Team

Meet the people that make Mikro Kapital unique.

In Mikro Kapital management and investment teams you can find outstanding professional skills acquired by our partners over the years in various international markets.

Our team with a wide background in finance, banking and support to small and medium enterprises comes from many countries around the world and together they make mikro kapital unique and special.

Supervisory Board

Vittorio Volpi - Chairman Advisory Board

Vittorio Volpi

Chairman Advisory Board

Since 2009

He began his professional career with the First National City Bank in Milan, working both in the United States and Europe. In 1971 he opened the offices of the first Italian bank in Japan (Comit) which he managed up to 1981 with responsibility for the whole Far East. In that same year he set up a company offering strategic and financial consultancy, Parallels KK, Tokyo.

This was followed by his appointment to the Chairmanship of UBS Japan (1991), a position he retained until 2001. On his return to Europe he took over the position of General Manager of UBS in Zurich with involvement in project Italy, helping to bring the Swiss presence in Italy up to standards of excellence especially in Private Banking. He left his position in UBS in 2008, concentrating on reviving the Parallels consultancy but this time in Switzerland to develop strategic consultancy projects.

Edoardo Esercizio - Vice President and member or advisory board

Edoardo Esercizio

Vice President and member or advisory board

Since 2008

Edoardo has over 40 years of combined Wealth Management , Banking and Corporate Finance experience.

He started his career with Banca Commerciale Italiana in 1976 in the executive services, and gradually he advanced until becoming Responsible of Foreign Commerce. For more than 10 years, from 1987, he served at Banca SanPaolo Invest as a regional director where he built up the first network of financial promoters. After that, he worked 9 years for UBS Wealth Management in Italy as Executive Director, in charge of the institutional and private wealthy clients, focusing on private equity, IPO transactions and M&A. At the beginning he has been in charge as Head of the branch start up in Naples Within UBS he has been appointed as chief of Key client segment in Milan and Rome.

In 2008 he met Vincenzo Trani and began collaborating with Mikrokapital s.a.r.l. and General Invest as a Member of the advisory board . Subsequently he has been nominated CEO for General Invest Zurich.

He has been appointed as Manager from Banca Esperia for Family Office Intermediaries, and recently has became member of the advisory board.

He served as Financial Consultant for Italy country of FCC Fomento de Construcciones , a spanish based company.

He has also cover positions in boards of major listed, and not, companies operating in Italy: Waste Italia s.p.a., Innovatec s.p.a., Green Power Group s.p.a., Primus Capital Management s.p.a. and C.M.D. Motor Company s.p.a..

Riccardo Graziano - Member of the Supervisory Board

Riccardo Graziano

Member of the Supervisory Board

Born in Rome on February 18, 1964, Jurist and academic, the lawyer Riccardo Maria Graziano has been a ten-year tenant of two law firms in Rome and one in Milan. He specializes in corporate law, transport law, civil law, and labor law and offers professional advice to major Italian and international companies.
The consolidated background, combined with a constant commitment in the academic field with collaborations at the University of Rome “La Sapienza, Roma Tre”, give the lawyer Riccardo Maria Graziano the ability to interpret the legal profession as a constant search for solutions effective for its customers.
Graduated at age 22, at 24 he obtained the title of Legal Attorney at the district of the Court of Appeal of Rome with honors. He gained his first experience at the Coen law firm and then in that of Prof. Moscati, carrying out his profession with commitment and dignity.
Particularly active also in the non-professional sector, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Rome, the Palm Beach Club of London and the Magna Graecia Association. He is also a delegate of the Foedus Foundation for Northern Italy and a founding member as well as a member of the Ubi-Maior Association.
Because of his deep social commitment, he was honored by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and by the Paul Harris Fellow.
Tasks currently held:
• General Secretary of the public body for microcredit
• President of the Assoespressi (National Association of category of express couriers)
• Member of the Confetra Council (National Autotransportation Confederation)
• Advisor to the justice commission in the field of company law and transport law
• Member of the examining committee for registration in the register of lawyers at the Court of Appeal of Rome

Arturo Cardelus - Member of the Supervisory Board

Arturo Cardelus

Member of the Supervisory Board

Arturo Cardelus is the former CEO of Ferrero Group, a position he held for 15 years from 2000-2015. He led and developed the Russian and CIS operations of Ferrero, growing the operation from 150 people in 2001 to over 2,500 employees in 2010.  He is a charismatic leader with more than 45 years experience as a CEO within top multinational companies. Arturo is known within the business field for his strong ethical values, his ability to empower people and his unique leadership style that has helped him successfully manage numerous companies.

“Try not to become the man of success, but a man of value”

Arturo Cardelus was Senior Vice President at Toymarx International USA, CEO at Barilla America CEO at SME Finance Italy, Executive Vice President at Estee Lauder USA, Senior Vice President of Johnson Wax USA and CEO of Johnson Wax Spain and Southern Europe.

He has a degree in law from the University of Madrid and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the current President of Luxembourg School of Business’ Advisory Council.

Arturo Cardelus is actively sharing his vision and experience of leadership to multinational companies around the globe. “Leading with Heart”,”People Empowerment” and “Leadership in 21st Century” are just a few of the topics Arturo can speak on.

Kamen Zahariev - Member of the Supervisory Board

Kamen Zahariev

Member of the Supervisory Board

Kamen Zahariev is a seasoned non-executive director with over 25 years of experience in investment, banking and project finance in emerging markets, having participated in numerous transactions in project finance, infrastructure, M&A, restructurings and private equity.

Kamen Zahariev joined EBRD in 1992 and held various positions including that of Chief Legal Counsel; Country Director managing EBRD’s operations in Ukraine from 2003-2008 and then leading the Restructuring Department at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development until March 2018 where he managed EBRD’s significant portfolio of problem assets: loans to banks and other financial institutions, corporate loans and equity investments in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. Kamen Zahariev has served on the supervisory boards of numerous industrial companies, banks and investment funds in Central and Eastern Europe. He is member of the British Institute of Directors and has been member of associations of foreign investors with interest in Eastern Europe.Kamen Zahariev has a PhD in international law from the Academy of Science, Berlin Germany and a degree in international and comparative law from the Moscow Institute of International Relations. He also has a background in international and comparative law and is the author of several publications in German and English on international law and on the legal aspects of banking and finance in Central and Eastern Europe.

Top Management

Vincenzo Trani - President

Vincenzo Trani

President

Since 2008

Born in 1974, after graduating and completing his specialist studies he moved to Russia at the end of the 1990s to work for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and has worked continuously in the same market from that time onwards. He directed development initiatives on behalf of important private banks and industrial groups for eight years.

He gained official recognition in Russia as the initiator of some of the most important projects for small and medium-sized businesses. He founded General Invest in 2007 and in 2008 Mikro Kapital, a micro- finance fund for financing Russian small businesses which has established itself as one of the most successful such initiatives at a European level.

Grigory Chorayan - Vice President Eastern Europe and Tajikistan specialized in investor's relations

Grigory Chorayan

Vice President Eastern Europe and Tajikistan specialized in investor's relations

Since 2017

Vice President, Mikro Kapital Group (Luxembourg), he is a Member of the Supervisory Boards in a number of microfinance and factoring companies in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Tajikistan. He has over 20 years of professional international banking experience. He started his activity in the largest private bank in the South of Russia, going from economist to the top management positions – Member of the Management Board, Head of Treasury and Financial Markets Division, Chair of Asset Liability Committee of the bank.

Since 2012 he worked in financial consulting companies from Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. For over 4 years he was Deputy Director of the Russian Program of EBRD for Sustainable Energy Finance (RuSEFF) in Moscow. He is the author of over 30 published scientific papers, has a Degree of Master of Science in Economics (Kentucky, USA) and Ph.D. in Technology Sciences (Russia).

Sergei Demchuk - Vice President for Asia specialized in digital lending business

Sergei Demchuk

Vice President for Asia specialized in digital lending business

Since 2013

Sergei Demchuck is Vice president of Mikro Kapital Group. He is responsible for the development of p2p lending projects worldwide and for microfinance development in Caucasus, Central, and Southeast Asia.

He served as a key supervisor in Moldova, Armenia, and Romania for the last 5 years launching several branches and provided support, analysis, engagement, and shared leadership in strategic planning efforts.

With solid expertise in micro and SME lending in Eastern Europe and CIS countries, he managed Mikro Kapital Group development plan in the Romania and Moldova area and currently he is following the peer to peer worldwide project and the launching of the Indonesian subsidiaries.

 

Stefano Magagnato - Vice President Italian speaking institutional investors

Stefano Magagnato

Vice President Italian speaking institutional investors

Since 2013

Theoretical physicist expecialized in Econophysics, started his career in finance in 2000 at Aletti Gestielle Alternative SGR as a risk manager, then moved to Gottardo Asset Management SGR, a firm of Banca del Gottardo specialized in hedge funds, first as Risk Manager and then as Portfolio Manager.

Later moves in BSI Bank as Head of Portfolio Management of Gotam SGR, finance boutique specialized in hedge funds and funds of hedge funds managing a total AUM of more than 250 million. Enters Mikro Kapital in 2013, where he has followed and contributed the development of the Company.

Giorgio Parola - First Vice President - Russia, Belarus and Italy Lending Business

Giorgio Parola

First Vice President - Russia, Belarus and Italy Lending Business

Since 2008

After initial experience in Italy with Intesa Consulting, a first rank corporate advisory business, he moved to Russia in 2006 as a consultant for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

He then worked as responsible for starting up of divisions for the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises which he then directed. Co-Founder of Mikro Kapital Company, today is Vice President for Russia, Belarus, and Italy for Mikro Kapital lending business.

Luca Pellegrini - Vice President International Institutional Investors

Luca Pellegrini

Vice President International Institutional Investors

Since 2017

Luca Pellegrini is Vice President at Mikro Kapital Luxembourg, responsible for the development of the Company in Europe and Switzerland. The core responsibility is the marketing and distribution of the bonds and funds issued by Mikro Kapital and the management of the Sales Team.

Prior to joining Mikro Kapital in October 2017, 
Mr.Pellegrini worked at GAM Capital Management AG as Head of Institutional and Asset Managers Italy, with the responsibility of starting up GAM’s marketing and distribution in Italy and the distribution of its investment strategies (UCITS funds). Prior to GAM, Mr.Pellegrini worked as a Director within the Key Client team at UBS Wealth Management, based in Italy. Before that, he was a client relationship manager at Merrill Lynch in California. Mr Pellegrini holds a BS in Financial Economics from the University of Bologna, including a two-year scholarship to the University of California, Santa Barbara.

He is based in Zurich.

Mukhit Seidakhmetov - Vice President Sharing Business

Mukhit Seidakhmetov

Vice President Sharing Business

Since 2018

Mukhit joined us from Uber, where he was most recently a member of Managing Operations Team that run the processes across Central & Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovakia), before it he was in a Managing Operations Team that was responsible for Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

Before joining Uber, Mukhit was General Director of Yandex.Taxi in Kazakhstan where he launched the service. Mukhit also has a wide experience in launching startups and in financial markets (he was Head of Sales and Brokerage of Asyl-Invest with more than 17k clients in service). He loves engaging with operations, marketing, product, and engineering teams around hard problems, and is passionate about company growth and market competition.

Paolo Barrotta - Chief Financial Officer

Paolo Barrotta

Chief Financial Officer

Since 2017

Paolo Barrotta has over 6 years of combined Corporate Finance and Asset Management experience.
He started his career in 2012 in Luxembourg, where he worked in a Canadian firm Luxembourg-based as a Financial Analyst and then in a Big4-firm in Luxembourg, within the Corporate Finance team, where he performed several cross-border M&A and valuation mandates, in the Banking, Corporate and Real Estate industries. Paolo also worked intensively with the Fund industry in Luxembourg.
Afterwards, Paolo moved to the Russian Federation where he joined Mikro Kapital Group in Moscow. He started as a Finance Manager in May 2017 and after was appointed as a Chief Financial Officer in July 2018.

Executive Board

Alberto Giuseppe Trani
Head of Treasury
Elvina Ablaeva
Chief Credit Risk
Florian Dervishi
Chief Internal Audit
Denis Durayagin
Chief Compliance and economic security
Stefano Maggi
Chief Marketing and Communications officer
Marcello Maurelli
Chief Human Resources Officer
Yevgeny Novikovy
Chief IT
Ravshan Soliev
Chief Underwriting Officer
DMITRY STEPANOV  
Chief Legal Officer