Directors and Management

Masoud Alikhani (Executive Chairman)

Masoud is a British national who was born in Iran. He received a BSc in Agriculture from the Hebrew University in Israel in 1966. Before 1979 he was the major Shareholder and Director of Alupan Ltd (now Alborz Aluminium), an Iranian aluminium irrigation pipe fabrication company that he co-founded. Following its expropriation by the Iranian government in 1979, he became a self-employed businessman before working in a variety of senior investment roles in Prudential Bache and Shearson Lehman Brothers. Mr Alikhani has had a broad experience at board level in public quoted companies. Between 1993 and 1998, he was Chief Executive at Middlesex Holdings plc (now named Global National Energy plc), an international company quoted on the London Stock Exchange which then operated predominantly in Russia and the other CIS countries in steel, non ferrous metals, financial services, energy and agribusiness. He is also a Director of Berkeley Mineral Resources plc, a natural resources company quoted on AIM and Dominion Energy plc, an oil and gas company. In 1992, he was appointed a member of the board of the International Foundation for Privatisation of Russia and, in 1997 he was appointed a member of the Dean’s Council, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Irina Mikhaylova (Executive Director)

Irina was born in Germany and educated in Ukraine and Russia. She graduated from Moscow Research Institute with a PhD in Genetics in Psychiatry. In the 90’s she was involved in import and export of consumer products in Ukraine. In 1998 she became director of Agrinvest Limited, a company involved in custom harvesting and other related services in Ukraine, effectively managing grain trade and export facilities. Since 2000 she has managed and created new crop rotation technology integrating American-style farming in several farms in Ukraine.