Ask the Experts

 

‘Each issue we invite carefully selected expat experts with years of experience who can answer questions on specific businesses in Russia’

Selection_043Kim Waddoup

How long have you been working with Russia?

I started in Moscow in 1992 and have had an office in Moscow since 1994.

Are you an entrepreneur or employed?

I would say that I am definitely an entrepreneur!

What type of work do you do?

My initial background was tourism and I came to expand tourism from Russia for up-market clients. This moved into organising specialised tourism events in Moscow and now my company is the market leader for Property Abroad with 8 exhibitions, the leading overseas property magazine and a vast property portal. In addition we also organise exhibitions for the Meetings/Incentive sector and Medical Tourism. I recently launched Moscow expat Life magazine, a project that I wanted to do for a long time.

My speciality is now property abroad, where, when and how to invest or to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. With Moscow expat Life I can also assist people promote their products/services to the vast expat community in Moscow.

 

Selection_045Johan Verbeeck

How long have you been working with Russia?

I visited Russia for the first time in autumn 1986 as a student. Since then I have been here regularly on private and business trips. I settled here in 2002.

Are you an entrepreneur or employed?

Entrepreneur.

What type of work do you do?

I manage the Russian branch of ElaN Languages, a language service and training provider with headquarters in Belgium.

What is your expertise and how can you help our readers?

In the nineties I was working in logistics as a regional operations coordinator (FedEx), then I spent a couple of years in recruitment (Mercuri Urval). I’ve always been interested in a variety of industries and challenging roles. How can I help? I’m confident that we are amongst the best translation and training providers in town. Meaning you can really rely on the style and quality of our work. If you want to learn a language or business skills, face-to-face or online, a pool of very experienced and dedicated trainers and online support programmes will definitely get you there.

Selection_046David Morley

How long have you been working with Russia?

I first came as a university student of Russian in 1972. Then I worked here as the representative of a Swiss trading company in the late seventies and early eighties. I landed back in Moscow with another Swiss company in 1991 and have worked here in one capacity or another ever since.

Are you an entrepreneur or employed?

Entrepreneur for the last 8 years or so.

What type of work do you do?

I am involved in two areas, not entirely unrelated. I am partner in a business dealing in country residential property and land development, particular in the Kaluga and Tula regions. Some of our land holdings are agricultural, so you can see the connection to my other business interests. Two years ago, I formed the International Farmers Club of Russia which provides support to farmers and agri-businesses coming into this market or looking to expand.

What is your expertise and how can you help our readers?

I have accumulated enormous experience in out-of town property, land acquisition and conversion issues today and, of course, the farmers club is there to help with questions about Russian agriculture.