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1st Global Employee Benefits Conference in Russia

1 October,  2015

InterContinental Hotel, Moscow, Russia


Gerard Baltazar

Chairman & CEO In2Matrix Group

Gerard Baltazar is the Chairman and CEO of the In2Matrix Group, a global player in the insurance market. Gerard started his career in Financial Services as a financial planner, advising high net-worth clients. He created an employee benefits division, and later founded the In2Matrix Group, which developed to an organization with several offices world-wide. In2Matrix is now one of the most sought-after consulting firms for multinational employee benefits.

Being passionate about work-life balance issues and skills development, Gerard is an authority on employee benefit and wellness benefit issues.  He is a non-executive member of the Global Board of Directors at Brokerslink. BrokersLink is a global broker organization, covering over 90 countries, with more than 400 offices and more than 10,000 professionals world-wide, with over $20 billion premium under management.

Gerard is a member of the Advisory Council of the RBCC (Russo British Chamber of Commerce). Having been working and living in Moscow and the CIS since 2002, Gerard is a pioneer in his field, establishing in Moscow one of the first international consulting firm fully specialized in the field of employee benefits. His mission is to bring cost efficiency by transparency of services to companies operating in the CIS.

Simon Gilliat

Global Head of International Consulting Group & Managing Director of CEEMEA

Towers Watson

Simon is the Global Head of the International Consulting Group and the Managing Director for Rapidly Developing Economies in EMEA.

During his career with Towers Watson and predecessor firms, Simon has held a range of leadership roles including UK Managing Consultant and Head of EMEA Growth. 

An actuary by profession, he specialises in assisting multinational employers with their worldwide remuneration packages. In this regard Simon is involved in merger and acquisition advice, global benefits strategy, total compensation reviews and expatriate policy, as well as specific individual country advice.

After joining Watson Wyatt in 1987, Simon has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Kenya and Zimbabwe, as well as the UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in the UK and an Associate of the Actuarieel Genootschap in the Netherlands.




Alexis Rodzianko

President and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia

Alexis Rodzianko, President and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, comes to this role after three decades as a banker in New York and Moscow. He held senior positions in IFC Metropol, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and JP Morgan in Moscow from 1995 through 2013. Previously he was a senior banker at Chemical Bank in New York in the Emerging Markets business of the bank.
He serves as an independent Director of SKB Bank in Russia and is a member of the Board of Centurion Capital (a Russian microfinance company).
Before receiving his MBA from Columbia University in 1980, he served as interpreter at the SALT II negotiations in Geneva. He is a 1973 graduate of Dartmouth College.

A fluent Russian speaker, he owns the Moscow Polo Club and represents Russia at the International Polo Federation (FIP). He is married and lives in Moscow with his wife Inna.




Roger Munnings

Chairman of the Board RBCC

Roger Munnings was elected Chairman of the Board of RBCC in July 2012, having served as a member of the Board since 2005. He now lives in the UK, having lived in Russia with his family between 1996 and 2009.

Roger is an Independent Director of JSFC Sistema and of JSC SUEK, two of Russia’s largest companies; and he is Chairman of the Audit Committee of JSFC Sistema. He is also Chairman of Wadswick Energy Limited in the UK and of the Audit Committee Institute in Russia.

He is First Deputy Chairman of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Russia; a member of the Board of Trustees of the John Smith Memorial Trust; and a member of the Board of the Moscow School of Political Studies.

Before retiring, Roger had a long and distinguished career in KPMG, most notably as Chairman and CEO of KPMG Russia/CIS Region from 1996 to 2008, and Chairman of KPMG’s Global Energy and Natural Resources Practice from 1993 to 2008.

Director of the EMEA Region


Andrea Vallachi

Graduated in international law at the University of Trieste, Andrea Valacchi started working for Generali in the Headquarters based in Trieste in 1988.

In 1990 he moved to Generali France IARD in Paris and then, in 1991, he was seconded to Brussels, where he was promoted Assistant Manager of Generali European Services (GES). Up to 2002 he has dealt exclusively with Corporate non-life related issues. In 2002, he joined GEB as Area Manager and in 2006 he was appointed Regional Manager supervising Western Europe, Middle East and Africa.

As from 2010 Andrea Valacchi is Director of the EMEA Region (Europe, Middle East & Africa).

Philip Simmance

Senior Consultant, International Consulting Group

Towers Watson

Phil Simmance is a Senior Consultant in the International Consulting Group of Towers Watson, based in London. Phil joined Towers Watson in September 1999 after graduating from the University of Kent with a BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Science.

Phil has over 15 years' experience of advising multinational companies on their employee benefit arrangements. Phil has worked on a wide variety of benefit projects during his career, including supporting multinational companies to: manage their internationally mobile employees, create benefit solutions for workforces in countries with developing markets such as in Russia and other countries in Central & Eastern Europe and the Baltic region, and take a global approach to the management of benefits and the use of brokers.

Alexander Lazarev

VP, Head of Employee Benefits, Eastern and Southern Europe Metlife

In July 2015 Alexander was appointed as VP, Head of Employee Benefits for Eastern and Southern Europe.

In this new role he is responsible for the development of Corporate business in Greece, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

Before this recent appointment, Alexander Lazarev served as  Vice-President and Employee Benefits Division Director for MetLife Russia being responsible for Employee Benefits and Pensions lines of business.

He has worked in the insurance industry for over 18 years having started his career with one of the largest Russian insurer Ingosstrakh back in 1996.

Alexander joined MetLife in 1998 as Corporate Sales Manager within Group Management Division (GMD) and held a number of roles in sales and sales management (including an assignment in Ukraine in 2002-2003) prior to taking the managerial role in Distribution Strategy and Profit Center Management in late 2005.

He has extensive experience in promoting corporate and credit life products through multiple channels including captive distribution (Group Sales Force & Agency), Financial Institutions and brokers.

Alexander holds a Master degree in Credit and Finance from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

In 2003 he was designated as a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI), which is LOMA’s comprehensive education program in the context of the insurance and financial services industry.

Sandor Jonas

Regional Manager CEE/CIS


Sandor Jonas joined Generali in 2000 and was asked to set up the GEB Regional Office in Vienna overseeing the CEE/CIS region in 2005. In 2011 he was appointed Head of GEB’s Regional Office in London, where he handled a large book of international business. He has led the newly established GEB Regional Office in Prague, supervising the CEE/CIS region, since April 2014. Mr Jonas is of Hungarian origin and has a degree in Economics and an MBA from Budapest Business School. He speaks fluent English, German, Italian and Romanian and has a good understanding of Russian.

Darryl Davis

Senior Consultant, Data Services

Towers Watson

Darryl Davis is a Senior Consultant for Towers Watson Data Services based in Brussels, Belgium. Since 2000, Darryl has worked with many of the world’s largest multinational companies, assisting them with their broad HR market intelligence needs, market interpretation, pay benchmarking & structuring and C&B plan design and audits. Darryl has worked across EMEA and has particularly deep experience in Central & Eastern Europe as well as Africa. He is the author of several articles on C&B trends in EMEA and a regular speaker on the topic. Darryl holds a Masters of Arts in History from the State University of Connecticut at Storrs (USA).

Timur Gilyazov

Strategic Projects Director


Timur Gilyazov was born in 1968 in Moscow. In 1992 he graduated from Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry n.a. А. I. Evdokimov. In 2001 he obtained an international «Management of Life insurance company» certificate from LOMA institute (USA).

Before having joint insurance industry Timur worked until 1996 in HMO “Access Dental”, USA, among other things being involved in medical and dental insurance claims document management.

Timur joint insurance business in the position of Life insurance medical underwriter in 1997 when he started his job in RUS AIG in Moscow. Since 1998 Timur has been working in Employee Benefits Division. While developing his career in RUS AIG, AIG Russia, AIG Life, ALICO and MetLife Timur made his way from corporate clients’ account manager to Director position.

Currently Timur is responsible for corporate pension programs development and proposition at the market, as well as for innovation company projects’ development.  

Michael Brough

Towers Watson

Michael has over 20 years of UK and International benefits experience with Towers Watson, which has included supporting clients with the design and implementation of employee benefit plans in emerging markets across Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa.
Michael is involved in the design, provider selection and implementation of International Pension Plans for global and local expatriates, which are widely used in the Middle East and also pension and risk programmes in Eastern Europe, principally the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Turkey.
Michael has supported clients in benchmarking projects and is responsible for the production of a range of Towers Watson’s annual surveys, such as the International Pension Plan Survey, the Middle East End of Service Benefits Survey and the Russian Pension Plan Survey.

Rashid Belarbi

Regional Director for Nordics, Turkey, Egypt & Middle East


Rachid Belarbi joined Allianz Global Benefits in July 2013 as Regional Director for Nordics, Turkey, Egypt & Middle East. Mr. Belarbi is responsible for business development for Global Account Portfolio and Distribution throughout the region being based in Stuttgart. Before joining Allianz Rachid Belarbi worked on similar positions at Swiss Life Network and Commerzbank AG. Mr. Belarbi holds degree in Insurance and Banking formation.

Oleg Merkulov

First Deputy CEO, Business Development and Sales VTB Insurance

Member of the Board

Chairman of the Product Committee

Oleg Merkulov graduated from Moscow Plekhanov University of Economics with a degree in manufacturing industry economy. He also completed an international business administration program at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

In VTB Insurance Oleg is in charge of retail and corporate business development as well as of the company’s regional network.

Oleg started his career on the financial market working in the banking sector. Later on, Oleg implemented the best banking practices on the insurance market supervising major insurance companies both in the fields of classic and life insurance. Oleg Merkulov listed among top 10 insurance industry managers of “Russia’s 1000-top professional managers” rating.

Alexei Andreev

Executive Director

Welbi Group

Executive Director, WELBI (ex-Aviva) group (JSC “Insurance Company BLAGOSOSTOYANIE”, NSPF “BLAGOSOSTOYANIE MNC”), member of WELBI Management Board, responsible for corporate business.

Alexei Andreev studied at Moscow Lomonosov State University (MSU) for his master’s degree in economics, completed MSU post-graduate program and received a PhD in 1999. In 1994 – 1996 Alexei learned economics and business at universities of the Netherlands (Tilburg University) and Britain (Thames Valley University, London). From 1995 to 2005 Dr. Andreev held managerial positions in “Ingosstrakh” group companies. Those included the post of the Director General of Ingosstrakh Non-State Pension Fund. In 1997 Alexei acquired an international experience at Irish Life Assurance Plc. Alexei joined Aviva at the time of its establishment in 2005.

Alexander Snurnitsyn



Alexander is highly experienced in IT and management consulting spheres. He worked for Mirantis for more than ten years and during last eight years he was a General Manager of the said company in Russia and CIS. Alexander supervised operative development, strategy implementation, new clients attraction and customer relations. In 2009, Alexander left Mirantis and started to work for The Boston Consulting Group. He was in charge of management consulting for major Russian and international companies. In 2010, Alexander became a General Manager of AGroup in Russia and CIS, and soon after that he was appointed AGroup’s CEO.
Alexander Snurnitsyn graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with the major in telecommunication systems as well as Stokholm School of Economics, Iternational Executive MBA program.