Stuart Lawson is currently Executive Director and Senior Adviser
for Ernst & Young responsible for developing the firm's market
and client presence and for coordinating with government
initiatives. For the past two years he has been a visiting lecturer
at the Skolkovo School of Management, Moscow where he wrote and
then taught the risks module for the MBA program.
2008-2010, Mr Lawson was CEO HSBC Russia. He has been closely
involved in the evolution of Russian banking, beginning in 1995
when he joined Citibank Russia as the bank's President. In 2000 he
became the First Senior Advisor and subsequently Chairman of
DeltaBank (later bought by GE Money). After working briefly as a
Director of Trust Bank in 2003, Mr. Lawson became the first
foreigner to be executive chairman of a Russian owned bank, Bank
Soyuz, in 2004.
In his banking career, Mr. Lawson spent 25 years with Citibank,
serving in 11 countries in a series of management positions
including head of corporate banking in Kenya, Egypt, Norway, Italy
and country head roles in Russia and Puerto Rico. Mr. Lawson
additionally was a senior credit officer for 11 years and a
director of structured finance in Citibank London for five years in
the late 1980s, during which time he participated in underwriting
and restructuring debt for acquisitions totaling $11 billion. From
2000-2004 Mr Lawson acted as senior advisor for the Actis private
equity fund advising on bank acquisitions and management in Uganda,
Nigeria, India, Mexico and Cuba. In 2010 he acted as consultant for
the Kuwait royal family's bank, Burgan Bank.
2006-2009, Mr. Lawson was named as 'Russia's Best Banker', an
annual award recognizing outstanding contributions to the Russian
banking sector, awarded by a committee composed of representatives
from the Central Bank, the Russian Ministry of Finance and of the
Russian Banks Associations.