The GVA Sawyer team, the backbone of which has been working together for more than 20 years, has successfully implemented more than 1 million square meters of retail, office, hotel and industrial projects. Active cooperation of development, consulting, Analytics, brokerage, investment and construction departments guarantees a comprehensive approach to solving problems.
Mr. Sawyer holds the Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA. Mr. Sawyer was a Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst Fellow on the Faculty of Law at the Ludwigs-Maximillians-Universitat in Munich, Germany.
Mr. Sawyer speaks German and Russian in addition to his native English.
Mr. Sawyer is a popular speaker, writer and consultant on the subject of Russian real estate, and has spoken at, and chaired a number of international conferences. Mr. Sawyer`s articles have appeared in the Estates News, Moscow Times, Moscow Tribune and others. Interviews with Mr. Sawyer have appeared in The Economist, Ekonomika i Zhizn`, Kommersant, etc. Mr. Sawyer has been appearing every year since 1995 as a guest speaker in classes in Real Estate Finance of Professors John Vogel, Bill Poorvu, Arthur Segel, and Nick Retsynis at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Sawyer together with his partners formed GVA Sawyer in 1993 and served as the company’s President from 1993 to 2007. Since 2007, Mr. Sawyer has served as Chairman of the Board of the Company.
Prior to the organization of GVA Sawyer, Mr. Sawyer was Deputy General Director of the Joint Venture “Perestroika”, the first commercial real estate development company in the Soviet Union and Russia.
Honors Diploma in Management of Moscow State Financial-Economical Institute, 1996. Honors Graduate of Moscow State Linguistic University, 1982. Certified Commercial Investment Member. CCIM degree, 2005. Fellow Member of RICS since 2012. Ms. V. Setskaya began her real estate career in Perestroika Russian-American Joint Venture, where she held various positions including rent manager from 1989 to1993. Perestroika Joint Venture turned to be the first development company in Russia specializing in construction of “A” Class business centers and also elite residential property for rent to the largest Western corporate clients. Ms. V. Setskaya has broad experience in real estate projects organization and their management. Partner and co-founder of GVA Sawyer since 1993. Ms. V. Setskaya is the Vice President of the Russian Guild of Managers and Developers in Moscow and the Member of RICS Board in Russia.
Vice President for Commercial Real Estate, Partner at GVA Sawyer
Partner and Vice President of Construction
Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Moscow Electronic Engineering University, held various positions with “Mosinzhstroy”, one of the Russian leading companies for engineering infrastructure construction; worked in the Russian – American development company “Perestroika”. Joined GVA Sawyer at its inception in 1993. Mr. T. Gelenava has broad experience in construction and development of a wide range of real estate projects in the office, residential, retail and hotel segments.
Financial Director, Partner