Owner, Chief Executive Officer
Russell has over 40 years experience in the financial services industry specifically in the areas of Accounting and Compliance. A graduate of Pace University in New York in Accounting, Russell has spent many years as an auditor, accountant and compliance examiner which has given him the skills and expertise to own and lead a firm and it’s clients to financial success.
Starting in the Accounting department of a major Wall Street firm in 1977, Russell’s experience grew to where in 1988 he joined the National Futures Association, a U.S. contracted regulatory agency, as an auditor. After 7 years with that agency, he branched out to the private sector as a compliance officer for a few small to mid-sized financial services companies in a few different countries around the world. After 40 years of doing things successfully and the right way, Russell decided it was time to start his own company and do things exactly the same way he’s always done them before.
Issa Mohamad Soormally is the Managing director of Toukan Corporate Services Limited since March 2017
He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Issa is a fellow Member of the MIoD (Mauritius Institute of directors) and is a holder of a degree in Banking with Finance. A seasoned Commercial banker and regulator, he held various positions within local as well as International organizations. Formerly Deputy Governor of Central Bank Mauritius, he chaired various positions in local financial institutions. Moreover, he has an extensive International banking track record in various jurisdictions, such as France, Luxembourg, Reunion Island, Kenya, Dubai and South Africa. Issa was also instrumental in setting up a branch of Al Salam Bank of Bahrain in the Republic of Seychelles. He was a participant and speaker, representing Mauritius at various international financial conferences and events.
Chief Operating Officer
Ashnah Gunesssing graduated in 2008 from the University of South Africa, in the field of Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management.
Prior to joining Toukan in July 2016, Ashnah worked as a Senior Administrator and Relationship Manager in a duly licensed Management Company for over 10 years. She has gathered extensive experience in the Global Business Sector both locally and Internationally as a Head of Compliance and Money Laundering Reporting Officer(MLRO) at Toukan.
In 2017, She took a more active role in supporting the Human Resource, Strategic marketing & development divisions of the Company, whilst overseeing the Administration and Finance division to provide a seamless customer experience to International Clients.
Ashnah is member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD) as well as a member of the Compliance Sub- Committee for Global Finance Mauritius (GFM).
Zakir has been practicing as a Barrister/Lawyer for the past 16 years. He had the privilege of being part of a diverse law practice/chambers wherefrom he has acquired experience ranging from civil as well as criminal litigation to serving high-end corporate clients.
Zakir holds an LLB degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in International and Commercial Law from the University of Buckingham. This was followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Zakir was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003. He is also a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London.
Zakir is a Partner at MC Law Offices in Mauritius and his practice areas are mostly in the fields of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce, Litigation: Criminal and Civil, Corporate, Immigration, Real Estate, and Employment Law.
Zakir has gathered invaluable experience in managing the full complement of legal strategies, functions, departmental operations, cases, contracts, and transactions within both the in-house corporate and private law firm environment.
Zakir has the privilege of representing both major local and international clients such as:
- Cisco Systems, Inc.
- SAFY Group – South-Africa
- Dollar Thrifty – South-Africa
- ZTE Corporation – China
- Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée – France
- JA Resorts & Hotels – UAE
- Mahanagar Telephone Mauritius Limited
- Neel Group of Companies
- KOBE Motor Ltd. – Japan
- Marcon Solutions, Inc. – The Philippines
- UBIKWI – France
- Al-Braik Investments LLC. – UAE
- Anxuan Family Office – Shanghai-Mauritius
Zakir is an avid supporter for the introduction of Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services in Mauritius.
Kamen Sokolov has 19 years of experience in the financial services industry. Kamen’s thoughtful leadership skills and expertise helped him establish his own investment advisory firm which has been catering for the needs of the distressed asset investment community in the SE EU region since 2017. Prior to this, he served as a head of the local subsidiaries of APS Holding – a major international Investment and Asset Management Company.
He started his career as a junior stockbroker, then financial consultant on Wall street, before moving to Bulgaria where he held an expert position in Bulgaria’s Central Bank as well as various positions in a number of commercial banks in Bulgaria.
Mr Kamen received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in International Business from Alliant International University-San Diego, CA, U.S.A.