Board of Directors
Hugo Willem Minderhoud

Hugo Willem Minderhoud serves as a Country Representative of AKTE LLC in Uzbekistan. He has over 20 years of experience in the CIS and Uzbekistan. Prior to establishing AKTE LLC, Hugo worked for ABN AMRO group 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. (The Netherlands). Currently, Hugo serves as Senior Advisor to Ipak Yuli Bank Uzbekistan, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Korzinka Group of Companies, Non-Executive Director of Advans Microfinance Bank Pakistan and Independent banking/ financial consultant in Central-Asia and the Caucasus. 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 AmCham in Uzbekistan. Hugo holds a degree in Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Tõnu Grünberg – Vice-President

Tõnu Grünberg is Chief Executive Officer of Ucell (TeliaSonera Uzbekistan). Tõnu has 17 years of experience leading telecommunications companies strategy and execution, with the special skillset in technology. Tõnu’s holds Master of Science (MS Digital Communication Systems and Technology from Tallinn Technical University. He is also a graduate of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, London Business School and Swedish Institute of Management. Tõnu is an inspirational leader who challenges colleagues and staff to look beyond established technology and business models, identify opportunities to expand organisational capabilities, and drive business growth and innovation.
Anvar Azamov-Secretary
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.
David Le Blond

David Le Blond is the Finance Director for the UZBAT JV between British American Tobacco Plc. and the Republic of Uzbekistan. He has lived in nine countries with over 15 years of international business experience with BAT as well as other FMCG companies. Originally from Kentucky he is a Pennsylvania Certified Public Account with an MBA from the University of North Carolina.
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.
Mirpayoz Mirsaatov

Mirpayoz Mirsaatov is a long-standing professional in Uzbekistan. He has over 25 years experience in the fields of policy advice, securities/commodity markets, privatization, and agro-industrial development. Since 2002, he has worked as director and ‘crisis manager’ for a number of companies, often brought in to develop and implement new strategies and structural changes before moving on to his next assignment. In 1995, Mirpayoz was selected to serve as Chairman of the Board for Uzbekistan’s newly forming Republican Stock Exchange. At the time, this made him the youngest person in the world serving as Chairperson of a national stock exchange.
Gabil Ahmadov
Coca-Cola Country Operation Manager for Uzbekistan

Gabil Ahmadov took over his Tashkent position in May 2016 in a capacity of Coca-Cola Country Operation Manager for Uzbekistan. Gabil has over 19 years’ experience in the sphere of FMCG with multinational companies in CIS countries including Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Turkey. Before moving to Tashkent Gabil held a position of Market (Country) Manager in Azerbaijan with The Coca-Cola Company, Caucasus and Central Asia Region. Gabil ‘s previous work experience include leading positions in big multinationals in the sphere of FMCG like Henkel Central and Eastern Europe, Colgate – Palmolive Central Asia, Caucasus and Belarus among others. Gabil speaks Azeri, English, Russian and Turkish.
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.
Nazi Aripdjanova
Executive Director at AmCham Uzbekistan

As Executive Director Nazi works closely with business leaders representing over 100 US, multinational and Uzbek corporations in Uzbekistan. Nazi organizes work of AmCham office, AmCham Uzbekistan programs, supervises staff, and coordinates membership drive efforts while managing membership relations and retention. Ms. Aripdjanova holds MA in International Business Management from Westminster International University in Tashkent, MA in International Economic Relations (2001) and BA in Japanese Philology from Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies (1999), diplomas in the intensive MBA type course (professional management program, 2003), MBA Summer School in German state University of Applied Sciences as well as numerous certificates and trainings. Nazi is dynamic business leader with many years of experience in business promotion area. She worked as an consultant and market analyst in MBM Group, regional coordinator for business development in Tashkent representative office of Japan External Trade Organization and the head of the department of external economic activity in the Center for Economic Research. Nazi has extensive network of high-profile business and political contacts. Networker +4000 business and social entrepreneurs, academics and professionals in the United States, Central Asia, Japan, Australia, Afghanistan and Middle East.
J. Laurence Wright II
U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan

Larry Wright is the Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and represents the U.S. Embassy as an ex officio, non-voting member on the AmCham Board of Directors. He is a First Secretary with responsibility for advocating for U.S. interests and reporting on developments across the broad spectrum of economic and commercial issues, including promoting U.S. firms and U.S. exports and investment. He arrived in Uzbekistan in August 2017. He has previously served in Washington in the State Department Bureau of Energy Resources, the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, and the Bureau of European Affairs. His previous foreign postings include Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany and Chisinau, Moldova, where he helped found AmCham Moldova. Before joining the Foreign Service, he served in the White House Situation Room and at the U.S. Embassies in Bucharest and Moscow. He holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University.