22 July 2019
Sofya Donets joins Renaissance Capital as Director, Russia & CIS Economist in Moscow

Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank, today announces that Sofya A. Donets, CFA has been appointed as Director, Russia & CIS Economist. 

Sofya will be leading the firm’s macroeconomic analysis of Russia and CIS countries in the research department. She will be based in Moscow and report to Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist.

Charles Robertson, Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital, commented: “While most are focused on Arsenal, Real Madrid or Barcelona, Renaissance Capital has made the best transfer of the summer. We are delighted to welcome Sofya from the Central Bank of Russia to the Firm and to the research team. She will replace Oleg Kouzmin, our former Russia & CIS Economist, who moved to a similar position with a buy-side client in April. Sofya brings invaluable experience as a research chief, with experience ranging from monetary policy to Russia's regions, really good people skills and excellent strength in macro modelling and forecasting. I am convinced she will make a perfect fit to the existing team and will help keep us at the top of the league. Renaissance Capital’s research is widely acknowledged in the market and among clients, particularly for its macro expertise, and we are committed to enhance it further.”

Sofya A. Donets, Russia & CIS Economist, Renaissance Capital, said: “I am happy to join Renaissance Capital and its award-winning research team. I hope that my expertise in macroeconomic and financial forecasting as well as understanding of the current macro policy landscape will serve the best interests of Renaissance Capital and its clients.”

Sofya brings over 10 years of experience in financial and macroeconomic analysis. In her most recent role as Head of the Regional Analysis Division at the Central Bank of Russia, she led the Bank of Russia’s regional economic units restructuring project and regional outreach programme, communicating with media, market participants and businesses. In addition to her work at the Central Bank, Sofya delivers lectures in macroeconomics at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

Sofya graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a Master’s degree in Economics. She is a Certified Financial Analyst.