Our Team

We have built reputations as professional, value-added investors and successful entrepreneurs. You’ll find we possess winning track-records and have held senior executive positions in the world’s leading technology companies, venture capital partnerships, and investment banking firms.

  • Geoffrey Baehr

    Geoffrey Baehr is a General Partner at Almaz Capital investing in areas ranging from security and networking to analytics and big data technologies.

    He led the firm’s investment in Vyatta, which was acquired by Brocade in 2012, as well as investments in Sensity, Cinarra, GridGain and Content Analytics where he currently holds board seats. Geoffrey is currently working on Software Defined platforms and networks and data analytics applied to the Internet of Things. He is also working on the scaling, management and control of virtualized infrastructure.

    Geoffrey is on a panel of reviewers for computer science related proposals and is a member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery).

    Previously he was a General Partner and later Venture Partner at US Venture Partners in Silicon Valley. He remains an Advisor to USVP.

    Geoffrey served from 1988-2000 as Chief Network Officer for Sun Microsystems responsible for technical and strategic network directions. During his tenure at Sun, he developed advanced technical products and, with his team, obtained more than one dozen patents.

    He earned a BA in Biochemistry and Natural Sciences from Fordham University.

  • Pavel Bogdanov

    Pavel (Pasha) Bogdanov is a general partner at Almaz Capital. His interests span software, gaming, and the Internet. He led deal execution for Jelastic, Parallels, Acumatica, Alawar, among other Almaz companies. Pasha is currently on the boards of Alawar Entertainment, AlterGeo,  FinalPrice, Flirtic and Nival. He helps portfolio companies with strategy, fundraising, and recruitment.

    Prior to joining Almaz Capital, Pasha was a partner at RT, an early-stage venture capital fund. There he managed ten of its portfolio companies and also led an investment into CIP, a leading 3D cartography operator.

    In 2005, he was recruited to Sistema Telecom. As Investment Director, Pasha arranged $2 billion of debt and equity financings for a number of Sistema’s portfolio companies. He was a member of the IPO team for Comstar-UTS (LON: CMST) and participated in and led the acquisitions of several regional fixed-line operators. Pasha led Sistema’s investment into Wavecrest, a wholesale telephony operator in the UK, and later negotiated the sale of Wavecrest to MTT. He participated in the investment committees of Comstar-UTS and MTS (NYSE: MBT), and also developed Sistema’s WiMax strategy and its relationships with regulators outside of Russia, and participated in a telecommunications operator auction in Turkey.

    In 2002, Pasha joined KLA-Tencor, the leading semiconductor yield management company, as a Systems Design Engineer in Silicon Valley. Prior to KLA, he worked as a graduate research associate and post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) at the University of California, Berkeley. His research was published in leading scientific journals, including Science, Nature, and Physical Review Letters.

    Pasha earned a PhD from Stanford University, an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; and a BS from MIPT.

  • Tanya Dadasheva

    Tanya Dadasheva is an analyst at Almaz Capital where she focuses on pre-investment evaluation of companies. In this role, she conducts extensive market research, deal analysis and screening of new investment opportunities and performs detailed due diligence on potential portfolio companies.

    Tanya holds a MSc degree from Moscow State University, Department of Mechanics and Mathematics. She specialized in applied mathematics and economics, graduating with top honors.

  • Nina Davydova

    Nina Davydova is an Administrator Manager in the Almaz Capital Moscow office. She supports Partners as well as provides general office management.

    Nina is a professional in administration and office management with 10 years of experience. Previously, she was with J.P. Morgan Bank in their Treasury & Security Services and Investment Banking departments, and spent 2 years with Ernst & Young in both their New York and Moscow offices. Additionally, Nina led the project of opening Toyota Material Handling’s Moscow office.

    She graduated from Interlakes High School in New Hampshire, USA and has a BA in Linguistics from Moscow State Regional University.

  • Alexander (Sasha) Galitsky

    Alexander (Sasha) Galitsky is co-founder and managing partner of Almaz Capital. He is an innovator, entrepreneur and investor renowned for his work bridging CEE companies to the global marketplace.

    Alexander serves on the boards of CarPrice, Jelastic, Octonion/PIQ, Parallels, PetCube and StarWind Software.

    Prior to co-founding Almaz Capital, Alexander formed the Information and Communications Technology investment practice at RT.  Prior to his investment career, he founded and led as CEO five successful companies in the software, communications, semiconductor, internet and security sectors, including Elvees, ELVIS+, Elvis Telekom, EzWim and TrustWorks Systems.

    With ELVIS+, a company he founded in the fall of 1991, he pioneered the development and commercialization of WiFi and FW/VPN technologies in collaboration with Sun Microsystems. Alexander has also been an individual investor and advisory/board member for a number of companies, including EzWIM (acquired by TMT Ventures), Magnifire (now F5, Nasdaq: FFIV), Parallels, Start-Telecom; NavMaps (now TeleAtlas), Acronis, S-Terra and PGP Inc.(acquired by Symantec). In 1993 he negotiated the first overseas and direct investment ever made by Sun Microsystems.

    Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Alexander served as one of the top Technical Executives for the Soviet Space Agency and Defense Industry. During his tenure there (1979-1992), he was responsible for the design and implementation of satellite and spacecraft software, as well as computer and data communication systems. Alexander was the youngest national program leader for on-board computer systems and low-orbit data communication systems for the Soviet “Star Wars” response program. He is an author of over 100 scientific works and  has over 30 patents for numerous inventions, including parallel processing, WiFi and VPN Security technologies.

    Alexander was nominated as the best European VC of the Decade by The Investor AllStars Awards 2012. Additionally, he was named a “Technology Pioneer” at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000.  Alexander earned a PhD in Computer Science from joint authority of Defense Research Institute and MIPT.

    Sasha Galitsky
  • Irina Goryacheva

    Irina Goryacheva is the general director of the Almaz Capital Moscow office. She is responsible for the Russian operations as well as the public relations and government relation functions of the firm.

    Prior to joining Almaz, Irina served as the director of organizational development for the Evraziyskiy Group. She also ran a management consulting firm, Attracta, which she founded; and was an executive recruiter with Ward Howell International and H.Neumann Intenational, where she specialized in building finance and investment teams with C-level executives. As operations/program director, Irina also organized and managed several innovation, venture capital and technology events including Russian TechTour 2004 & 2009; Innovation Forum “Go, Russia!” 2010 and the VC Trip to Russia 2010.

    She earned a M.S., Economics from the Russian Academy of Sciences and a B.S. in socio-economic geography from Lomonosov Moscow State University.


  • Ross Hangebrauck

    Ross Hangebrauck is the Managing Director at Almaz Capital where he is adept at managing the complex nature of an international fund. He is a primary interface between limited partners, general partners, operations and the Silicon Valley-based venture capital community.

    He also works with portfolio executives and entrepreneurs, many of whom have operations both in Silicon Valley as well as Russia or surrounding countries.

    Most recently, Ross co-founded a computer vision software company, Hover Inc., and currently remains the Board Chairman.

    Prior to joining Almaz, he spent six years as a start-up CEO.  Before that, Ross was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch managing financial portfolios and relationships.

    After studying business at Chico State University, Ross joined the US Military and served in various operational theaters around the world.

  • Charles Ryan

    Charlie Ryan is a general partner with Almaz Capital as well as chairman of UFG Asset Management and a senior advisor to Deutsche Bank AG.

    His professional career combines top-level expertise and deep knowledge of international markets, and began in 1989 with CS First Boston where he was a financial analyst. From 1991 to 1994, Charlie was an Associate and Principal Banker with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. In 1994, he co-founded United Financial Group (UFG), and as Chairman and CEO steered UFG to become one of Russia’s leading investment companies. In 1996 UFG also founded UFG Asset Management. In 2006 Deutsche Bank acquired 100% of UFG’s investment banking business, and Charlie Ryan was appointed Chief Country Officer and CEO of Deutsche Bank Group in Russia. UFG Asset Management remained independent. In August 2008, Charlie stepped down as CCO and CEO of Deutsche Bank in Russia and became Chairman of UFG Asset Management. While he remains Senior Advisor to Deutsche Bank AG, his primarily executive role is running UFG Asset Management, which today is one of the leading alternative asset managers with over $1.8 billion of assets in hedge funds, private equity and real estate investments. UFG Asset Management is a strategic partner of Almaz Capital.

    In 1998, Charles initiated the New Technology Group within UFG, which sponsored an early-stage technology investment company called Ru-net Holdings whose investments include Yandex, the #1 search engine in Russian language markets, and Ozon, the “Amazon.com of Russia”.

    He graduated with honors in Government from Harvard College.

  • Daniil Stolyarov

    Daniil Stolyarov is the Investment Director at Almaz Capital where he works with portfolio executives and entrepreneurs. Daniil is focused on helping companies develop and successfully grow their operations and organizations globally.

    He is a seasoned investment professional with over 10 years of experience in advising technology, media and communication companies in the fields of corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, strategic partnerships, public and private financings. Previously Daniil worked at Cowen and Company, Lehman Brothers, and Renaissance Capital.

    Prior to his work in banking, Daniil co-founded and served as a board member of itour.ru, an online travel company. He recently led the Almaz investment in MakeTime and serves on the board.

    He graduated from Finance Academy in Moscow and earned an MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.

  • Steve Williams

    Steve Williams heads up operations at Almaz Capital, and is responsible for directing operational systems, processes and policies in support of the Almaz mission — specifically, to optimize management reporting, information flow between limited partners and the Firm, business process and organizational planning.

    He works daily with portfolio executives, legal and tax representation and internal resources both here in Silicon Valley and abroad in this endeavor.

    Steve is a seasoned operations professional with over 9 years of experience. He worked previously at Artisan Partners on their Global Equity Strategies team, and before that, was with the Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group.

    Steve earned his BA in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.


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