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Executive Committee 2015-2016

We’re glad to announce the publication of our constitution and the appointment of the following people to the executive committee for the next twelve months:

Kate Filunets
EMBA – 2015 (Hughes Hall College)
Biography: I have over 7 years of professional experience in various business functions (specifically corporate finance and marketing) and industries. My career path has taken me from a food & beverages company to real estate development and back to a large multi-national FMCG.
Aims for my tenure on the committee:  My aim is to maintain an intergenerational connection with those that have graduated
from Cambridge Judge Business School and with those that are just beginning by arranging a wide range of social gathering events both professionally enlightening and fun.
Rina Kurtukova
MPhil –  International Relations and Politics – 2014; MEng 2013 (Pembroke)
Biography: Currently working at Rosneft.
Aims for my tenure on the committee: To increase the frequency and scale of the group’s social events.

Sergey Beskhlebnov
MBA – 2013 (Darwin)
Biography: 6+ years of finance and strategy experience with IBM, Ernst&Young and Schneider Electric. Currently serves as Investment Manager at Rosnano and works on startup searching, due diligence and deal structuring in nanotechnology industry
Aims for my tenure on the committee: Increase awareness of Cambridge club in Russia and increase interaction of Cambridge alums by helping organizing events and bringing interesting guests. Particularly will try to bring some prominent people from startup & technology industry

Cambridge Alumnus Ian Pryde Speaks on Russia’s Future

ianprydeOn 22 January 2014, Cambridge alumnus Ian Pryde, CEO of Eurasia Strategy & Communications, Moscow, spoke to the Canada-Eurasia-Russia Business Association (CERBA)  on “Russia’s Future Prospects & Russia in Comparison with Emerging Markets of the CIS, Africa, Latin America and Asia.”

Ian covered such topics as Russia’s “catch up with the West” policies; economic diversification and implications of the shale oil and gas revolution; advantages for foreign direct investors and portfolio investors; and Russia’s economy compared to CIS, Baltic and BRICS nations.

A panel discussion comprised of foreign businessmen possessing longstanding experience in Russia followed the seminar, and a surprisingly broad range of views on the outlook for Russia were expressed. The panel included:

  • Jon Hellevig, Managing Partner, Awara Group (host of the event)
  • Geoffrey Nicholson, Partner / Consulting Leader, PwC Russia and CIS
  • Slava Rabinovich, CEO and CIO of Diamond Age Capital Advisors Ltd.
  • John Schreiner, VP Theatre Development Russia, CIS, Middle East and India, IMAX
  • Lou Naumovski, Head of the Russia representative office, Kinross Gold Corp (moderator)

Business ideas that need exploring? Cambridge MBA students can help!

Each year MBA students at Cambridge Judge Business School complete a Global Consulting Project (GCP) as part of their academic requirement. During the GCP students work with companies like yours for one month, full-time, in teams of four/five. The Projects tackle real management, market and business issues of strategic importance to the company or organisation.

The GCP will run during our Easter break, from 17 March 2014 – 18 April 2014 (up to 100 project days of work). No fee is charged other than out of pocket expenses – any project expenses necessary for the GCP are met by the client and reimbursed directly to the student team.

Proposals can be submitted using the online form at .

Deadline : 16 December 2013.
Any questions, do get in touch –

Dr Pitelis and Peter Prabhu Interviewed for Voice of Russia Radio

During Dr Pitelis’ visit to Moscow in connection with our inaugural CJBS Russia alumni event in April 2013, both he and Peter Prabhu (CJBS alumnus) were interviewed by Marina Dzhashi for her “Agree or Disagree” programme on Voice of Russia Radio, about the competitiveness of the Russian economy.

The segment, titled “Can Russia compete globally?”, aired on 4 May 2013. A recording of the interview is available here.