Managing Director and Director, Russia/FSU Research – London/Moscow
Christopher is a co-founder of Trusted Sources. He is a highly experienced commentator on Russian political and economic affairs and leads our Russia/FSU team, concentrating on macro policy, governance and institutions, infrastructure, consumer product markets (especially food-related, from upstream production to retail), the energy and financial services sectors. Previously, Christopher spent six years as chief strategist and political analyst at United Financial Group (UFG), a Moscow-based investment bank now owned by Deutsche Bank. In several surveys of fund managers conducted during this period by Institutional Investor and Thomson Extel, he was ranked No. 1 EMEA Strategist and/or Analyst on Russia. Christopher joined UFG from Fleming-UCB, where since 1995 he had held the position of managing director and head of research. Prior to that, he was a UK diplomat, and served for four years in the Political Section of the British Embassy in Moscow.
Christopher has a Master’s degree in modern history and modern languages from Oxford University and was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He contributed a long essay on the political and societal background to economic reform in Russia in Granville & Oppenheimer (eds), Russia’s Post-Communist Economy (Oxford University Press, 2001).