Oleg A. Ilitchev
Oleg founded Five Boroughs Foundation of Photography in 2007 to give the gift of photography to children living in NYC and ultimately around the globe. Photography played a major role in shaping his perspectives on the world, especially the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson, James Nachtwey, Jason Eskenazi and the many great photographers of Magnum Photos.
Outside of his work on Five Boroughs, Oleg is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the US operations of Argo Group International Holdings, an international specialty insurance and reinsurance business. He is deeply passionate about financial institutions and the role they play in shaping societies. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Columbia University and has attended several executive education programs at Harvard Business School.
He is married to his wife, inspiration and collaborator on Five Boroughs, Alfia Ilicheva, and is a proud father to his daughter, Adriana.
Alfia A. Ilicheva
Alfia is the President of Five Boroughs Foundation of Photography and is involved in all aspects of the organization, from operations to fundraising and idea generation. Outside of Five Boroughs, Alfia is a Senior Associate on the Commercial Strategy team of Fahrenheit 212, an innovation consultancy business. Alfia enjoys the thrill of combining lateral thinking and commercial intuition to create new narratives, products and services for companies.
Alfia is an honors graduate of the School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University, and received an MBA degree from Columbia Business School. When Alfia is not busy traveling the world for new inspirations and meanings, she is focused on her most important passion, her family. As a young mom in bustling New York City, she cherishes peaceful moments with her baby, whether reading Russian fairy tales or exploring new parks. Alfia was born in Moscow, Russia and takes deep pride in her Tatar-Russian roots. She loves to go back to her native Tatar village to reconnect with extended family over endless cups of samovar tea and folklore songs.