Private Investor: Russia and Eastern Europe

11 - 12 October 2018

Among confirmed speakers and panelists in 2018

Oskar has been investing in private and public companies for 15 years and was an Equity Analyst, Head of Research and an Equity Fund Manager at China Asset Management, Lusight Research (Goldman Sachs), Daiwa Asset Management and Elgin Family Office. In recent years Oskar has been an Angel investor and advisor for European tech companies.

Mrs. Sakharova has more than ten years of experience in private banking and wealth management industry, building up and managing Swiss offices for Russian-based investment companies, banks and private clients. Mrs. Sakharova has been working as a Vice President at Renaissance Group, overseeing private banking and wealth management business processes in Zurich, Moscow, London, Guernsey and Luxembourg, and prior to Renaissance, - in Citigroup Moscow.

Mrs. Sakharova holds a banking degree from the Financial Academy under the Government of the RF and a law degree from Moscow State Law Academy. She also graduated from BPP Law School in London, GDL. Mrs. Sakharova is a Member of the Association of the Independent Directors.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, a senior member of the ruling family of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), is the Chairman of RAK ICC. As Chairman, he oversees the development of RAK ICC as a premium Corporate Registry. After leading the integration of its legacy entities – RAK International Companies and RAK Offshore – His Highness Sheikh Ahmed is now responsible for setting the strategic direction of RAKICC as it continues to enhance its capabilities and its international reach.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed is also Chairman of RAK Economic Zone (RAKEZ), which was formed following the merger of RAK Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) and RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA). He oversees the operations and manages the development of investment activities, ensuring a positive impact on the Emirate’s economy, and as part of the UAE’s general trend toward increased non-oil investments.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed envisions a vibrant and successful future for Ras Al Khaimah. Actively contributing to the economic and social growth of the Emirate, he also directs the goals of the Customs Department as its Chairman, ensuring that its services support the economy and security of the community.

Additionally, he is the Chairman of Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Foundation for Charity as well as Falcon Technologies International (FTI), a leading world class manufacturer dedicated to serve the most demanding customers with its high-end data storage solutions for professional and archival applications.

An advocate of free enterprise and international relations, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Public Relations from Boston, in the USA.

Kira Egorova advises private clients, families with dynastic wealth, family offices as well as their counsels. Her clients also include corporate executives, business owners (and former business owners who have experienced a liquidity event), professionals, fund managers, private foundations and others. She counsels clients in connection with the significant number of projects involving purchase of luxury items and other property.

Kira has extensive experience in advising the high net worth Russian individuals on development of ownership and succession structure for diversified private and business assets, located in different jurisdictions. Kira leads projects of negotiations and conclusion of shareholder agreements and associated matters; supports the firm’s M&A projects in respect of the completion procedure and administration of the deals. She has also gained substantive experience in Financial and accounting consulting and participates in the development of the financial business schemes.

Kira is a regular contributor of articles publications and a frequent lecturer at conferences and seminars on current legal issues within her areas of practice.

Kira Egorova is a member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the International Bar Association (the IBA).

Gregg S. Robins recently founded Robins Advising ( He divides his time between advising clients across their financial and investment matters, and also their business interests.  He works closely with trusted partners, notably Global Gate, on investments in real estate, private equity and debt, and in public markets. He is also active with start-ups in various capacities.

He is a business and thought leader in wealth management, with a solid track record in hiring top talent and building successful businesses. He has deep experience and expertise in Russian & East European markets.

His distinguished career in corporate banking and wealth management includes Citigroup, UBP, where he was the Regional Head for Russia and Eastern Europe, and more recently UBS, where he was the Head of Wealth Management in Russia.

Throughout his professional career, Gregg has worked as an advisor to a number of high-profile corporations and financial institutions. His global experience is accompanied by language proficiency in Russian, Spanish, French and German. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University, and for several years was a recognized professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, in the Executive MBA Program. He was a Faculty Member of the New Economic School in Moscow. Gregg has written and presented extensively on the financial services industry: the author of Banking and Transition: East Germany After Unification (Macmillan Press: 2000), he has also published columns, feature interviews, and various articles in leading international business media outlets.

Rod was employed by HMRC for forty years and was recognised as one of their foremost investigators and compliance experts, specialising in criminal, civil and commercial fraud. His expertise includes internal company investigations, financial crime and proceeds of crime, money laundering, insolvency and asset recovery.

Maria Agranovskaya

Attorney at Law with 20+ years of experience. Started working with cryptocurrency issues back in 2010.

MGIMO MID of Russia (International Law), studied in Germany and Holland.

8,5 years - running a multifamily office, worked on various cross-border transactions, investments, asset management, deal and corporate structuring in various jurisdictions, M&A, international taxation and other matters.

Areas: fintech, finance, telecom, banking, energy, pharmaceuticals, real estate and other sectors.

2007: setup of GRAD Attorney Bar (managing partner, 30+ Russian and foreign lawyers)

Substantially engaged in blockchain technology, ICO (TGE) related projects, trading and finance regulations, funds and financial activity.

Speaks English, German, French, Italian, Spanish.

Dr. Al Ansari is a UK qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years of senior corporate, operational, private equity investing and strategic advisory experience.

Until 2011, Dr. Al Ansari was the CEO of SHUAA Capital, a publicly listed full service investment bank. He helped establish Dubai Holding in 2004 and founded Dubai International Capital (“DIC”) and headed DIC as its Executive Chairman and CEO, creating a globally recognised investment company with US$12 billion of assets under management. He previously served as Group CFO for The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai. Prior to that he was CFO at Dubai Aluminum Company (DUBAL) for eight years where he was responsible for finance, hedging, IT and strategic raw materials

Prior to joining RAK ICC as CEO in April 2018, Dr. Al Ansari was the Vice Chairman and COO of The Industrial Group.

Dr. Al Ansari sits on a number of boards including RAK ICC, TVM Healthcare Partners (GCC Healthcare Private Equity Fund), Eureeca Capital and Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governance. Has has served on numerous regional and international boards such as the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) which he served from 2004-2016. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Institute’s advisory board for MENA. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University for outstanding achievement and leadership in finance and is a visiting fellow at Oxford University Said business school.

Jason Sugarman QC has been a practising Barrister specialising in white-collar commercial fraud cases for some 21 years. Jason’s expertise extends to corporate criminal matters such as Intra-Community Carousel fraud, Serious Fraud Office Prosecution and defending commercial wrongdoing cases, Financial Service Regulation and corruption cases.

Jason is recognised as a leading criminal specialist, listed in The Legal 500. His appointment as Queen’s Counsel is a recognition of excellence in written and oral advocacy in the higher courts.


Neasa focuses her practice on the charitable sector and advises grant makers, operating charities, organisations in the public sector, commercial clients and philanthropists on charity law and practice. She has particular experience in advising grant-makers and philanthropists, in the Jewish charitable sector, in social investment, such as retail charity bonds, and in acting for corporates and corporate foundations on charity law and governance, including commercial participation and sponsorship.

Over the years, Chambers & Partners say that she is ‘a thorough and thoughtful lawyer who listens well and is able to deal sensitively with difficult issues’. (Chambers 2018). She is described as ‘highly intelligent, empathetic, and a very good negotiator’ (Chambers 2017) and as ‘taking the time to understand us as clients as well as probing to ensure that she provides advice which is relevant to our situation’ (Chambers 2014). Chambers 2013 says that she has considerable experience in representing clients in dealing with the Charity Commission and that ‘she’s extremely good – just incredibly sensible in her approach and extremely good with clients’.


Mr. Vitaly Modlo is a Director of Investor Relations for Eastern European and former Soviet Union market for CMB Regional Centers in the US. Mr. Modlo provides informational assistance regarding investment opportunities to foreign individuals who want to obtain US permanent visa (Green Card) through the EB-5 immigration program, as well as to immigration attorneys with potential EB-5 clients. He educates on the EB-5 immigration program, procedures and timelines.

CMB continues to be a leader in EB-5 industry with a 100% project approval rate (60+ EB-5 partnerships with 5,200+ investors from 90+ countries) and no project-denials at the I-526 and I-829 petition stages. CMB’s EB-5 investors have achieved over 4,400 I-526 approvals and over 1,000 I-829 approvals. Additionally, 12 CMB Partnerships have returned capital to its EB-5 investors, some of which have even seen early repayment.

William is a Director and co-founder of MacDougall Auctions, a specialist Russian Art Auction house in London, consistently one of the top three in the world for Russian Art, and sometimes the largest. Previously he was the Chief Investment Officer of the £4bn TRW/Lucas Pension Scheme. He has also been the Head of International Bond Management at Hill Samuel Investment Management, and an emerging markets economist for Data Resources Incorporated (DRI) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). He has economics degrees from Stanford and Oxford Universities. Of one quarter Russian ancestry, he and his Russian wife and co-Director have been collecting Russian art for twenty-five years.

Andrey Pozhitkov is responsible for capital structuring, succession planning, client tax planning and migration services. Prior to joining UFG Wealth Management, Andrey served as vice president at Credit Suisse Russia and was a senior capital markets lawyer at Magic Circle international law firms.

Mr. Pozhitkov graduated from Law Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University

Victoria  Vella  is  a  law  professional  fluent  in  Russian  and  English,  with  years  of  experience working in immigration. Her core area of expertise lies in advising high net worth individuals (HNWIs) on global immigration matters.

Mrs Vella, a qualified Russian lawyer, also holds an LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law from the United Kingdom.  She also obtained a degree in Public Administration and Interpretation, with a focus on Russian, English, and German.

Mrs Vella currently works at CS Global Partners, where she is both a Legal Advisor and the Head of the Russia and CIS Desk. She frequently travels to Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries to meet with clients and partners. She is also regularly invited to attend and give speeches at immigration-related events.  Mrs Vella is highly practised in helping high net worth individuals looking to obtain a second citizenship or an alternative residence, in particular in the countries offering citizenship by investment in the Caribbean, and in European countries offering similar citizenship or residence programmes.

Maria is a managing partner based in London. Prior to setting up Salient Group, Maria worked as the General Counsel for an English company which advises high net worth individuals on the whole spectrum of private client related work, including setting up and managing complex family business structures. Her most recent experience includes acting as a Deputy Managing Director of a large single family office established in London for a Russian-speaking family.

Marina Bielchykova currently holds the position of Legal Associate within the Russia and CIS desk within Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates. Having obtained her Master's degree, with honours, in Law at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Ukraine, she has been practicing within the field of law since 2008 within various multinational companies in Ukraine and Malta. In 2015, she settled within Chetcuti Cauchi upholding the role of advisor to clients interested in the Malta Citizenship by Investment, Cyprus Citizenship by Investment, the Malta Global Residence Programme and buying property in Malta and Cyprus. Through her wealth of experience within the tax planning and wealth structuring industries, she is able to offer expert advice in relation to holding companies, trusts and foundations in Malta as well as Professional investor funds.

Anthony Corbett is an investment banker with 22 years’ experience of mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital raising, restructuring and investments. He is the co-founder of Lucrum Wealth Partners, a multi-family office advising Russian and CIS families on their corporate and personal investments. Lucrum offers advice on corporate and legal advisory, project management, tax, high value litigation management, wealth protection and investments, trust and fund structuring, immigration, reputation and PR management, capital-raising, property advisory, education advisory, and concierge services. Anthony has worked at international investment banks such as UBS, ING Barings and Bear Stearns, as well as major Russian companies such as VimpelCom. Anthony has worked with clients in the financial services, telecom, technology, media, energy, natural resources and industrials sectors in over 70 countries.

Anthony speaks fluent Russian and French and has spent much of his career focused on, or working in, Moscow. Anthony was educated at Ampleforth College and graduated from Bristol University. He is a member of the Securities Institute.

Founder and CEO of Davidoff & Frey Family Office in Zürich, Switzerland, since 2015. Tatyana had 20-years working experience within the Swiss Banking Industry, holding senior management positions with large banks. She managed multi-billion USD mutual funds in institutional asset management, advised UHNWI in Wealth Management, implemented M&A, was responsible for compliance and due diligence departments in major banking institutions.
Thanks to her today’s family office practice, Tatyana is an expert in arranging the financing of private jets, yachts and real estate, advises heads of wealthy families in family governance & succession planning, relocation, private equity transactions and establishes Private Label Funds. Tatyana arranges the creation and management of international operating companies and holding companies, implements projects in establishing and conducting business in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. She is at the head of the Blockchain initiative in Switzerland and advises on Technology Law (ICO etc.) and regulations by FINMA/FMA together with legal experts. Chair of the Goekmen-Davidoff Foundation ( – a charitable foundation recognized under Swiss law.
Tatyana holds an LL.M. degree in international business law (Zürich) and a MA degree in Economics (CEU), as well as MA in Mathematics (MU).

Olga Feldmeier is CEO of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain company building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments. Olga has extensive experience working in financial services sector for leading institutions such as Barclays Capital, UBS Wealth Management and Boston Consulting Group. Prior to founding SMART VALOR, Olga held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at Xapo, one of the largest Bitcoin custodians today. Olga is a prominent founding member of the Crypto Valley community, and is the producer of series of blockchain conference in Switzerland. She is also a mentor at the largest European accelerator program, Kickstart Accelerator, and regularly delivers talks at conferences and universities on Bitcoin, the regulation in blockchain industry, the tokenization of assets and the disruption of the banking industry.

Olga Fler has over 15 years of experience in Marketing and over 5 years of experience in charity. She is co-founder of charity project – Handmade Charity, a community of volunteers who arrange events for children with disabilities in cafes and restaurants, thereby creating an inclusive environment.

In 2016 Olga founded Meet For Charity project  - a fundraising platform - a charity online auction where lots are meetings with representatives of media, business, culture, sports and IT, and the collected funds go directly to charity. 

Alessandro has had senior roles and collaborated with some of the most important and influential luxury brands in the world in the past 20 years.

His passion for diamonds and colour stones has led him in advising his clients on alternative investments; how, when and what to buy.

Alessandro has a degree in economics and a masters from Boston University.

He has a work experience of more than two decades in both the US and Great Britain.

Alessandro has often been called on by institutions like UBS or Credit Swiss in round tables and market simulation, giving speeches and Q&A on diamonds and alternative investments.

After 15 years of working in wealth management and luxury lifestyle fields, Inna has launched Shorex Capital - a boutique citizenship planning firm working with wealthy families from the former Soviet Union, Middle East and Asia.

Inna’s personal contacts with the world's top service providers allow her to find the best citizenship planning and tax residency solutions for her clients.

Her personal, hands on, approach and dedication to her clients’ needs enables Shorex Capital to offer HNWIs and their families qualified guidance and assistance.

Being born in the Soviet Union and having lived for more than 20 years in the UK gives Inna a good understanding of both worlds and helps her navigate the world of second citizenship.

Sergey has been working (performing R&D) on: Bitcoin/Altcoin/cryptocurrency projects since 2011, Smart contract/Ethereum platform projects since 2014, DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) projects since 2015.

Since September 2015 Sergey has been researching and developing on frontier between blockchain and robotics. He is work on experiments around blockchain-based communication for multi-agent systems like a sensors networks in smart cities, autonomous mobile robotics and smart factories in Industry 4.0


BIO Justinas Milašauskas, Director.

Justinas Milašauskas is responsible for private equity investments and co-investments at DAO Family Office. DAO is an active manager and investor in real estate and private equity, deeply involved in defining investment strategy, selecting assets, attracting people and setting standards of execution.
Justinas has 11 years of international working experience in investment banking and asset management roles. Prior to DAO, Justinas headed the Baltic Trading and Sales division at DNB Markets.
Education: MSc in Quantitative Finance from VU Amsterdam and BSc in Econometrics from Vilnius University. Justinas is also the CFA charter-holder and serves on the board of two companies.

Alla Ouvarova is director and founder of Anna Alla Ltd. Together with her business partner Anna, they founded the company in November 2005, to bring liquid egg white to UK consumers.

Two chicks free range liquid egg white was launched in Selfridges in August 2007, and is now available in all the supermarkets in the UK, as well as further afield in France, Holland, UAE and HK.

The range has been expanded to include Chirps – high protein & healthy crisp style snack made with egg white, and ready to pour, fresh pancake mix. More products are in the pipeline and due to be launched shortly.

Shai is a well-known international expert on  technological innovation and blockchain, and formerly he was CTO of Citi Innovation Lab. 

Artem Stavenka and Kiryl Chikeyuk – young entrepreneurs from Belarus have founded Kino-mo  - an award-winning company developing high-impact technologies that allow projecting 3D images and video in the air (holograms).

The company won several British accolades including Shell, Cambridge University and UCL Bright Idea Award and received award nominations from New York Next Idea, Lloyds TSB, Tata Oxford and Smarta.

At the early stage, just a few months since the company had been founded, the company received investment offers at the popular BBC’s TV-show Dragons’ Den. Later, the company’s first version of 3D holo-display was awarded Top 3 British inventions of 2015. In July 2015 Kino-mo got backing from Richard Branson as the UK Start-up of the Year (over 2,500 entries nationwide) winning £150,000 as a prize.


Founder & CEO of MyWish. (

MyWish – leading platform in automated smart contract creation. More than 3100 users and 1600 contracts created already.

Most popular blockchains supported: NEO, Ethereum, Bitcoin & EOS.

Crypto enthusiast and serial entrepreneur, Vladimir has over 10 years of experience leading IT businesses. 

Former Product Manager in Motorola Solutions. Vladimir is a founder of DDG ( - software development center with 50 employees. Ph.D in Computer Science


Elena is a dual qualified private client lawyer (in Russia and UK).. Being a part of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP private client division, she acts predominantly for high net worth individuals and families from Russia and CIS. Her main area of expertise is personal tax and succession, however, quite often she is involved in complex and cross-jurisdictional matters with immigration, family and corporate tax aspects.