Chris Weafer is recognised as an international authority on the Russian and CIS economies. He is senior partner with Macro Advisory, a Moscow based consultancy providing bespoke research services to macro hedge funds, venture capital investors and foreign companies looking at investment opportunities in Russia and Central Asia.

Weafer has worked in Russia for nearly two decades. He was voted the best Russia investment strategist for 2013 by investors in separate polls carried out by Thomson Reuters Extel and Institutional Investor magazine. He has regularly placed in the top three of these respective polls over the past ten years.

Before leaving to co-found Macro Advisory, he held the position of Chief Strategist at Sberbank-CIB, Russia's largest bank and one of the biggest banks in Europe. Prior to that he served for four years as Chief Strategist with Uralsib Financial Corporation and for five years with Alfa Bank, two of Russia's largest privately owned financial groups. His first role in Russia was as Head of Research with Troika Dialog, a privately owned investment bank, from June 1998. He held that position for over four years.

Prior to coming to Russia, Weafer worked as Head of Research for NatWest Markets in Bangkok, Thailand, during the Asian financial crisis of 1997/'98. Before that he was Senior Investment Manager at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, based in Abu Dhabi City.

Weafer started his investment career with the Irish Life Assurance Company in Dublin, Ireland, and has accumulated over thirty three years of experience in emerging markets. He is the author of many published articles covering Russia, Central Asia and the trend in macro oil. He is also widely quoted in the financial press on these and related subjects.