Pavlo Verkhniatsky. Managing Director
Pavlo brought together a team of high-end system analysts that are now the core of COSA. As the manager of this team, he led the research on country risks in a number of post-Soviet states and other foreign countries, conducted integrity due diligence and asset tracing investigations involving extensive international source coverage, and participated in internal corporate investigations for the benefit of global corporate players and large Ukraine-based businesses.
Pavlo developed and improved the methods of research and integrity due diligence investigations for open-source and human intelligence now used at COSA. He also acted as a consultant for several multinational companies in the course of their internal investigations.
To date, Pavlo has managed and successfully conducted numerous in-depth integrity due diligence investigations, forensic projects and multinational asset-tracing in over 20 countries worldwide.
Prior to establishing COSA, Pavlo worked as a senior analyst at a Moscow-based analytics company. As a senior analyst, he ran integrity due diligence and political risks projects in Russia and other post-Soviet states focusing on large financial and industrial business groups. He also monitored and analysed the economic and political activities inside Russia and its foreign policy. These activities were conducted in cooperation with and for the benefit of world-renowned consulting agencies.
For several years Pavlo was a senior manager at a firm that provided consulting services to foreign companies involved in international trade activities. Pavlo’s initial specialization was arms trade market. His field of expertise included initiation and support of cross-border commercial transactions, as well as informational and analytical facilitation in international tenders. Some of the major projects Pavlo was involved in at the time were a yearlong CIS market entry of a major Asian chemical company as well as a Latin American market-entry risk analysis and tender facilitation in favour of a European producer of personal protective equipment.
Pavlo obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Economics at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Pavlo represents COSA in the Ethics Committee of the Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance (UNIC) and in the international industrial security association (ASIS). He is also a member of the Corporate Intelligence Committee at the Association of Corporate Security Professionals of Ukraine (ACSPU). Additionally, he represents COSA in the Anti-corruption working group and Compliance Club of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Pavlo is a speaker at numerous international and Ukrainian conferences, forums, and seminars on such topics as compliance, corporate fraud, corporate security, corporate intelligence, etc.
Julia Karabkina, ICA. Deputy Director
Julia joined COSA in the earliest stages of the company’s development and held the positions of Associate, Senior Associate, Quality Assurance Manager, and Head of Due Diligence Unit prior to her current position.
Julia has developed and led compliance services projects, conducting know-your-client screening as well as integrity due diligence investigations into companies operating in various sectors of economy in CEE countries, post-Soviet states, and others. Being fluent in Polish, she is also responsible for the CEE region compliance checks projects at COSA.
In more than three years, Julia reviewed and delivered over 2,500 standardised compliance checks reports in English for leading financial institutions and multinational corporations worldwide.
Most of the CIS and CEE regions projects Julia worked on in 2014-2018 were launched as part of third-party policy procedures and aimed at identification of possible non-compliance episodes and detection of Red Flags.
In 2017, Julia successfully managed over ten large-scale COSA projects related to pre-employment screening of candidates applying for top management positions at companies engaged in the energy, retail, and pharmaceutical industries in Ukraine and abroad.
In cooperation with a London-based consulting firm, Julia participated in the screening and assessment of anti-money laundering and third-party policies for a foreign pharmaceutical company.
Julia conducts quality control within the company and develops professional skills upgrade programmes for employees. Apart from managing teams of researchers, she is responsible for hiring, on-boarding, and training of new analysts. She provides leadership for the organisation’s day-to-day functions and contributes to organisational strategies, policies, and practices.
Prior to COSA, Julia worked at a Kyiv-based think tank where she conducted research into the prospects of Ukraine's joining the EU institutions.
Julia is an Affiliate Member of the International Compliance Association (ICA), UK. She has completed a course of study and obtained an ICA Certificate in Compliance. Julia is in charge of the development and control of compliance procedures at COSA.
Julia graduated from the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and obtained a Master's Degree in Political Science. In addition, Julia holds a certificate in practical aspects of implementation of main compliance policies and compliance risk management in banks, issued by the National Training Centre for Bank Specialists.
Julia represents COSA in the HR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Intelligence Unit is responsible for gathering valuable intelligence through OSINT and HUMINT methods in the course of integrity due diligence or investigation tasks, country risk assessment and political mapping projects. We conduct sophisticated in-depth research and analysis of multilingual media and documents as well as develop networks of sources in certain fields of business to provide our clients with insights into specific issues and dispel unclarity hidden from the public eye.
Intelligence Unit specialists participate in asset tracing and forensic investigations both as consultants on the stage of developing the investigation plan, and the ones who gather and analyse information.
COSA is proud to work with the most informed and conversant experts in a variety of industries, regions and research aspects.
Our team includes experts in political risks and security, financial markets and banking sector, aerospace and defence equipment market, and other fields. Where specific regions are concerned, our team is happy to have CIS and Latin America experts on board.
COSA’s Principal Experts include a retired Major-General, formerly the acting head of foreign intelligence service, an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and a former deputy head of the National Bank. The mentioned experts do not participate in business development of the company, but only provide expertise and advice on certain projects and reports.
COSA’s Principal Expert responsible for business development is Alexander Tarabukhin.
Alexander has more than 25 years of professional experience in financial and stock market industries. He worked at the Ministry of Finance and State Information and Analytical Centre under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, provided leadership for a management consultancy team of one of the Big 4 accounting companies, was a senior expert in USAID Capital Markets Development projects and delivered consultancy services to a UK-Dutch private equity investment fund and a Dutch engineering company.
Such a strong team of experts allows us to offer our clients not only upscale intelligence and analysis, but also consulting and facilitation services:
- Compliance system development and implementation
- Processing confidential correspondence
- Investigation consulting and planning
- Market entry facilitation
Compliance Unit specializes in services related to third-party checks and know-your-client screenings. Our multilingual Compliance Unit team annually delivers over 1000 compliance checks reports that cover integrity aspects of business activities of legal entities and individuals operating in various sectors of economy in CEE countries, post-Soviet states, and others. Compliance Unit is also responsible for pre-employment screening projects.
Compliance Unit provides clients with expertise in compliance consulting including audit and development of compliance systems.
Alexandra Kris. Head of Quality Assurance
Alexandra joined COSA in 2018 to further expand the firm’s international exposure by developing innovative solutions to meet the rapidly evolving compliance needs of companies based worldwide.
With ten years of international experience in risk and operations management, Alexandra has supported teams across the globe while working from Paris, Hong Kong, London and Brussels.
Dedicated to a solid portfolio of risk management products and services, she has always been involved in the development and enhancement of operations and solutions while managing the delivery of top quality content in the fields of country risks analysis, compliance due diligence and pre-employment screenings.
Alexandra has notably supported Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare, energy, IT and food & drink industry. Projects she has worked on include the development of a monitoring and alert tool focused on worldwide security-related events to ensure the safety of individuals and sites in high risk areas, the management of the daily delivery and quality of due diligence reports on companies and individuals operating on an international scale, conducting enhanced transnational investigations in Western Europe and the Americas, the development of due diligence software and services, efficiencies building and the implementation of enhanced methodologies within teams of professionals based worldwide.
Born in South Africa, with French and British nationalities, Alexandra holds a double master in International Security, Defence and Business Intelligence as well as in International and European Regulations, which serves her well in understanding the challenges international companies face in heavily regulated areas.
She has followed a number of professional training courses in the fields of leadership, product management and compliance, including the GRC Institute's Associate Intensive Programme.
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