American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan

Board of Directors

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. 


Executive Committee


Kenneth Mack


Managing Partner, Dechert Law Firm


Kenneth Mack is the Managing Partner of the Kazakhstan offices of the international law firm Dechert. 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.



Janet Heckman

Vice President

Kazakhstan Country Director, Europian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


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.



Paul Cohn


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.

Andrei Kurilin


CEO, Citibank Kazakhstan 


Andrey Kurilin is a Country Manager for Citi in Kazakhstan. Joined Citi in 1996, has had various assignments in Russia, the US and Kazakhstan. In 2008-2014 was a regional risk manager for Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, in 2013 - Chief Operating officer for Citi's Russian franchise.  

In 2003-2006 was a Banking head for Kazakhstan. A Board member of the Kazakhstan's American Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of MGIMO (the Moscow Institute of International Relations at the Foreign Ministry of Russia).

Citi Kazakhstan is the largest and longest - established international bank in the country offering a full range services to multinational and large local corporate clients.




Board Members


Sayura Ayupova

General manager, Procter & Gamble Kazakhstan 


Sayora Ayupova was appointed General Director of Procter & Gamble, Central Asia and Mongolia in 2012.  She began her career in the International Relations Department of the Ministry of Roads of Uzbekistan (1996-1997), after which she joined Procter & Gamble (1997 to present), serving in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Turkey.   

Sayora Ayupova has 15 years' experience in Marketing, specifically Brand Management.  She is a certified trainer for People Coaching, Team Effectiveness, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Steven Covey), and has served as a trainer of functional Marketing trainings, including Marketing Strategies, Thinking That Inspires Great Advertising, and Business Analysis.  She is a frequent Guest Lecturer on Marketing and Management at KIMEP and KBTU, and was a Eurobak Board Member in 2014.  

Sayora Ayupova graduated from Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies specializing in the Chinese Economy (1995-1999).



Doris Bradbury

Executive Director, The American Chamber of Commerce 


Doris Bradbury joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan as Executive Director in May 2006,  A career specialist in the countries of the post-Soviet Union, she began her career teaching at the University of St. Andrews (U.K.) before embarking on international work. 

Ms. Bradbury has broad experience in Canada, the United States, Russia, and Kazakhstan.  In Canada she headed the Eastern Europe Unit at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) in Ottawa, focused on delivery of government programs for Russia, Ukraine, and the Baltic states for over a decade.  In the United States she served as Senior Associate Director for Conflict Resolution at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and in Kazakhstan she served as Executive Director of the Soros Foundation-Kazakhstan before joining AmCham. She has headed major government programs with individual values of up to $20 million and participated in numerous Canadian and U.S. government missions abroad.

Ms. Bradbury holds a B.A. (Honors) degree from McGill University (Canada), an M.Litt. degree from the University of Edinburgh (U.K), and pursued Ph.D. research at Moscow State University on a Canadian Fellowship, all in Russian literature and history.  She speaks English, Russian, French, and Spanish, and is a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen.



Theresa Grencik

Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Almaty


Theresa Grencik joined the U.S. Department of State as a career member of the Foreign Service in 1995.  Before her nomination to lead the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty, Ms. Grencik served at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin as Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs.  She has also served in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs as Director of the Office for Policy and Regional Affairs, and in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs as Deputy Director in the Pakistan Office.  Ms. Grencik has served abroad in U.S. missions in Iraq, Pakistan, Kosovo, India and Bulgaria.  In Washington, D.C., she completed three assignments in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.  Before joining the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Grencik represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Counsel in the Department of Environmental Resources. Ms. Grencik holds a B.A. from The Colorado College and a J.D. from Wayne State University.  In 2008, the U.S. National Defense University/National War College awarded Ms. Grencik a Master of Science in Strategic Studies.

Oybek Khalilov

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.

Tim Miller

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.



Mark Pothast

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.

Xavier Verfaillie

Managing Director, BASF Central Asia 


Xavier Verfaillie has worked at BASF for 27 years, and has served as Managing Director of BASF Central Asia since January 2014.  He joined BASF in 1986 as a Product Manager for Solvents and Plasticizers, based in Paris. Before joining BASF Central Asia, he was the Head of the BC Platform Northern Africa, in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

Xavier Verfaillie has worked in various positions in BASF Sales, Marketing and Product Management, and Business Management in France in Germany. In these different missions, he has had opportunities to work with most of BASF’s customer-industries, such as Automotive, Aerospace, Agriculture, Appliances, Construction, Furniture and Wood, Personal Care and Mining.

Xavier Verfaillie also served as Vice President of the German Chamber of Commerce in Morocco and Algeria, and represented Wintershall in Algeria.

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