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Meet the Team: OJ Banking Asia

05 July 2017


The Oliver James Asia Banking desk was set up in Hong Kong in August 2016. Although entering a highly competitive market, the team has already proved itself as a trusted partner to its clients and candidates, winning numerous exclusive mid and senior-level roles thanks to outstanding industry knowledge and niche specialization. Here are the people behind that success…

Anna Agafonova, Manager

Anna joined Oliver James in July 2016 to build the banking desk from scratch. She has 11 years’ experience within the banking and financial services markets, recruiting internationally for clients across the EMEA and APAC regions. Anna places strategy and corporate transaction professionals at mid, senior and partner level, drawing on a proactive headhunting methodology to grow her FS specialism. She hopes to combine this expertise with new desks in the future.

Howard Kelly, Managing Consultant

With five years’ experience, Howard focuses on sourcing financial services talent in the technology sector. His background in risk management and quant makes him well-placed to recruit at senior level, sourcing everyone from AVPs to Directors. Howard joined Oliver James Hong Kong to take advantage of our international reputation, and expand his knowledge of the FS industry with a market leader.

Liza Ovinova, Senior Consultant

In January 2017, Liza came to us with five years’ experience from Hays and Michael Page. She places mid to senior-level professionals in our finance and accounting discipline, and enjoys the open-minded culture, opportunities for progression and position within the marketplace Oliver James affords her. Her future will be shaped by a desire to grow with the company and explore the enormous untapped potential of Asia.

David Chin, Senior Consultant

David was hired in January 2017 after demonstrating his niche understanding of investment and operational recruitment within banking and finance. Breaking into a new area, he’ll be focusing on our fast-growing legal segment, placing qualified lawyers at all levels in the capital markets, M&A, private equity, and banking and finance sectors. David aims to harness our reputation across multiple industries.

Evgeny Volyanik, Managing Consultant

Evgeny joined Oliver James with five years’ international recruitment experience and a Master’s Degree in Project Management. He specialises in regulatory change, sourcing mid to senior level executives within banking and management consulting. Evgeny values the amazing quality of service Oliver James provides its candidates and clients, as well as its market expertise. He’s looking forward to expanding the OJ brand name into the banking industry.

Loïc Andre, Managing Consultant

Loïc is a Managing Consultant with OJ’s APAC banking team. He exclusively focuses on headhunting mid to senior level professionals for Regulatory & Compliance projects. Loïc has 10 years’ experience with a varied entrepreneurial background over three continents. He joined OJ with the objective of building a new offer and making his team the go-to reference on the market. He aims to develop and solidify the Hong Kong desk before developing new regions.

Michael Compton, Consultant

With an exceptionally diverse professional background, Michael became part of Oliver James’ IT and cyber security offering in the banking sector. He looks after application security, risk and compliance, technology governance and more, placing managers, senior directors and regional heads. Michael sees a prosperous future with Oliver James Hong Kong – both inside and outside work.    

We’re growing and actively hiring! To discuss our current opportunities in this dynamic and ever-growing team, contact Hannah Villa-March on +44 (0) 161 694 0827.

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