About Us

Vladimir Kovin

Founder & CEO

Vladimir is from Moscow, Russia, and currently resides in Boston, USA. An accountant by trade, Vladimir designed and developed the OCTB Method wanting to bring accountability to language learning. After 8 years, Vladimir has overseen the company's expansion into Asia, Europe and Latin America.

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Rashid Kusembaev

Cofounder & COO

Rashid is based in Moscow, Russia and leads OCTB's operations in Russia. He received an Executive MBA from Duke University and has led business development projects in Russia for Coca-Cola, Cadbury, Philips, SUNInbev, Bridgetown Foods and Dirol Cadbury.

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Steffen Eckart


Steffen is based in Tokyo, Japan. He is responsible for delivering a superior experience to our learners on a global basis, by building and sustaining close relationships with our customers. His previous experience includes corporate HR, Learning & Development, and language training. Steffen holds an M.A in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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Bradly Hale


Bradly is from St. Louis, USA, but currently calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. He is responsible for all things related to technology, including the company website, client platforms, and data and analytics. His prior experience includes TV production and the US Department of State.

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Sol Castro

LATAM BD Manager

Sol is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is responsible for client outreach and relations in Latin America. Her prior experience includes working as a recruiter for Baker Hughes, as well as a sworn public translator.

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Natalia Plekhanova

Europe & MENA BD Manager

Natalia is based in Europe. She is responsible for client outreach and relations in Europe and MENA. Her background includes working in Sales & Marketing in the hospitality industry, blogging and volunteer work.

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Alexandra Boroda

CIS BD Manager

Alexandra is based in Moscow, Russia. She is responsible for client outreach and relations in CIS countries. Alexandra has been with OCTB since 2014.

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