The Chamber is guided by a diverse Board of Directors, elected by the membership at large at each Annual General Meeting, that meets monthly to review operations and policy, discuss important trends and changes in Kazakhstan's investment and trade environment, and set new directions for the Chamber. They are supported by the AmCham Secretariat, which coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Chamber.
Managing Partner, Dechert
Kenneth Mack is the Managing Partner of the Kazakhstan offices of the international law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP. He has worked as a lawyer in Kazakhstan for the past 16 years, acting on behalf of foreign and local investors. His work includes negotiating and drafting contracts for oil & gas and mining deals, electric power projects, syndicated loans, project financings, IPOs, bond issuances and telecommunications deals.
Mr. Mack also regularly acts for foreign investors in dispute resolution (both litigation and arbitration), especially on Kazakhstan tax, customs and environmental cases. He has been ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers Global for corporate / commercial law and energy and natural resources.
Mr. Mack has served on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan since 2005, and has served as AmCham President since March 2006. In this capacity, he has played a key role in the development of various programs with the governments of Kazakhstan and the United States to improve the investment climate and provide greater protections for foreign companies, in particular efforts relating to rule of law.
Mr. Mack holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, a Master’s Degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a Certificate in Post Soviet Studies from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. He is a member of the bars of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
General Director, Nestle
Mark Pothast was appointed General Manager of Nestle Eurasia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) in October 2010. He previously served as Sales Director for Nestle Russia between April 2006 – October 2010, responsible for sales of over $1.5 Billion, and over 3,500 sales personnel. Between January 2004-April 2006, Mark was Regional Director of Cereal Partners Worldwide, a joint venture between Nestle and General Mills selling breakfast cereals outside of North America. With responsibility for Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia, he headed the tenth largest global market for CPW.
Mark served as Sales Director Nestle Russia January 2002 – April 2004, National Sales Manager for the Nestle Grocery Division February 1998 – January 2002, and National Sales Manager for Johnson & Johnson Russia November 1994 –February 1998 as part of the Russia entry team. Between 1983 and 1994 he worked for Procter and Gamble United States in various sales positions of increasing responsibility.
Mark currently serves as Vice-President on the Executive Committee of the AmCham Board of Directors.
Partner, Ernst & Young
Paul Cohn is the Head of Assurance and serves as Oil and Gas Leader for Ernst & Young in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
He has 20 years of experience serving clients in the energy, mining and utilities sector. He has also worked on numerous IPOs, private equity placements and debt offerings with clients in the resources sector in Kazakhstan. He has over 9 years of experience in Kazakhstan and over 12 years experience in the CIS.
Paul also lectures at KIMEP on IFRS and delivers lectures on IFRS to companies in the resources sector. He currently serves on the AmCham Board of Directors and is a member of its Executive Committee as Board Treasurer.
Director of Tax & Legal Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Walter Daniel is an American citizen (originally from Raleigh, NC) and the Director of Legal Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Almaty. Walter is a member of the Texas Bar and is listed on the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales (non-practicing status); he has extensive experience with oil and gas and corporate transactional work.
Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Walter was a Partner in the Almaty office of the international law firm of White & Case. He has also worked for Occidental Petroleum Corporation as legal counsel in Dubai, UAE and legal manager in Tripoli, Libya. Walter started his career at a major US law firm, working in Moscow, Russia and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Duke University (B.A.), University of Texas School of Law (J.D.), and the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Master of Law). Walter speaks English and Russian.
Janet Heckman is Country Director for Kazakhstan for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), appointed in July 2012. EBRD is one of the largest foreign investors in Kazakhstan with investments in excess of 4.9billion US$. Prior to joining EBRD Janet worked for Citigroup as a Managing Director in corporate banking for 32 years in 7 countries including the UK, Algeria, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece and Bahrain.
Janet has a MSFS degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in History from Kenyon College. She also studied at the American University in Beirut and between her degrees was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bahrain.
Janet was Vice President of Amcham in Romania and served on the AmCham Board in Bulgaria. She was also Chairman of the Fulbright Board in Bulgaria and a Board Member in Hungary and Romania.
General Director, Coca-Cola Bottlers Almaty
Osman Kazdal is General Manager of Coca-Cola Almaty Bottlers, appointed in March 2010. He joined Coca-Cola in 1990 as Sales Supervisor, working on all levels and functions in sales management. After working in the petroleum industry in Turkey for 5 years as Marketing Services Director, Osman rejoined Coca-Cola as General Sales Manager in 2006.
Osman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Uludağ University and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Marmara University. He serves on the board of KATIAD, Kazakhstan’s Turkish business association, and on the Prime Minister’s Council to Improve the Investment Climate.
General Director, Tengizchevroil
Tim Miller was appointed General Director of Tengizchevroil (TCO) on October 1, 2010. TCO is a Kazakhstani joint venture between Chevron, KazMunaiGas, Exxon and LukArco which performs oil and gas exploration and production with a daily production capacity of 75,000 metric tonnes (600,000 barrels) of crude oil. In 2011, TCO was recognized as the Safest Enterprise of the Year by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection In 2012, Tengizchevroil was recognized by the World Bank as a global leader in the reduction of routine gas flaring. TCO’s payments to Kazakhstan exceeded $70 billion in 2012 from royalties and other payments.
Prior to leading TCO, Miller held managerial positions of increasing scope and responsibility over his 31-year career at Chevron Corporation. Most recently, he served as the Senior Vice President for Chevron Indonesia, where he oversaw operation of onshore terminals and offshore operations. Previously, Miller held the positions of Chevron Country Manager in Brazil, Assistant to the president for Saudi Arabian Texaco in Kuwait, and Operations Manager in New Mexico. Miller began his career with Texaco Exploration and Production in 1981.
Tim Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Chairman of the Board, AIG Insurance
Oybek Khalilov graduated from the State Economic University in Uzbekistan, and worked in the country at various companies and institutions, including the National Bank of Uzbekistan and the Uzbek National Export-Import Insurance Co.
He spent four years with American International Group Inc. in London, serving as CEO of the Political Risk JV. For most of his career Oybek has pursued private insurance work with the American International Group, Inc. AIG was the first major international insurer to participate in direct insurance operations in Central Asia, having entered the market in 1994. From 2000 to 2010 Oybek Khalilov served as General Manager of AIG in Uzbekistan, and became Chairman of the Board at AIG/Chartis Kazakhstan in May 2010.
In 2001 Oybek Khalilov was elected Vice-President of AmCham in Uzbekistan where he distinguished himself as a leader in the financial services sector. He served on the AmCham Board until 2010 when he was appointed to his current position at AIG Kazakhstan. Oybek Khalilov is married and has two daughters and three sons.
General Council, US Embassy
Michael Snowden has been a career member of the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State since 1990. Prior to his nomination as the first U.S. Consul General in Almaty, he most recently served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he was the Mission's lead multilateral negotiator on sustainable development and environmental issues, including climate change, in the UN General Assembly and in the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies. He previously served assignments in the Middle East (Oman, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia), and at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and at the U.S. Consulate General in St Petersburg, as well as at the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria. At the State Department, Michael Snowden previously served as Desk Officer for Belarus and Moldova. Mr. Snowden speaks Russian and Arabic. He is married and has two daughters.
Senior Vice-President, BG Kazakhstan
Mark Rollins has overall responsibility for BG Group’s activities in Central Asia which include the Karachaganak joint venture in Kazakhstan, as well as a number of upstream business development ventures. Before joining BG Group in 2008, Mr. Rollins was Chief Executive and Board Member of a private exploration and production company. Previously, he held senior management positions in the deregulated utility sector, and in the oil and gas business in both upstream and downstream sectors with ARCO in the United States, and Shell in the Netherlands.
Mark Rollins has lengthy experience in the Caspian region starting with his involvement in business development activities with Shell in the early 1990’s, when he worked primarily on projects in the former Soviet Union, including the Sakhalin II project in eastern Russia and several ventures in the North Caspian offshore.
He was awarded a DPhil in Engineering Science by Oxford University in 1989, and an MA in Mathematics by Cambridge University in 1985.