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Audris Barcevicius

EUROBAK Chairman /President and CEO, Siemens Central Asia


Mark Smith
EUROBAK Deputy Chairman/
Managing Partner,
Deloitte Caspian Region


Audris Barcevicius joined Siemens in 1995 as a marketing director for Siemens office in Lithuania. Prior to coming to Kazakhstan, Audris served as the general director of Siemens Osakeyhtio Lithuanian Branch and a Member of the Board responsible for business in The Baltic States. He is now the CEO of Siemens in Central Asia. Audris holds an Executive MBA degree from Baltic Sea MBA Academy in Helsinki. He also completed Siemens and Duke University Advanced Management Training Programme (S3).


Mark joined Deloitte Caspian in April 2007, relocating from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he participated in the IFRS conversion and demutualisation of Standard Life PLC, which now lists on the FTSE 100. Prior to this, Mark worked with another Big Four firm for over five years in both, the UK and the Cayman Islands. Prior to becoming Deloitte Caspian managing partner in June 2012, Mark was the head of the region’s Financial Services audit industry, actively engaged in the audit of some of Kazakhstan’s largest financial institutions.

Victoria Simonova
EUROBAK Secretary/
Dentons Kazakhstan
Oleg Khanin
EUROBAK Treasurer/
Chairman of the Management Board,
Kommesk-Omir Insurance Company

Victoria is a partner in Dentons’ Almaty office with over 18 years 'experience and advises clients on a wide variety of Kazakhstan and international law issues, including energy, corporate, subsurface use, property and litigation matters.  Victoria has advised clients on a number of pipeline matters.  She is involved in the acquisition of assets and other interests in companies in the oil and gas, telecommunications and construction sectors. Victoria has advised on a number of major mergers and acquisitions. She has a LLM degree from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA.  Victoria is a member of the AIPN, KPLA and Kazakhstan Bar.


Oleg Khanin worked as deputy chairman of the Management Board for Business Development since 2009. Mr. Khanin has been working in the Company since 1998. During this time he held the positions of assistant chairman of the Management Board for Insurance Affairs, auditor, chief underwriter of the Underwriting and Surveyors Department, vice president for insurance, deputy chairman of the Management Board for Financial Affairs. Mr. Khanin’s career began in 1998 in the Almaly District Tax Committee of Almaty City. In 2013, London Insurance Institute (CII) certified him for the industry accomplishments. In 2013, he was awarded with the medal "Honored financier" for his contribution to the country's financial sector. Kazakhstan Association of Financiers awarded Mr Khanin with the order of "The best financier" in 2014.


Ibrahim Canliel

EUROBAK Board Member/
Air Astana


Gordon Haskins
EUROBAK Board Member/ CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, Al Hilal Bank Kazakhstan

Ibrahim Canliel works for Air Astana as Senior Vice President Commercial Group and has been with the company since its early stages in 2003.  He started his career initially in tourism in Turkey during the 90s until he joined aviation with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 1998; briefly in the Gulf and consequently in Kazakhstan as the commercial manager for Central Asia. He has been in Kazakhstan for the past 17 years managing business units successfully during both upturns and downturns. Ibrahim was a Eurobak board member during the earlier days from 2005 to 2007. He studied Economics at the Marmara University and did his MBA at the Bosphorus University, both in Istanbul. He speaks 5 languages. Ibrahim is married and has two twin daughters.


Gordon Haskins is CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Al Hilal Bank Kazakhstan, having joined AHBK in November 2016.

He has more than 25 years of experience in banking and law. Prior to joining AHBK, Gordon was Country Executive, Chairman of the Management Board, and member of the Board of Directors of RBS Kazakhstan for 3 years prior to its sale by RBS Group in 2016 and, previously, was Chief Operating Officer for the DCM & derivatives business for the EMEA region. He worked with RBS Group for over 13 years, having also been Managing Director in Regulatory Developments and Head of Transaction Execution in the Secured Corporate Debt business.

He started his career as a lawyer, working for nearly 12 years in both London (with Clifford Chance) and Canada (with Davis & Co, now DLA Piper). He holds a bachelor's degree in history and politics from the University of British Columbia (1987) and a law degree from the University of Toronto (1991).

Erlan Dossymbekov
EUROBAK Board Member/
Managing Partner for Kazakhstan and CA, Ernst & Young Kazakhstan

Assel Khairova

EUROBAK Board Member/Managing Partner, KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia

Erlan supervises a variety of EY projects in the region, most of which are aimed at public sector reforms, including development of infrastructure, cleantech, regional integration, tax and customs administration and many others. Currently Erlan co-chairs the FIC Investment Policy working group, and during 2012 – 2013 he co-chaired the FIC Investment Image Enhancement working group. Erlan is committed to the enhancement of investment environment through his personal engagement in business and professional associations and EY corporate projects. He is a regular speaker at various conferences/ roundtables on the subject of Kazakhstan’s investment attractiveness. Erlan is a part of EY Emerging Markets global network.  

Assel Khairova joined KPMG in Kazakhstan in 1997, and has been leading KPMG’s practice in Kazakhstan and Central Asia as Managing Partner since January 2016. Assel has extensive experience in providing professional audit services to Kazakhstan and international companies in energy and natural resources sector, and is an expert in practical application of IFRS, US GAAP, Accounts of Petroleum Expenditures and Joint Accounts. Assel assisted the Ministry of Finance of the RK and the Chamber of Auditors in adopting IFRS and International Standards on Auditing (ISA).

Assel graduated from Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research. She is a Certified Auditor of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Certified Accountant Professional of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Certified Public Accountant, State of Maine, and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Assel is the author of many articles and interviews on audit industry and profession.


Olga Voronova

EUROBAK Board Member / Country Manager for Central Asia Republics 



Traian Laurentiu Hristea

EUROBAK Honorary Board Member
Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan

Aug 2017-current: Procter & Gamble Kazakhstan - Country Manager Central Asia Republics

July 2015 – Aug 2017: Procter & Gamble Russia - Commercial Operations Sector Leader Baby Care, Feminine Care, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Republics

Aug 2013 – July 2015: Procter & Gamble Russia - Commercial Operations Manager Feminine Care, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Republics

July 2012 – Aug 2013: Procter & Gamble Ukraine - National Accounts Team Leader

July 2009 – July 2012: Sales District Manager, South Ukraine


Ambassador Traian Laurenţiu Hristea is a Romanian diplomat, who has been seconded to the European External Action Service. Through his successive assignments, Mr Hristea served in the capacity of the director of Directorate Enlarged Europe and Republic of Moldova (CIS countries), Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to Ukraine, the director of the Directorate for Prognosis and Policy Planning at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc. Before arriving to Kazakhstan, he served as the Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia in 2011 – 2015. Ambassador Hristea has the PhD in international relations, OVIDIUS University, Romania. He speaks fluently English, Russian, French, Mongolian and Italian.

Julie Kussidi
EUROBAK Board Member/
Executive Director 



Julie started her career working for a European company. She has worked in various sectors including the quality and verification control programme with the Customs Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the oil & gas industry during times of massive privatization in Kazakhstan, and banking. As of November 1999, she has been in charge of the Secretariat Office of the European Business Association of Kazakhstan, working closely with the government of Kazakhstan. In this role with EUROBAK, she also works with European companies present and those planning to do business and invest in Kazakhstan. Her role also includes working with embassies represented in Kazakhstan as well as Kazakhstan embassies in other countries and the Delegation of the European Commission in Kazakhstan. She also works with various charity and business associations and chambers of commerce in Kazakhstan and worldwide.



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