LUCA GORLERO founder & chairman - Director of the Board: Agon Asset Management
- Investment Committee Member: Agon Asset Management
- Director: Newton SICAV Alternative Investment Fund

MBA (Golden Gate University in San Francisco) - A Marketing Certificate (UC Berkeley) -. Advanced Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering (Thomson Reuters, CISI endorsed).
With a record of operational success in North America (USA & Canada), Europe and the Middle East, Luca is the driving force behind Affinitas Consulting since its inception in 2010. Under his leadership, Affinitas Consulting offers integrated advisory services that now include Taxation, Company Formation, Private Equity Advisory, and Commercial. These are aimed at facilitating the entry of client companies into emerging markets that encompass UAE, Georgia, Latvia & Malta.
Luca encourages clients and prospective clients to connect with him directly through the Middle East magazines he actively contributes toward, or via LinkedIn and his blog: In his free time, Luca enjoys spending time with his young family here in Dubai. He is an avid skydiver, and is currently studying to renew his pilot's license.

ANASTASIA PAKHALKOVA managing director

BS of Economics (Omsk State University) - Master’s degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management (University of Leicester, UK.) - Advanced Certificate in Compliance from Thomson Reuters, CISI endorsed.
Anastasia’s responsibilities include projects locally in the UAE and coordinating activities across the Affinitas foreign offices. She specializes in industry analysis and focuses on major company accounts. She has been a member of the Affinitas team since Day One, and is fluent in English, Russian & Italian.
Anastasia’s first position in the UAE was working with Emirates Airline after coming to live in Dubai in 2004. Previous to that she worked at Procter & Gamble, gaining invaluable experience in distribution channel optimization. She has a keen interest in Italian Opera, theatre, musical plays and her daughter’s ballet dancing. In her free time, Anastasia enjoys outdoor activities with her two young children, Dubai weather permitting.

NINO CALOGERO director of business development

As an international advisor, Nino has coordinated structured finance operations in the shipbuilding and ITC sectors, through the instrument of Project Financing. He has articulated and is promoting cross border private equity transations bridging European countries and the Middle East. Expert in online payment systems, and structured financing he is in charge of fundraising initiatives for strategic private equity projects.

Lives mainly with his family in northern Italy . He founded the Mosaic of Peace. Co-Chair of the International Division of the Rotary Club of New York, he has been active for years in social and humanitarian work.
Director and founder : Libra People Company plc.
Director: Kalosnetwork IFM ltd Malta
Director: Platinum Invest ltd London

NICOLAS HENRION lead commercial finance consultant

Master in Finance and Business Administration (Amiens, France)
Over the past 18 years, Nicolas has worked with leading factoring and trade finance institutions and has developed an extensive first-hand experience of receivables and commercial financing investments in Europe, North Africa, the Middle-East and the Americas, having funded hundreds of corporates, ranging from SMEs to ‘top 100’ and in most business sectors.
In his career, Nicolas has structured and managed numerous cross border transactions, including:
• Legal and performance risks due diligence in multiple and complex jurisdictions
• Evaluation, selection and management of assets and transaction parties
• Definition and monitoring of risk criteria and performance early warning signals

NIAM BUCKLEY director of client services

BTEC HND in Business & Finance (Ireland)
Niam joined Affinitas in early 2019. She is responsible for managing clients, and identifying their needs. She works closely with the Affinitas team from client inception to the final delivery of projects. In addition, Niam optimizes business processes and manages the marketing of the company, providing expert advice on core Affinitas services.
Niam came to Dubai in December 2013 with her family. Her vast experience works in the best interests of Affinitas and its clients, thus impacting its ongoing business decisions. As an Accounts Manager in the hospitality industry in Dubai, she gained valuable experience constructing and applying Accounting, Payroll & CMR systems. Later she transitioned to Marketing Manager of a new company in Dubai, where she was responsible for running comprehensive social media and advertising campaigns.
Prior to immigrating to UAE, she worked for 10 years as Accounts Manager/Book-keeper with an international engineering company in Dublin, Ireland.

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● Leave no obstacle unturned
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Our expert team is fully conversant in English, Italian, and Russian. We focus primarily on advising individuals (HNI), family offices, entrepreneurs & SMEs in their execution of cross border projects that bridge Europe with Emerging Markets.
We specialize in the following Emerging Markets but not exclusive to: United Arab Emirates, GCC, MENA and Indian subcontinent, Caucasus region (Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia) & Baltic republics (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), the UK & European Union (Malta), Russia. We make our network available to our clients to facilitate their progress in their strategic objectives.


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