Russia and CIS Regional Leaders

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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 25 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.

Yuliya Krasnova

Director, Deloitte in Russia, Novosibirsk

Prior to joining Deloitte, Yulia worked at another Big Four firm where she led their Novosibirsk office. At that firm, Yulia led audits of some of its key clients, the largest companies in Siberia in various industries, including oil & gas, mining, transportation and agriculture.

Before that, Yulia worked at the largest auditing company in Siberia, providing both auditing and taxation services.

Yulia holds a degree in economics and law from Novosibirsk State University, a diploma in financial analysis from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation, and FCCA and CRA certifications.

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

Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte CIS | 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). 

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).

Olga Stepaneyeva

Director, Deloitte in Belarus

Olga joined Deloitte in 2002 and over the course of her 15-year professional career with the Firm led a number of IFRS audit and advisory engagements. Her clients include domestic private and state-owned organizations as well as international companies operating in Belarus.
She has serviced clients representing telecoms, IT, manufacturing, FMCG, agriculture and other sectors. Olga’s advisory experience includes implementation of IFRS reporting functions and she supported the launch of several nearshoring initiatives for Deloitte CIS.

Stuart Leighton

Managing Partner, Deloitte in Georgia

Stuart joined the Russian firm following successful periods as Managing Partner of both the Ukrainian and Central Asian Practices. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and also holds an IFRS Diploma (ICAEW).
Stuart leads the firm’s Energy and Resources Audit Group and has worked with the boards and audit committees of some of the region’s largest players in the sector. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and tennis, and watching rugby.

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 13 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 re-joined the Deloitte Caspian region team in May 2014.

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 16 years of audit experience in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and currently leads the Deloitte practice in Tajikistan. She is a US CPA, ACCA, CIPA, has a certificate from Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Tajikistan for auditing and certificate from National Bank of Tajikistan for audit of banks and other financial institutions. She has been working 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, gold mining, production and hospitality.

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