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Highlights from the Russian CFO Summit 2014

Members of the 2014 Speaker Faculty include:

Members of the 2014 Speaker Faculty include:

Dmitry Rudakov Chief Financial Officer Inversion Management Company (Timan-Pechora Gas Company)

Inversion Management Company is managing several large oil & gas deposits in Komi  Respublic (Timano-Pechora oil & gas area) and in Krasnoyarsky Krai (Baykit oil & gas area). Dmitry became the CFO of Inversion in 2014. For ten years (2004-2014) Dmitry was the CFO / Finance Director of large commercial real estate investment and development companies with net asset value of $1bln+ (MR Group, TPS Real Estate and the real estate business line of IFD Kapital group).In 90s Dmitry worked more than 8 years in Big-4 firm (Coopers & Lybrand, after 1998 - PwC), with the core specialism in Real Estate taxation. Dmitry has an international professional qualification (ACCA).

Natalya Krasnoperova Partner, Head of CIS Practice BearingPoint

Natalia has more than 15 years of experience in consulting. She joined KPMG in 1999 and then subsequently joined BearingPoint in 2002. In March 2005 Natalia was appointed a Managing Director of BearingPoint, in April 2007 — BearingPoint Russia Practice Leader, in December 2007 — General Director of OOO “BearingPoint”. Following the MBO in August 2009, Natalia is a partner of BearingPoint and a regional leader for Russia and CIS.
Natalia is a graduate engineer with a major in Applied Mechanics and a Bachelor of Economics in the area of Finance and Audit. She is a fluent English speaker.

Kai-Uwe Mehlhorn Chief Financial Officer Rostelecom

Graduated from the University of Martin Luther (Halle, Germany), and the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), Department of International Economic Affairs and Foreign Trade.
From January 2008 until June 2011 Mr. Mehlhorn worked as Chief Financial Officer of OJSC “MegaFon”.
Prior to joining MegaFon Mr. Mehlhorn worked as Chief Financial Officer for TELE2 Russia for about 2 years.
During recent 15 years Mr. Mehlhorn took executive positions in different business units of  Siemens in different countries: Germany, Italy, China, Russia.

Andrei Filon Chief Financial Officer BIOCAD

• 1993-1998 - Finance Academy, Moscow, Finance and Credit
• 2010 – awarded with diploma of International Financial Reporting (DipIFR)

• 2007-2014 biopharmaceutical company CJSC Biocad as CFO
• 2005-2007 acted as CFO in SUEK subsidiary company Daltransugol, which developed and constructed Vanino  Bulk Terminal, near Khabarovsk.
• 2001-2005 worked on the position of investment/capex- analyst in MDM GROUP (holding consist of SUEK, EuroChem and TMK)

Main responsibilities as CFO:
• Preparing and control internal/external financial reporting: tax and management reporting, IFRS.
• Organization and controlling of the annual audit.
• Financial planning and monitoring of budgets.
• Relationships with banks: credit, deposits, mortgages, the payments
• Evaluation of internal investment projects
• Long-term financial planning and modeling of the company

Date of birth: 28.04.1977
Place of birth: Moscow, Russia
Now live and work in St. Petersburg

Married with 2 children

Yana Nosova Finance Director Akzo Nobel Russia

Christian Schaetz CFO, Central & Eastern Europe Microsoft

Christian Schaetz is Director of finance of Central- Eastern Europe Sales, Marketing and Services Group, which leads Microsoft’s sales efforts with over 3.500 employees. He leads the headquarters finance organization and is responsible for financial planning and analysis, platforms, trade and compliance functions.  Before assuming his current position, Christian was the CFO of Microsoft Switzerland Ltd. assuming full financial responsibilities for the Swiss Legal Entities.  Prior to this role, he was senior controller of Microsoft Germany overlooking Financial Planning and Analysis Function. He joined Microsoft in 2000 as Financial Analyst and held various Finance Leadership Roles within Microsoft Germany and Western Europe Headquarters. Christian started his career in the hospitality industry in various financial roles before joining Microsoft. Christian has a degree in Hotel-Management with a Major in Taxes and Finance form Heidelberg Hotel Management School as well as an MBA from Open University Business School in Milton Keynes, UK.

Sergey Sukhetsky Director, Business Development & M&A TMK

Sergey Sukhetsky is working for TMK, Russia's largest manufacturer and exporter of steel pipes and ranks among the global top three pipe producers, in the role of Director for business  development and M&A. Prior to TMK he held business development positions in such companies like TNK-BP, Deloitte, SCM (Donetsk).Sergey graduated from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2013. Earned post-graduate degree in economics and ACCA.

Alexander Shenderyuk-Zhidkov CFO, Russia & CIS Sodrugestvo Group

Mr. Shenderyuk- Zhidkov graduated with honours from Kaliningrad State University, Finance and Credit and Aarhus School of Business (Denmark) in European Business and Law .  He began his career in Kaliningrad State University, where he taught "Financial Management" and "Financial Analysis".
Since 2006, Alexander has joined the group of companies " Sodruzhestvo" where in five years he rose from an ordinary economist to CFO.
Since June 2011, he has headed the finance department of the "Russia and the CIS" region.
At the moment, Alexander leads a team of more than 200 professionals and engages in financing, planning and accounting issues. Besides, his area of responsibility includes direct involvement in matters of tax support, as well as hedging. Alexander is also responsible for business development of Sodruzhestvo in the Russia and CIS region, as an expert for agriculture market and soft commodities of the former USSR.

Galina Teveleva Finance Director GEROPHARM

Born in Leningrad. Graduated from a book trading technical school, then  the Economic Department of St. Petersburg University of Economy and Finance, as well as a series of specialised courses of Moscow Business School, SRС and IMISP business-schools on “control of investment projects”, “budgeting and control”, “pricing and price politics”, “accounting and planning”, IFRS. Worked as an economist, chief accountant in the domain of industry, publishing and tourist business, consulting / audit.

Since 2000 Galina has been working in "GEROPHARM" company,  holds CFO position since 2001. Over the years,  "GEROPHARM" has grown from a small company into a large and efficient business structure, entering Top-20 largest Russian pharmaceutical producers. The Group of companies "GEROPHARM" is located in two regional pharmaceutical clusters, respectively, in St. Petersburg and Moscow region, and in the special economic zone "Neudorf", and is implementing a number of large-scale investment projects. It has been Included in the rating of Russian high-tech companies "TekhUspekh": Top-30 in 2012, Top-10 in 2013.

Holding the position of finance director, Galina Teveleva supervised the following tasks in the field of strategic financial management:
1) Organization of accounting and reporting according to IFRS  – since 2009, when one of "Big Four" companies, Ernst&Young, carries out audit of their reporting
2) Organization of management accounting in GEROFARM Group branches in foreign countries – 5 representative offices in the CIS countries are working at the moment
3) Participation in investment projects of the company, including those in a special economic zone; financial security, organization of accounting
4) Unsecured crediting and assessment of intellectual property of the company
5) Creation of a single settlement centre for the group of companies
6) Introduction of an automated accounting system (Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP)
7) Building the holding financial structure along with the transformation of GEROFARM into Group of companies, creation of management accounting, designing a budget.

Vladislav Khokhlov CFO & Deputy Chairman of the Management Board Promsvyazbank

Mr Khokhlov has worked at Promsvyazbank since May 2011. Before that, from 2005 he was the First Deputy Board Chairman and CFO of URSA Bank and then MDM Bank. 
Mr Khokhlov is responsible for issues related to the financial activities of Promsvyazbank, overseeing the Treasury, the Department of Finance, reporting to the tax authorities, Russian accounting standards RAS and IFRS.
He graduated from the Ural State Technical University in 2000 and also holds an MBA degree from the London Business School. Mr Khokhlov has participated in a number of programmes, including International Capital markets Euromoney Training and INSEAD Leadership programme.

Alexander Muslovets Deputy CEO Federal Passenger Company

He has worked in railway transport since 1999.
From 2004 until 2005, he served as Head of the Division of Finance of the Moscow-Ryazansky Division of the Moscow Railway, a branch of JSC RZD;
From 2005 until 2009, he served as First Deputy Chief of Financial Services of the Moscow Railway, a division of JSC RZD;
From 2009 until 2010, he served as Deputy General Director of the Federal Passenger Directorate, a branch of JSC RZD;
Since 2010, he has held the post of Deputy General Director of JSC FPC concerning to Financial matter
Candidate of economic Sciences, MBA

Giacomo Baizini Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CFO EVRAZ

Giacomo Baizini is responsible for financing, treasury, controlling, reporting, IR, taxation, legal matters and IT technologies of Evraz. Before taking over the CFO function in July 2009 he was responsible for business development in Asia-Pacific, sales and operations planning and co-ordination of selected international integration activities.
Between 1998 and 2005, Mr. Baizini was a consultant with McKinsey's Milan and Tokyo offices. Both in Italy and Japan, his main focus was on electric utilities. He also co-led the successful development of the IT consulting arm of McKinsey in Japan.
From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Baizini was a consultant with JMAC, a major Japanese consulting firm, supporting numerous clients in cost reduction and operational efficiency programs both in manufacturing and service industries.
Mr. Baizini holds a degree in physics from Oxford University.

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.

Galina Ryltsova Head of IFRS Transition PwC

Vladimir Monastyrev Deputy CEO Mostotrest

Mr. Monastyrev graduated from Moscow State University of Railway Transport and holds a PhD in economics.

Mr. Monastyrev joined Mostotrest in 2000. Before becoming the Deputy CEO he was a Head of Planning and Economic Department.

Christian Kaufmann CFO & Vice President, Finance Unilever Russia, Ukraine & Belarus

Mikhail Stiskin Chief Financial Officer Polyus Gold

Konstantin Rogov Deputy Chairman & CFO Svyaznoy Bank

In 1993, he graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Then, in 1994, he entered Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation, which he finished in 1997.
Konstantin begain his career in banking in 1994, and in 1995 moved to RUSSIAN CREDIT Bank, where he held various positions starting from Equity Sales Trader to Head of the Office for Regulation of the Assets and Liabilities Structure.
In 1999, he moved to IMPEXSBANK, where he filled the position of Director of Treasury.
In 2003, Konstantin Rogov headed the Treasury Department at MDM Bank. There he worked until 2012, and finished his work in the Bank in the position of CFO.
In January 2013, Konstantin Rogov joined Svyaznoy Bank as Finance Director.

Oleg Krylov Head of Transaction & Client Services ING

Oleg joined ING in 2009 as Head of Payments and Cash Management and is now heading Transaction & Client Services. He is a member of the Management Board.
Before moving to ING he held top positions with a number of banks including Citibank, ABN AMRO, Alfa and VTB.

Sergey Rezontov CFO Lysva Metallurgical Company

Sergey Rezontov has joined Lysva Metallurgical Company as a CFO in April 2013. Before he hold a position of the Head of Corporate Finance Department in Mechel Group since August 2006 and Relationship manager in Metals and Mining Industries Group, Corporate Clients Department, Commerzbank (Eurasija) SAO since January 2004. He graduated from the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics with a first-class honors degree and holds a Specialist Diploma in Management of investments and innovations.

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.

Elena Verman Chief Financial Officer Gazprom-Media Holding

Elena N.Verman was born on September 15, 1977 in Latvia.
In 2003 graduated from Moscow technical University of communications and Informatics, Economics and management of enterprise communications.
In 2001 graduated from the Stockholm school of Economics.
1998 - 2003 - business controller in «TeliaSonera».
2003-2005 - financial Manager of the Ural region JSC «VimpelCom»
2005 - 2006 - head of the Department of planning and budgeting of the CIS JSC «VimpelCom»
2006 - 2009 - head of Department of financial control, analysis and planning of the CIS JSC «VimpelCom»
2009-2010 - head of the financial Department GTEL Mobile (TM Beeline) in Vietnam.
2010 - 2013 - financial Director for the CIS group of companies «VimpelCom Ltd».
From March 2013 - Vice-President on Finance of the media holding «Profmedia».
From January 27, 2014 - financial Director of JSC «Gazprom-Media holding»

Evgeniy Velesevich Country Manager, Russia & CIS Anaplan

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.


Shogik Avakian Finance Director RD Construction Management

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.

Evgeniy Notkin Finance Director Nissan Russia & CIS

Graduated from Russian Economic Academy n.a. Plekhanov, with degree in Accounting and Audit. ACCA member since 2002. From 1999 till 2003 worked as Chief Accountant in NCR Russia. From 2004 works in Nissan, taking various management positions in Russia and European HQ in France. From 2009 CFO of Nissan in Russia.

Elena Milinova Chief Financial Officer KAMAZ

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.

Nikolay Garanin Chief Financial Officer A5 Pharmacy Chain

Victor Belyakov Chief Financial Officer Uralkali

Viktor Belyakov has been Chief Financial Officer of the combined company since its creation in 2011.

Viktor Belyakov was born in 1973. In 1995 he graduated from Tver Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Computer Engineering. In 1997 he received a degree in economics from Tver State Technical University. Mr. Belyakov also holds an MBA degree from Kingston Business School and a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) degree.

Between 2002 and 2004 Mr. Belyakov worked as a financial controller for Yukos and from 1999 to 2003 was CFO with one of ABB Group's companies. Prior to 1999 he worked in the banking sector.

In 2004 Mr. Belyakov joined Uralkali, initially as financial controller, before becoming Deputy Director of Economics and Finance and then Director of Economics and Finance and Deputy General Director. In July 2010 Mr. Belyakov was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Uralkali. He has been on the company's Management Board since 2007.

Between 2005 and 2006 Mr. Belyakov was on the board of Baltic Bulk Terminal. He currently serves on a number of boards of Uralkali’s affiliate companies.

Lyudmila Smirnova Chief Financial Officer Tele2 Russia

Lyudmila Smirnova graduated from the Management Faculty of the Russian State University for the Humanities. Lyudmila has a great experience in financial management and control, investment planning, budgeting and forecasting. Her professional activity in corporate finance administration includes leading roles in the biggest Russian and foreign companies as well, such as Independent Media, ACNielsen, Hewlett-Packard Russia.
Lyudmila Smirnova served as Vice President and Corporate Finance Director of the Hearst Shkulev Media/InterMediaGroup publishing house for eight years, issuing such periodicals as ELLE, MAXIM, Marie Claire and Psychologies. Reorganization of the group of companies’ structure was made under Lyudmila’s guidance, as well as the project for automation and optimization of business processes of the company was implemented.
In 2012 was appointed as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Tele2 Russia

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

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).

Marcin Piotrowski Chief Financial Officer Wimm-Bill-Dann

I started my career in 1994 in Kraft Foods as Financial Planning Analyst. I spent my first 10 years of working there and going through numerous managerial roles of increased importance in FP&A, Treasury, Plant Controlling, Financial Controlling, General Finance Management and Project Management in Poland, USA, UK (where I was in charge of Finance of Africa) and Austrian HQ. In 2004 I moved to PepsiCo to become the CFO of Poland and then Poland + Baltics. I came to Russia almost 7 years ago as a CFO of Russia Snacks and later assumed roles of Planning Director in East Europe Region HQ and finally, a bit more than two years ago - WBD Foods CFO. I have MA in Economics from the University of Warsaw and I am also ACMA & CGMA. I am 42, married, we have two daughters and I speak Polish, English & Russian.

Evgeniya Tyurikova Chief Financial Officer Summa Group

Yevgenia Tyurikova is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial and economic policies, including management of the budget process, the creation of financial and management reports, relationships with financial institutions and lending agencies, and the management of treasury operations.

Prior to joining Summa Group in 2010, Ms. Tyurikova held management positions at the Kommersant Publishing House and the Management Company of the West Siberian Resources Group of oil companies. She spent 12 years at BFG-Credit Commercial Bank, and when she left in 2005 she held the title of financial director of the BFG Group.

Yevgenia Tyurikova graduated from Moscow State Legal Academy with a law degree. She is certified by the Russian Ministry of Finance as a professional tax consultant and holds an АССА diploma in international financial reporting.

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.

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.

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).

Herkko Soininen Chief Financial Officer Rovio

Mr. Herkko Soininen served as the Chief Financial Officer of Savcor Group Ltd. from 2004 to July 2012. Mr. Soininen spent a five year period with SmartTrust and held a number of roles including director corporate business segment, Managing Director of singapore operations and director alliances & partners. He served as sales manager and area manager for Tecnomen Oy. He holds Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration from Helsinki School of Economics and Master of Science in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology.

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

Irina Anoshkina Financial Planning Manager, Eastern Europe Kimberly Clark

Michael Katsnelson Chief Financial Officer Burger King Russia

Oxana Panchenko Board Member Raiffeisenbank

In 2008 Oksana Panchenko officially assumed office as a member of the Raiffeisenbank Board and Head of Corporate Banking & Corporate Finance Directorate.

Oksana Panchenko was born on 15 December 1971. She obtained two degrees: in linguistics and economics. Her professional career counts 15 years of banking experience in Russia. Oksana joined ZAO Raiffeisenbank  - 100% subsidiary of Austrian Raiffeisen banking group - in 1997 right upon the start of the bank activities in Russia.  In 1998 she was appointed Head of the Corporate-Banking Department, and in 2002 she took over the position Deputy Head of Corporate Banking and Corporate Finance Division. In April 2006 she was appointed Deputy Head of Corporate Banking and Corporate Finance Directorate, Head of Corporate Banking Division.

The Corporate-Banking Directorate is responsible for:
- Commercial lending
- Project finance
- Midmarket lending
- Liquidity management
- Documentary Business

ZAO Raiffeisenbank is a subsidiary of Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG. The Bank has been operating in Russia since 1996 and offers a full range of services to retail and corporate customers, both resident and non-resident, in roubles and foreign currencies.

Tom Blackwell Chief Executive Officer EM Communications

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.

Chris Weafer Senior Partner Macro Advisory

Chris has worked in Russia for more than fifteen years. Most recently he was voted the best Russia investment strategist for 2013 by investors in separate polls carried out by Thomson Reuters Extel and Institutional Investor magazine.* He has regularly placed in the top three of these respective polls over the past ten years.
Before leaving to co-found Macro Advisory, Chris held the position of Chief Strategist at Sberbank-CIB, Russia's largest bank and one of the biggest banks in Europe. Prior to that he served for four years as Chief Strategist with Uralsib Financial Corporation and for five years with Alfa Bank, two of Russia's largest privately owned financial groups. His first role in Russia was as Head of Research with Troika Dialog, a privately owned investment bank, from June 1998. He held that position for over four years.
Prior to coming to Russia Chris worked as Head of Research for NatWest Markets in Bangkok, Thailand, during the Asian financial crisis of 1997/'98. Before that he was Senior Investment Manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, based in Abu Dhabi City. Chris started his investment career with the Irish Life Assurance Company in Dublin, Ireland, and has accumulated over thirty three years experience in emerging markets.
Chris is the author of a wide variety of published articles articles about Russia, Central Asia and the trend in macro oil. He is also widely quoted in the international financial press and appears regularly on CNN International, BBC, and Russia Today on these and related subjects.
Chris was born in Ireland.

Sergey Piven Chief Financial Officer X5 Retail Group

Year of birth: 1974
Expertise: Sergey joined X5 in 2011 as Finance Director for the Commercial Division. Prior to joining X5, he was CEO of Belmarket Co., a retail chain owned by A1, the private equity arm of Alfa Group. Before this, Sergey was Director for Strategic Planning with Alfa Group. From 1999 to 2005, he held several management positions in the Finance Divison at Ford Motor Company in Cologne, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Moscow.
Education: Sergey graduated from Minsk State Linguistic University and received his MBA from INSEAD.

Vyacheslav Sotnik First Vice President, Economics & Finance TransTeleCom

Born on November 10, 1974.
Graduated from North-Western Civil Service Academy at Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, with specialisation in State and Municipal Governance. V.Sotnik is being trained at Institute of Management Accountants under the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) programme. Holds the certificates of IAB (International Association of Book-keepers) and IFA (Institute of Financial Accountants).
Earlier he held various roles in JSC «Rostelecom» and CJSC «PeterStar».
Since February 2005  he has been working in ТТК, where has held a number of roles including the positions of President Adviser, Director of the Directorate of Strategic Planning, Head of Economics and Investment Department.
Since 2010 – First Vice-President for Economics and Finance, ТТК

Gennady Zhuzhlev Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Managing Director Eurasian Development Bank

Graduated from Moscow State Technological University named after Tsiolkovsky and Moscow International Business School Mirbis. In 1996-2003 he occupied various positions in “MDM-Bank”. In 2003-2008 he was Executive Director of Financial Corporation “URALSIB” and managed departments of project finance and direct investments of the Central Regional Direction of Financial Corporation “URALSIB”. Starting from July 2008, he has been working in EDB as Director of Project Finance Group. On June 3, 2010 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Management Board.
Mr Zhuzhlev manages and coordinates the Bank's project activities.

Kirill Polyakov Chief Financial Officer Transstroy

Since November 2013 - Deputy CEO for Economics and Finance, Transstroy Group of Companies.  Responsible for planning and performance management of core business, liquidity management, communication with banks, accounting and reporting, automation. From August 2006 to October 2013 Kirill was Chief Financial Officer of Promstroy Group of Companies. Under him, the company grew sales from 40 to 370 million USD. 
Previously, he worked as Head of Planning and Economic Management of theTransneft subsidiary JSC Centre for Project Management Stroineft , which was responsible for implementation of  construction and technical re-equipment program for the state monopoly. 
Kirill started his professional career in Eurofinance MosnarBank, where over 8  years he developed a wealth of experience in various areas of banking, from analysis and planning to working with securities. 
In 1998 Kirill gained an MBA from International University in Moscow 
Has an interest in travel, hockey, downhill skiing.

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

Bjarte Bogsnes Vice President, CFO Performance Management & Risk Statoil

Bjarte Bogsnes has a long international career, both in Finance and HR. He is currently heading up the Beyond Budgeting implementation at Statoil, Scandinavia's largest company with operations in 36 countries and a turnover of $130 billion. On Fortune 500, the company was recently ranked  #1 on Social responsibility and #7 on Innovation.  Transparency International has named Statoil the most transparent listed company globally.
Bjarte is Chairman of Beyond Budgeting Institute, and is a popular international business speaker and winner of a Harvard Business Review/McKinsey Management Innovation award. He is the author of "Implementing Beyond Budgeting - Unlocking the Performance Potential", where he writes about his implementation experiences. Statoil realized that traditional leadership and management practices no longer work in today's competence organizations operating in business environments more complex, dynamic and unpredictable than ever. The company implemented innovative alternatives to traditional management, like abolishing traditional budgets and calendar-based management in favor of more decentralized, agile and human processes.

Vladimir Kremer Head of Financial Lines AIG

Anton Musatov Chief Executive Officer VTB Factoring

In 2002, Anton graduated from the State University of Management with a degree in financial management. Professional activity was started in 2002 in the Insurance Company «ROSNO», in the Center of complex insurance of financial risks. In 2003 Anton started his activity in factoring sphere. During 2003-2004 Anton was Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of serving the developing companies of AB «IBG NIKoil». From March 2004 to April 2011 Anton worked  at the National Factoring Company, from March to September 2004 as the head of the Office of the financial risks underwriting, from September 2004 to August 2007 as the Directory of client relationships development, in September 2007 as  Deputy Chairman of the Board and  a member of the Board of NFK (JSC). During 2004-2008 Anton was also responsible for the development and implementation of new factoring products of NFK. In April 2011 Anton joined VTB Factoring Ltd. as Director of the Directorate of the methodologies and technologies, from September 2011 – he became a Member of the Management Board, Director of Risk Department. In August 2012 Anton was appointed as  CEO of VTB Factoring Ltd. From April 2013 he became the Chairman of the Board of Association of factoring companies.

Geoffrey Townsend Chairman of the Audit Committee OAO Raspadskaya

Jeffrey Robert Townsend has significant experience in auditing and consulting, first at Touche Ross in Great Britain and then in Germany with Treuverkehr and KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gessellschaft, where he became a partner in 1984.
Mr. Townsend has been working in Moscow since 1995.
Mr. Townsend is a graduate of Oxford and since 2005 till 2012 has been a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee at TMK. Since 2008 - General Director of OOO Arnika.
He was one of the consultants in the privatization process in East Germany and participated in the reform of the bookkeeping system of the USSR, and subsequently Russia and other CIS countries. He currently chairs a work group responsible to audit reform in Russia as a part of the Tacis program.

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. 

Andrey Demin 1st Deputy CEO, CFO Russian Grids

Born on April 28, 1974.
1996 - graduated from Zaporozhye State University, majoring in "Applied Mathematics".
1999 - graduated from Zaporozhye Institute of Economics and Information Technologies, "Finance." From 1995 to 1998 - worked as an engineer-technician at Private Small Company "Urania"
From 1998 to 2002 - JSC "Poltavaoblenergo", heading the department to monitor the collection of funds, to the Chairman of the Board
From 2004 to 2010 - JSC " FGC UES ", where he started as Head of the Department of management of regional grid complexes to the Deputy Chairman of the Board, Member of the Board
From 2010 to 2012 - Advisor to the General Director for Strategic Development, LLC" Mezhregionsbyt” From 2012 to 2013 - Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of JSC" FGC UES "
In 2013 he was appointed First Deputy General Director for Economics and Finance of" Rosseti "
Has sectoral and ministerial awards.

Anders Olesen Managing Director Beyond Budgeting Roundtable

In addition to his role as Managing Director of the international Beyond Budgeting network, Anders Olesen is a Partner in Basico, a Danish consulting company specializing in helping private companies improve their financial management practices. Since 2013, Basico is the official Beyond Budgeting Partner in Denmark following many years as an active member of the European BBRT network. Before joining Basico, Anders worked 15 years in various finance and management positions in several international industrial companies; including Borealis which abolished traditional budgeting in the mid 90’s. Anders’ career started in Arthur Andersen where he earned a degree as State Authorized Public Accountant (similar to CPA). Anders holds a master in business economics and auditing from Copenhagen Business School and an executive master in business administration from IMD in Switzerland. Anders regularly publishes case studies documenting the successful implementation of the beyond budgeting principles.

Rene Lek Chief Financial Officer Coca-Cola Hellenic Russia

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.


Alexey Ievlev Head of Clients / Lending Products 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.


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