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Management Team

Andrew Staples — Founder and owner
His extensive experience in the Russian and CIS market began in 1992. Before founding RTG, Andrew worked as an Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation in Moscow and as a Business Development Officer for Pepsi Cola in Eastern Europe, and has had assignments in investment banking and private equity. He has an MBA from the London Business School.

Hursh Mehta — Contract Staff Manager
He is a skilled multi-lingual administrator with financial and legal experience. Since joining, he has worked on Headhunting, Training and Education. Later focusing on the Middle East, he founded the Iraq regional office and has been heading up Contractor Management for RTG. He has a degree in Russian and Spanish language and literature from Oxford University.

Peri-Khan Aqrawi-Whitcomb — Business Development Manager
Peri-Khan is an expert in energy and development studies. Belonging to the Kurdish Diaspora, she was born and raised in Bonn, Germany, and spent the last six years in Vienna, Austria working for the United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on projects related to capacity building, energy for development, and industrialization with a special focus on the Middle East & Africa. At UNIDO. Peri also acted as an adviser for the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Natural Resources, and has previous experience with organisations such the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). With an undergraduate degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Bonn, she completed her Masters in Advanced International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. Through her studies and work she specialised in the MENA region, with particular attention to the Kurdistan region and Iraq. Ms. Aqrawi-Whitcomb speaks Kurdish, English, German, French and Arabic.

Saule Smagulova — General Director, Kazakhstan Branch
From the beginning of her career, Saule has worked for international companies and institutions in senior and executive Finance and Accountancy positions including for USAID, Amec, PSL Energy Services and Halliburton Inc. Having gained a wealth of experience in business and finance management, Saule then worked as a finance and tax advisor and business analyst, then spent four years as the Business Manager for EnerMech, before joining RTG Group as General Director in 2014.
Saule now leads the Kazakhstan branch across all its activities in recruitment, training and written translation services as well as managing the day to day running of the Atyrau office.
Saule studied Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics at Lomonosov Moscow State University before completing her MBA in Finance and Economics at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research.

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