Our team

Aleksei Permitine
Managing Director, Partner

Active property developer in Moscow since 1988. Aleksei Permitine has developed over 400,000 m2 of gross built area of commercial, industrial and residential space, with a total budget of US$ 0.6 billion. His clients have included the IMF, World Bank, the EU and several Fortune 500 companies. During 1999-2003 he was co-chair of The Expert Panel of the State Duma Property Committee (a steering committee of the Russian Parliament); Degree in Civil Engineering and Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Mark Lewis
Production Director, Partner

Mark has been farming for over 30 years and has gained detailed practical knowledge of all aspects of agricultural production, managing profitably enterprises in the UK, Russia, Eastern Europe, France and South Africa. He has experience of large livestock units and a diverse range of high value cash crops such as maize, wheat, barley, sunflowers, oilseed rape, field peas and beans and has spent the last 15 years in Russia and Eastern Europe, where he has successfully managed and "turned around" large farming units. Mark was previously a regional production director of Black Earth Farming responsible for over 150,000 hectares in the Central Black Earth Region. He has a Degree in Farm Management from Reading University.

David Pepper
Farms Director

David has nearly three decades practical experience in the agricultural sector, including 19 years as a Farm Manager in the private sector and 12 years as a consultant on international development projects in Russia & Eastern Europe for corporate and government bodies. He has an extensive Project Management and Team Leadership experience and is an expert in the development of agricultural policies and strategies of the Russian Federation at Regional and Ministry level; David holds a degree in Agriculture from Reading University with subsequent diploma's in the British Agro Chemical Standards Inspectorate Scheme (BASIS) & Fertiliser Advisors Certification & Training Scheme (FACTS) qualifications, and a post graduate diploma Environment & Development.

Christopher Downing
Business Development Director

Involved in property development since 1980's and in emerging markets since 1992, Christopher also has extensive planning, development and marketing experience in the commercial and residential sectors of the property industry, and over 10 years management experience in Russia. He has worked with Aleksei Permitine since 2004. Previous employment at Barratt (East London) and Wiggins in land and property acquisition. Chris has a Degree in Town Planning.