International Board of Governors
Natasha Tsukanova (Chair)
After a long and distinguished career in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, Natasha founded in 2009 XENON Capital Partners, a London and Moscow based investment banking firm which quickly became a leading advisor in cross border mergers and acquisitions in the Russian energy sector. She was Co-Chairman of CTC Media in 2015 - 2016 where she led the company’s complex restructuring; and is on the Executive Board of Kerogen Capital, an Asia-based oil and gas private equity fund. She holds a degree in Economics from the Moscow State University, was awarded a scholarship at Harvard University, and holds an MBA degree (Honours) from INSEAD. Together with her husband Igor she founded the Tsukanov Family Foundation, which supports projects in the fields of Russian Culture, Art and Education. Amongst its many notable projects are three major collaborations with the Saatchi Gallery, provision of scholarships at some of the leading British schools, and support of productions at the Royal Opera House, where Natasha is a member of the Board of Honorary Directors. The Foundation supports the chair of Vladimir Jurowski at the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Steven M. Berzin (USA)
Steven M. Berzin is a private investor. He served as Executive Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Executive Director of the New York City Industrial Development Agency during Bloomberg’s administration. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Legal Officer of W.P. Carey & Co., a real estate investment company, and in executive positions in General Electric Company’s financial service division. Prior to his business career, Mr. Berzin was associated with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, then a United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, now a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He holds BA s and MAs in Applied Mathematics and Jurisprudence from Harvard and Oxford Universities respectively and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of Boston Children’s Hospital and of the Research Committee of its Board of Trustees. He also is a Director of Humanities New York and a member of the Advisory Cabinet of the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Marie-Laure Favre-Gilly de Varennes de Bueil (France)
Marie-Laure trained in M&A at Morgan Grenfell PLC, London. She then became an equity fund manager at Gartmore Investment Management under the leadership of Lord Myners. She also worked in Paris as an Equity Research Analyst for Natwest Securities-Deutsche Bank. She is currently European Director for Humetrix ¬- a company that develops innovative consumer-centred IT solutions – and has been part of the leadership team since 2013. She studied law and for a Masters degree specialising in the legal aspects of international finance at the London School of Economics. She supports a wide range of cultural and educational institutions and her interests include music, ballet, skiing, yoga, and contemporary arts.
Irina Gofman (Russia)
Irina Gofman holds an established career within media and broadcasting, and is recognized for expertise in traditional and new media across international markets. Appointed President and CEO of Viasat World in January 2016, Irina has spearheaded the rapid growth of this leading international media company. Prior to this, Irina worked for MTG AB, International Media and Broadcasting Group, as Executive Vice President of the Group’s Russian & CIS broadcasting operations and Pay TV Emerging Markets, and as CEO of MTG Russia & CIS. Irina was also CEO of Rambler Media Group, a leading Russian internet media and services group, between 2004 and 2007, taking it public in 2005. Irina has held a number of executive and board positions within the broadcasting, digital and publishing industry, and has worked with private equity funds as a partner and advisor. In addition, Irina is an active investor in several digital media startups, and a passionate supporter of performing arts and education projects and organizations. Irina is a Founding Trustee of Reach for Change Russia, a social entrepreneurship foundation which helps noncommercial initiatives to improve the life of children and young people.
Olivia Ma (China / Beijing)
Olivia Ma has a truly international perspective, having lived in both Asia and South America before studying piano and voice in Germany. She has been in the artists management for over 30 years and founded Olivia Ma Artists’ Management 25 years ago; this company is now at the forefront of touring orchestra, ballet, and opera companies, as well as prominent individual artists, to Korea and the greater China area including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. Olivia is a Trustee of the Candide Trust, which has been a major supporter of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in particular its Education & Community Programme and the projects of Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Jurowski.
Olga Makharinsky (Russia)
Olga Makharinsky was educated in the field of Applied Mathematics at the Moscow Physical Technical University. Before moving abroad in 1990, she worked in the Institute of Applied Mathematics at the Academy of Science in Russia. In line with her particular professional interest in innovative methods in education, she specialised in the issues of programming and modelling for training in engineering. Olga is a longstanding supporter of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a range of other cultural and charitable endeavours. She has a particular passion for classical music and an interest in arts education which has led her to support several special London Philharmonic Orchestra concerts that have combined music and dialogue to illuminate the work of specific composers. In 2010 Olga co-founded Chance for Life, a UK charity which acts as a bridge to help other charitable organisations supporting orphanages in Russia; the organisation has since expanded its mission to help Russian children with urgent medical needs.
George Ramishvili (Georgia)
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia, George Ramishvili, a son of university professors, was 27 when he started a rail-based oil transportation business with his partners in the 1990’s. Silk Road Group was one of the first companies in the region to reopen the historic trading routes in the Caucasus and the Caspian region along the ancient Silk Road after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The company gradually expanded its business interests to multiple sectors of the Georgian economy, including telecommunications, hospitality, real estate, banking and energy. George and Silk Road Group have supported the National Ski Federation and the Georgian Ski team for over twenty years alongside funding the publication of the National Geographic Magazine in the Georgian language. Amongst the most significant philanthropic projects are the rehabilitation and maintenance of the historic mansion of the princely Chavchavadze family in the wine-producing region of Kakheti. These are the same grounds where George Ramishvili established an international festival of classical music – the Tsinandali Festival – in collaboration with the State of Georgia and with the founders of the famous Verbier Festival. George is married and is a father of four.
Lady Victoria Robey OBE (USA / UK)
Victoria was educated in the US at Phillips Academy Andover and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She began her professional career in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance at Goldman Sachs (New York and London), subsequently joining Executive Search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. Following postgraduate studies in London at the Courtauld Institute, Victoria worked at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. She was a Trustee of the Foundling Museum, a member of the Mayor's Music Education Steering Committee and a Council Member of the Royal College of Music (2007–17). She is Founder Director on the board of Music Masters (recently rebranded from London Music Masters, which she founded with Itzhak Rashkovsky) and serves on the boards of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Sphinx Organization. Victoria was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2014 and supports the chair of LPO Principal Timpanist, Simon Carrington.