International Trade Council Announces Appointment of Co-Chairpersons for the Republic of Kazakhstan

The International Trade Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Roger Holland and Mr Alexander Derevyanko as Co-Chairpersons for the Republic of Kazakhstan effective immediately.

Roger Holland - International Trade CouncilMr Roger Holland graduated from the University of Southampton in 1979 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Accountancy & Statistics. His early career was in internal audit with RCA and Tesco. He then switched into the resort timesharing industry working mainly in Spain and Eastern Europe. Starting in sales he became a resort Director within one year. Roger later ventured to Kazakhstan, Central Asia in 1994 and built a leading property services business. In 2007 the company became an affiliate office of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) the global number one in property brokerage & consultancy.

Roger was a President of The International Business Chamber of Kazakhstan and was one of the founding members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan; where he was a Board Director for 3 years. In 2011 Roger won the American Chamber of Commerce ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. He was also a founder and Board member of ‘Eurobak’, the European Business Association of Kazakhstan. After 22 years in Kazakhstan Roger recently returned to the UK, where he is now a Board Director of the British Kazakh Society.

Alexander Derevyanko - International Trade CouncilMr Alexander Derevyanko graduated the Eurasian university in Astana with a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management.  At this time Astana was experiencing a construction industry boom, leading Alexander  found an engineering company in 2007 by the name of Vertical-NT ( As head of the company, Alexander has worked closely with the National Economical Chamber of Atameken (Kazakhstan) and taken part in numerous business forums across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. In 2014 Alexander made his mark by representing the country of Kazakhstan in the Business Forum of Young Entrepreneurs at an event held in Moscow, Russia. Alexander’s company is a partner to significant engineering equipment providers globally including CIAT, Alfa Laval and Honeywell.


Speaking of the appointment, Ms Melanie Walker, the Council’s Member Chair, said: “On behalf of the Board, I am thrilled to welcome Roger and Alexander to the team. Both Roger and Alexander have proven track records in successfully creating, leading and growing businesses and have well-established commercial roots across the region. We look forward to working closely with them to further our work in assisting Kazakh companies meet the many challenges associated with international trade”.