We develop and attract skilled people to create a vibrant, diverse and innovative working environment. We pay particular attention to ensuring that people feel supported, with the knowledge and motivation to deliver their best results.
At Astra we work hard to turn our ideas and experience into better solutions and service for our valued clients.
James has worked as a financial adviser since 1989 and brings experience and detailed knowledge of the financial services industry to Astra. James believes that listening to clients and trying to understand their needs and aspirations, is the key to helping them achieve their financial goals and dreams. During this time, like most industries, financial services has and continues to undergo radical changes. James spends time attending forums and discussions, to make sure Astra is best placed to continue to meet the ever-changing needs of our global clients.
Martin has been providing offshore financial advice since 2003 in the Middle East and across Europe and now helps and supports clients across the globe. He has obtained qualifications through the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. His extensive experience has enabled him to assist his clients in all aspects of financial planning. He is well-versed in providing bespoke financial and investment advice to senior, high net worth individuals in multi-national organisations. Martin is committed to developing the business by striving for excellence in every aspect of the client experience.
Adam has been in financial services, starting in 1999 with the West Bromwich Building Society, where he studied for and gained his Financial Planning certificates. He has also worked as an adviser for the Royal Bank of Scotland and then co-owned the company Astute Finance, before joining Star Capital Finance in 2009. Adam is now a Partner in Astra Financial Services and is helping drive the business forward in Europe and beyond.
Tihana started her career in wealth management in 2011. She specialises in portfolio management, market research and investment analysis of mutual funds. Tihana has a BA degree in Analysis and Business Planning from the University of Zagreb, and is an Honours MA graduate in Economics and Finance from Charles University Prague. Tihana also holds the Investment Operations Certificate from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), UK. She has published a book on corporate governance and is currently pursuing her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification with the CFA Institute, Virginia, USA.
Conrado is based in our Manila office in the Philippines. In his past career, he played a vital role as a Client Relationship Officer in a well-known landscape company in Dubai. At present, he holds the position of the Administration Manager, working closely with consultants, clients and life companies, ensuring the business accomplishes its goals on a daily basis. Conrado not only runs the office in Asia but also works closely with consultants in Europe and the admin staff in Europe to ensure the smooth running of the business.
Mikka is based in our Manila office, Philippines where she also studied and graduated in mass communication. Previously, she was employed as an Executive Assistant in the Property Management and Hospitality industries in the Middle East. Currently she works closely with the senior management of the company to manage the company accounts and budgets as well as salaries. Mikka is also involved in making sure employees and management keep a record of their Continuing Professional Development so that employees of the company maintain high standards of knowledge in the business.
Paula joined the team in 2014, after completing her BA degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Anglo-American University in Prague. She is a graduate with strong communication and organisational skills, gained from previous work at Radio Free Europe/RL and a pre-school and is now seeking to move into a career as a Policy Analyst. Currently, she is working on her MA degree in Public Policy, including financial analysis such as regulatory work on public budgeting, budget execution processes and cost benefit analysis. Paula has been studying financial markets in relation to public policies.
Investment Manager Assistant
Pavel first became involved in consultancy services in 2013 when he took a three-month internship in a Czech enterprise, Broker Consulting, a.s. where he worked as an assistant to the financial consultants. Currently he is working on his BA degree in Economics and Finance at Charles University in Prague. His bachelor thesis covers financial analysis in public procurement on the Czech energy market with a great emphasis on econometric models. Pavel is an undergraduate student with strong analytical and communication skills. Since joining Astra, he has provided analytical support to other members of the team and is also studying for his final exams at the Institute of Economic Studies.