Russia and CIS Regional Leaders

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Russia and CIS Regional Leaders

Deloitte CIS

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 18 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.

Dmitry Chaban, Russia (Ufa)

Director, Deloitte in Russia, 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.

Salavat Galimov

Director, Deloitte in Russia, Yekaterinburg

Salavat began his career in Deloitte’s Moscow office in 2005, where he gained experience working with companies in the manufacturing and retail sectors. In 2013, he moved to the new office in Yekaterinburg, which he has led from 2015.

His focuses on auditing financial reporting, consulting on conversion to IFRS and restructuring internal control systems.

Salavat graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. He is a member of ACCA (UK) and a certified auditor. 

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 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).

Andrei Surmach

Managing Partner, Deloitte in Belarus

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.

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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