Mikhail Merkulov graduated from Romano-Germanic Philology Department of Kharkov State University in 1996, and received an MBA from Manchester Business School in the UK in 2007. Mikhail has 17 years’ experience across different industries operating in Central and Eastern Europe countries (Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia and Austria). His career started in 1996 when he joined McDonald’s, in Ukraine, where he worked for 9 years on various middle-level and, later, top management positions. After nine years of being with McDonald’s, Mikhail joined Food Star (Russia) in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer. In 2007 Mikhail joined Erste Group Immorent AG in Ukraine, a specialist in real estate financing, infrastructure financing and project development, as Managing Director. In 2011 he became Regional Director for the Eastern European Group (Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Slovenia). September 8, 2014, Mikhail Merkulov has been appointed to the position of the Chief Executive Officer of Arricano Real Estate plc. His competence covers strategic planning and the company’s business operations control.