Board of Directors


Founder, USBELCC

Ms. Kitova is the founder of the U.S.–Belarus Chamber of Commerce. As a founding member, she has supported USBELCC’s successful expansion from the first day of its existence. Ms. Kitova has extensive knowledge of international business environment and the opportunities that private sector offers to the sophisticated investors. To implement the long-term vision of flourishing international trade and investment relations, Ms. Kitova is actively involved with a network of private and public sector decision-makers in the USA and across the ocean. She exhibits a wealth of bi-national corporate and investment expertise and previously assisted numerous US companies in exploring new markets in Belarus and Russia. She also consulted numerous European IT, high-tech, and consumer goods/service companies on their expansion to the US and US market.

A graduate of Minsk State Linguistic University (Belarus), Ms. Kitova has successfully retired from her career of a simultaneous interpreter at the age 28. In addition to her involvement with USBELCC, she is a co-founder of U.S.-based, Belarus operated translation company Bona Fide Translations, LLC.



Director, IKEA- Bel/SKB Sarl

A former Director of IKEA representative offices in many Eastern European countries, Mr. Koletic has unrivaled expertise in the expansion of multinational corporations to emerging markets of former Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus, and many other countries of Eastern and Central Europe. His expertise in retail, raw materials, hydro power, and alternative energy industries in Europe, Russia, and Africa is invaluable asset to USBELCC.



Principal, Conlan and Associates

Honorary Dr. John Bertrand Conlan is an attorney and investment advisor, with extensive corporate merger & acquisition transactions experience. Dr. Conlan has served 12 years as a State Senator and U.S. Congressman, with service on Committees on Banking, International Finance, International Trade & Monetary Policy, Science & Technology, Judiciary, Appropriations, Transportation, Education and Commerce. He has served as a Director of numerous corporations, profit and non-profit, including Chairman of a worldwide mini- and micro-computer manufacturing company with plants in USA & Europe and offices in 12 countries. Dr. Conlan has served as president of the International Chamber of Commerce in the country of Georgia, as well as advisor to the International Chamber of Commerce of Ukraine, and to the presidents of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

Honorary John Conlan is a graduate of Northwestern University (B.S.) and Harvard Law School (J.D.) and did graduate studies at Universities of Virginia, Chicago, Cologne, Germany (Fulbright Scholar), and The Hague Academy of International Law.



Executive Director, Virginia – Israel Advisory Board (VIAB)

The Virginia Israel Advisory Board’s (VIAB) serves as the bridge for Israeli companies to establish and/or expand/relocate their business to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Prior to his work with VIAB, Mr. Robbins was the founder and CEO of a private hospital in Israel, the American Medical Center, developed and managed a chain of dental clinics and an international IVF program. He was an international business consultant and worked in a Madison Avenue advertising and marketing company. Mr. Robbins received a BA degree from the University of Vermont and an MBA from the Wharton School.



First International Medical

Dr. Henri H. Tikmehdash is a founding member and former President and CEO of First International Medical, Illinois. Currently Senior VP of CardioMed (Chicago, IL), he has unmatched expertise in the field of medical devices and has assisted numerous international and local medical equipment manufacturers in their expansion to American, European, and Middle/Near Eastern markets.

Dr. Tikmehdash’s specific focus lies in the field of cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular devices. He also has unrivaled expertise in the matters of new medical products research, FDA compliance issues, and foreign Medical and Medicine regulations (CE).



Media and Student Affairs

An accomplished journalist with Radio Racija, Ms. Ivaniuk is an active supporter of personal freedoms and human rights in Belarus and the USA. She brings a wealth of journalistic experience, as well as deep knowledge and insights from young Americans of Belarusian descent.

Ms. Ivaniuk is actively involved in US-Belarusian political, civil, and cultural matters. She also oversees professional development projects for young professionals in the USA and Belarus.