergey Karataev held senior financial positions at Rostselmash, Razgulay Group and LIT Group where he was responsible (besides traditional financial functions) for M&As and business development in Russia, Ukraine and Canada. 
Sergey holds MBA Degree (INSEAD), PhD and MS Degree with Distinction (Finance Academy under the Russian Government).

Grigory Fedorishin Chief Financial Officer NLMK Group

Grigory Fedorishin has been NLMK Group CFO since January 2013.
From 2011 to 2013 he served as NLMK Group Director of Strategy and Business Development, managing strategy development projects for the Group and its business units as well as business processes optimization and KPI system implementation projects. 
He has been Secretary of the NLMK Board of Directors’ Strategy Committee since 2010, and member of the NLMK Management Board since 2012.
From 2009 to 2011 he served as an Investment Manager at Libra Capital, a Moscow-based investment management company.
From 2001 to 2009 he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting company (Moscow) in audit, financial consulting and management consulting divisions, where he held positions up to a Director of Business Restructuring Practice.
Grigory graduated from of Academy of Finance (Moscow). He holds a master degree in Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from INSEAD business school (France & Singapore) and is CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) charter holder. 

Ekaterina Kharitonova Group Financial Controller Avito

An experienced and dedicated professional with ten years of experience and extensive knowledge of general finance, performance management, strategy, auditing and internal controls, accounting, taxation and change management.
Strong leadership, organizational and problem solving skills. Team-oriented and strong team contributor, performance-driven and forward-thinking.
Proven ability to handle multiple projects, set up efficient teams, motivate others to meet goals, and get work done on time within tight deadlines and limited resources.

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