Association structure

Executive Board

Ekaterina Aleksandrova, ABT-ACTE Russia Executive Director
Ekaterina Aleksandrova, ABT-ACTE Russia Executive Director

Ekaterina graduated from the State University of Management, with a degree in “Management” (Hospitality & Travel Industry as field of expertise).

Ms. Aleksandrova started her career in a business travel agency. Later on she joined one of the world’s biggest consulting companies Colliers International where she built up a travel department. While being responsible for MICE in the pharmaceutical company Sandoz, she gained extensive experience in event management.

In her current role Ekaterina controls work of all ABT-ACTE divisions, helps develop the association strategy, keeps in touch with corporate buyers, holds classes in the course of educational programs of ABT.

Winfried Barczaitis, Independent Advisor
Winfried Barczaitis, Independent Advisor
Mr. Barczaitis has several degrees, including technical and psychological ones. In 1975, he completed travel agent training courses and worked with GUT-Reisen, Reisebüro SCHENKER &Co. GmbH, Thomas Cook.
1999 – 2001 – Vice President and Managing Director for South Europe sales, American Express Int. Inc., managing 800 staff members;
2003 – 2006 - Vice President and Managing Director for South Europe sales, American Express Int. Inc., managing 1200 staff members;
2006 – 2009 - Vice President and General Director, American Express Int. Inc., Moscow;
2009 – Independent Advisor for the Association of Business Travel.

Member’s Council

Head of ABТ-ACTE Russia Member's Council Irina Kostyukova
Head of ABТ-ACTE Russia Member's Council Irina Kostyukova

Irina joined Kaspersky Lab more than 12 years ago. With the company growth she set up and took the lead of Business Travel Group that merged into Procurement division later in 2013. At present Irina is the Head of the Business Travel procurement group.

In 2010 she joined Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), and two years later - Association of Business Travel (ABT) as well.

Irina also contributes to "Expert Opinion" column at Buying Business Travel Russia web portal.

Member of ABT-ACTE Russia Member's Council Evgeny Evlannikov
Member of ABT-ACTE Russia Member's Council Evgeny Evlannikov

Evgeny has over 20 years of experience in Procurement.

He was involved in the organization of the Procurement department in "Hewlett-Packard", participated in a number of international projects, and also conducted audits of the purchasing activities in South Africa and the HP HP Hungary.

Evgeny has been the Head of the Procurement department of HP in Russia and the CIS for more than 10 years (including indirect purchasing and service procurement).  Moreover, he has been in charge of the Procurement division of KPMG in Russia and the CIS.

At present, he is the Procurement Manager EY - (formerly "Ernst & Young") in Russia and the CIS

Member of ABT-ACTE Russia Member's Council Marina Krechetnikova
Member of ABT-ACTE Russia Member's Council Marina Krechetnikova

Marina started her career in Hospitality industry, and worked as a sales and marketing manager of the Marriott hotel chain in Moscow.

For many years Marina has been the Director of Administration in one of the largest tobacco companies - JTI (Japan Tobacco Int.) Russia.

Marina was the lecturer on numerous educational sessions organized by ABT-ACTE Russia for the travel industry workers and frequently participated in ACTE forums . She is also a member of ABT-ACTE Russia committee that is responsible for the Certifications of Business and Conference Hotels.

ABТ-ACTE Russia Member's Council Vera Chelenk
ABТ-ACTE Russia Member's Council Vera Chelenk

Vera graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical University of Lenin.

Since April, 2008  Veera Chelenk is the head of administrative department of BNP Paribas, since 2010  she is also a member of the committee on purchases of BNP Paribas CIB.

Vera is working in BNP Paribas over 7 years. With her arrival to administrative department the purchasing department was organized. Currently Vera manages  administrative  and purchasing department, and also the secretariat of bank.

ABТ-ACTE Russia Member's Council Yulia Evlakhova
ABТ-ACTE Russia Member's Council Yulia Evlakhova

Yulia graduated from Financial Industrial University within the International Academy of Tourism with specilization "Organization Management".Her career began in travel agency as sales manager in VIP-department. For the last 8 years Yulia is working in the fashion-company JSC BNS Group as the Head of business travel department.