Project Management


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Yuliya Nichkasova, PhD, MBA, CIMA Dip Adv

Course Lecturer

Over the 30 years of her professional career in the financial sector, Yuliya Nichkasova has managed more than 80 projects at the macro and micro levels, including several large ones with more than $100 million in funding from European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD), The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Dr. Nichkasova has an MBA degree from the Leon Kozminsky Academy (Poland), and she got a PhD degree at the Eurasian National University named after L.N. Gumilyov (Kazakhstan) by defending her doctoral thesis on the topic "The financial market and its role in the investment supply of the economy" in 2019. In 2022, she got СIMA's qualification (UK).

Dr. Yuliya Nichkasova has a number of publications in international-ranking scientific journals included in the SCOPUS and Web of Science databases. For more details about the author's profile and publications, see here:

Researcher ID: U-4217-2018
Scopus Author ID: 57212195989

Currently, Dr. Nichkasova continues her active design and research activities. She works in a distributed project team at EPAM, an IT global company, using project management tools and agile methodologies for sustainable development. She also conducts regular educational by teaching "Project Management" course as an Associate Professor for bachelor and master students at the Business School of Belarusian State University.


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Kirill Savrassov, Cert ILS

CEO, Phoenix CREtro

With almost 25 years of experience in the (re)insurance industry Kirill runs Phoenix CRetro, a specialised full cycle ILS company with a focus on emerging markets. He has extensive connections in CEE, Eurasia, London, Bermuda & the United States at both corporate and government pillars and regularly speaks at international industry events on the topics of Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS), sovereign catastrophe bonds and Alternative risk transfer (ART). Also, he reads Risk & Strategic Management courses at a various educational institutions worldwide.

Nicholas Cobb

founder, cec global communications

Nic is a serial entrepreneur, conference producer and international affairs & facilitation specialist with a pedigree in the Former Soviet Union. Nic setup Cobb Energy Communications (CEC), his first venture in 2012 - CEC's network comprises of senior government officials, business professionals, security experts and other leading stakeholders across the UK, Europe, Canada, Mexico, United States, China, Russia/CIS and further afield. CEC enjoys unrivalled access to a range of jurisdictions, countries and industries. Aside and under the umbrella of CEC Nic has range of business interests in the Eurasian area and has experience of working with a number of Canadian companies.

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