Mikhail joined Fipra in September 2012 as a Special Adviser for Ukraine.Prior to this, Mikhail had a distinguished career as a Ukrainian diplomat with many years of experience in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Middle East. Mikhail is a Founding Director of the NGO Fund Sevastopol, an independent Investment Promotion and Regional Development Agency for the City of Sevastopol. With more than 30 years experience in government service and business, Mikhail is currently engaged on business and development projects in Crimea. Mikhail holds a PhD in Jurisdiction which he received from the Ministry of Education of Ukraine in 2013. In addition to his native Russian Mikhail speaks English and Ukrainian and reads French.