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Osama Bedier
Independent Director, Chairman of the Strategy Committee

Osama Bedier is an Egyptian-American entrepreneur and investor. With a deep passion for improving lives through technology, Osama has spent the last two decades pioneering consumer internet, e-commerce and payments services. Most recently, he lead Wallet & Payments at Google. Prior to Google, Osama spent 8 years running product development at PayPal building and scaling much of what made them a household name. He has also held engineering leadership roles since the dawn of the web at organizations such as eBay, Gateway Computers and AT&T wireless. He lives with his wife and 4 kids in Atherton, CA.

Osama Bedier
Nadia Cherkasova
Director
Mrs. Nadia Cherkasova is a member of the Management Board of Otkritie FC Bank. In 1994, Mrs. Cherkasova joined the Nizhny Novgorod office of Inkombank as head of lending. In 1998, Mrs. Cherkasova became a department head with KMB Bank in Nizhny Novgorod. In 2003, she was named a member of the management board and business development director with KMB Bank in Moscow. In 2005, Mrs. Cherkasova joined Trust Bank as managing director for SME. In 2009, she was promoted to head of corporate banking and then chairman of the management board of Trust Bank. In June 2013, Mrs. Cherkasova was appointed senior vice-president and director for SME at VTB 24. In March 2014, she joined the management board of VTB 24. Mrs. Cherkasova holds several professional awards, including the National Award for Efficient Banking Management from the Association of Russian Banks. In 2007, she was named by the World Business magazine (UK) as one of world’s 35 most successful women under the age of 35. In 2010, the internet portal Banki.ru named Mrs. Cherkasova person of the year, and she was named among the top 50 most influential businesswomen in Russia. Mrs. Cherkasova earned a degree in economics from Nizhny Novgorod State University, followed by a degree from the International Moscow Finance and Banking School. Mrs. Cherkasova held internships with South Shore Bank (USA), the EBRD (Austria) and the IIMD (Germany).
Nadia Cherkasova
Ron Kalifa
Independent Director, Chairman of the Compensation Committee

Ron Kalifa was appointed Deputy Chairman of Worldpay in April 2013. From 2003-2013, Mr. Kalifa was CEO of Worldpay. During Mr. Kalifa's tenure as CEO, he led Worldpay through its transition to a standalone company following its divestment from RBS in 2010. Before becoming CEO, Mr. Kalifa held various roles within RBS where he built the Worldpay business via acquisition. Mr. Kalifa has been an Non-Executive Director of Visa Europe since September 2011. Mr. Kalifa is also a member of the UK Cards Association. He has been recognised as Industry Personality of the Year for his work in the Payments sector.

Ron Kalifa
Boris Kim
Chairman of the Board of Directors

 Mr. Boris Kim has served as our director since 2013. He was nominated to our board of directors by E1. Mr. Kim is an entrepreneur with over 18 years of experience in the payment services industry. He is also the head of the payment networks and banking instruments committee at the Russian E-Market Participants National Association. He is one of the co-founders of e-port and served as its chief executive officer from November 2004 until September 2007 and from September 2007 until February 2010 was an advisor to the chief executive officer of e-port. From October 1999 until October 2004, Mr. Kim was advisor to the chairman of the board of the banking and financial group Zerich. From September 1993 until January 1999 he was a chairman of the management board of Chastny Bank. Mr. Kim graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1985 with a degree in chemistry, Russian Institute of Finance and Economics in 1996 with a degree in finance, Moscow State Law Academy in 2000 with a degree in law and Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2004 with a degree in psychology and a degree in philosophy.

    Boris Kim
    Sergey Solonin
    Director

    Mr. Sergey Solonin has served as our director since December 2010 and as our chief executive officer since October 2012. He was nominated to our board of directors by Saldivar. Mr. Solonin is an entrepreneur and has over 14 years of experience in the payment services and banking industries. He is one of the co-founders of OSMP and from April 2009 until October 2012 served as an advisor to the president on financial matters at OSMP. Mr. Solonin is currently the chief executive officer of Qiwi Group, a position he has held since October 2012. He also serves on the board of directors of Qiwi Bank and from March 1999 until September 2009 was the chairman of its board of directors. Mr. Solonin is also an executive of ITbillion LLC as well as one of the two directors of iTech Advisors Ltd. and a director of OJSC United Art Tickets. Mr. Solonin graduated from the Russian Financial Institution in 1996 with a degree in economics.

      Sergey Solonin
      Veniamin Polyantsev
      Director
      Mr. Veniamin Polyantsev is a member of the Management Board of Otkritie FC Bank. From 2003-2005, he held several positions with Citibank, the last of which was head of verification for the lending department of the retail banking division. Between 2005 and 2007, Mr. Polyantsev was vice-president and head of direct sales at the retail banking division of Alfa Bank. In 2007, Mr. Polyantsev joined Russian Standard Bank, where he led products and sales and was also head of products and portfolio management. Between December 2009 and May 2010, Mr. Polyantsev was head of products with KIT Finance Investment Bank. In May 2010, Mr. Polyantsev joined TransCreditBank as head of products and marketing for retail banking, and later led the retail banking business. In June 2012, Mr. Polyantsev was appointed senior vice president and retail banking director with TransCreditBank. Mr. Polyantsev joined VTB 24 as head of retail banking in October, 2013 and held a senior executive role at VTB 24 until December, 2017. Mr. Polyantsev graduated in 2002 from the Russian State Humanitarian University with a joint degree in engineering and in economics.
      Veniamin Polyantsev
      Marcus Rhodes
      Independent Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee

      Mr. Marcus Rhodes has served as our director since May 3, 2013 and is chairman of the audit committee. He is also an independent director and chairman of the audit committee for PhosAgro (since May 2011), Tethys Petroleum (since September 2009), Cherkizovo Group (since February 2009), and Rosinter Group (since July 2008). Mr. Rhodes was an independent director and chairman of the audit committee for Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods from July 2008 until June 2011, and for Rusagro Group from November 2009 until June 2011. Mr. Rhodes was an audit partner for Ernst & Young from 2002 until 2008, and prior to that, he was an audit partner for Arthur Andersen from 1998 until 2002. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and is a member of the Institute of Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). Mr. Rhodes graduated with a BA (Hons) from Loughborough University in 1982 with a degree in economics & social history. Mr. Rhodes is an independent director and Chair of the AC for Zoltav Resources where he was appointed in May of 2014.

      Marcus Rhodes