Belarus and CIS Regional Leaders

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Belarus and CIS Regional Leaders

Deloitte CIS

Olga Stepaneyeva

General Director 

Olga has vast experience in auditing financial statements under IFRS of banks and enterprises of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, including audit for international groups.

Olga was in charge of the engagements on testing enterprise readiness for audit of the financial statements prepared according to IFRS, establishing the process of independent preparation of financial statements under IFRS by companies, as well as automation of IFRS reporting.

Olga led a number of engagements for enterprises of various industries under the Accounting Improvement Program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in which Deloitte was engaged as a consultant.

For several years, Olga represented Deloitte within the working group for the problematic issues of accounting and reporting, and moving towards adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards for the local accounting and reporting legislation in Belarus under the Ministry of Finance.

Ian Colebourne

Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte CIS 

Ian Colebourne is the CEO of Deloitte CIS. Prior to this he led the firm's Financial Advisory practice. Ian started his career in Forensic and has over 20 years of experience participating in and leading investigations, corporate intelligence engagements and fraud risk management assignments. Before taking charge of the Financial Advisory department at Deloitte in 2012, he established the Forensic practice at another Big Four firm and led its Risk Consulting business. Ian is a qualified solicitor. Outside work, Ian enjoys spending time with his four children.

Sharif Galeev

Director, Deloitte in Russia, Saint-Petersburg 

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.

Dmitriy Chaban

Managing Partner, Deloitte in Russia, Ufa

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

Nikita Soshnikov

Director, Deloitte in Russia, Vladivostok

Before his appointment as the leader of the Deloitte office in Vladivostok, Nikita worked in Deloitte’s Moscow office, in the representative office of a leading American law firm and was a partner in a Russian law firm. He has 11 years of consulting experience in Russian and International taxation and in creating effective national and international tax structures. His clients include major Japanese technology and manufacturing companies with a presence on the Russian market.

Nikita holds a degree in Law from the National Research University Higher School of Economics and a LL.M. degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Mark Smith

Managing Partner, 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.

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.

Nuran Kerimov

Managing partner, Deloitte in 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 serves on the Deloitte CIS Board of Directors.

He is a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan. He is married with three children.

Arpine Ghevondyan

Director, Deloitte in 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).

John Robinson

Managing Partner, Deloitte in Georgia

Apart from a two-year period in Nigeria, John has spent most of his professional life in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining Deloitte he was the Global Assurance and Advisory Learning leader at another Big Four firm. John is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and specialises in the financial services, construction and real estate sectors. John enjoys travel and football and is an avid runner.

Erkin Ayupov

Managing Director, Deloitte in 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.

Kanyshai Sadyrbekova

Managing Director, Deloitte in Kyrgyzstan

Kanyshay Sadyrbekova is the managing director for the Deloitte in Kyrgyzstan practice. She holds the Kyrgyz Republic auditor license and has more than seven years experience in audit. She provides audit projects in accordance with IFRS and local auditing standards. Kanyshai has extensive experience working with companies in the resources and financial services industry.

Gulanor Atobek

General Director, Deloitte inTajikistan

Gulanor has over 11 years of audit experience in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and currently leads the Deloitte practice in Tajikistan. She is a CPA, АССА, CIPA, has qualification certificate for general audit from the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan and qualification certificate from the National bank of Tajikistan for audit of banks and other financial institutions, and certificate of completion of Risk Certification Program of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). She has worked on audit engagements in accordance with IFRS and US GAAP and has extensive experience with companies in different sectors such as financial, insurance, power, telecommunications, transportation, textile and hospitality.

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