Chairs of Amcham Committees
AmCham Uzbekistan’s goals and activities are determined by the membership. The most direct way for a member company to influence the formation of our goals and professional activities is through participation in our extensive committee system. Committees work to generate ideas and promote solutions in areas which are of mutual interest to the entire membership. AmCham Uzbekistan also encourages cooperation between companies within the same industry, enabling them to achieve common goals.
AmCham Uzbekistan currently has 5 committees and 2 sub-committees (which meet when environmental conditions necessitate):
Tax and Accounting Committee
Ms. Vera Bell
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”.
Mr. 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.
Tourism and Hospitality Industry Committee
Ms. Johanna Wohlmeyer
Johanna Wohlmeyer arrived to Tashkent in October 2014 in the capacity of Deputy Director of the Program “Sustainable Economic Development in Selected Regions of Uzbekistan” of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development by offering demand-driven and tailor-made services. The economic development program in Uzbekistan focuses on promoting selected value chains, in particular in the agriculture and tourism sector, and the introduction of resource and energy saving technologies. Johanna holds master’s degrees in commerce and international relations. She has worked with GIZ in Georgia and Berlin, focusing on private sector development including tourism development and development finance. Prior to joining GIZ, Johanna formed part of the public service in her native Austria where she worked at the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee
Ms. Rodica Verbeniuc
Rodica Verbeniuc arrived to Tashkent in spring 2014 as Corporate Communications Director of “UCELL”. Prior to her assignment in Uzbekistan Rodica hold position of the Head of Corporate Communication team, General Management division, “MOLDCELL”. Ms. Verbeniuc has huge and diverse work experience including presenter of radio, information and technology company account director, advertising agency director. Rodica is an expert in corporate and social responsibility (CSR) sector. Since 2009 Rodica served as head of CSR Committee in American Chamber of Commerce of Republic of Moldova. Ms. Verbeniuc implemented series of CSR projects based on the public-private partnership with Ministries of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture, Family and Social protection, Internal Affairs of the republic of Moldova. Rodica is a mother of two kids
Trade and Investment Committee
Mr. Donald Nicholson II – President
SEAF-SME Investment Management
Donald Nicholson is an American citizen and long-standing resident of Tashkent. He is the regional director of SEAF in which capacity he manages a regional private equity fund sponsored by USAID, the Swiss government and the IFC. He is also an investor in local businesses and real estate. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Trade and Investment Committee
General Motors Operations Uzbekistan
Benjamin (Ben) Schneider is currently the Manager – Major Projects for GM operations in Uzbekistan, where GM and joint venture partner UzAvtosanoat manufacture world-class vehicles and powertrains for sale in Uzbekistan, Russia, neighboring CIS countries and other marketing regions.
Prior to his current assignment, Ben worked at GM China as a Regional Program Manager for the Small Gas Engine program since June 2013, where he was responsible for ensuring the successful launch of the SGE engine in China. Before moving to China, Schneider was the Program Manager responsible for launching the Gen 2 B-DOHC engine at GM Powertrain Uzbekistan in Tashkent. Ben has twenty-seven years of experience in the automotive industry in various functions including Finance, Sales, Marketing, Planning, and Program Management.
Schneider began his career with GM in 1988 on the Finance Staff at the AC Spark Plug Division in Flint Michigan. He subsequently held various positions in GM Component, Vehicle and Powertrain divisions, including Assistant Program Manager for the Luxury Vehicle Line Team, Program Administrator for the Global L850 Engine Team and Regional Program Execution and Process Manager for GM Powertrain in Europe.
Schneider holds a Master of Business Administration degree in General Management and Finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Wayne State University, where he majored in East European studies.
Agricultural Sub-Committee under Trade and Investment Committee
OASIS FES LLC
Dale Henry and his wife Jean own Oasis FES LLC, a consulting company registered in Uzbekistan since 2008. Dale has an MSc in Irrigation Engineering. The Henry’s have previous development experience in Pakistan and Egypt. They raised their family of two sons in Uzbekistan, beginning in 1996. Oasis develops personnel in the water resources, environmental, agricultural production and agroprocessing sectors by offering training in English language, academic, practical internships and study tours abroad, and joint projects with international experts in Uzbekistan.