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Executive Management Team and Strategic Advisors

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Stuart Sterzel
 
Jorgen Nilsson
 
Dr Peter Gollmer
 
Anderson Queiroz
 
David Watson
 
Sergey Bakirov
 
Stewart Cazier
 
Mark Skinner
 
Brendan Seery
 
Albert Cheok
 
Kurt Hoepfl
 
Richard Ashken
 
John Fritz
 
Dr Robert Betz
 
 
Alasdair Wilson
 
John Bridges
 
 

 

Stuart Sterzel

Stuart Sterzel is the Executive Chairman of the Company. He has conducted business in more than 50 countries throughout Europe, North America, Asia, the CIS and Africa – primarily through companies which he was the owner or part-owner of. His fields of focus have been the telecommunications, financial services, hydrocarbons and State infrastructure sectors. He also previously provided Specialist Consulting Services on Project Structuring to multinational corporations and government departments in various countries, and has also provided Geopolitical Consulting services to National and Regional government departments in various countries, and to International Organizations. His Pro Bono activities have included Chairing a private Humanitarian Relief Organization which he established in Austria and a Military Veterans Organization in South Africa, and attending the United Nations World Conference on Sustainable Development as a Delegate and Speaker at the IRFD Forum. He has previously provided Geopolitical comment on television, and has occasionally written Geopolitical and Op-Ed articles for publication in international newspapers. Prior to his commercial career, he was a member of a Military Intelligence Organization and a Special Forces Operator.

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Anderson Queiroz

Anderson has been a member of the Company’s management for several years, during which time he has progressed from Head of Support, to Chief Support Officer, to Chief Operations Officer. He has personally designed some of the Company’s bespoke operational systems and applications – including the Company’s Multilingual Client Support Platform – which is a world-first system. He has also been involved in the planning of and implementation management of other new systems and processes within the Company, as well as managing and directing all aspects of the Company’s operations, both internally and with third-party service-providers. Prior to joining the Company, Anderson was in a Senior Management position in the Hotel industry, where he was responsible for the management of personnel and administration, quality control and client/service-provider liaison. After leaving that position, he underwent international training courses in online fraud and credit-card fraud detection and prevention, as well as familiarization training in international liaison with online telecommunications service providers. He holds a degree in interactive design and graphic design, and is also highly qualified in respect of computing and IT skill sets, He is also the owner of an online retail company.

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Stewart Cazier

After qualifying as an accountant, Stewart joined NatWest Life in London in 1992 where he was responsible for developing and implementing financial accounting systems. Following this, he joined the regulated sales team as financial controller where he was responsible for leading a transformation of its financial position. In 1996, he became responsible for implementing the logistics of the demutualization of Norwich Union after which he transferred to Norwich Union Investment Funds as Chief Operating Officer and co-led its development from an internal subsidiary to become an established player in the open market. Following the merger of Norwich Union with CGU in 2000, he joined New Star to start up its retail mutual funds business as joint Managing Director. Having absorbed several competitors and firmly established New Star as a key UK market participant, New Star’s international business was then developed. In 2009, New Star was acquired by Henderson Global Investors and Stewart became Managing Director, Distribution where he helped Henderson reposition itself to become a leading retail player. More recently Stewart acted as Chief Operating Officer, Distribution at Old Mutual Wealth.

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Albert Cheok

Albert is a banker with over 30 years of experience in banking in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia. He joined The Australian Treasury in February 1975, and served as Chief Finance Officer of the Banking and Financial Institutions Division before he left to join the Reserve Bank of Australia in May 1983. Between May 1979, and February 1982, Albert was an adviser to the Australian Government Inquiry into the Australian financial system. He was Chief Manager at the Reserve Bank of Australia from October 1988, to September 1989, and served as Supervisor of Banks of the Reserve Bank of Australia before becoming the Deputy Commissioner of Banking of Hong Kong for three and a half years. He then joined the Office of the Commissioner of Banking Hong Kong as the Deputy Commissioner in September 1989. He served as member of the Board of Governors of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance. From April 1993, to May 1995, Albert served as the executive director of Banking Supervision at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. In his subsequent commercial career, he has been or is presently the Chairman, Vice Chairman or Director of numerous banks, financial institutions and public companies across multiple sectors in various South East Asian countries. He is a Committee Member of the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance and a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

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John Fritz

John has been a successful Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist since the early 1980s. After an initial career in the Costing, Estimating and Business Administration disciplines in the printing industry, John joined the McCann Advertising Agency. Focusing initially on print and production, he was then seconded to work on the 1982 Soccer World Cup in Spain on behalf of FIFA, working with sponsors to maximize their investment in the project. At the end of the tournament, he established his own Print Production and Graphic Design companies and, thereafter, a full-service advertising agency. The client base of the graphic design company included FIFA, UEFA, The Football Association, Rugby Football Union, Davis Cup Tennis Tournament and various other sporting organizations, companies and entities in multiple countries. Thereafter, John established a medical diagnostic company specializing in FDA-approved testing systems, for which he obtained substantial contracts from numerous State and Government organizations in the United Kingdom. After leading his company through a sustained period of growth he sold it in a successful Trade Sale in 2007, and has since acted as an Independent Business Consultant and Venture Capitalist.

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Alasdair Wilson

Alasdair worked in the City of London for 25 years. After graduating in London in Economics and Finance he worked as a UK equity analyst with Laing and Cruickshank and then US equity sales with Rowe and Pitman (SG Warburg) in San Francisco and London. In 1984 he moved to Credit Suisse First Boston in US equity institutional sales, working in New York and London. In 1990 he joined Smith Barney (later Citigroup) as Senior Vice President US equity sales, London. He was appointed Managing Director of Citigroup in 1999 and in 2002 he became responsible for US institutional equity research and corporate marketing across Europe. Since leaving Citigroup, Alasdair has acted as an independent adviser to, and investor in, a variety of private companies. He is also a partner in WJW Partnership, a property investment partnership specializing in student accommodation. In 2011 he graduated with an MA in Military History from the University of Buckingham, specializing in British Military Spending 1919-1939. He retains a keen and active interest in politics, military history, rugby and cricket.

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Jorgen Nilsson

Jorgen has over 20 years of global business experience and relationships in over 100 countries, including emerging markets. He was previously the Executive Vice President of the Global Customer Unit for Vodafone and Ericsson. In this position, he was responsible for global Sales, Marketing, Technology and Operational Teams and direct control of the Key Account Management organizations and services and support organizations in 21 countries; and financial processes and transactions valued at more than £1 billion per annum. His achievements included introducing a Pan-European Managed Service Program. He introduced Ericsson into Vodafone India’s four major circles with the fastest change-out in the Industry, Vodafone Germany’s network modernization, and Ericsson with 3G Mobile Broadband at Vodafone UK, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Egypt, Greece, Fiji and Australia. From Vodafone / Ericsson, Jorgen became Chief Executive Officer at Acision – the largest Messaging Company in the world with a customer base of 270 Mobile Operators in 130 Countries. While there he Introduced new IP cloud-based products and Internet-influenced commercial models, and oversaw the addition of competences into analytics, social network and IP evolution needs, improvement of the company’s financial performance, centralization of governance, raising of operational capabilities and the improvement of traditional products and increasing of resources for development of new products. Prior to his positions at Vodafone / Ericsson and Acision, Jorgen had acted in executive positions at Telia Sonera and Compaq. He is the author of the 2012 Thomson Reuters book “Global leadership Strategies”.

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David Watson

David Watson has been responsible for the design, implementation and operational support of some of the highest profile websites in Europe. In 2004, he founded the award-winning consultancy, Securability, which included spending two years leading the online non-functional testing team at BSkyB on one of the largest CRM implementation projects in Europe. Thereafter, he became one of the founders and a director of a software consultancy building and operating bespoke web, mobile and online applications. David is also an active computer security researcher and regularly presents to the public or government, military and law enforcement agencies in various countries internationally.

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Mark Skinner

Mark’s career started in 1977 at the Financial Times where, after a period in the UK, he worked on the international business development team with responsibility for Africa, Canada and South America. He then spent a short period at Save and Prosper before joining Baring Fund Managers in 1985. Shortly after joining, he was appointed Sales Director and, in 1992, Managing Director. At the same time, he assumed responsibility for Baring International Fund Managers European and Asian business. He joined the board of Baring Asset Management in 1996. In 1998 he joined Norwich Union Investment Funds as Head of Sales with primary responsibility for developing and positioning the company jointly with the Chief Operating Officer as a leading provider of mutual funds in the UK. In 2005, he was appointed to the board of New Star Asset Management Group PLC, having joined the company in 2001. In 2009 Mark joined Henderson Global Investors as Director European Retail where he was responsible for the planning and implementation of multinational retail strategies. After leaving Henderson in 2013, Mark has taken several advisory and development roles in financial services, with AMC Executive Search, Brompton Asset Management and Momentum GIM (UK). Mark is also a Non-Executive Director at Hornbuckle, the specialist pension provider.

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Kurt Hoepfl

Kurt studied mechanical engineering and started his career with Dornier Aircraft GmbH in 1969. From there, he progressed in the aviation and aerospace industries and over the course of his career has acted as a Main Board Director, Managing Director and Vice-President of some of the leading aerospace companies in the world, such as Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH, Daimler Benz Aerospace (DASA), Daimler Benz Airport Systems, EADS and RUAG Aerospace Services GmbH. In these senior board positions, he has been responsible for strategic planning, implementation, and management of all aspects of major international aerospace and aviation-related projects in Western and Eastern Europe, several African Countries, South East Asia, India, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and the Middle East. Part of his activities during these projects included strategic liaison with governments, multinational corporations, banks and financial institutions. Kurt was also the Vice President of Dornier International Logistics’ Centre of Excellence for IT Projects. He is currently a member of various private or semi-state organizations that liaise with the Regional Government of Bavaria or Federal Government of Germany for various commercial and center-of-excellence activities.

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Dr Robert Betz

Robert studied Philosophy and Medicine at the University of Munich and the Ludwig-Maximillian University, graduating Summa cum Laude with the highest results of the previous 8 academic years of all faculties of the Ludwig-Maximilian University. His dissertation dealt with revealing new aspects of the cardiologic NASA Gemini program. He has also obtained multiple other medical qualifications. He was formerly an officer in the German Army in the elite Mountain Commandos (Gebirgsjaeger) unit. He is the owner of a specialist medical clinic near the Forggensee in Bavaria, Germany. He is also a professional Ski Instructor (Level 1), and a member of the German, European and World Ski Instructor Associations, and holds a Master of Sports Degree. He has published multiple Research papers dealing with cardiology, neurology, sports and aviation medical matters and aviation matters. He holds multiple fixed wing and jet pilot licenses and qualifications in and for Germany and the United States of America, and has undertaken numerous trans-Atlantic and other flights internationally. He is also a qualified Aeromedical Examiner, owns an Aeromedical practice and is qualified to provide Aeromedical examinations in Europe and the United States. He has flown aircraft for multiple companies and organizations while on periodic sabbaticals while exercising his rights as a European and USA licensed Airline Transport Pilot, he is well-acquainted with the owners and/or senior officials of various airlines, flying clubs, airports and aviation-related organizations internationally. His hobbies are playing the violin and the piano, tennis, sailing, skiing and skiing competitions (for which he has several times been the German Doctors Ski Champion), flying and Aviation Air rallies, of which he is the previous winner of the International Air Rally held in Greece.

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John Bridges

John has worked in a professional capacity in the City of London for 56 years, and has carried out his professional activities in well-known City firms and companies as variously a Partner, Chief Executive Officer or Chairman. He has acted as a Senior Adviser to the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom (now the Financial Conduct Authority). He is also a committee member of the Compliance Forum of The Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment; and is Senior Consultant to this body – responsible for liaison between the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and the Investment Banking community in the City. He has extensive experience of institutional stockbroking and investment banking, and is currently Chairman of Perth Partners LLP, Director of Perth Global Funds PLC and Director-Corporate Finance at London Court Limited.

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Dr Peter Gollmer

Peter qualified as an engineer and has a doctorate in science. He founded and ran a group of companies that carried out nationwide resource evaluation projects and compiled geographic information systems primarily for governments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His group of companies became an international market-leader in this field. He has been the owner and president of various companies in North America, Europe, and Africa, and has conducted strategic business activities in mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and resources quantification and development internationally. He and his companies have developed strategic partnerships and associations with a variety of leading European technology companies. He is also the president of an international resources development company and has been an adviser to the United Nations Environment Program on matters related to sustainable resource development. He was one of the founder signatories at the Rio Summit.

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Sergey Bakirov

Sergey began his professional life as a Diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.  He graduated from the Moscow Diplomatic Academy, and from 1989 to 2001 went on to serve in foreign diplomatic posts in Latvia and South Africa, with brief periods of service back in the Russian Federation. He left the Diplomatic Service in 2001 to take up a professional executive position in the private sector, as the Vice-President of the European Trust Bank – a bank conducting financial activities in countries of the former Soviet Union – where he was responsible for the industrial sector. From there he moved to take up a more senior position at the Company Uralkaly – the world’s largest producer of Potash fertilizers – where he occupied the position of Vice-President for Strategic Development. After a successful career at Uralkaly, he joined the company Yukos – an oil & gas company conducting activities in Europe, Russia, and Mongolia – in the position of First Deputy to the CEO. After a successful career at Yukos, he left to become co-founder, co-owner and Managing Partner of Pragma Capital, a private Asset Management company in Moscow, with activities and operations in the industrial, agricultural and logistical sectors, Other than his activities at Pragma Capital, Sergey is attending to the expansion activities of the Company\'s VSMP program throughout the Russian Federation.

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Brendan Seery

Brendan was formerly an Executive Editor and senior member of the management team of Independent Newspapers Limited, with more than 30 years' experience in journalism. He has done work for several top international news organizations, including Newsweek, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America, and print media publications in Africa, North America and the UK. As the former Group Media and Marketing Editor for Independent Media / Independent Newspapers Limited, he is considered an industry expert in the fields of media and marketing and has consulted to several companies internationally on a freelance basis on marketing communication, crisis and reputation management and strategic media planning.

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Richard Ashken

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, Richard worked as an accountant in various companies before becoming finance director of Luxury Retail Company in the City of London and, thereafter, Finance Director of a commercial and retail Property Company in London. Using the experience gained in these positions – where he could reduce costs and boost production and productivity – he went on to found his own company which dealt in Geared Traded Endowment Policies throughout the UK. After founding his first company, Richard went on to found a series of successful companies and business projects in multiple business sectors in the UK, Canada and Germany across diverse business sectors, including property developments, waste to energy projects, motel developments and administration of endowment policy portfolios and funds.

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