Our Team

QRITA brings together an experienced team of professionals across the fields of investment, trade, business development, government relations and analytics.

Our team distinguishes itself by proactive idea generation, result-oriented execution and global vision, which it is proud to share with our clients and partners.

Oleg Chizh
Managing Director and CEO

Oleg brings over 16 years of global experience in asset management, investment banking and business development. Prior to QRITA, Oleg was Deputy CEO of Russia-China Investment Fund, a $2 billion joint investment fund between China Investment Corporation and the Russian Direct Investment Fund, with headquarters in Moscow and Beijing. Previously, Oleg was a private equity professional and investment banker in the U.S. Oleg graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA, and from Brandeis University with an M.A. degree in International Economics and Finance and a B.A. degree with High Honors in Economics.

Igor Podzigun
Head of Government Relations

Igor is an expert in the Middle East and Africa with over 14 years of experience in different spheres of government, business and state corporations. Igor’s focus is on building solid relations with governmental agencies and state-owned corporations and on effectively bridging opportunities between Russian and Qatari state agencies.

Alexander Runovich
Head of Research and Analytics

Alexander has a broad-range analytics experience covering over 30 different economies and industries, gained via research projects for such global companies as Deutsche Bank, PwC and Moody’s. Prior to joining QRITA, Alexander managed the research team of Colliers International in Russia. Alexander’s experience also includes a research engagement with Invest Victoria, the investment arm and the investment promotion agency (IPA) of the Victoria State Government in Australia.

Roman Chustuzian
Investment Manager

Roman runs QRITA’s investments workstream to originate and advise on cross-border transactions between Qatar and Russia. Roman brings 9 years of international experience at Mubadala Capital, IFC and Rusnano. His experience spans over both execution of new investments and supervision of portfolio companies, across the cultures of the Middle East, EU, U.S. and Russia / CIS.

Vasily Muzanov
Business Development Manager

Vasily is a longtime specialist in the promotion and development of large corporate projects with broad-range expertise in the Australian, European and Asian markets. Currently, his activities are aimed at forging business relations, developing new and fostering existing relationships between Qatar and Russia.

Bulat Yakupov
Trade Development Manager

Bulat is an expert in international social and political studies and oriental culture. Having previously held management positions in ministries, trade offices and state and private companies, Bulat is currently leading the development of trade and commercial business relations for QRITA in Russia and Qatar.