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CIC Victoria: On The Front Lines of Russia’s Economy
November 21, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm PST$15 – $40
Please RSVP to CIC.Victoria.Sec@gmail.com
During his talk, Lou Naumovski will discuss the challenges of working in Russia, the impact of current Western sanctions and counter-sanctions, and his analysis of how Canada and Russia can improve their commercial and general relations.
To say that Lou Naumovski was on the front lines of the Russian economy for decades would be an understatement. He began his career as a Trade Commissioner in Moscow in 1982, and spent more than four years in total working in or on Russia at what was External Affairs, leaving as a Deputy Director in 1990. Later, Lou was Senior Banker and Resident Representative in Russia at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 1992-2000. In business, Lou joined the payment systems company Visa in August 2000 as Sr. VP Central Europe, Middle East and Africa Division, where he went on to increase the number of Visa cards in Russian circulation from around 800,000 in August 2000 to almost 43 million cards by July 2007 when he left the company for Kinross Gold Corporation. In January 2017, he retired from Kinross Gold, having served as VP and head of the Moscow office for 10 years, overseeing the company’s government relations and business development efforts in Russia.