Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev is an Adjunct Lecturer in Finance with Trinity College, Dublin, and Chairman of the Ireland-Russia Business Association. He also holds a number of advisory positions with international asset management and consultancy companies. Previously, he has served as Head of Macroeconomics with Institute for Business Value, IBM, Director of Research with NCB Stockbrokers as well as Head of Research and Strategy with Heinz Associates. In recent years he held a number of senior appointments in the private sector, including as a Chief Economist of the Irish Exporters Association and the Group Editor of Business & Finance Publications. He holds MA degrees in Economics (Johns Hopkins University) and Mathematics (UCLA) and a PhD in Macroeconomics and Finance (Trinity College, Dublin).