Advisory board

Igor Ojereliev

– Founder

Igor Ojereliev is a Managing Partner and Founder of RGL Capital LLP. He founded the company in London in 2009 with Neil Warrender in order to provide discretionary asset management services. In 2017 the company expanded into wealth management and now specialises as a multi-family office boutique. Igor helps individual investors (UHNWI and HNWI) and institutional investors (family offices, asset managers) with asset optimization, wealth consultancy, discretionary asset management, and asset restructuring. His aim is to identify investment opportunities and cost effective financial solutions for clients helping them achieve their investment objectives.

Igor has considerable experience managing investments and navigating financial markets in diverse economic, political and regulatory conditions. Before launching RGL Capital in 2009, Igor launched and managed emerging market hedge funds for Proxima Alfa, RAB Capital and a prop book at Deutsche Bank, where his funds were noted as performance leaders in their peer group. Prior to this, he managed mutual funds investing in emerging markets at Threadneedle Asset Management and Citigroup Asset Management. He started his career in 1992 as an analyst and then a trader at Bear Stearns in New York. Igor also holds an MBA Honours degree from NYU Stern Business School and an MA honours degree from Moscow State University.

Keira Townsend

- Founder

Keira Townsend is an award winning interior designer and the founding director of Keir Townsend, which was established 10 years ago and undertakes full scope residential and commercial projects in the UK and abroad. Keira studied art, design and branding in Russia, South Africa and the UK.

Keira is a strong believer in building sustainable communities where each and every member is encouraged to bring their unique talent to benefit their local community and the society at large. Keira is a Trustee of the Knightsbridge School Education Foundation, a charitable fund that exists to develop and support the use of the resources and facilities of Knightsbridge School for the benefit of the community at large and through the provision of community based programmes, as well as to provide scholarships and bursaries to pupils whose family financial circumstances would not otherwise enable them to attend the school. The charity also assists in the building and development of ancillary facilities for sporting, artistic and other creative events for the benefit of the community generally. The Foundation seeks to promote the personal development and education of people in the wider community.

Keira believes that education is a life-long process.

Dmitry Zapol

- International tax partner

Dmitry Zapol is an international tax and business advisor with practical knowledge of the principles of individual and corporate taxation and cross-border business planning. Amongst other matters, Dmitry routinely advises HNW individual clients in connection with their international relocation. In particular, he is a leading expert in the tax matters of the UK Tier 1 Investors and Entrepreneurs.

Dmitry is an International Tax Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ADIT). He holds an LL.M (Tax) awarded by King’s College, London and an LL.B Law awarded by Durham University. Dmitry is a qualified Russian lawyer and had worked as an associate at Moscow City Bar Association "Barshchevsky & Partners".

Olga Makharinsky

- Founder

Olga completed her higher education in Russia in the late 80s at the cusp of great social and political change. After finishing the Moscow Physical-Technical University, she worked at the Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Academy of Science. She subsequently continued her studies for a PhD in the department of Systems of Automatic Designs at the Institute of Civil Engineering in Moscow. Upon emigrating from the Soviet Union with her family, Olga decided to change her professional line of work to allow her the time to raise 4 children.

Spending time with her children at home, Olga had the chance to explore and learn about several fields, notably holistic styles of living and history of art. By the time that they were all spending a significant amount of time at school, Olga decided to devote herself to charitable work. This idea had been brewing for some time, and Olga’s first large-scale experience was becoming a co-director, alongside her close friend Elena, of the English branch of the international charity Diema’s Dream. Inspired by the warm response of the Russian London community to their charitable appeals related to the wellbeing of Russian children, Olga and Elena decided to found and register the independent fundraising organisation Chance for Life in 2010.

During its years of activity, Chance for Life has organised a huge variety of events, ranging from large-scale fundraising balls and concerts, to more intimate fundraising lectures and meetings. The organisation began its mission raising funds for the social and educational need of unprivileged children in Russia, including several notable projects in conjunction with Russian orphanages. It has recently evolved to encompass children’s grave medical needs too. Chance for Life is extremely proud to have fundraised a substantial amount during this period, as well as to have collaborated with so many dedicated, passionate, and hard-working organisations.

Olga and her husband Leonid both have a sincere love of classical music. They are happy to support philanthropic programmes, as well as to take part in the organisation of music-related enterprises. The relationships that they have with the Southbank Centre, the LPO and the ROH are particularly cherished and bring them both a great amount of satisfaction.