Born in Bolivia, early life in Ecuador, Argentina. Grew up outside London.
Got BSc Geoogy and Geophysics, Durham University Durham, UK and MSc Geophysics New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, USA.
Works in oil and gas industry. First visited Russia with ConocoPhillips to work on LukOil joint venture software/data. Since than he was visited Russian ten times.
His interest in Russian art, particularly the avant-garde, and architecture and music, has broadened to history as these are more often than not related.
He has been studying Russian since 2007.