The Leading Event for the Oil & Gas Sector in the Russian Far East

24 - 26 September 2019

“Stolitsa” Business Centre


Ryo Minami

Date of Birth: April 18, 1966

Birthplace: Chiba Prefecture

Education: LL.B., the University of Tokyo (1990)

LL. M., the University of Texas (1998)

Career & Experience:

July 2018-present: Director-General, Oil, Gas & Mineral Resources, METI

July 2015 – July 2018: Director for Europe & Russia, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI)

December 2012 – July 2015: Director, Oil & Gas Division, Agency for Natural Resources & Energy, METI

August 2010 – December 2012: Director, International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI

June 2007 – August 2010: Chief Representative, New York Office, Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)

June 2005 – June 2007: Deputy Director, Policy Coordination Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI

June 2002 – June 2005: Director, Business Promotion Group, Underwriting Department, NEXI

June 2000 – June 2002: Deputy Director, Export Division, International Trade Administration Bureau, METI

(In January 2001, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry was reorganized as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.)

June 1998 – June 2000: Deputy Director, Business Promotion Division, Small & Medium Enterprise Agency, the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI)

September 1996 – June 1998:  LL. M., Law School of the University of Texas

April 1990: Joined MITI

Cederic Cremers joined Shell after graduating with a master’s degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He has a background in finance and commercial roles in both Upstream and Downstream.

After two positions in the Retail business in the Netherlands, he moved to the Upstream business in Nigeria in 2004, leading the Financial branch for the SPDC joint venture.

In 2007 he moved to Upstream Americas, based in Houston, serving as Financial Accounting Operations Manager. In 2009 he became VP Finance for the Exploration and Commercial business in Upstream Americas.

In 2011, Cederic joined the Chemicals business, where till mid 2014 he was the Global Finance Manager for both Base and Intermediate Chemicals. Since January 2013, he was also General Manager for Shell Chemicals Europe.

From mid-2014 to mid-2015 he was in special role managing the recovery efforts at the major Moerdijk petrochemicals site.

Cederic started in Singapore as Vice President for Commercial and New Business Development for the Region in July 2015, covering Integrated Gas & Upstream.

In September 2017 Cederic Cremers was appointed as Country Chair Russia.

Member of the Management Committee, Head of Department 307

Born in 1968 in Grozny.

Sergey Menshikov graduated from Grozny Petroleum Institute, majoring in Machinery and Equipment at Oil & Gas Production Facilities, and received an additional degree in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas.

He has a PhD in Economics.

Professional experience

Employed at the Stavropolskoye Gas Production Directorate of Kavkaztransgaz.


Chief Engineer of the Privolnenskoye Gas Pipeline Operation Center at Kavkaztransgaz.


Head of the Production Division for Operation of Booster Compressor Stations and Gas Refrigeration Stations at Gazprom Dobycha Nadym.


Chief Engineer and First Deputy Director General at Gazprom Dobycha Nadym.


Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Nadym.

Since April 2019

Member of the Management Committee, Head of Department 307 at Gazprom.

Shelley graduated from the University of Melbourne with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 2001, she began her career with Esso Australia in the Environmental and Regulatory Department. From 2003 until 2010, Shelley worked for Esso Australia as an Inspection Engineer, Production Unit Planner and Reservoir Surveillance Supervisor.

Shelley worked for Exxon Neftegas Limited on Sakhalin Island from 2010 until 2014 as an Operations Superintendent. In 2014, she became the Operations Technical Manager with ExxonMobil in Newfoundland, Canada until 2017. After her assignment in Canada, Shelley worked as the ExxonMobil Planning Manager in Houston, Texas from 2017 until 2019.

As of March 2019, Shelley returned to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and became the new President of Exxon Neftegas Limited.

Since school, Shelley has been an avid golfer. She enjoys travelling, learning about new cultures, and is eager to participate in outdoor sports like hiking, bike riding, downhill skiing and snowshoeing while on Sakhalin Island.

Roman Dashkov was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Sakhalin Energy in February 2013.

He is a graduate of the Gubkin Oil and Gas University and Plekhanov Economic University.

He previously worked at Orenburggazprom, Yamburggazdobycha and the Oil, Gas & Gas Condensate Production Department of Gazprom.

Before joining Sakhalin Energy he worked as the Deputy Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Nadym. One of his projects related to the start-up of Bovanenkovo gas field in Yamal where a high-tech state-of-the-art gas production centre was developed.

He was involved in the patenting of a number of proprietary oil and gas technologies.

Vadim Stefanovich Rudanets graduated from the Moscow University of Commerce specialising in economics and international relations. He then started his career at NK-Rosneft and has been working at the company for 20 years.

He has been involved in several of the company’s geological surveys in various regions of the world, from Sakhalin to Africa and South America. In 2007 he was awarded an MBA.

Vadim has considerable experience in overseeing geophysical operations and prospecting & exploratory drilling offshore and has collaborated with large international corporations such as BP and ExxonMobil. He has held various leading positions in offshore block companies, including NK-Rosneft, Elvari Neftegaz and RN-Exploration.

He is currently the General Director of RN-Shelf-Arctic and since 2014 he has been the General Director of RN-Shelf Far East.


Younghoon David Kim is Chairman and CEO of Daesung Group, one of Korea’s oldest energy conglomerates. In addition to its focus on energy, Daesung Group’s diversified business areas include private equity, capital management, value investment, communications, the portal, organic farming, and publishing.

As of April 2019 Mr. Kim serves as a Member of the National Council on Climate and Air Quality.  Since October 2016, Mr. Kim has served as Chair of the World Energy Council (WEC) for a three-year term. In 2015, he served as the Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for the World Water Forum, and in 2013, as Co-Chair of World Energy Congress Organizing Committee.

He has received numerous awards, including: The Order of the Polar Star from the government of Mongolia for contributions to improving relations between Korea and Mongolia (2008); The Bronze Tower Medal of Honor for the Energy Industry awarded by the President of Korea (2005); The Grand Prize for Social and Cultural Merits from the Japan Culture Promotion Association (2002);   and the Grand Prix of the 1st Korea Management Awards for achievements in environment-friendly management (2002).

Mr. Kim received his Bachelor of Law degree from Seoul National University, Master of Comparative Law and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan, in addition to a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Harvard Divinity School.

Mr. GAO Shixian is the Deputy Director General and Research Professor of Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, P.R. China. He has been engaged in energy research focused on energy outlook, energy security and international cooperation, as well as energy policies /strategies since 1987. He worked at the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC) as a Chinese government representative in Tokyo during 2001-2002.

He has published many articles in Peoples’ Daily, Economy Daily, China’s Energy, The research of Macro-economy, China’s Electricity, etc.; and published many books as an author or co-authors, such as “To Deepen International Energy cooperation Via the Belt and Road Initiative”, “Research on Pushing Revolution of Energy Production and Consumption”, “Strategy of Regional Energy Cooperation in Northeast Asia”,  “Energy Security Strategy”, “China Energy Consumption Structure Change Tendency and Adjustment Countermeasure”, “ The Research on Energy Strategy in the Progress of Well-off Society in China”, “The Long-term Energy Strategy in China”, “The Research on Energy Development Strategy and Policy in China”, “Rethinking Energy Security in East Asia”, “Integrated Assessment of Sustainable Energy Systems in China” etc.

Evgeny Ambrosov is Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of PAO Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company and one of the world’s leading transporters of energy by sea. He joined the company in June 2009, with responsibility for commercial fleet operations, including a sophisticated fleet operating in the harsh environments of the Far Eastern and Arctic seas, and for developing the potential of the Northern Sea Route for large tankers’ transits. A graduate of the Maritime State University in Vladivostok, Russia (1979), Mr. Ambrosov worked for nearly 30 years in Russia's Far Eastern Shipping Company, rising from the position of Cargo Superintendent to President & CEO of the company. In September 2014 Mr. Ambrosov was elected Vice Chairman of Arctic Economic Council.

Grigory has brought more than 20 years of operational experience in energy sector. In January 2015, he established VYGON Consulting company, which is entirely based on providing strategic consulting for industrial entities, analytical support for the public authorities, conducting research.

From 2011 to 2014, Grigory was the director of Energy Center in Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO. In 2008, before the foundation of the Centre, he headed the Department of Economy and Finance in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, where he was engaged in various issues, including economic incentivizing of oil and gas sector.

In 2006-2008, he was the chief economist in TNK-BP, being responsible for strategic planning and analytical support to interact with public authorities. Before joining TNK-BP, he worked as an independent consultant and director in the Corporate Finance Department of the Institute of Financial Studies.

In 1996, Grigory graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, in 2000 – received a Ph. D. degree in the Central Economics and Mathematics Institute of RAS.

The key field of interest – oil and gas industry strategy and economic development, improvement of state regulation in terms of taxation and subsoil management. During the past 10 years, he has been actively involved in elaboration of strategic sectoral documents and regulations on economic stimulation of Russian oil and gas sector.

Vitaly Yermakov has over 20 years of oil and gas industry experience.  He currently leads a research center at Higher School of Economics, Moscow that focuses on analysis of energy policy.  Vitaly’s research interests include energy market and pricing developments, petroleum taxation, and energy regulation with a focus on natural gas in Eurasia.  Prior to joining Higher School of Economics, Vitaly worked as Director of Research at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and IHS CERA. Before that he was a manager at TNK-BP, an oil company.  Mr. Yermakov is the author of over 50 CERA and IHS CERA analytical private reports, including analysis of gas demand issues and gas price regulation in Russia and Ukraine, analysis of tax changes for Russian oil and gas industries, regulatory reform in the Russian energy sector and comparative analysis of oil and gas transportation tariffs in Russia and North America.  He also led numerous consulting projects for the CERA and IHS CERA clients, including Russian tax reform for the oil sector, developing gas strategy and developing strategy of marketing LPG for major Russian companies, analysing gas transportation in Russia for a major Western company.  Vitaly’s recent publications include analysis of Russian gas taxation for Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and analysis of price competitiveness of US LNG and Russian pipeline gas in Europe for KAPSARC, Saudi Arabia, where Vitaly was a visiting researcher.  Vitaly has been lecturing for Energy Delta Institute’s executive MBA program on a wide range of topics, including natural gas and LNG developments and pricing, China’s gas demand, and Russian gas developments.  He is a frequent speaker at major industry conferences in Russia and abroad.  Mr. Yermakov holds a master’s degree from Duke University and a PhD from Samara State University.

What he specialises in


Sergey Pepeliaev has over 30 years' hands-on experience of dealing with corporate and personal taxation issues. He has resolved countless challenging situations involving investments and court proceedings.

As a practitioner, he has defended the rights and interests of companies before the Russian Constitutional Court, the Russian Supreme Court, and commercial courts in large-scale and significant court disputes regarding: the legality of additional taxes and fines being assessed; unlawful regulations of the Russian Government, ministries and state authorities being repealed; and unconstitutional provisions of laws being set aside. He has also advised on matters including the taxation of investments, day-to-day business operations, and much more.


His main achievements


·         Over the last several years, our firm's lawyers, under Mr Pepeliaev’s guidance, have helped our clients to save more than USD 5 billion thanks to having successfully settled tax disputes both through court proceedings and out of court.

·         Mr Pepeliaev has been invited by the State Duma, the Russian Presidential Administration and other governmental authorities to take part in drafting laws, most notably, the Russian Tax Code, the Law on the Olympic Games, and legislation on transfer pricing, among others;

·         The Constitutional Court also invites him to express his expert opinion on a number of cases.  

·         In 2013 Mr Pepeliaev was elected to the Board of the Federal Chamber of Attorneys. He is also a member of the Board of the Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys.

·         The Federal Chamber of Attorneys has awarded to him the medal 'For outstanding protection of civil rights and freedoms' and the silver F. Plevako medal as well as other awards.


His major clients


Gazprom, Aeroflot, ALROSA, VimpelCom, RUSAL, MegaFon, METRO Cash & Carry, Volkswagen, JTI, Nike, Samsung, МTS.


What they say


Headed by Sergey Pepeliaev, the firm has, for over ten years, been acknowledged the leading Russian law firm by independent rating agencies and publications.

Various sources refer to Mr. Pepeliaev as “the father of Russian tax law”. The international directory Chambers Europe 2016 praised Mr Pepeliaev as “the leader setting development trends on the market and playing an active role in developing solutions for clients”.

After graduating as a Civil Engineer, Henk started his career in 1980 as Superintendent for Volker Stevin Dredging. He was assigned to one the largest reclamation projects at the time in Jubail for the 'Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu'. Over the following years Henk held various positions within the company as an estimator, works manager and project manager at different locations around the world. He has worked on projects in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Germany and the Netherlands. 

After the merger between Volker Stevin Dredging and HAM in 1991, Henk became a project manager in the United Arab Emirates and Northern Ireland and later Deputy Managing Director in Nigeria for a seven year period. Henk worked for three years in Singapore, where he was responsible for oil & gas related projects in  South-East Asia and Australia.

After the take-over by Van Oord of Ballast Ham Dredging in 2004, Henk became Regional Manager for the Mediterranean & Africa and Regional Manager for South-East and North-East Asia and Australia.

From 2010 to early 2019 Henk assumed the role of Regional Manager for Van Oord Offshore and was responsible for contracts in the Russian Federation as well as Canada, Asia Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa.

Since May 2019, Henk was assigned as Area Manager for Oil & Gas projects and dredging contracts in the Russian Federation, Caspian Sea and Black Sea region.

25 years of oilfield experience, 16 years with Camco / Schlumberger. Previous positions include RESMAN Business Development Manager for NCS/EU & RSG/CIS; Schlumberger Completion Architect – Intelligent Completions; Field Service Manager – Completions & Reservoir Monitoring; Engineer in Charge – Reservoir Monitoring & Control & Core Completions; Project Engineer – Reservoir Monitoring. Joined RESMAN in 2012.

Travnikov Evgeniy

Business Development Manager


Evgeniy is engaged in sales development of Special products. Specialties department of TOTAL VOSTOK offers well-known efficient products to Oil & Gas Industry. Among the products there are Oilfield Chemicals for the keeping and transportation of a crude oil; as traditional and renewable Drilling fluids EDC and EDC BioLife; Marine Dispersants FINASOL OSR.

Leo Luft is the Europe and Asia Strategic Business Manager for CAVU International. Leo has been coaching and mentoring in the oil & gas industry since 2013, working with all levels of leadership in high performance, high reliability organizations, covering the spectrum of operational excellence tenets.  He is an expert in transferring best practices in planning, communication, execution, debriefs and lessons learned for normal & emergency operations. Leo has a native level command of German, English and Russian as well as being a very gifted public speaker. He has represented CAVU working with teams from all over the world, delivering keynotes addresses in places such as Gubkin University in Moscow Russia, to Canada and the United States.

Chris has been involved in the Oil and Gas industry for the past 23 years, after serving 8 years in the British Army. During his time in the forces, he developed a keen interest in travel, sports and many other things, one of which was Scuba diving. On completion of his service he retrained to become a commercial diver. He then spent the next 10 years as a diver, primarily starting out in the civil engineering sector then progressing to work offshore as a diver, Lead Diver, Diving Supervisor and finally Offshore Superintendent in the Oil & Gas Sector.

The company he was working for then asked if he would work as an Onshore Project Manager in 2007, initially managing their short-term contracts and then long-term ones.

His last 5 years with them was spent running their flagship contract in South East Asia.

In 2015 he was offered the Operations Manager position with FSDS primarily to be based in Sakhalin as part of their long-term commitment to developing local content and being one of the primary service providers for subsea services in Russia.

Professional Qualifications, Accomplishments  
Chris has a wide array of managerial, safety and diving qualifications which he has gained over the years along with his experience, allowing him to meet both company and client expectations.

Over the years he has received numerous awards, the most recent being a CEOs Safety Award “For outstanding contribution to Sakhalin Energy Safety and Performance Culture”.

Previously Chris received the award for 10 years without an LTI from a major client for his role as the Project Manager for running a long-term construction and IRM Project using a purpose built DP DSV with Twin Bell Saturation, Air & ROV capabilities.



Yarko Sos, Founder/Director, Check-6, Inc.

A highly decorated and distinguished aviator and businessman, “JJ” has consistently been selected for the most demanding and challenging leadership positions. “JJ” ran the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, known worldwide as TOPGUN.  “JJ” amassed more than 4000 flight hours in F-14s, F/A-18s and F-16 fighter jets, and successfully executed 746 carrier arrested landings, of which 250 were at night. He flew combat missions in Operation Desert Storm, NATO Bosnia operations, and participated in four other combat deployments to Iraq. He was selected as the 1997 Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Pilot of the Year. After 15 years in the US Navy, he transitioned to the US Air Force, where he retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel. His last assignment was as the Commander of the 119th Fighter Squadron, an F-16 fighter unit in the New Jersey Air National Guard. Concurrent with squadron command, “JJ” began a new career relating his leadership and flying experience to corporate America.  Additionally, he is a rated Boeing 737 First Officer and has served as a pilot for United Airlines. 

In 2007 he became one of the founding members of Check-6 International, a performance leadership company comprised exclusively of select aircraft carrier fighter pilots, Special Operations operatives, and military veterans. Check-6 takes the best practices of the most dangerous operations on Earth and tailors training, simulation, cultural and leadership solutions.The company’s truly credible, experienced consultants work to benefit industries that seek “high-reliability” culture/performance and continuous improvement. Check-6 has grown to more than 200 consultants in diversified industries that work on six continents, in 17 languages.

“JJ” holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University-Camden. He resides with his wife and family in Houston, Texas.  

Daria serves as a Consultant at Strategy and Business Development department of VYGON Consulting. Daria is responsible for analytical support of consulting projects to strategic development and operational excellence in oil and gas industry.

Between 2012 and 2014, Daria worked as analyst at Strategy and Business Development department of Skolkovo Business School Energy Centre. Prior to joining the Energy Center, Daria worked as Senior Equity Analyst at the Rye, Man & Gor Securities Investment Company, where she was focused on the Oil, Gas and Chemicals sector coverage.

In 2010-2011 Daria has also been junior oil&gas analyst in Research Department at the Bank of Moscow.

Daria Kozlova graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2011 with specialist degree in Finance and Credit.