Yelena is the partner-in-charge of HA&W’s International Services. She specializes in advising domestic and international companies on international tax issues and tax planning strategies, regarding inbound and outbound operations.
Yelena is an active member in many professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants where she recently served on the task force that reviewed Proposed Treasury Regulations on Transfer Pricing; the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants where she participated in the Leadership Development Program; and Baker Tilly International where she chaired the North American International Tax Committee for six consecutive years. Additionally, Yelena is a founding board member of GlobalEXECWomen, chair of the board of the Georgia Council for International Visitors and chair of the 2013 Consular Ball. She is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Atlanta program and received the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2011 Global Impact Award for Service Providers on behalf of HA&W. She is also a board member of the TAG International Business Society.
Yelena has written for numerous publications. She is a regular contributing writer to Global Atlanta on international tax issues. She is also a frequent speaker at many international and domestic seminars including those pertaining to businesses entering the U.S. market.
Prior to moving to Atlanta, Yelena received her Masters degree in Engineering from the Technological College of Leningrad. Upon her arrival in the United States, she continued her education in Accountancy at Georgia State University. Yelena has received the Golden Key Award for the highest score on the CPA exam in Georgia and the Elijah Watt Sells Award for being in the top 100 scores on the CPA exam in the nation. She was recently selected by Atlanta-based GlobalEXECWomen as one of three finalists for the International Women of Influence Awards™ in the category of Service Providing Businesses. Yelena was also selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the city’s “up and comers” for 2006. Each year, the paper selects and presents awards to 40 business professionals under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to their communities and are leaders in their companies. Most recently, Yelena was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of 15 "Women Who Mean Business" in Atlanta and served as a judge for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Metro Export Challenge. Yelena has also been recognized by Atlanta Magazine as one of the 55 most influential foreign-born Atlantans.