Board of Directors

AmCham is managed by a Board of Directors which meets on a regular basis to review AmCham activities and consult with both the organization’s executive director and committee heads. The 9-member board is divers, and includes citizens from: USA, Uzbekistan, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, and South Africa.
AmCham’s goals and activities are determined by members through participation at AmCham events and by expressing their ideas and concerns to the Board. We focus on issues important to our members.

Hugo Willem Minderhoud-President

Hugo Willem Minderhoud serves as an independent banking/ financial consultant since 2006. He has over 20 years of experience in the CIS and Uzbekistan. Prior to working as an independent banking/ financial consultant, Hugo worked for ABN AMRO, The Netherlands as General Manager and Chairman of the Management Board at ABN AMRO Bank Uzbekistan; Manager of Corporate Finance at ABN AMRO Bank Russia as well as Vice President of Corporate Finance Central and Eastern Europe at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Currently, Hugo serves as Senior Advisor to Ipak Yuli Bank Uzbekistan, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Korzinka Group of Companies Uzbekistan, Non-Executive Director of Advans Microfinance Bank Pakistan, Demir Bank Kyrgystan and Hayman Capital Myanmar. Besides that he is representing two countries serving as Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Kingdom of Belgium and is President of the Tashkent Consul Club and the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan. Hugo holds a degree in Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Shadab Khan-Vice-President
The Coca-Cola Company

As Franchise Director of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Shadab provides Franchise Leadership to our Bottlers and manages The Coca-Cola Company’s business in these markets and is the Head of the Representative Office for Coca-Cola in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has been based in Tashkent since November 2018. Shadab joined Coca-Cola India in 2007 as the Sr. Manager (Key Accounts) for India and Sri Lanka and has post that worked in various roles in Customer Management, Commercial Strategy and has been in General Management roles since 2012 first as the Country Manager for Nepal and Bhutan and then as Managing Director for Coca-Cola Bangladesh Ltd. Shadab has actively represented Coca-Cola and has been involved in public-private platforms representing industry issues across South Asia over the last 6 years and is proud to now represent Coca-Cola on the Board of AmCham Uzbekistan. In 19+ years of his work experience Shadab has worked at start-ups and small firms and also in Multi-national companies across Telecom, Packaged Food and Non-Alcoholic Ready to drink Beverage sectors notably Unilever and now Coca-Cola. Shadab holds a PGDM from T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal, India and has completed the Certificate Program in Strategic Retail Management from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India. In his spare time Shadab enjoys traveling, listening to world music, trying new cuisines and photography.
Vera Bell
Crowe Horwath Int.

Vera Bell has 20 years of experience providing the accounting and audit services for the businesses, government and non-profit organizations. Vera was the youngest Director in the history of Audit industry development in Uzbekistan becoming a Director of AUDIT-AS in 1997 from the moment it was created. The Company provided services to a wide range of clients including such international businesses Chevron, Rio Tinto, Lukoil Overseas, Intercontinental, Wyndham, Calik, Ziraat Bank, ADB, USAID, etc. as well as large Uzbek national companies like Uzbek railways, Uzbek airways, Navoi Mining Combinat, etc.. In August of 2014 the Company joined the Crowe Horwath Int, International accounting network ranked among the top 10 global accounting networks. She is one of the few specialists who understand the order of taxation and accounting of permanent establishments of foreign companies in Uzbekistan. Vera Bell co-authored the first Uzbekistan Handbook, “Finance, Accounting and Taxation for NGOs in Uzbekistan”.
Igor Kolesnikov-Secretary

Igor Kolesnikov is the General Manager of the British American Tobacco Uzbekistan since April 2017. He has over 20 years of experience in audit & consultancy (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and FMCG (BAT) business. Prior to coming to Uzbekistan Igor was a Finance Director for BAT Caucasus and covered Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Moldova markets. Originally from Ukraine and worked in Ukraine, Russia, UK, Georgia and now Uzbekistan. He is a certified accountant (ACCA) and graduated from Donetsk State University with degree in Finance.
Joel Benjamin
Kinstellar Business Services

Joel Benjamin is the Managing Partner of the Central Asia practice of Kinstellar. Prior to opening Kinstellar’s Almaty office, Joel practiced law in Kazakhstan with two well-known international law firms. Joel advises international and local clients in various industries, including oil and gas, mining, banking, telecommunications and media. Joel has a broad experience in corporate and commercial transactions with a particular specialism in banking and finance, where he has developed top rankings within Kazakhstan and Central Asia. He has played a leading role in numerous transactions including bilateral and syndicated loans, trade finance, project finance, equity / debt capital markets and banking matters. Joel has built a strong corporate practice including work on numerous M&A transactions across sectors including oil and gas, mining, telecommunications and banking. Joel comes highly recommended by Legal 500, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in Kazakhstan. Joel has been named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Banking and Finance and Capital Markets Law in the 2017-2018 edition of the annual directory Best Lawyers in Kazakhstan. Joel is admitted to practice law in California, holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition to Kazakh law expertise, Joel has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients on Uzbekistan law issues.
Otabek Muhammadiev

Otabek Muhammadiev is a General Director of a PricewaterhouseCoopers Uzbekistan. He started his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers Uzbekistan 15 years ago by actively being involved in audits of key local and multinational manufacturing, banking, telecommunications and public utilities companies across Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Russia. Starting from 2007, he joined IFRS technical group in PricewaterhouseCoopers in Moscow and was able to successfully consult a large number of PwC clients in Russia, Kazakhstan and CIS countries. After 2 years of his experience, he proceeded with IFRS technical group in Almaty with focus on Caucasus and Asia. Before moving to Uzbekistan in 2012 as an assistant to the office leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers, he practiced audit in Almaty with client portfolio consisting of mainly oil, mining and tobacco manufacturing clients. From July 2015, Otabek took over the position of Uzbekistan office leader. He holds a Master`s Degree by Karshi State University, certified ACCA fellowship as well as statutory office license by Ministry of Finance of Uzbekistan and Central Bank of Uzbekistan.
Anvar Azamov
Ernst & Young LLC

Anvar is a head of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan practice in Ernst & Young Company. He has more than 15 years of extensive experience in performing audit for Uzbek and foreign clients. He is a certified Auditor of Uzbekistan, member of the national association of accountants and auditors of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Certified Public Accountant in Alaska Board of Accountancy. Anvar leads and is responsible for all EY engagements in Uzbekistan in Assurance, TAX and TAS Deportments and many engagements in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in auditing in compliance with International Standards
Puneet Tandon
Hyatt Regency Tashkent

Puneet Tandon is an Indian national who started his assignment in Tashkent in March 2016. With close to 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, 10 of which have been within the fold of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Puneet leads the team at Hyatt Regency Tashkent as the General Manager of the hotel. Additionally, he also holds the position of being the Area Vice President for Hyatt hotels in the CIS that include Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Puneet holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, a post graduate diploma in hospitality management from the Oberoi School of Hotel Management, Delhi and an MBA from Cornell ESSEC, Paris. His years in the industry have presented him with the opportunity of working in various countries including India, Mauritius, France, Egypt, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. Puneet is married with two teenage children and, when not at work, thoroughly enjoys travel and the outdoors.
Yuriy Voytsitskiy

Yuriy Voytsitskiy joined VEON Group as a Local Compliance Officer in Unitel Uzbekistan. He is a corporate lawyer and has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate compliance, legal & regulatory affairs and corporate governance. He has extensive management experience in a wide spectrum of industries i.e. mining, oil and gas, banking and financial services, and telecommunications, supporting and advising on commercial law, business ethics, and corporate compliance. He has extensive experience in compliance audits and investigations and has been conducting training sessions on diversified topics. He is a co-founder and Chairman of American Chamber of Commerce Compliance Club in Ukraine. He is certified compliance professional from Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester (ICA International Diploma in Compliance). He speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish.
Tatyana Bystrushkina
Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan (AmCham)

Tatyana is a global leader with over 10 years of experience in emerging markets with business, government, international organizations and NGOs. Tatyana is a member of Public Council under the Ministry of Ecology and the Mayor of Tashkent city. As an Executive Director of AmCham in Uzbekistan Tatyana is involved in policy analysis for private sector development, improvement of investment climate and investment attraction, trade and regulatory reforms, regional cooperation, integration and trade facilitation. She was involved in Sustainable Development projects in the UK (research, policy analysis and design in the sphere of sustainable transport, renewable energy, climate change, solid waste management etc). Ms. Bystrushkina has recently earned MSc Degree in Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics from the University of St. Andrews, UK, focusing on policy development in Energy and Environment. Prior to this, Tatyana holds MA in International Business Management from Westminster International University in Tashkent and her BA in Philology from the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages. Tatyana is the winner of multiple awards and scholarships including Chevening , MASHAV, Rumsfeld and is an advanced networker with 4000+ business and social entrepreneurs, academics and professionals in the United States, Central Asia, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East.
Eric Salzman
Ex-Officio BOD member, U.S. Embassy in Tashkent

Eric Salzman has worked for the U.S. Department of State since 2003, serving in Jamaica, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Washington DC. He is currently the Lead Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, succeeding Larry Wright. He earned a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Davis in 1996 and an MA in International Management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, in 2001. Prior to working for the Department of State, he worked for the Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technology Commercialization Office and served two years in the Peace Corps in Romania. He is married with a wife and two children.