Sven Hirdman. Retired from the Swedish Diplomatic Corps in 2004 after a distinguished career which took him to Moscow twice. In his last posting he served as Sweden's ambassador to Russia for a record-breaking ten years, earning him the role of doyen among the OECD ambassadors in Moscow. A fluent Russian speaker, over a decade spanning both the Yeltsin and Putin administrations, Mr Hirdman established a wide network of prominent politicians and business leaders, with whom he entertains personal contacts as a frequent traveler to Russia.
Jan Ankarcrona. After a long career in international banking and investment activities, Mr Ankarcrona today acts as an investment advisor to a range of international fund managers and family offices. Clients served from his base in London include Mint II limited partners Smedvig Capital (Norway) and the 4th generation Axel Johnson Group, the 4th generation of the Swedish industrialist dynasty, as well as Martin Currie China Development Partnership where he is Chairman of the Board.
Jonas af Jochnick. The founder of Oriflame, the Swedish cosmetics company. Mr af Jochnick was studying at Harvard in the early 60's when he came across direct sales, a distribution not yet known to the Swedes. Today Oriflame is valued at more than $1.5bn on the Stockholm stock exchange. Much of this value is derived from the former Soviet Union, where Mr af Jochnick saw the opportunities earlier than most, setting up an office in Moscow in March 1991. He is an honorary doctor of his 2nd alma mater Stockholm School of Economics, and a key sponsor of the SSE executive MBA in St Petersburg.
Maxim Boyko. Independent Investor. Most recently Mr. Boyko was a Partner at Video International, a leading private Russian advertising group, which he joined in 1998 after a successful career in the Russian Government, where he played principal role in design and implementation of the voucher privatization program in 1992-1994 and macroeconomic stabilization program in 1994-1995. Before the launch of market reforms in early 1990s, Mr. Boyko pursued academic career in economics and published numerous articles in leading international economic journals and also a book, «Privatizing Russia» (1995). Currently, Mr. Boyko chairs the Board of New Economic School, the leading independent Russian graduate school in economics.