Evgeny Tugolukov is our Executive Chairman. He was appointed to our Board on 28 November 2018 and is responsible for setting and executing the strategic directions and expansion plans for the growth and development of our Group. He has over 20 years of experience holding top management positions in various financial and industrial groups. Evgeny Tugolukov began his career in 1993 when he joined MDM Bank, one of the largest private banks in Russia, before going on to build up and manage several sizable holdings. In 2005, he formed EMAlliance Public JSC (“EMAlliance”) where he served as chairman of the board of directors until 2007, developing it into one of Russia’s largest power machine-building companies. In 2008, he founded Strongbow Investments Pte Ltd (“Strongbow”), a Singapore-incorporated international holding company with a diverse range of investments in the areas of high-tech start-ups, entertainment, healthcare, real estate development and agriculture, and a strong geographical focus on Southeast Asia, Russia and Eastern Europe. He has been the managing director of Strongbow since 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Evgeny Tugolukov was a Member of Parliament of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, as well as the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Natural Resources. He has also been an honorary business representative with Enterprise Singapore, promoting bilateral trade and business relations between Singapore and Russia from 2014 to 2018. Evgeny Tugolukov graduated with a Diploma in Economics and Management from the Ural Federal University in 2000.
Marat Devlet-Kildeyev is our Chief Executive Officer and has been with our Group since 2015, where he was the general director and chief executive officer of Happy Cow. He became the President of Don Agro LLC in 2017 where he was responsible for developing relationships with potential investors and foreign partners as well as evaluating foreign capital markets. He took on the same role in Tetra JSC in 2018 and was appointed to our Board on 28 November 2018. As Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for directing and controlling the operations of the Group and its key operational subsidiaries.
Marat Devlet-Kildeyev began his career in 1993 with Barclays Bank of Canada and its parent company, Hongkong Bank of Canada, now known as Hong Kong Bank of Canada, where he was deputy treasury manager and head of leasing. He then joined Renaissance Capital Limited in 1998 as chief financial officer and head of risk management in the investment banking department, before becoming the first deputy general director of the Renaissance Insurance Group LLC in 1999. He then joined a media company, Afisha Industries CJSC, as general director in 2001 before joining an investment holding company, Rinaco JSC, as managing director in 2003. He subsequently joined an engineering company, TKZ-Management LLC, as general director in 2005, and EMAlliance as first deputy general director in 2005. In 2006, he became the chief operating director of power and energy-focussed, ESN JSC. He then joined a media company, O.K. Solutions LLC, as general director in 2007, and the Moscow representative office of CTC-Media. Inc. as deputy general director and head of international broadcasting in 2009. In 2013, he joined ProdAlliance Limited, which was managing the business of our Group, as head of representative office until 2018. Marat Devlet-Kildeyev graduated with a Diploma in Russian Linguistics and Teaching Russian for Foreigners from the Leningrad State University in 1987 and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto in 1993.
Ravi Chidambaram is our Lead Independent Director. He is currently the president of investment banking firm, TC Capital Pte. Ltd. Ravi Chidambaram started his career as a financial analyst in the investment banking division of Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1986. In 1989, he left to join Commerzbank AG as a credit officer in the international division, sovereign risk unit until 1991. In 1993, Ravi Chidambaram was an associate in the corporate finance department of Goldman Sachs until 1996 when he joined Deutsche Bank as a director in the investment banking group. In 1998, he joined Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited as a director in the European telecommunications investment banking group until 1999 when he became a managing director of Bear Stearns and was head of the European technology investment banking group. Ravi Chidambaram left Bear Stearns in 2001 and became the president of TC Capital Pte. Ltd. in 2002. Ravi Chidambaram graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Duke University in 1985 and was a Fulbright Scholar in Political Science at Kiel University from 1985 to 1986. He obtained his Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts degrees at the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.
Tan Han Beng is our Independent Director. His last employment was as a registered professional for continuing sponsorship with PPCF, before leaving at the end of 2018 to be an independent consultant to listed companies. Tan Han Beng began his career in 1999 as an audit associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and was promoted to senior manager in the advisory division before he left in 2010 to join the SGX-ST as assistant vice president of the issuer regulation department. He subsequently joined CNP Compliance Pte Ltd in 2011 as a registered professional for continuing sponsorship before leaving in 2014 to join PPCF. Tan Han Beng graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University in 1999 and has been a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants since 2013.
Edwin Tham Soong Meng is our Independent Director. He is currently a consultant on English law and honorary partner at Danilov & Partners, as well as a general director of Kerensk Farm LLC, a property holding company. Edwin Tham Soong Meng began his career in 1997 as an associate in Allen & Overy where he was promoted to become the managing partner of the Moscow office and head of the global Russia practice group in 2011. He left Allen & Overy in 2015 before joining Danilov & Partners in the same year. Edwin Tham Soong Meng graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Nottingham in 1988 and is qualified as an English barrister-at-law and solicitor, Singapore advocate and solicitor and New York attorney.
Artur Nazaryan is our Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the finance, accounting and taxation matters of our Group and has also been the Financial Advisor to Don Agro LLC since 2014. Artur Nazaryan began his career in 2004 as an accountant in the receivables department of Zaslon LLC, where his responsibilities included controlling accounts receivables ledgers and preparing presentations for potential customers. He moved to CJSC KPMG’s audit department in 2007 as auditor and audit supervisor, where he supervised audit and financial consulting engagements and prepared financial models and financial statements. In 2013, he joined Guardian Glass Rostov LLC, a float glass production company, as head of finance and was in charge of all manner of finance, including taxation, reporting, cash flow and working capital management and the development of management accounting systems. In 2014, he became the chief financial officer of ProdAlliance Limited until 2018. Artur Nazaryan graduated with Specialist Diploma in Organisation Management from the Southern Federal University in 2008. He has also been a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) since 2015.
Vadim Novikov is our Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for overseeing the entire operations of our Group and has been the General Director of Tetra JSC and Don Agro LLC since 2012 and 2014, respectively. Vadim Novikov started his career in 2001 as a legal counsel at Law Firm JSC JurCon, a local Russian law firm specialising in advising corporate clients in the power and energy sectors. He moved to an investment company, JSC Rinaco, as a legal counsel in 2003, and provided legal support in corporate and share capital transactions. In 2005, he joined EMAlliance where he was legal counsel, head of corporate and deputy head of tax and legal. Thereafter, Vadim Novikov joined ProdAlliance Limited in 2013 as legal counsel providing legal support for its investment activities until 2018. Vadim Novikov obtained his Diploma with Honours in Law from the Ural State Law University (formerly known as Ural State Law Academy) in 2001.