Roger Holland

Position: Executive Director / CEO

Roger graduated from the University of Southampton in 1979 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Accountancy & statistics. Initially in internal audit with RCA and Tesco, he then changed direction to sales & marketing roles before holding senior management positions in resort development across several countries in Eastern Europe.

Roger later ventured to Kazakhstan, Central Asia in 1994 and built a leading property consultancy business based in the city of Almaty. In 2007 the company became an affiliate of CBRE the global number one in property brokerage & consultancy. Roger was a President of The International Business Chamber of Kazakhstan. He was one of the founding members of ‘Amcham’, the American Chamber of Commerce and a Board Director. He was a founder and Board member of ‘Eurobak’, the European Business Association of Kazakhstan. He also served on the advisory board of Kazakhstan International School, and his firm sourced the land plot on which the brand new school was later constructed. In 2011 Roger won the American Chamber of Commerce ‘Entrepreneur of the year award.’ He was a regular speaker at the top 5 Universities in the city, specializing in ‘alternative’ management and entrepreneurship.

Roger created numerous opportunities for student interns to work in his firm in addition to several destitute orphans, which earned him huge respect from many parties.

He was a President of the Lions club and a honorary member of the Rotary club. Roger assisted in raising funds for many charitable projects including orphanages, hospitals, education, poverty-reduction, environment and disaster relief.

After 22 years in Kazakhstan Roger returned to the UK in 2016, where he is now Deputy Chair and Treasurer of the British Kazakh Society organizing regular business, economic and cultural events. In his home area he is a committee member of the cricket club and assists with the distribution of the local community magazine.

He is currently involved in several entrepreneurial ventures as an active investor and/or advisor. These include: a carbon capture and trading platform, a new waste to energy technology, an affordable housing initiative, a Sri Lankan spa resort and an ‘immersive’ football gaming experience designed to take-up large retail spaces.

Roger is also leading the Aim-X Foundation initiative as well as serving as Advisor to the Board of Directors.