The Board of Trustees of EPF/CRRC Azerbaijan makes decisions of financial and strategic significance. The full board meets twice a year, once in May and again in November. Various committees of the board may meet more often, including the Executive Committee, the Audit, and Finance Committee, the Nominations Committee a Special Governance Task Force. The purpose of the latter is to review our policies and procedures and bylaws and to design a self-assessment mechanism for board members.

The board is made up of a diverse set of Azerbaijani citizens and international figures from Europe and North America who bring a unique set of skills to the governance of EPF. This includes a deep knowledge of the South Caucasus and civil society development and expertise in business, finance and law to ensure that EPF/CRRC is accountable and fiscally responsible.

Board Members
David Lawrence Lee
MagtiCom Ltd

David has 15 years experience in the communications business, including as Deputy General Director at Comstar, a leading fixed-line operator in Moscow; Regional Director of South East Asia for Cable and wireless; CEO of Sakhalin Mobile and Manager of the mobile business Teleyemen.

Today he is the General Director of MagtiCom Ltd, the largest mobile operator in Georgia with 52 percent market share. Mr. Lee has led the company to double in size to over 1.2 million subscribers and over $115 million EBITDA since his arrival in 2004. Mr. Lee was a Naval Officer in the Royal Navy for nine years and is a trained chartered accountant with KPMG. Mr. Lee is also a member of Amcham board of directors in Georgia. He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Mary Sheehan
International Organization for Migration

Mary brings more than 30 years experience in the field of migration, including eight years with IOM in the Caucasus. From 1998-2002 she was the Chief of Mission in Yerevan, and from 1998-2002 she was the Regional Coordinator for the Caucasus based in Tbilisi.

After a three year break from the region during which she opened the IOM office in Sri Lanka to provide emergency response and livelihood replacement for tsunami victims, Mrs. Sheehan returned to Tbilisi as Chief of Mission for the Georgia Office where she currently works. She has also served as Deputy Director of Volunteer Programs to the Governor of California on issues related to the influx of Southeast Asians after the Vietnam war; Director of the International Catholic Migration Commission training program in Sudan for Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees involved in a U.S. resettlement program; and nine years in a law office dealing with immigration.

She began her career with the United Farm Workers Union in California and Arizona, advocating for the rights to unionize and strike, on political campaigns and with voter registration.

Andrew Coxshall

Andrew is the Managing Partner for KPMG in the South Caucasus. Andrew has over 20 years of experience working in a number of different countries around the world including Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Uganda, Botswana, South Africa and the UK. He specializes in finance and audit issues in the infrastructure, government and healthcare sectors, with additional experience in communications, financial services, industrial markets, consumer markets, World Bank projects and mining. Mr. Coxshall holds a Masters of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Sabine Freizer
Open Society Foundation

Sabine is Eurasia Director of the Open Society Foundation (OSF). Prior joining OSF, Sabine was the Director of the International Crisis Group’s Europe Program, based in the Brussels Office. Mrs. Freizer entered the Crisis Group as the Caucasus Project Director in July 2004. She holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and an MA from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), which she obtained as a Fulbright Scholar. She specializes in civil society and conflict prevention and her main areas of expertise include the Balkans, Caucasus, Turkey, and Moldova.

Before joining the International Crisis Group, Mrs. Freizer served with the OSCE in several countries of Eurasia. She worked as a Political Officer for the OSCE Election Observation Missions in Azerbaijan and Georgia in 2003-2004; the Human Dimensions/Legal Expert in Tashkent from 1999-2000 and as the Civil Society Coordinator for the OSCE Mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo from 1996-1998. Mrs. Freizer has published articles about Kosovo, Serbia, and Nagorno-Karabagh in a number of scholarly journals and news media including the EU Observer, the European Voice,, and Her expert analysis has been sought by local and international media outlets including BBC, Deutsche Welle, RFL, and AFP.

Roy Southworth
World Bank (retired)

Roy was the Country Manager for the World Bank Office in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mr. Southworth has had a long career in the Bank, joining in 1979 as an agricultural economist, and has worked throughout Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. He completed field assignments in Tanzania and Croatia before coming to Georgia in January 2004. Mr. Southworth graduated with High Honors from Washington State University with a BA in Economics. After a stint in Peace Corps in Ethiopia he attended Stanford University where he earned a Ph.D. from the Food Research Institute. Mr. Southworth has extensive experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of investment operations in agriculture and rural development. Since 2001 he has been working on country operations and management of field offices in Europe and Central Asia Region.

Movlan Pashayev
PwC Managing Partner

Movlan joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in April 1996. He specializes in tax consulting in the areas of corporate and personal income tax planning, foreign exchange, as well as legal consulting including labor legislation. Mr. Pashaev has been leading the company’s Tax and Legal practice in Baku since January 2006.

Through over 14 years of experience, he has served clients in various industries as their tax and business advisor. His knowledge of Azerbaijan’s market and legislation brings an extensive expertise in resolving complex issues foreign investors encounter in Azerbaijan and the wider Caspian region. Mr. Pashaev’s client portfolio includes many major multinational companies in a variety of industries, such as energy and utilities, financial services, consumer and industrial products.

He has long been involved in supporting the government of Azerbaijan in modernizing and reforming the investment climate and tax system in Azerbaijan. He was a member of the working group responsible for the drafting and implementation of the new Tax Code and its subsequent amendments. He also served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister of Taxes.

Mr. Pashaev currently serves on the American Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. He also teaches courses on taxation and international law at the School of Law, Baku State University. Mr. Pashaev holds a Ph.D. in Law.

Hamlet Isayev
Khazar University

Hamlet (Azerbaijani: Hamlet Abdulla oğlu İsayev) was born March 1, 1948, in Kosali, near Gardabani, Georgia. He finished high school with a gold medal and then graduated in 1970 with honors from Azerbaijan State University’s School of Mechanics and Mathematics. In 1973, he defended his postgraduate dissertation “On Problems of Spectral Theory of Operator Pencils” and received his Ph.D. (Kandidat Nauk) degree in Physical-Mathematical Sciences from Lomonosov Moscow State University.

From 1973 to 1983, he carried out research in mathematics in Moscow and Baku through the Moscow State University, the Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Mathematics and Mechanics of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, then Azerbaijan State University. Later he also worked as the professor at the Azerbaijan State Institute of Oil and Chemistry (currently the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy) and chaired the department of mathematics in the Baku campus of the Leningrad Institute of Economics and Finance.