Maria Kuzkina leads one of the leading international communications consultancies in the region and its network of 65 Client Managers serving multinationals and industry champions in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, and other CIS countries. She also manages and counsels some of the firm’s most complex and significant clients in the Moscow office as well as coordinating project teams across all disciplines, including corporate communications, government relations, crisis communications and marketing communications.
Her portfolio of clients includes Visa, UCP, Chrysler, Jet Set Sports, Nord Stream, Dolby, Motorola, the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Moscow, the U.S. Department of Treasury, PepsiCo, Brand South Africa, Renaissance Capital, and Evraz, among others.
Maria has degrees in philology and psychology with honors from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. She is fluent in English and Russian.
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In PBN H+K Strategies’ Moscow-based Government & Public Affairs team, Dominic provides strategic counsel to clients across a number of sectors. He advises on Russian political decision-making, crisis management, regulatory developments and alignment of business strategy with government priorities. Heading up PBN H+K Strategies’ Public Affairs offerings, he helps clients to adapt their business and communications to bring them into line with those of other stakeholders and wider public policy priorities. He also regularly contributes to trainings and projects in PBN H+K’s other markets.
Since joining the firm in 2013, Dominic’s clients have included: Activision, Airbnb, Amsted Rail, ArcelorMittal, Castorama, Duracell, Facebook, Gilead, IKEA, Janssen, Moscow-based diplomatic missions, Metro Cash & Carry, Nike, Philips Lighting, the Russian Copper Company, Sanofi Pasteur, Servier, Statoil, Tetra Pak, TikTok, Tinkoff Bank, UKTI, Visa and the Azerbaijan Tourism Board.
Before joining PBN H+K, Dominic worked as a political analyst at EDF’s Moscow bureau for six months under an Alfa Bank bursary. He was previously Junior Research Fellow at the Russia/NIS Centre of IFRI, the French Institute of International Relations. He also lectured on Eastern European politics at Sciences Po-Paris and contributed to the national and international press.
Dominic has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Sheffield in French & History, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from King’s College London. He speaks English, French and Russian.
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Natalia leads the Corporate Communications practice and has extensive experience developing and implementing comprehensive corporate communications strategies aligned with the objectives and demands of companies operating in dynamic market conditions. Natalia has well-established relationships with the media and specializes in branding, positioning, events and digital communications. Her main clients are Visa, MegaFon, HSBC, IHG, Dolby and NCR.
Natalia has more than 17 years’ experience in the communications business both in agencies and leading PR departments in-house. She headed up corporate communications for construction company YIT in the Moscow region and at consulting firm Praedium and has also implemented strategic communications programs for international and local clients in the engineering, insurance and finance sectors.
Natalia graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), where she majored in public relations.
She is fluent in Russian, English, German and Italian.
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Arina is Director of the Technology + Digital Practice. She helps clients shape, develop and implement strategies for the Russian market, providing strategic advice and guidance, as well as positioning, media relations and influencer engagement services. Her specific focus is on hi-tech, the media and internet. Arinaleads accounts for key e-commerce and tech clients including Facebook, Instagram, Alibaba and WhatsApp.
Before re-joining PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies in her current role, Arina worked at Yandex, Russia’s largest tech company, where she managed communications and content creation for the company’s new business unit, Yandex.Verticals. Arina has strong experience in product re-launches and launching mobile apps. Arinaalso earlier worked at PBN H+K providing media support for entertainment, tech and retail brands such as Viacom, Nickelodeon, IKEA SCR and Castorama.
Arina graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with a major in PR and International Journalism. She has also completed a Bachelor exchange program at the School of Management, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Arina is fluent in Russian, English and German and has basic knowledge of Japanese.
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As Director of Content + Analysis, Simon leads a team of in-house and freelance analysts carrying out media monitoring and research for the company’s clients. He oversees research using the Medialogia, Factiva, Brandwatch,Mediascope and Popsters monitoring systems, among others. Current monitoring clients include IKEA, Lexus and various Yandex entities.
Simon has more than a decade of experience in the communications industry, producing high quality English-language content for clients across industries. He has helped Russian companies including Rosneft, MegaFon and Yota Devices communicate internationally and also assisted foreign clients such as Airbnb, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Facebook in understanding the Russian market.
Simon has written, edited and translated annual and CSR reports, communications strategies, media monitoring reports, press releases, key messages and Q&As for all of the firm’s clients in Moscow, Almaty and Kyiv. His areas of expertise span finance, tech, retail, oil & gas and pharma.
Prior to joining PBN H+K Strategies in 2010, Simon was responsible for corporate and marketing communications for three years at professional services firm Deloitte in Moscow.
Simon graduated from the University of Bristol (UK) with a BA in Russian and Spanish.
He is fluent in English and Russian.
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Olga is the company’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for overseeing the financial activities of the firm’s offices in Moscow, Kyiv, Almaty and Washington D.C.
Prior to joining the firm, Olga served for nine years as chief financial and administrative officer at Ward Howell International, a leading placement agency with offices in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Olga graduated from Moscow State Linguistics University with a degree in English and French. She also has financial management and IFRS accounting certifications from the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistics, the Moscow Economics School and the Financial Academy.
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