SIBEV consultancy        eng/рус

who we are


SIBEV is providing consulting services for companies and regional governments in Brussels since 2012. We specialise in financial, telecom, IT, political and strategic consultancy projects.

Our core team:

Ilya S’edin,

Chief Executive Officer

Ilya, originally from Russian city of Novosibirsk, founded SIBEV in 2012. He has over 10 years of experience in areas of finance, budgeting, telecom, IT, international negotiations and forecasting processes, developing business plans and financial modelling, including the PPP development in the Russian regions.

He has Specialist degree in Applied Mathematics and Informatics obtained at Novosibirsk State University and is MSc.c in Science of Management at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Denis Maksimov,

Chief Knowledge Officer

Denis, originally from Russian city of Bryansk, joined SIBEV in 2013. He has over 7 years of experience in strategic and political consultancy, political risks analysis, knowledge management and research. He is expert at the Eurasia Competitiveness Institute and the European Geopolitical Forum. He published a book in 2008 and writes for the analytical media in Brussels and Moscow. He has BA in Political Science, MA in International Relations and is Ph.D.c in Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Michiel Brewee,

Business Development Officer

Michiel, originally from Brugge in Belgium, joined SIBEV in 2013. He was responsible for the overall launch of the new mobile operator in Belgium and has extensive experience in PPP and sport business management. He has MA in Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and MA in Sport Management obtained at the Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies (Amsterdam).

what we do


  • Business Plan preparation
  • Financial modeling
  • Financial due diligence
  • Financial projection and market research
  • Political and strategic:

  • Management of tender's, bid's and auction's procedures of Russian federal and regional government
  • Attraction of the foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the Russian and Eurasian regions
  • Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) and concessions in the Russian regions
  • International reputation management for administrations and companies from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia
  • European Union affairs management for administrations and companies from Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Lobbying in Russian regions for the EU companies
  • Strategy of market entry for the European and international companies to the Russian regional markets
  • Political due diligence of investment contracts and perspective deals in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Political risks analysis in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Management Political risks analysis in Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Opening up virtual or operating trade representative office of your company in Russia, providing headhunting services and outsourcing
  • Finding co-investors, partners, etc. for your projects in Russia: we sustain and develop a network of Russian companies
  • Telecom & IT:

  • Revenue Assurance
  • Least-Cost Routing Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • what we publish

    /// The EU and Russia should enforce cooperation, starting from the regional level

    Since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin in 2012, the EU's relationship with Russia has become increasingly strained. But both sides should realise the necessity of strategic economic cooperation, starting from the regional level, Denis Maksimov writes. Denis Maksimov is an independent strategic consultant and expert on EU-Russia relations.

    The incentives for enhanced economic partnership of the European Union and Russia have never been stronger. Despite all criticism, the political climate in Russia seems to be slowly entering an early spring. The “Valdai Club” forum of 2013 - a “Russian Davos” - for the first time in its history brought together both traditional headliners and proponents of the official Kremlin and so-called “non-systemic” opposition together. Experts say that this is an attempt from Putin to prevent further marginalisation of the political spectrum. He sends a clear message to the leaders of the opposition and invites them to stand for a municipal or regional office. However limited this offer might seem, it is regardless an attempt to establish a civilized dialogue between the groups of the elite. In the meanwhile, the foreign policy strategists of Mr Putin have orchestrated one of the best moves of his international career. The solution for Syria’s chemical weapons presented the Russian president in the role of global peacemaker. His article in The New York Times has valid nods towards the arrogance and ignorance of the US foreign policy, and it also makes a statement about the necessity of resolving disputes of this kind in the framework of international institutions, such as the UN. The European Union is still the most important economic partner for Russia and the biggest consumer of the Russian main export goods - oil and gas. The EU remains the main source of industrial and consumer goods as well as the technology. Russian resources and unsaturated consumer market are vital for the European companies. Despite this, the legal framework of the bilateral relations as well as the path towards common market and the ultimate goal - the free trade area (FTA) - remain in a limbo. The EU is about to sign an FTA agreement with the United States, and a similar document with Russia would have a real potential to boost the economic output of the EU. The economies of Russia and the EU are more interconnected than any other. The complementarity of the EU and the Russian economies is an asset very undervalued by both parties. Merkel’s pragmatism could be of a great help in strengthening the EU-Russia cooperation after she is be done with forming the coalition at home. The modest “Mutti” will have the important and challenging task of uniting the forces of the European federalists against the rising nationalism and demagogue. The elites of Europe should support her in her vision via providing practical advice on concrete mechanisms for an enhanced cooperation with the natural partners of Europe (such as Russia) - rather than presenting empty critiques and endless existential debates. On the philosophical side it is quite clear that Russia and the EU are parts of one civilisation with common values. Cooperation on the regional level (between the regions of the European Union members and Russia) has a great, but yet to be discovered potential. There are some traditional, well written articles about the contradictions between the EU and Russia on the political level. However, the economic ties on a smaller scale, involving SMEs, could strive and flourish. Many of the Russian regions have the economic potential and consumer market appetites that are significantly more attractive for the EU business. The margins there are still on a high level, hitting as much as 15-20% with moderate political risks in comparison to other developing economies. The European businesses have to be aware of that and not to miss the opportunities which otherwise might be taken by competitors from the other regions of the world. Russian regions should be encouraged to make bold moves in Brussels in the field of FDI (foreign direct investment) attraction and PPP (private public partnership). They need to build their positive image in Brussels and in Europe in general. This would serve to inform potential EU investors and partners about the interesting opportunities to conduct business in Russia actively and systemically. The Marxist perspective teaches that development of the “Basis” (infrastructure: economy) defines the “Uberbau” (superstructure: politics, culture). A closer cooperation with the EU would have a positive effect on the sustainability of the economic development. It will improve trade, investment flows, advanced services and products in the Russian regions. An improved and intensified economic cooperation should have an influence on the rule of law and even morals. On the other end, the EU companies desperately need new open prospective markets and consumers who are ready to buy. If everybody wins, what are we waiting for?

    /// EU, Russia must cooperate more to deliver on R&D

    On 25 November the European Union and the Russian Federation will officially launch the EU-Russia year of science 2014 in Moscow. The current state of the research cooperation infrastructure needs uplifting to deliver effective results, writes Denis Maksimov.

    The European Commission and government of Russia launched the so called “4th EU-Russia Common Space”, the “Common Space in Research and Education, including Cultural Matters”, in 2003. The cooperation since then was quite fruitful. 440 Russian scientific and research groups had been participating in the Framework Programme 7 (FP7) of the European Commission. These statistics make Russia the most active non-EU member participant of the FP7. This week the European Parliament approved the project of the EU budget, including new 2014-2020 framework programme aimed for boosting European research, innovation and global competitiveness – Horizon 2020 – with a budget of about €80 billion. It is the biggest public funded R&D initiative in the world. Russia is considered in the programme a “developed economy”, which means that Russian government is expected to contribute to the joint project development equally with the EU, just like the USA and Japan. The EU wants to see Russia as an equal partner in the development of R&D. Russian state programme “The development of science and technology”, which runs from 2013 till 2020, has approved budget of €40 billion and will receive some €16 billion more if the export prices on oil and gas will remain inside the borders of the “ optimistic” scenario of the Russian government. There is obviously a good budgetary ground for co-financing of the cooperative projects. The launch of the EU Russia year of science in 2014 can be a final step towards signing Strategic partnership of the EU and Russia in the field of science and innovation as well as enhance cooperation in the framework of the R&D development programmes. Officials on both sides understand natural favouring conditions. Firstly, interdependence of the EU and Russian markets and developed trade infrastructure is a solid basis for the aggressive new industrialisation policies. Secondly, the rich experience of cooperation within previous decade allows to build further up the practices and new formats of projects’ development. Thirdly, there is a continuous harmonisation of the EU and Russia industrial and service standards within the “common spaces” of cooperation from the previous Strategic partnership agreement. There are as well challenges that might undermine development of a joint infrastructure. Russian political climate of the recent years created some serious worries and unnecessary tensions for the international institutions and investors. The negotiations about new strategic partnership agreement between the EU and Russia are still on the same “energy” page, where it had stuck a good number of years already. Another issue is a “Cold war” style “geopolitical battle” for Ukraine and Moldova, who might sign an association agreement with the EU at the Eastern partnership Vilnius summit later in November. Political forces in both Russia and the European Union are treating the issue from a zero-sum game perspective, while an agreeable compromise has to be found. The EU side has to understand and respect natural geopolitical interests concerns of Russia, while Russian side has to demonstrate more flexibility. If both parties look on the issue from more pragmatic perspective, everyone will benefit, including Ukraine and Moldova. During more than 20 years of the EU-Russia dialogue, numerous frameworks were created in order to facilitate cooperation of the EU and Russia is the fields of science, education and R&D. It is not needed to create the new ones, the existing infrastructure has to be put to work. Partnership for modernisation, for instance, was a timely political initiative and is still in place (unfortunately few are aware), but it obviously requires an uplift. New accessible joint programmes, demonstration of the achieved results and dissemination of the best practices are required. The EU and Russian citizens should see it in the most attractive light to melt the current ice in the dialogue. The EU-Russia year of science and Horizon 2020 are legitimate platforms for enhancing the R&D boost in the EU and Russia. Time is tickling: global competitiveness and economic prosperity of both the EU and Russia is under threat. Aging population, lack of innovative products development, new industrialisation challenge, to name a few, are the common problems. But smart and trustworthy cooperation can multiply chance of the economic revival and success of the R&D strategic development. The time for games is over – it’s time for bold, responsible and pragmatic actions.

    what we believe

    Our mission is to strengthen competitiveness of the Eurasian region via development of successful international collaborations between regional authorities, corporations and foreign direct investors. We believe in positive effect for citizens from open market economy and overall advantages of heading towards free trade area from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

    We work on the basis of high standards and worldwide legitimised methodologies:

    We aim to contribute to implementation of the strategies: