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Management Board

Chief Executive Officer

Alexander Kostenko


Mr. Kostenko has been CEO of UAI since 2009, and has been instrumental to the implementation of the Group’s new strategy – having been a key force in establishing UAI as a profitable and efficient farming business in Ukraine. He was formerly CEO of Milk Alliance, a leading dairy business in Ukraine employing more than 3,000 people.


Mr. Kostenko is a specialist in agriculture, dairy and food processing in Ukraine, and holds a Masters degree in Finance from Kiev National University of Trade and Economics.


First Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Peter Thomson


Mr. Thomson has worked with UAI since early 2006, and is currently primarily responsible for CapEx and equipment planning, with an overview of land management and production-related operations. He headed UAI’s operations as the Group grew its harvested area from 29,000 ha in 2006 to 147,000 ha in 2008, and has been working in the Ukrainian agriculture industry since 1993. He has a farming background. Prior to joining UAFL, Mr. Thomson was head of AGCO Corporation’s operations in Russia and Ukraine.


He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (1986) with an HND in Agriculture.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Volodymyr Melnychuk


Mr. Melnychyk joined UAI in 2007 as performance manager. In 2009, he was appointed as head of the operating and land resources management department, responsible for operational budgeting and overall control of the land bank. He is a recognised expert in land valuation, and has published scientific works on the agricultural land market in Ukraine and Germany. He also took part in a World Bank research project on land market development in Ukraine


Mr. Melnychyk obtained his BA in Finance in 1996 from the RivneState Agricultural College, Ukraine, has a master's degree in Finance from Kyiv National Agricultural University and received a PhD in Economics from Kiev National Agricultural University in 2008

Chief Finance Officer

Alexandre Joseph


Mr. Joseph joined UAI in 2012 as CFO to be in charge of financing, reporting and controlling. He was previously CFO at AgroGeneration, a French NYSE Euronext-listed producer of agricultural commodities with assets in Ukraine and Argentina where he served as CFO from its inception in 2007.


Mr. Joseph graduated from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) with a degree in Corporate and Tax Law in 1997; and from ESSEC, Paris based leading French business school, with an MBA in 1999. He passed the Paris Bar exam in 1997 and holds a master’s degree in accounting and auditing.


Deputy Chief Finance Officer

Elena Victor


Elena Victor is responsible for the accounting function at UAI. Prior to joining UAI, she was a chief accountant at Milk Alliance (a food industry leader with more than a 21% market share in Ukraine, employing more than 3,000 people). While at Milk Alliance, Ms. Victor developed and implemented an integrated internal accounting system for the entire holding.


She holds a degree in Finance from Kiev National University of Trade and Economics

Head of Commercial Department

Ivan Melnikov


Ivan is responsible for coordinating the sales operations of UAI. He has been an important asset in opening up new sales chanels for the business. Prior to joining UAI Ivan was a commodities trader at Louis Dreyfus in Kiev where he managed to raise grain turnover and profitability of the central trading platform by 100% up to 750,000 mt


Ivan holds a master degree in Economics from Kiev National University of Economics