The Corporate Network with Unrivalled Access to The Most Crucial of Industry Sectors, Stakeholders & Market Leaders

Since our inception in 2012, CEC has become a leading international strategic advisory, communications & project facilitation consultancy within the UK, Europe, Asia, Europe, Africa, North America & CIS.

CEC specialises in providing our clients with enhanced access to international markets through detailed and holistic consultancy. The firm provides strategic communication, bespoke consulting support and trade services to both SMEs and large corporations, government entities, NGOs, investment firms and HNWIs, looking to navigate a changing world

CEC's network comprises of senior government officials, business professionals, security experts and other leading stakeholders across the UK, Europe, Canada, Mexico, United States, China, Russia/CIS and further afield. CEC enjoys unrivalled access to a range of jurisdictions, countries and industries.

CEC Global is a member of the Institute of Directors, the Energy Institute, Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is fully registered with the UK's register of lobbyists. 


Board of Directors


Nicholas Cobb - Managing Partner 


Prior to founding CEC Nic advised a number of leading energy, security, fintech, HNI/funds, political and oil gas stakeholders. Nic is the chair to a number of industry events and a frequent media contributor - speaking on a range of topics including: energy, business, politics and Russian affairs. Nic was invited to address the European Parliament in 2017 and the Russian State Duma in 2019.

Nic is an avid Russophile with over 20 years of experience in the area. He is an expert on accessing markets in the former Soviet Union space. Nic sits on the board of a number of influential UK & Russian civic bodies including the National Civic Council.


Nic is also a board member or volunteer to many veteran organisations including: the International Police Association, the British Torch of Remembrance; he is also the UK correspondent for Veteranski Vesti (Veterans News).  Nic is also a volunteer crew member with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) - the UK's volunteer based saving lives at sea charity.  

​For his expertise Nic was awarded the Honorary Civil Order of the Silver Cross for 'Social Recognition' and 'Golden Badge' from the Social Recognition National Fund - approved civil state awards under the Heraldic Council of the President of the Russian Federation for services to UK Russia Bilateral Relations.


He is also a Director and founder of the UK registered security company, Redoubt Holdings.


Anton Samoylenko - Partner, Russia & CIS

Anton Samoylenko is an awarded consultant in the field of branding, marketing, and advertising. Having worked as an advisor to a number of European companies such as The CityUK, Moscow International Financial Centre, New Century Media, Ensemble Productions, Formula 1, International Police Association, and Gryphon - Anton is a specialist in the field of reputation management in the Russian oil and gas sector. 

Anton has extensive experience promoting companies in the Russian and international markets; he also advised the Russian Government on the creation of the Moscow International Financial Centre.


Between 2012 and 2013, Anton helped to advise British Petroleum on investments and PR in Russia and the subsequent sale of its 50 percent stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft - as part of the acquisition of TNK-BP by a Russian-state oil company worth $ 55 billion, one of the largest and complex financial transactions in the history of the oil and gas industry. Anton also advised the Russian oil and gas company Surgutneftegas on strengthening its reputation in the international market, as well as the Russian atomic energy corporation Rosatom on entering the UK market.

Anton graduated from MGIMO, Faculty of International Economic Relations and has as a degree from Moscow State University in Corporate Management & received a Master's degree from Cass Business School in London. Anton is a member of many Russian and international public organizations. He is Honorary Secretary of the British-Russian Public Chamber and Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Civil Committee for Cooperation with Law Enforcement, Legislative, and Judiciary and National Foundation "Public Recognition". He has also is a Cavalier of the Golden Badge of Honour.


Niall Hopkinson - Senior Partner, Emerging Technology & Partnerships 

Niall is originally from the United Kingdom. Holding an MSc in Political Science; Niall has strong experience in business management and has worked in both Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Before joining CEC Niall worked with a UK political party and as the director of a property management company.

In 2020 Niall helped found the emerging technology and digital PR division at CEC. Where he works on communication and investment needs for cutting edge technology and start-up firms around the world. Niall is currently based in Hong Kong and has built a strong network in the APAC region, encompassing many sectors. He is particularly interested in the potential for co-operation between Europe, the CIS and East Asia.


Mirjam Zwingli - Partner, European Relations

Mirjam Katharina Zwingli has an MA in Intercultural Business Communication and a BA in Translation Science. She is a networker for high ranking European-Russian business and political circles. Bringing together European-Russian experts with a common goal and analysing possible synergies is her speciality. Mirjam has also spoken at the European Parliament and has undertaken a number of election monitoring missions.


Ms Zwingli is a Swiss expatriate in Germany. Moreover she is working on her doctoral thesis for a Ph.D. in Communication Science and Media Research. She is a member of the German-Russian Forum Berlin, the Business Club Germany-Russia Berlin, the Westminster Russia Forum London to name just a few.


Norman Leach - Partner - Business Consulting & the Americas

Norman Leach has had over 30 years experience in international trade and strategic studies with a diverse business background including agriculture, government, non-profit, health care, security and training and education. Norman established the Province of Alberta’s Trade Office in Mexico City and has won awards for his work in export development.

A well known military historian Norman has 12 books published and has been featured on the Canadian best-seller list and is the historian for the South Alberta Light Horse Regimental Association. For his work with charities Norman has received the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial medal.


Ndulue Gabriel - Partner, Africa

Nominated into the Institute of Business development of Nigeria, Ndulue Gabriel is an astute businessman and project manager. He has extensive first-hand experience of doing business in Africa. 

With a degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Ndulue has enjoyed a successful career spanning well over 10 years in the: Energy, Finance, Agriculture and ICT sectors. Ndulue has a well developed network and engages in contract ventures with governing bodies in major cities across Nigeria.


Through his career Ndulue has sat on the boards of: Maximum Replace Nig Ltd and Frontier Resource Energy Nig ltd. 

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Leo Tee - Partner, China & Japan

Based in Shanghai, Leo Tee, is a qualified accountant, financial advisor and insurance broker. He was educated and worked in the UK for a number of years. In 2000 he founded Phoenix International Investments an asset management firm based in Shanghai with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Leo has over 20 years of experience handling wealth management for HNWIs globally. 


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Michael Wynne-Parker -  Strategic Advisor

Michael Wynne-Parker is a globally well-known figure who has been Chairman of Introcom International for more than 40 years. A specialist in association management, Michael has been working alongside influential personalities, enhancing their lives through  multiple PR and branding-related services.
Michael's influential international contacts including Heads of State, Government Ministers, Governors of Central Banks and other prominent personalities in over twenty countries.


Michael has written 7 books all of which found homes in the most established libraries throughout the world.

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