Described as very professional and with a strong personality and an uncanny ability to understand client needs, Josef brings a wealth of knowledge and over a decade of experience to the company. This includes asset management, private banking, portfolio management, and export and trade finance to name a few. His knowledge of the Russian market extends to the language, culture and mentality of the people. This was gained while reading Eastern European history and literature at the University of Zurich and from his career start in Yekaterinburg in the Ural in the early 1990s. His network of contacts in Switzerland extends to banks, financial institutions and beyond. He is a recognized private banking expert and pioneer in introducing the asset manager-client-bank idea to the Russian and Eastern European market. Prior to his chairmanship at AXIOMA, Josef was Director for Regional Development at Renaissance Investment Management. He also worked at UBS AG in Zurich as a client advisor. Josef is a member of the Swiss Association of Asset Managers. He is married and has a daughter. Apart from Russian, Josef is also fluent in German, English and French.