CT Executive Search: Senior Advisors

CT Executive Search is supported by an international advisory board which benefits our clients through its vast network in Europe and the emerging markets.

Alireza Azimzadeh - CT

Alireza Azimzadeh, Dr.-Iuris

Dr. Alireza Azimzadeh is Managing Partner of the legal and business consulting firms Persia Associates and Persia Consulting, based in Tehran. The firms support international companies with legal issues and assist them in entering the Iranian market, e.g. by providing market analysis and distributor searches. Persia Associates and Persia Consulting closely cooperate with CT Executive Search.

In addition Dr. Azimzadeh acts as representative of the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses in Iran and is a supervisory board member in several companies.

Previously Dr. Azimzadeh has worked for various European companies in Iran, including German Staedtler and Swiss Lindt & Sprüngli. From 1994 to 2004, Dr. Azimzadeh worked for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Tehran, where he has been in charge of Iran and Afghanistan.

Dr. Azimzadeh has earned an MBA from the University of Tehran and has a doctorate from the University of Vienna in International Commercial law. Besides his native Farsi he is fluent in German and English.

Hannes Chopra - CT

Hannes Shariputra Chopra

Hannes Shariputra Chopra is heading „Sberbank Insurance“, the insurance arm of Russia’s largest bank, which focuses on non-Life products.

Hannes worked with Allianz AG from 1996 onwards until 2011. He started his career in the business development & controlling department, supervising Africa, Middle East and South Asia.

Hannes later served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Allianz Russia, Allianz ROSNO Life, Allianz ROSNO Asset Management, Progress-Garant, Allianz Ukraine, Allianz Kazakhstan and was a Member of the Board of Directors of ROSNO Group, Allianz Poland, Allianz Tiriac (Romania), Allianz Bulgaria and Allianz Insurance Ltd. (South Africa).

In 2004 Hannes moved to Russia and joined the management board of ROSNO still under the majority ownership of AFK Sistema. Subsequently he was appointed CEO of OJSC IC ROSNO, CEO and President of Allianz Eurasia.

He then moved into the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC IC ROSNO and left end of 2012.

In August 2012 Hannes joined the Advisory Board of Da Vinci Capital. He was a member of the World Economic Forum Advisory Council on Russia between 2012 and 2014.

Currently, Hannes serves as Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents’ Organization Russia and acts as Managing Director of CKW-Consult.

Hannes is an economist by education and a native speaker in German and Punjabi, fluent in English and Hindi and advanced in Russian.

Reinhard Kohleick - CT

Dr. Reinhard Kohleick
Dr. Reinhard Kohleick has been continuously working on the Russian investment and technological markets since 1995. He has been working as Director and later Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the private equity firm Quadriga Capital Russia for more than 18 years before leaving the firm in late 2013.

Reinhard is one of the most experienced professionals in the Russian private equity industry. He has served on the board of a large number of investee companies in various industries, including e.g. Nizhpharm (pharmaceuticals), Speech Technology Center (Speech Recognition Software), TD Era (chemist retail) and Okil (packaging). He was a member of the Investment Committee of Quadriga Capital Private Equity Funds II and III specializing in leveraged buy-outs in the German market.

Besides his advisory role with CT Executive Search, Reinhard is an investor and serves as Supervisory Board Member at NPO Analitika, a Russian high-tech venture servicing retail operators, and is Board Member at Landco S.A., a company offering proprietary water cleaning technology and biogas engineering services in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

He holds a PhD in Physics and an MBA from Henley Business School.

Jukka Kylmaelae - CT

Jukka Kylmälä
Jukka Kylmälä born 1957, has been active in the Finnish-Russian and Finnish-Soviet business communities since the mid-1980s.

Over the last 30 years Jukka has been representing some of the most distinguished Finnish companies in Russia.

As Head of the Moscow Office, Jukka saw the construction company YIT through the Perestroika period before taking over responsibility for the Russian business of the elevator manufacturer Kone. Here Jukka was involved in numerous high-profile construction projects in Russia, e.g. the erection of “Moscow City” in the capital’s Western central district.

For the last 5 years Jukka worked as General Director for Metso Power in Moscow, simultaneously being in charge for the company’s automation business unit.

Jukka studied in Kiev, Moscow and London. Besides Finnish and English he speaks Russian and German fluently.

Jukka currently advises several Finnish companies and organizations on topics connected with business internationalization, commuting between Helsinki, Moscow and St. Petersburg. 

Frank Schauff - CT

Dr. Frank Schauff
Dr. Frank Schauff is CEO of the Association of European Businesses (AEB), an organization representing the interests of the European industry in the Russian Federation.

AEB has been established in 1995 on the initiative of several European companies and embassies as well as the Head of Delegation of the European Union in the Russian Federation.

Frank is in regular and close contact with Russian and European business representatives, as well as government and political institutions of Russia and the European Union.

Between 2002 and 2007 Frank has worked as a foreign policy advisor to the Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, as well as a lecturer at the Eastern Institute of the Free University of Berlin.

Previously, he held various party posts, including as international secretary of the Young Socialists.

Frank is a PhD in history, his dissertation dealt with the Spanish Civil War and is one of the standard works on the subject. In addition, he studied History and Political Science in Cologne, London and Volgograd. In addition to German and English Frank speaks Russian fluently, as well as Spanish and French.