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Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Chair

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is president of the Ukraine Britain Business Council (UBBC) and Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC). She is also a member of the House of Lords, former MEP for the UK South-East Region and former MP for Torridge and West Devon. She is a member of the UK/EU Parliamentary Partnership Assembly. She serves as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Iraq, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. She has taken part in Election Observer missions to thirty four countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Russia, Moldova, Kenya, and Zambia, and was Chief International Observer in Armenia and twice in Yemen. She also chairs the AMAR International Charitable Foundation.

Christophe Michels, Managing Director

Christophe is also the Managing Director of the Iraq Britain Business Council which is one of the UK’s most respected business councils successfully working in of the world most challenging markets since 2009.   He has broad experience in working with British, Iraqi and US Government entities, international organisations and agencies such as the UN, WB and IMF, Think Tanks such as Chatham House, IISS and RUSI and trade groups such as the British, the American and the German Chambers of Commerce. Prior to IBBC, Christophe worked in Baroness Nicholson’s political office in the European Parliament (EP), focussing particularly on Kashmir, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Iran, Turkey and the Mashreq countries. In 2008 Christophe worked for the EP as a consultant in the Iraqi Council of Representatives in Baghdad. He joined Baroness Nicholson in the House of Lords since 2009, assisting her with regards to her work with the Council of Europe, as Chairman of the APPG on Foreign Affairs and the APPG for Iraq. He supports the AMAR Foundation in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, the work of the Associatia Children’s High Level Group in Romania and Moldova. He also volunteered for the Russian Booker Prize until it was shut down in 2019.  In 2012 he observed the early presidential elections in Yemen. Christophe is a Senior Fellow of Humanity in Action. He graduated from the Lycée Franco-Allemand (Paris), and studied History and Art History in Berlin, Amsterdam and Duesseldorf. During his studies he worked closely with the late Dr Dieter Rogalla MEP to promote the EU and its values throughout the continent.

Ashley Goodall, Marketing Consultant

Ashley Goodall is an experienced Marketing consultant to charitable, business, cultural and financial brands. As MD of Saatchi & Saatchi Design, Ashley ran large branding projects for clients such as Barclays Capital, Raifeissen bank, The Post office, A1 telecom Austria, Head and Shoulders and T Mobile. He is a Marketing professional with expertise in brand positioning, brand identity, digital communications, PR, business development and digital entrepreneurs. As head of Business development and Marketing at Fitch (WPP) he also developed an international range of clients in retail, branding, and communications. Following a degree in Human Sciences at Oxford, Ashley joined EMI records as a Marketing graduate and signed diverse acts as Iron Maiden, Talk Talk and Curiosity Killed the Cat before moving onto creative marketing recruitment and a directorship at Pricejamieson in the 90’s. Finally settling in directorships in branding and communication at Fitch, Saatchi & Saatchi Design and independently with IBBC and others since 2010.

Agne Abramauskaite, Events & Operations Manager

Agne is the Events and Operations Manager for UBBC. Agne has experience as Events Coordinator / Senior Administrator at IBBC since 2017, where she helps organize many meetings and events from the organisation’s London office. Agne has solid expertise with over 6 year’s first-hand experience in customer service, coordination and planning of large and small events, administration, and business management. Previously, Agne worked in job roles such as Operations Manager, Area Manager and Personal Assistant to Managing Director. Agne has a solid educational foundation and a passion for business administration, development, and innovation. She holds BSc in Business Administration at ISM and MSc in International Business at London Southbank University. In addition to her duties, Agne was a Student Steering Committee Member at Institute of Directors (IoD) and responsible for student membership development and future growth opportunities. Agne speaks Lithuanian, English and Russian. Agne has a solid educational foundation and a passion for events, business development and innovation. She holds bachelor’s degree in business administration and two master’s degrees with the most recent one in events and experience management from Goldsmiths University, graduated in 2022. In addition to her duties, Agne’s passion is painting portraits and listening to jazz.

John Scott, Commercial Advisor

John is commercial advisor for UBBC. John has over 40 year’s International experience in upstream project management and construction throughout Africa, Latin America, UK, USA and Middle East. As an engineer, John initially worked for Taylor Woodrow in the Arctic and in the North Sea for Global Engineering before joining Texaco to run R&D in UK. He subsequently transferred to Aberdeen to manage offshore production and then the US to head up development of major Greenfield projects in Latin American and West Africa, including re-instating a Brazilian rainforest as part of a carbon capture initiative. He returned to UK to join Foster Wheeler to manage upstream business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and most recently moved Petrofac as Director of Project Development. As a representative for Foster Wheeler, John has been involved with IBBC since its foundation and has twice chaired the Oil & Gas Sector Table, so brings exceptional knowledge to both UBBC and the membership.

Nataliya Yankovska​

Nataliya serves as a legal advisor to UBBC. Nataliya is a solicitor at Harcus Parker Limited in London and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Her primary areas of practice are class action litigation and domestic and international commercial disputes (litigation and arbitration). Nataliya has extensive experience representing clients from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region before English courts and tribunals, including ultra-high net worth individuals, governments, corporations, and banks. Among the notable cases she has assisted with are the defence of Ukraine against the Russian Federation in an investment treaty arbitration case, representation of one of the largest state-owned Ukrainian banks in multiple LCIA arbitration proceedings, and representation of a high net-worth Ukrainian investor in a multi-party High Court fraud claim worth £1 billion. At present, she represents small and medium enterprises in the UK in energy-related class action which is estimated to be over £50 million in value. Besides being a qualified solicitor, Nataliya also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, which enables her to understand the needs of businesses in the chemical industry. Nataliya's primary duties at UBBC include providing advisory support to the Board of Directors, facilitating dialogue with Ukraine, and providing legal assistance to members.

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