Our Services

Consultancy: The Center provides expert consultancy for business development, which include an array of services like legal assistance in company registration, market entry strategy, tie-up with local partners, market research, online marketing promotion, lobbying with policy makers and so on, depending on specific need(s) of its engaging/ clientele partners.

Audit: The Center does audit and follow-up of business services that it provides to its clientele partners to improve business productivity and profits in terms of monetary gains, international outreach and overall reputation.

Events: The Center conducts regular meet-ups, both formal and in-formal, of business professionals from varied backgrounds and policy makers to achieve synchronisation between government policies, international/ national regulations and actions of private players.

Trainings: The Center frequently conducts ‘train-the-trainer’ events and workshops on various topics of business interests. This it conducts both online (such as, webinar lectures, online group meetings, etc.) and real-life immersion learning (such as action-research joint projects, training modules, etc.

Climate Protection: The Center constantly engages in activities for building a sustainable business environment, ranging from local to global, to ensure global climate protection and sustainable benefits for all - including for our future generations.


R. G. Gidadhubli is a Professor of International Relations and Economics in India. He was the first Indian to get a Doctorate degree from erstwhile USSR from the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia. He holds in-depth academic knowledge and career work expertise on a wide array of topics pertaining to Central Eurasia, such as societies, markets, politics, etc. He was one among founding faculty members Central Eurasian Studies Department in University of Mumbai, where he seved as the former Director for many years. He has written four books and more than 80 research papers and articles Soviet economy, India's relationship with post-Soviet countries. Dr. Gidadhubli still serves as a prominent member of various national committees, NGOs. and so on, including as Vice President of Eurasia Foundation (India).

Rovshan Guliyev is a Professor of Economic Sciences in Azerbaijan. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Director of the Scientific-Research Institute of Economic Investigations at State Economic University of Azerbaijan. He has a long illustrious career of working with many reputed organizations in different positions, such as National Coordinator for University of London, School of African and Eastern Studies, Head of Department of Kaskad-M (Russia), Head of Department of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University, and so on. In his academic career, Guliyev served as a junior research fellow, senior research fellow, Head of Sector, Head of Laboratory of USSR Institute of Cybernetics of Agriculture in Moscow. He has a passion for working on action-research projects on broad range of topics, including but not limited to economic modelling, agriculture reform policies, market analysis and economic integration of geographic regions

John Bonar is the Founder and CEO of the Vostok Group of companies and Yes-To_business Ltd. He currents serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Westminster Russia Forum and Russian Far East Representative. Since 1995, he has has been actively involved with Russia and CIS in marketing, publishing and business consultancy. For a time, he served as the UK Representative on the Board of the Association of European Business in Moscow. He holds membership to various international trade associations and organizations, including Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, Institute of Directors (London), etc. John was educated at Welbeck College and trained in the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, U.K. He created a first career as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East working from Libya to the Gulf. He then developed a marketing Communications consultancy in the Middle East before working in Cyprus and Greece as an adviser to a Middle East tycoon. John speaks Russian and Arabic.

Thomas Kruessmann (Dr. Dr. h.c, LLM) is one of the globally best known experts of contemporary Caucasus studies. He is Founding President of the Association of European Studies for the Caucasus (AESC), a thematic association pursuing action-research on developments in the region. As part of AESC, he devotes himself to European Studies in the wider Caucasus region, including by acting as series editor of the book series “European Studies in the Caucasus”. He is the co-ordinator of the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Project “Modernisation of master programmes for future judges, prosecutors, investigators with respect to European standard on human rights” for Ukraine and Belarus with the University of Graz”. Also, he is founding director of the Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Centre at the University of Graz (2010-2015) and Visiting Professor at Kazan Federal University (2015-16). Beyond the Caucasus, his research interests extend to issues of comparative, European and international criminal law, gender and the law as well as corruption and compliance. He is chair of the Supervisory Board of Higher School of Jurisprudence / Higher School of Economics in Moscow and maintains close relations with a number of leading universities in Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia.

Girijesh Pant is one the most reputed Professor of Energy Studies and Economics in India. He served as former Vice Chancellor of Doon University (Uttarakhand) and University of Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (Chhattisgarh). Also, he was the Dean of School of International Studies in Jawaraharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), where he was a faculty member for over 30 years. He has been a Senior Fulbright Visiting Fellow at University of Illinois. His research interests include the Political Economy of Development, West Asia, International Energy Affairs, and Corporate Social Responsibility. His other professional activities have included serving as Founder Member and Vice President of Indian Academy of Social Sciences, Member Standing Committee of Area Studies Programme of University Grants Commission, Member Adisory Board, Third World Studies, and so on.

Mary Damianakisis an accredited mediator, now residing in Quebec, Canada. She has been mediating disputes in a variety of areas, such as family mediator, clinical supervisor, trainer and consultancy, for over three decades. She has actively worked in a number of different countries for over three decades, including in India, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, France, Canada and Greece (her native country). At present, Mary focuses on workplace disputes, family mediation, banking disputes, religious divorces, cultural conflicts and international family conflicts. Over longstanding work experience has enabled her to develop a deep understanding of, and ability to manage, the subtleties, underlying needs and cultural values that can play out in international and other disputes. She serves on the executive board of Family Mediation Canada, AMFQ board, long-time member of Association for Conflict Resolution ((Academy of Family Mediators / Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution) International, Family and Commercial Sections, Mediators Beyond Borders and a member of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section.

Ms. Purnima Anand is the President of BRICS International Forum, New Delhi, a private company that acts as a strategic diplomatic partner to Russian Embassy in New Delhi. She also heads the International Federation of Indo Russian Youth Clubs, which is supported by the Russian Center for Science & Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi. Ms. Anand formerly worked with the World Bank, and has keen interest in building organization- to- organization partnerships in BRICS and CIS countries. She has organized and led several youth forums to BRICS Summits from the Indian side. She is a advisory board member of many national and international organizations, such as Vidya Veda Foundation, etc.

Young Champs/ Interns

Prakriti Pathak [Programme Manager] Prakriti is a Canadian professional with over 15 years of work experience in various sectors - retail, banking & finance, food & beverage, market research & waste management services. She graduated with a BSc degree from the reputed University of Calgary, Canada. She loves to travel, learn about new cultures, people and places. She also loves to volunteer and has volunteered for organisations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada where she mentored young students, Junior Achievement of Canada where she spent time in teaching young students about how to be successful in life. She has worked & lived in Canada, UAE, Kuwait, India & Nepal where she gained work experiences in various industries in these regions. Her many years of professional experience, personal interests of travelling and public relations, connecting with people & mentoring is what makes her a right fit as a Program Manager for our organisation.

Durga Sapkota is Nepal based CSIS intern currently pursuing her final years of B.A.LLB in Kathmandu School of Law with an elective in Environmental Law. Along with her studies, she is working as an intern in the Ministry of forest and Environment where she reviews and recommends on the legal and policy section of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for different infrastructural projects. She recently completed her three months internship in an inter-governmental organization “International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)” where she researched on bilateral and multilateral convention and treaties dealing with biodiversity, tourism, trade and co mmerce. In 2018, she served as a Legal Officer Intern at Fatima Al-Fihri Open University. In the future, she aspires to be an environmental leader through policy intervention.

Nichita Lavrentiev hails from Moldova. He is presently completing his Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Maastricht University, Netherlands, and previously completed his Diploma de Bacalaureat from Ion Creanga, Moldova. He has worked, both as a volunteer and associate, with reputed organizations, such as United Nations Population Fund, Centrul Cultural Vatra and Hidrocom-Exim SRL. Nichita plans to continue his higher studies ahead; whilst also working towards connecting businesses from Europe and Asia with his home country- Moldova.

Team Members

Center for South Caucasus-South Asia Business Development maintains a 'flat' organizational hierarchy. We believe all of our team members are experts in their own areas of functioning, and the output that one contributes matter equally to that of any other in the team. However, we are stratified as 'Coordinators', 'Advisors' and ‘Young Champs’. The coordinators are mid-career professionals with years of work experience who take up a lead role in various organizational activities, such as writing expert analytical reports, coordinating with clients and other partners. While, the advisors are the experts in their respective areas with longstanding career experience. They occasionally instruct the coordinators to best perform their activities in hand and act as the center’s ambassadors’ to public foras. Last not the least, the young interns are the true champions in the team for they bring in the energy, enthusiasm and zeal to work on new ideas and pressing issues of our time.


      Young Champs/ Interns

        Our Coordinators

        Hriday Ch. Sarma (Team Coordinator): Hriday is a sustainable development professional with work experience of more than 8 years. Hriday has handled different aspects of project cycle, such as conceptualization of business ideas, project management, operations etc. Currently, he works as a Fellow with a South Asia Democratic Forum (a Brussels based think tank). He has MA and MPhil in International Relations, and has done two diploma courses in International Law. He has worked with few reputed international organizations in different capacities, such Visiting Research Fellow with Institute for National Security Studies (Israel), Visiting Consultant with Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms (Azerbaijan), Research Associate with National Maritime Foundation (India), etc.

        Sandal Kakkar: Sandal is a management graduate (MBA) from Indian institute of Management, Indore. He has a professional experience of more than 6 years working with various business verticals as a consultant. He is currently working in Dubai as a consultant with a French headquartered firm Ipsos. Sandal has worked with clients across oil and gas, education, healthcare, industrial goods, food and beverage, automotive etc. He has helped a number of companies with their expansion strategies in the caucuses, Middle East, North Africa and South East Asia. He has also helped companies develop strategies and objectives to operate and align their vision and mission to succeed in the above mentioned regions.

        Reika Kikuchi: Reika is a Japan-based lawyer with an extensive experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions. After gaining Master degree in Civil Law from Kyoto University Graduate School of Law (Japan) and completing her judicial apprenticeship, she has been assisting clients from diverse regions of the world for inbound/outbound investments, international trades and dispute resolutions. Handling difficult negotiations and solving convoluted disputes are her utmost forte, and she channels her tactical insights nurtured in dispute resolutions into sound but creative project building. After acquiring LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Tel Aviv University School of Law (Israel), she moved to Egypt and has been engaged in cross-border projects between countries in Middle East and Japan. In January 2018, she rejoined Ogasawara, Rokukawa & Konno in Tokyo, an acclaimed law firm which takes great prides in its rich experience and high client satisfaction level.

        Levan Khutsishvili: Levan is an Assistant Researcher in Georgian Institute of Political Science working on Smart and Green City concepts, and a Guest Lecturer in Tbilisi State University at the faculty of Political Science where he is leading a course on City Policy. Mr. Khutsishvili, is also a director of community development NGO "GergArt". Mr. Khutsishvili is also international trainer of THK and Mitost, and working of topics like non-formal education, anti bias, peace building, and diversity. Currently, Mr. Khutsishvili is enrolled as a PhD candidate in Tbilisi State University where his research topic is on participatory urban development and post materialistic values.

        Varun Sehgal Varun holds an MBA from the prestigious IMT Ghaziabad. Varun has multi industry exposure of over 6 years with leading corporate including Ogilvy and Mather. Varun currently consults Top Educational Institutes , Non for Profit Organizations in the areas of Brand Management , Social Media Marketing , Strategic Management and Operations Management. He also consults and advises a few Start-ups including Social Shiksha in which he is in the core team.

        Dr. Jason E. Strakes: Jason is a Co-Founder of the Center for Foreign Policy and Security Studies (CFPSS) at University of Craiova, Romania. He has previously served as visiting lecturer in the Politics and Security Programme at OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, and Visiting Scholar and lecturer at the International School for Caucasus Studies (ISCS) at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. He has held research fellowships at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) School of International Affairs, Strategic Research Center under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SAM), Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS) at Uppsala University, Sweden, and was a visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at Columbia University. He serves as associate editor for Eurasia for the Journal Of Global South Studies published by University of Florida Press. Strakes is a voting member of the International Studies Association (ISA) Committee on the Status of Engagement with the Global South for 2018-2021.

        Dr. Namig Shalbuzov: Namig is an expert of agricultural economics, food security and rural development with work experience of more than 10 years. Namig has begun his career as a researcher at the Research Institute of Agricultural Economics and raised to the position of the deputy director of the institute. Currently, he works as a project control and assessment manager at Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication of Azerbaijan Republic. He got his PhD diploma of economics from Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, and has also master's diploma of food security and agricultural development from Kyungpook National University of Republic of Korea.From 2007 he is engaged in international projects funded by FAO of UN, EU etc. as an expert or consultant.

        Dr. Sebastien Goulard Sebastien is the manager of Cooperans, a public affairs and project management consultancy specialized in EU-Asia connectivity. Sebastien Goulard is also the coordinator of the OBOReurope platform which aims to promote the new silk routes in Europe. During his doctoral studies at EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Paris Sebastien Goulard participated in several European research programs dealing with sustainable urbanization in China. Sebastien Goulard holds a BA (hons) degree in international politics (ESE, Nottingham Trent University), a MA degree in international relations (IRIS, France) and a MA degree in social sciences (EHESS).

        Mikhail Chernov: Mr. Mikhail is a Russia-based geopolitical expert with 20-years long news reporting experience in the Middle East, Caucasus and Eurasia. He has worked with some of the leading Russian media companies (Lenta.ru), NGOs (Center of Strategic Situations) and local political groups. From 2018 onward, he has been organizing international forums in Moscow and in different cities in North Caucasus republics on topics related to international trade and security. At present, Mikhail operates several projects, including the 'Middle East — North Caucasus: Cultural Policy in Strengthening the Interethnic and Interreligious Peace", which are geared towards building cooperation between wide ranging local parties in Eurasia and connecting them with counterparts from across the world.

About Us

Center for South Caucasus-South Asia Business Development (aka Caucasus-Asia Center) is a non-partisan, non-profit body working in the direction of promoting the broad Caucasus region at the world-stage. It enables and empowers its engaging partners/ clients, comprising of private companies, public sector agencies, individual entrepreneurs, community associations and others, to generate fair profits in pursuit of their respective ventures. It works in the direction of linking businesses in different sectors, such as infrastructure, education, healthcare, renewable energy/ power and financial services., between countries in South Caucasus and from across Asia.

The Center is a pioneering initiative of few individuals, stationed in different countries around the world, who are deeply knowledgeable about the prevailing business and socio-political environment in the Caucasus countries. It is started with a purpose of rebuilding the historic trade and people-to-people links between the two adjacent regions in Asia, i.e. South Caucasus and South Asia, in tune with the needs and opportunities in the 21st century. The Center maintains friendly relationship with various government and government supported bodies in the countries it functions. It endeavours to rightly leverage these connections for developing businesses for its engaging private sector partners. In the process, it continually evolves as a "one-stop business interface" for market entry and expansion in the Caucasus.

Our Associates

We maintain association with number of bodies working in different sectors. Some of them are million-dollar companies, while some are start-ups trying to make their position in the market; some are international financial institutions, while some are individuals/ groups doing social good in specific ways; some have been working for many years in the direction of climate protection, while some are willing to learn from us the ways to address climate change and achieve sustainability in their respective locales and at the world level. As a matter of fact, we consider all our clients as our trusted Partners in our informal global network. All of our associates practically are contributing in certain ways towards building and strengthening economic ties between countries in South Caucasus and businesses operating in/ through Asia.


The Center warmly welcomes volunteers - individuals and organisations based in any of the countries in South Caucasus and South Asia and also those with native links to either of the region but currently based/ operating elsewhere - to join the journey of integrating the regional markets of South Caucasus and South Asia. At present, we are looking for 'Advisors' and 'Coordinators' who would like to promote the Center's activities in his/her area of specialisation or work domain. You may write to us at our email address for inquiries in this regard.

Please note- Due to limited number of staff volunteers, we may take around a week time to get back with a detailed reply



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