ADVISORY BOARD

 

bogdanovAlexander L. Bogdanov started his career in 1981 with Almazjuveirexport, the Russian (Soviet) State Company engaged in all exports of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) and Diamonds. In 1991, he was sent to US to form a JV company with Salomon Brothers, then a leading investment bank, to market Russian PGMs directly to Automotive, Oil, Chemical, Dental and Jewelry companies in US, Europe and Japan. In 1991-94 he was a member of the Advisory Committee of New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). With the opening of the Russian equity and fixed income market he joined New Alliance Corp., a boutique investment bank involved in trading sovereign and corporate debt as well as Russian corporate stocks. In 1997, he joined the Russian American Investment Bank where he oversaw Corporate Finance activities. Between 1997 and 2004, he established and managed the Moscow Office of New York-based Ecoban Finance Ltd., a merchant bank designed to structure and fund trade finance transactions. Since 2004 Alexander heads the Moscow Office of Debt Advisory International, LLC a company based in Washington DC that manages emerging market debt funds and trades debt as a principal and broker.

Alexander is experienced in private placement, structured trade and project finance deals, fixed income distressed debt and commodity trading.

He received his MA degree in International Business and Economics/International Monetary and Banking Systems from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1981 and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University in 2004.

 

alexhAlexandre Hemeury is a distinguished leader with solid background in directing Russian financial organizations to improve technology with mission critical IT solutions and related services. Team player, result-driven with proven abilities to bridge technology and business goals to provide ROI solutions streamlined with existing operations and effective planning.

Before joining with us, Alexandre developed his vast industry knowledge while working for the global tier one Russian bank, as well as the premiere Russia based financial service providers during and since the Russian Internet boom here in 2000. He has a successful track record of delivering high and low touch system considered the industry standard today in Russia and abroad.

Alexandre has extensive philanthropic interests and supports a range of not for profit organizations. He speaks English, French and Russian.

 

dsc_55791Stephen Kreeger started his career in 1989 with Chilewich International Corporation in New York. Chilewich initiated the U.S. poultry trade with the U.S.S.R. In 1993, he accepted a position in the Moscow office of Andre & CIE, then one of the largest grain trading companies in the world. As an Andre employee he became the first expatriate member of the Russian Grain Union. From 1995 to 2001, he managed three companies active in the sale and distribution of frozen food throughout Russia/CIS. He was chosen as commercial director and board member of-Metro Cash & Carry in 2001 when Metro expanded into the Russian market. From 2001 until 2008, Metro Russia grew from start-up (2 stores opened in 2001) to 48 stores – with an annual turnover of nearly €4 billion. In 2008, Stephen was selected to be CEO of Metro’s operation in Kazakhstan (Almaty), where he grew the business in 3 years from start-up to over €100 million and led the most aggressive-expansion-from-start-up in a new-country in Metro history (8 stores of 7 000 m2 each built and opened in the space of 30 months). He returned from Almaty to Moscow in early 2012 to direct X5 Retail Group’s ultra-fresh food department. After nearly 3 successful years at X5, Stephen left to launch a start-up development project called “RosAgroMarket” the construction and operations of a chain of 5 wholesale fresh food logistics centers from Moscow to Vladivostok (comprising over 500 000 m2 and costing nearly RUB 50 billion).
Stephen is experienced in retail, supply chain management, purchasing, and agriculture and food production – with 11 years (3 as CEO) in board positions in large Western organizations operating in Russia/CIS.

He studied Russian Studies in the postgraduate program at Columbia University (New York) and received his MBA degree in Finance from Temple University (Philadelphia) in 1989.

 

kendrick-whiteKendrick White earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics from Stetson University, (1985), and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, (1990). He is currently the Advisor to the Rector at the Lobachevsky University in Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), responsible for international technology commercialization activities, and served as the Vice Rector for Innovation Activities between 2013-2015, where he was responsible for developing a comprehensive technology transfer and commercialization infrastructure, including Russia’s first formal university based Proof of Concept (POC) Center. Kendrick has built unique know-how in commercializing early stage, high-tech investment projects in Russia, accumulated during 20 years of in-country investing experience. Following SME development work as an advisor for PWC in Nizhny Novgorod (1994-1997), and building a strong VC/PE track record as Director of the EBRD’s $50.0 Mio Central Russia Regional Venture Fund, (1998-2005), Kendrick founded the private company Marchmont Capital Partners, LLC, in 2005 as an investment advisor for regional innovation driven entrepreneurs. Since then, Kendrick has focused on using his experience in developing regional innovation eco-systems to create a systemic national approach to commercializing regional high tech projects into global markets. In 2013, Kendrick leveraged this experience to launch the Marchmont-UNN Venture LAB, which is currently developing plans to initiate a new early stage Accelerator Program for bio-medical products and other devices emerging from UNN’s wide range of faculty research laboratories and the UNN Student Business Incubator.