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About us

What is the Strategy Council
We are an organisation, which cultivates and develops knowledge and networking across business communities, primarily in the emerging European economies.

What we offer

  • Year-round contact, which is fostered by sharing insights and expertise through regular editorial contributions from respected members of the community, strong social media presence

  • Annual, industry-leading conferences, which form an impartial platform, enabling communities to develop and grow.

Why chose the Strategy Council

Our 20 years of in-depth market knowledge and vast network enables us to connect these communities, whilst providing invaluable access to real-time, unique and business-critical information.


About the Founding Partners


Stephen Butler 

For more than 20 years Stephen has been at the forefront of the knowledge and networking industry in the emerging European economies and is passionate about the development of platforms to enable and facilitate business activity and development throughout the region.

  • 14 years as an integral part of the senior management team at Adam Smith Conferences, most recently as Director of Strategy;
  • Personally conceived and developed over 100 C-Level business conferences focused on emerging Europe and project led a similar number in more than 15 countries;
  • Network: Government Ministers, Captains of business and industry experts throughout the region and globally, who are regular contributors to these flagship, annual meeting-places for their industries and geographies;
  • Industries include: Energy (oil & gas, power, renewables), finance, capital markets, banking, agribusiness, metals & mining, transport infrastructure and PPPs, telecoms, hi-tech and VC, automotive and pulp & paper.


Stephen resides in West London with his family and is a frequent traveller to the countries in which he operates.

Stephen holds a BA (hons) in European Studies with Russian and German from the University of Bath and an MBA from Cardiff Business School.


Natalya Zubova 

Natalya has over 10 years of business development experience across various industries and geographies including Europe, CIS, Middle East and Asia.

  • Management consulting projects: in the innovation space for GlaxoSmithKline; in business development and global marketing for a Venture Capital Fund in Switzerland;
  • 2 years in the VC & start-up space in Zurich;
  • MBA from Imperial College London with the focus on innovation and entrepreneurship
  • 7 years at Informa, the FTSE 100 company, in London with a focus on C-level business development and events in CEE & the CIS;
  • 20+ projects executed in banking & finance, investment and pharmaceuticals;


After 17 years in London Natalya is now based in Zurich and frequently travels to CEE and the CIS.

In addition to an MBA Nataliya also holds MSc from University of Westminster

Mission Statement and Guiding Principles

Between us the management team has a combined experience of several decades leading the B2B events industry, providing professional intelligence and networking and creating sustainable, long-term business communities.

Over this time we have developed a passion and expertise for delivering the highest levels of customer service and ensuring that every single event attendee and community member fulfils their business and personal goals and receives unparalleled Return On Investment, financially and timewise, through their participation in our projects. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve this.

What The Experts Say

  • Vitaly Lisovenko, Government Envoy for Management of the State Debt, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine

    “When I commit to speak at one of Stephen’s conferences, I do so with confidence that I will be addressing an appropriate and senior level audience with whom I wish to share my key messages”

  • Dr Anders Aslund, Resident Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

    “Having participated in and contributed to Stephen’s Ukrainian investment conferences for 20 years, I can attest to his ability to bring together key decision-makers from the highest levels of government, along with renowned captains of business”

  • Roman Shpek, Senior Advisor, Alfa-Bank Ukraine / Chairman, Independent Association of Banks of Ukraine 

    “Throughout the past 20 years, Stephen’s conferences have very accurately reflected the opportunities and challenges in the Ukrainian business environment and always provide a platform to meet with key decision-makers”

  • Dr Sergey Aleksashenko, Senior Fellow, Global Economy & Development, Brookings Institution

    “I have had the pleasure of attending events run by Stephen and his team on numerous occasions in the past and these always provide great insight and networking opportunities”

  • Sergey Sulimov, Chief Financial Officer, Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant

    “Stephen’s annual Summit has provided a unique meeting-place for the most progressive senior finance professionals to come together to address common challenges, find inspiration and return to the office envigorated and ready to implement new and innovative ideas”

  • Vladimir Preobrazhensky, Director of Research, SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management

    “Over the course of the years, Stephen has shown the ability to develop the content of his conferences to meet the evolving needs of the financial community. On each occasion I address our Summits, I know there will be a receptive audience, willing to enter into lively debates and committed to honing their professional abilities”

  • Timothy Ash, Head of CEEMEA Strategy, Nomura International

    “I have had the pleasure of attending events run by Stephen and his team on numerous occasions in the past and these always provide great insight and networking opportunities”