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Russia and CIS Regional Leaders

Deloitte CIS

David Owen

Chief Executive Officer

David joined Deloitte in South Africa, becoming a partner in 1990. After moving to the UK in 1994, he took on a number of leadership roles in the Consulting function, before heading up the UK Consulting division in 2000, where he worked with some of the firm’s most prestigious clients. In 2011, he was appointed to his current role, as CEO of the CIS firm. David is married with four ‘young adult’ children and enjoys sports and outdoor pursuits.

Sharif Galeev

Director of the Saint-Petersburg practice, Assurance & Advisory Services

Sharif joined Deloitte CIS in St. Petersburg in 1997. In 2001, he moved to Moscow, where he has served clients in many different spheres, but with a particular focus on the development of energy and resources audit practice, which serves many of the largest Deloitte CIS audit clients. In 2006, Sharif was appointed audit partner at the St. Petersburg practice, where he serves a wide range of industries, including mining and machine building, and retail and development. In 2010 Sharif was appointed a Managing Partner of Saint-Petersburg practice of Deloitte CIS.

Dmitry Chaban, Russia (Ufa)

Deloitte Director, Ufa

Dmitry has led Deloitte Ufa since it began operations in 2011. He has had more than eleven years experience in providing financial audit and consulting services to large manufacturing and mining enterprises in Russia and the Ukraine. Before he assumed the role of Head of Deloitte in Ufa, Dmitry had been Manufacturing Industry Group Leader in the Deloitte Ukraine office. His principal areas of professional specialism include financial audit, consulting on issues of IFRS transition, providing advice on restructuring internal controls and optimizing business processes.

Andrey Bulakh

Managing Partner, West Region

Andriy is a native resident of Kyiv. In 2002, he joined Deloitte; in 2010, he took over the leadership of Audit Department and on 1 June 2014, he became Deloitte Ukraine Managing Partner. Andriy has led audit engagements of large multinational and local companies operating in different sectors of the economy. He also led the Capital Market Group and managed large companies’ IPO engagements. Today, Andriy is the CIS Innovation Group leader.

Mark Smith

Managing Partner, Deloitte Caspian Region

Mark spent his early career in Scotland before leaving for Almaty to head Deloitte’s regional Financial Services audit group in 2007. Since 2012, Mark has been Managing Partner for the Caspian Region. He works with clients in the banking, insurance and manufacturing sectors and has provided audit services under IFRS, US GAAP and UK GAAP. Mark holds a Degree in Accounting and Marketing and is a Chartered Accountant (Scotland). Mark likes to travel and is a keen snowboarder and tennis player.

Arpine Ghevondyan, Armenia (Yerevan)

Director, Armenia

Arpine leads our practice in Armenia and has over 12 years of experience in providing audit and advisory services in Russia, Armenia, the UK and the US. She has served numerous multinational companies across all industries, particularly focusing on FSI clients. She has been instrumental in the establishment and development of the office of her previous firm in Armenia and has extensive experience in business development and leadership strategy. Arpine has a degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems from the State Engineering University of Armenia. She is also a member of ACCA and the Association of Accountants and Auditors of Armenia (AAAA).

Andrei Surmach, Belorus (Minsk)

Managing Partner, Belorus

Andrei joined Deloitte in 1999. He is an ACCA member, a Belarusian Certified Auditor, and holds a license to perform audits of financial institutions. Andrei leads audit engagements in national and multinational companies across all sectors but has a special focus on the banking and finance sector. He provides consultancy services on IFRS implementation, control systems, and M&A due diligence. Andrei is married, with one son, and is a keen tennis player.

Erkin Ayupov, Uzbekistan (Tashkent)

Managing Director, Uzbekistan

Erkin is a US certified public accountant (US CPA) and is a qualified auditor of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He has over seven years of experience auditing financial institutions and major international corporations in the CIS and the UK. Having worked in the Deloitte London Banking & Capital Markets Group for over two years, where he served a range of leading banks and the UK and U.S. listed companies, Erkin recently re-joined the Deloitte Caspian region team.

Nuran Kerimov, Azerbaijan (Baku)

Partner, Tax & Legal, Azerbaijan

Nuran joined Deloitte in 2003, establishing the firm’s Tax practice in Azerbaijan. He has significant experience in advising Azerbaijani and international companies, mainly in the FSI and Oil & Gas sectors, on tax and associated issues. He holds a Bachelor’s in Law from Voronezh State University and a LL.M. from the University of Georgia (USA). Nuran is a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan. He is married with three children.

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