Founder and President
Viktoria is an international entrepreneur and an expert in communications and private-sector development in emerging market countries. Her areas of expertise are in post-Soviet states, Europe, and Asia. She has extensive experience working on international development projects funded by multilateral donor organizations.
In 2006 she started and has been successfully managing a company in Kazakhstan, which exclusively sells the Dutch professional hair cosmetics brand KEUNE.
In 2010 she lost her husband, Gabriel Al-Salem, in a tragic accident. She started the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation as a US public benefit corporation to continue Gabriel’s work in the fields of economic development and creating sustainable growth in emerging market countries.
Viktoria also serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Kansas, where Gabriel received his Bachelor’s degree. She focuses on the School’s relations to international partners. She holds an MA in English from St. Petersburg State University as well as an MA from the Ohio State University and JD from Concord Law School.