Regional Director, Alberta Chapter
Regional Director, Kazakhstan Chapter
Taskyn has over 12 years of professional NGO experience protecting political and civil human rights and lecturing International Law at various universities.
She has extensive research experience, including local, regional, and national work on the Alternative Kazakh Report to the UN under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She has experience in legislation, having drafted amendments to the Law on Elections, the Political Parties Law, a number of parliamentary rules, and the civil and criminal codes.
She has worked with organizations from the UK, USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Canada, Kazakhstan. Taskyn also worked as a political analyst for the OSCE and took part in ENEMO assessment and observation missions to Italy, Belgium, Kosovo, Scotland, Macedonia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Moldova. She received appreciation letters and recommendations from the OSCE, NDIMO, NED, Freedom House, FSK, USAID, Canada and a number of Ambassadors.
Taskyn’s educational background is in law and philology. She holds a Master of Jurisprudence degree and a teaching degree for the Kazakh language. She completed the Chevening Fellowship in Birmingham UK and the USA Leadership program.
Regional Director, Montreal and Ottawa ChaptersContact by email
Marina Belskikh is Director of the Montreal and Ottawa offices of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association since January 2020. As Director of the Ottawa office, she is responsible for Government Relations with Global Affairs Canada and the Embassies from countries under the CERBA mandate.
Prior to working at CERBA, she was acting as a professor of the faculties of the international economy in three Moscow Universities. Marina also has extensive experience in international marketing and industry research, as well as management consulting for export-oriented businesses and governmental entities as well. Her educational background is PhD in economic international affairs and she earned a master’s degree in economics.
Regional Director, Moscow Chapter
Alex Grichine started his employment with CERBA as an intern in 2005. Since then, he has been consistently promoted first to the position of Regional Coordinator, then to Deputy Regional Director, and, finally, to the Regional Director for Russia, Head of CERBA Moscow office (since November 2014). For over 10 years Alex worked to promote the business interests of CERBA Member-companies, and facilitate the general improvement of the trade and investment relationships between countries under CERBA’s mandate. He played an active role in most of the major projects implemented by the Association during the last decade, and intends to continue putting his best efforts to the benefit of developing CERBA in its role as a bridge between Canada and the countries of Eurasia. Alex’s education background is BA in Linguistics (English, Russian and Chinese languages) and Cross-cultural Communications, and MA in International Relations. Prior to employment at CERBA, he held several managerial positions related to business development in tourism, education and services sectors.
Katherine Balabanova (on maternity leave)
Regional Director, Toronto Chapter, and National Coordinator
Katherine is the National Coordinator of CERBA and the Regional Director of the Toronto Chapter. In this dual role, Katherine works closely with CERBA’s regional directors across Canada, Kazakhstan and Russia to provide Canadian companies with a competitive advantage in these markets based on a strong understanding of their economies, societies and competitive landscape.
Katherine’s educational background is in philology and lexicology, management, business administration and marketing. Katherine’s main professional strengths include diplomacy, project management and strategic communications.
Regional Director, Vancouver Chapter
Raised in Ekaterinburg (Russia), Tatiana has been working in international business development since 1995, helping build up trade and investment between Europe, Americas and CIS countries first as the Deputy Director of the Enterprise Support Center – a project within the Technical Assistance CIS program, funded by EU and managed by the ATKearney Management consulting company (Canada). After the project expiration, Tatiana continued her career at the Urals Representative office of the Dresdner Bank AG as the Deputy Director, responsible for the coordination of the bank’s activities with the Russian industrial sector in the Urals, Siberia and the Far East. In 2000 Tatiana was invited to join the UK Trade International department at the UK Consulate General in Ekaterinburg and worked there as the Senior Advisor on Trade and Investment till 2004, when she moved in Vancouver. Her career in Canada includes three years of working at the largest in Canada heating and ventilation products supplier (EMCO Corp.). She joined CERBA as the Regional Director in 2010, when its Vancouver office was founded following the Vancouver Olympics.
Tatiana graduated from the Urals State Technical University with a degree in mechanical engineering and did her post-graduate study at the same university followed by a few years of scientific research at the Urals Brunch of the Russian Academy of Science.
Her international business development training includes Wilstrup Research Institute in Copenhagen (Denmark), industrial marketing training courses at Heraeus Corp. in Hanau (Germany), Project and Export financing courses at the Head Quarters of the Dresdner Bank AG (Frankfurt Am-Mein), and international trade and investment courses at the London’s Head Quarters of the UK Trade and Investment (British Trade International).
Tatiana enjoys international travel and has visited over 45 countries.