Roland joined Verno Capital in January 2011 as Senior Partner and Chief Investment Strategist and has 20 years of experience in the Russian and FSU markets. Prior to this Roland was Co-Head of Renaissance Capital’s Equity Product Group, responsible for managing a 200-strong sales, trading, and research team in New York, London, and across Africa and Russia/FSU. From 2003 until 2010, he was Head of Research at Renaissance Capital, managing a team of 85 research analysts across Russia, the FSU, and Africa. At the same time, Roland was also Chief Equity Strategist, advising Renaissance Capital’s client base on investment opportunities across Russia/FSU and between 2006 and 2010, Roland sat on the Executive Committee of Renaissance Capital, developing business strategy for the bank. In every year during his time at Renaissance Capital, the team was voted the best research house in Russia in the annual All-Europe Institutional Investor survey and between 2004 and 2009 Roland was voted the number one strategist for Russia in every All-Russia Institutional Investor survey.
He began his career in 1994 as a senior economic expert at the Russian European Centre for Economic Policy (RECEP), where he was involved in advising the Russian government on economic policy. During that period he was one of the authors of “Russian Economic Trends,” Russia’s leading macroeconomic journal, and acted as advisor to the Ministry of Economy and the Centre for Economic Reform.
Roland graduated from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he received a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He is a British citizen and fluent in Russian.