Leadership

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  • Christopher J. Weafer

    Christopher Weafer has worked in the Russia-Eurasia region for over twenty years and has been regularly voted the best business and investment strategist in polls conducted by Thomson Reuters Extel and Institutional Investor magazine.

    Before leaving to set up Macro Advisory in late 2013, Christopher held the position of Chief Strategist at Sberbank-CIB and before that held similar positions with Uralsib Financial Corporation and Alfa Bank. His first position in Russia was with Troika Dialog in early 1998.

    Prior to Moscow, he worked as Head of Research for NatWest in Bangkok during the Asian financial crisis of 1997/98. Before that he was Senior Investment Manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority for seven years.

    Christopher is the author of a wide variety of published articles about Russia, the Eurasia region and global energy. He is widely quoted in the international financial press and appears regularly on BBC, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg, and other news sources.

  • J.P. Natkin

    JP Natkin has worked in Russia/CIS and the CEEMEA region for 25 years. He lived in the region in the 1990s. He has been voted one of the best EMEA & Russia sales professionals by Thomson Reuters Extel, repeatedly placing in the top of these polls.

    JP served as CEO and Global Head of Sales for Otkritie Inc., Russia’s largest private bank and initiated research sales coverage to international  investors. He previously managed Client Services in North America and Emerging Market Sales for Credit Agricole Cheuvreux. He also held senior management positions at Uralsib Financial Corporation, Troika Dialog, ING Barings, and Renaissance Capital. In these roles JP managed market entry and corporate finance strategy projects in Russia and throughout the CEEMEA region for numerous Fortune 500 companies


    JP was born and educated in the US. He received a BA in Political Science from Boston University and did his graduate work in Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

  • Randy Bregman

    Born and educated in the US, Randy earned a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Columbia University, an MA in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. For many years, Randy was a partner in Dentons’ Washington practice, and he continues to serve the firm as a Senior Counsel.

    Randy has concentrated on Russia, Eastern Europe, and the CIS region for more than 25 years and has significant experience in corporate, policy, and regulatory matters. As the managing partner of a US law firm’s Moscow office, Randy advised on the first Russian foreign investment law and the contract law section of the Russian Civil Codes. He has extensive experience helping foreign companies structure their businesses and subsidiaries in the region, and is a highly regarded expert on localisation issues.

    Randy regularly advises corporations and investors on issues related to compliance with anti-bribery laws and practices, as well as with US sanctions issues. For nearly 30 years, he has consulted with government agencies in the CIS/CEE region on a range of policy issues related to creating the legal framework to promote economic growth and attract foreign investment, and has participated in long-term consultancy programmes on privatisation, anti-monopoly, and anti-bribery.

  • Thomas G. Adshead

    Tom Adshead has worked in the Russia-Eurasia region for 25 years. He originally trained as a Sovietologist and has been residing in Moscow for the past 20 years.

    Prior to joining Macro-Advisory, Tom was a Portfolio Manager at Moscow-based Verno Capital, an investment advisory and hedge fund management firm. Before that, he served as a Portfolio Manager at Alfa Capital, Russia’s largest retail fund manager. Tom has also worked a head of research at Kazimir Partners and at Sito Capital, both Moscow-based.

    Prior to moving to the buy side, he held analyst and research director positions at several sell-side firms including IFC Metropol, Troika Dialog, and United Financial Group. He began his banking career at CS First Boston and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

    Tom was born in New Zealand and educated in the UK. He holds a degree in Economics from Cambridge University as well as a postgraduate diploma in Russian Language from Glasgow University. Tom is a CFA Charterholder

  • Michael K. Winn

    Born and educated in the UK, Michael (Mike) holds a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from London University and an MBA from the City University Business School. He has focused professionally on the Russian and CIS markets for over 25 years, and has lived in Moscow for the past 18 years

    Mike has held senior positions with the UK Department of Trade and Industry; covered Russia and Eastern Europe for Lloyds Merchant Bank, Chase Manhattan, and WestLB; and headed a team developing downstream projects in the CIS for British Gas.

    As an independent consultant, Mike has advised clients on projects ranging from market entry/business development to raising finances in banking, agriculture, and aviation. He was retained by Sempra Trading (subsequently JP Morgan) to develop structures in the coal export and electricity trading markets in Russia.

  • Sarah Ludwig

    Sarah Ludwig has been working in Russia and the CIS-Eurasia region for over ten years. Her roles have included business development for international companies in Russia and organizational management in Armenia. She worked on international leadership exchange programs in Washington for several years, and has also carried out high-level conflict analysis work in the Eurasia region and Africa. She is the author of numerous articles related to Armenia, and also wrote the verbal section of an online guide to the GMAT.