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Sergey Solonin
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sergey Solonin has served as our director since December 2010 and as our chief executive officer since October 2012. Mr. Solonin is an entrepreneur and has over 15 years of experience in the payment services and banking industries. He is one of the co-founders of QIWI and held key executive roles within QIWI Group. Mr. Solonin is currently a member of the board of directors of Qiwi Bank and a General Director of QIWI JSC. He is also a co-director of the FinNet working group within the framework of the National Technology Initiative since September 2016, a member of the Supervisory Board of Association for Development of Financial Technologies since January 2017, a member of the board of directors of “AlfaStrakhovanie” PLC since June 2017, a member of the Investment Committee of Venture Fund of Skolkovo — IT I since June 2017 and a member of the Expert Committee of Vnesheconombank since October 2017. Mr. Solonin graduated from Distance-Learning Institute of Finance and Economics (now part of Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation) in 1996 with a degree in economics.

Andrey Protopopov
Head of IT and Product

Mr. Andrey Protopopov has served as our head of IT and product since June 2015, before this he served as head of product management from September 2013 to June 2015. Mr. Protopopov has over 12 years of commercial and product managing experience. Before joining QIWI, Mr. Protopopov worked at Procter & Gamble for 12 years, holding numerous positions in market strategy and planning as well as business development. Mr. Protopopov graduated from Novosibisrsk State University in 2004 with a masters degree in mathematics.

Andrey Popkov
Head of Compliance

Mr. Andrey Popkov has served as Head of Compliance since January 2014, before this he served as head of Qiwi International Payment Systems since January 2010. Mr. Popkov has over 7 years of experience in IT. From November 2005 until December 2009 he was an advisor to the chairman on start-up matters, including mobile wallet project (the predecessor of Qiwi Wallet). Before joining us, Mr. Popkov was a head of the Moscow representative office of Star Glass from September 2003 until October 2005. From October 1983 until March 1990, he was a chemical scientist at Zelinski Organic Chemistry Institute of USSR Academy of Science. Mr. Popkov graduated from Moscow State University in 1983 with a degree in chemistry. He also holds an MBA degree from California State University, Hayward.

Alexander Karavaev
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Alexander Karavaev has served as our chief financial officer since July 2013. Mr. Karavaev has 20 years of experience in finance and accounting. From August 2012 to July 2013, Mr. Karavaev served as our chief operating officer. Before joining us, from November 2008 until September 2011 Mr. Karavaev was a chief financial officer of Mail.ru. He also previously served as a nominee director for Mail.ru on our board of directors. Previously, Mr. Karavaev was a chief financial officer of Akado Group (a subsidiary of Renova Holding) between March 2008 and October 2008 and a deputy chief financial officer at Renova between May 2007 and October 2008. He was also vice president of development of financial systems at SUAL Holding from December 2003 until May 2007. Mr. Karavaev started his career at the audit department of Arthur Andersen in July 1997 and after moving to Ernst & Young in May 2001 worked at the audit and business consulting departments until December 2003. Mr. Karavaev graduated with honors from Siberian Aerospace Academy in 1998 with a degree in economics, majoring in management and strategic planning. Concurrently, between September 1996 and October 1997, he attended the University Passau in Germany, studying strategic planning.

Maria Panferova
General Counsel

Ms. Maria Panferova has served as our general counsel since April 2003. Ms. Panferova has over 12 years of experience in law. She has been with us since our inception. Ms. Panferova is also a director of legal policy and strategic communications in Qiwi-Service JSC, a position she has held since October 2012. From November 2010 until September 2012, she was a vice president for legal policy and strategic communications at OSMP. She also serves on the board of directors of OJSC United Art Tickets, a position she has held since June 2006. Previously, Ms. Panferova was a deputy chairman of the management board and a general counsel of Russian Investment Club CJSC (subsequently renamed as JSCB First Processing Bank (CJSC) and Qiwi Bank), between April 2003 and November 2010. Ms. Panferova graduated from the Saint Petersburg Institute for International Economic Relations, Economics and Law in 2001 with a degree in law.