25 years at the leading edge of the Russian energy sector

28 - 30 September 2021

“Stolitsa” Business Centre, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

SPEAKERS IN 2020 include:

Pavel Zavalniy has been a State Duma Deputy since 4 December 2011 (Sixth Convocation). His constituency is the Russian Federation region of Khanti-Mansiisk Autonomous Okrug – Yugra.

He is a member of the “United Russia” parliamentary party and Vice Chair of the State Duma Committee for Energy.



Bauman Moscow State Technical University (1984)

Institute of Business Studies, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy (2003)

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy (2005)

PhD in Engineering


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.

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.

Mark Gyetvay is the CFO and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at NOVATEK. He is an internationally recognized expert in the oil and gas industry and a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences globally.

From 2003 to 2014, he was a member of NOVATEK’s Board of Directors and formerly served as the Chairman on the Strategy and Investment Committee. He was responsible for listing NOVATEK on the London Stock Exchange in 2005, and has led many of the Company’s Eurobond and domestic bond placements.

Investor Relations Magazine has rated him as one of the best CFO’s in Russia and the CIS by winning numerous awards and accolades, and recognized twice by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the Top Five CFO’s in Europe’s Oil and Gas sector.  Mr. Gyetvay is the recipient of the Finance Monthly 2015 - 2019 “Best CFO – Russia”, “Game Changer Award – Russia” 2017 and 2018, and announced twice as the Institutional Investor’s “Best CFO” in the EMEA oil and gas industry for 2018 and 2019, as well as Extel’s “Best CFO in O&G Europe” in 2019.

Prior to joining NOVATEK, he worked at a number of independent oil and gas companies in the United States since 1981 where he specialized in financial and economic analysis matters in both the upstream and downstream segments, as well as was a former partner in PWC’s Petroleum practice based in Moscow from 1995 to 2003.

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.

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.

Mr. Drebentsov’s core responsibilities at BP plc comprise economic and energy research, and policy advice in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Mr. Drebentsov also covers European gas markets, global gas reserves and gas pipeline trade for BP Statistical Review of World Energy and BP Energy Outlook 2035. Since 2010, Mr. Drebentsov has assumed Vice-President role at BP Russia. Mr. Drebentsov is a member of the Expert Council of the Government of Russia.
Prior to joining BP in 2006, Mr. Drebentsov had worked as Senior Economist at the World bank (1993-2006) and as Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for US and Canadian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (1982-1993).

Mr. Akihiro Hirose has served as Deputy Director for Oil and Gas Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and is in charge of policies for upstream development and procurement of oil and gas for Japan. He has a long and rich experience of energy development and climate change policy. Previously he was engaged in the engineering and consulting business.

Mr. Hirose received an MA Global Studies (international development) from the University of Sussex in the UK. He also obtained an LLB.

Born in Moscow in 1966, Natalya Kaspersky graduated from the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics with a Diploma in Applied Mathematics.
In 1997, Natalya, together with Eugene Kaspersky, founded Kaspersky Lab and became its CEO. Over 10 years of Natalya’s supervision, the Kaspersky Lab startup turned into a remarkable leader of global IT market boasting $500 million in revenue.
In 2007, Natalya headed InfoWatch, which now dominates the Russian IT market, still actively develops in Russia and the CIS, and successfully enters the global arena. InfoWatch offers innovative and effective corporate data and enterprise protection against information leakage and the most pressing internal and external threats.
Natalya holds multiple awards in Russian and International Business and IT:
• «Entrepreneur of the Year 2016» in Russia according to the global audit company EY, winner in «High-Tech» Category.
• Bronze medalist of «Top-100 most influential Russian women in business» rating.
• «Russian Business Leader of the Year 2012» award honoring her remarkable contribution to the progress of the Russian IT community, according to Horasis, the Global visions community.
• Leader of «Top-1000 highest Russian managers of 2014» in IT according to Kommersant leading Russian business daily and Association of Russian managers.
• Best Technology Business Entrepreneur, Women in Technology MEA 2014 awards, Dubai.
• Nominee as The most influential person from Russia Q1 2015 for input in the IT-industry by BRIC Magazine, UK
• Leader of «Best.ru» rating in Telecom/IT in 2017
• The 30 most inspirational leaders in business by Insights Success Magazine.

Born in Vladivostok on July 23rd 1957


Mr. Ambrosov graduated in 1979 from the Marine State University in Vladivostok (Fleet Management Department)

Mr. Ambrosov is Senior Executive Vice President 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 and new business development, 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 Officer on board of liner vessels to President & CEO of the FESCO Group of companies. In September 2014 Mr. Ambrosov was elected Vice Chairman of Arctic Economic Council.

Mikhail Korobitsyn is Technical Lead with Shell Russia, as well as a member of Sakhalin Energy Shareholders Technical Committee since 2017.

He joined Shell in the Netherlands in 2002, initially working on energy efficiency programmes at Shell refineries in France and UK. Between 2006 and 2009, Mikhail worked as Lead Technologist in construction, commissioning, start-up of the first Russian LNG plant on Sakhalin. After Sakhalin, from 2009 till 2016, Mikhail was Process & Utilities Lead Engineer for two floating LNG projects in Australia: Prelude and Browse. Then, as a technical integrator with Shell Projects & Technologies, Mikhail was involved in the FEED/PDD phase of SEIC Train 3 project.

Before joining Shell, Mikhail worked in Research & Development on advanced energy conversion systems (fuel cells, hydrogen, process intensification, exergy analysis) with the Netherlands Energy Research Centre ECN and the Dutch innovation agency Senter-Novem.

He holds MSc from the Moscow University of Management on automation & control, and PhD from the University of Twente, Netherlands, on applied thermodynamics. Author of 12 technical publications, 9 scientific reports, and 2 international patents.

Daisuke HARADA, Project Director, Economist

Research and Analysis Department, Russia Project Group

Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)


Daisuke HARADA entered Japan National Oil Corporation (JNOC) in 1997. As an economist, he was engaged in several projects in Asia and Oceania and in the internal task-force for the upstream asset purchase between JNOC and private entities.


In 2003, He was seconded to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, in charge of establishment of bilateral and multilateral relations between Asian countries focusing on People’s Republic of China, Republic of India and ASEAN countries in energy affairs.


In 2006, as soon as he returned from Ministry to JOGMEC (JNOC and Metal Mines Agency of Japan merged in 2004), he was appointed as Deputy Director of Moscow Representative Office and worked for starting up upstream JVs in East Siberia. In 2010, he entered the graduate school of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, and completed the master’s degree in economics and management (as Economist status) in 2012.


After six years career in Russia, he came back to Tokyo and has been appointed as a regional specialist and economist for projects in Russia and CIS, continuously researches the multilateral relations and geopolitics between Russia, US, EU, China and Japan, and also providing intelligence services to Japanese Government and private entities. Currently he is also in charge of Arctic LNG-2 project and Vostok Oil project (Rosneft).


---BA, in Indo-Pakistani Studies, from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan

---Proficiency Diploma in Hindi from University of Allahabad, Republic of India

---MA for Economics and Management from Gubkin State University of Oil and Gas, Russian Federation


An HSSE professional with 27 years of experience in safety, environment and sustainable development, including 16 years in the international oil and gas industry.  Her career history includes working in  government on environment regulatory side, followed by various roles in the major multi-national company Shell. Worked in the Netherlands, and worldwide on projects in Europe, Asia, Africa  and USA, with a focus on Arctic and shale oil & gas. She has held roles as country HSSE manager in several countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine)

As Head of the Environmental Protection Division at Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd, Andrey Samatov manages all environmental aspects across all Directorates, including onshore and offshore exploration and production, transport and logistics, facilities, offices and residential complexes, major and minor brownfield asset projects, and well engineering operations.

He is responsible for:

-          Developing, implementing and continually improving the environmental aspects of management systems throughout the Company;

-          Creating and developing the environmental culture of the Company and contract staff;

-          Environmental monitoring and biodiversity programme performance, data analysis quality control and environmental reporting quality assurance;

-          Integration of various internal disciplines, from highly technical scientific and engineering disciplines, environmental culture and leadership development, and various external stakeholders (e.g. authorities, shareholders, lenders, oil & gas companies, and Russian and international NGOs).

-          The Company’s relationship with the Environmental Regulatory Authority;

-          Representing the Company at regional, national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and other meetings.


Work experience:

Corporate Environmental Manager

Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.

Deputy Director for Science

Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Sakhalin Fisheries and Oceanography Research Institute” (FSUE “SakhNIRO”)

Head of Applied Ecology Department


Head of Biological Oceanography Laboratory


Scientific Research


Junior Scientific Researcher

Kamchatka Natural Resources Management, Department of Pacific Geography, Far East Branch, USSR Academy of Science, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia



2001: Postgraduate: Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Science (USSR Academy of Science)

1990-1992: Hydrobiology, St Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia

1982-1987: Biology, Far East State University, Vladivostok, Russia


Additional Information:

1999-present: Member of Sakhalin Environmental Council.

2013: Acknowledgment of Sakhalin Governor

2003, 2007: Honorary diploma from FSUE “SakhNIRO”

2002: Honorary diploma from RF Fisheries Committee

2001: Honorary diploma from Sakhalin Administration




Konstantin Burdin was born on December 30, 1976 in Donetsk region.  He holds a degree with distinction from Tyumen O&G University, on specialty "Drilling O&G Wells and Well Workover". In 1999 he started his professional career as an assistant workover driller in Surgut Department of Oil Recovery Enhancement and Well Workover. Later he worked as supervisor for coiled tubing crew.

In 2001 he was appointed as leading engineer of biggest coiled tubing well workover department in Russia. In 2003 he defended a dissertation for Doctor of Engineering degree. The thesis was entitled “Development and Research of Behind-the-Casing Flows Isolation Technologies with CT application”.

He has been working for Schlumberger since 2004, where he rose from the position of a design engineer to Coiled Tubing geomarket technical Doman. Since 2017, he has been the Chairman of the Russian Chapter of the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA-Russia).  Author of 30+ technical papers on the subject.

Prof. Michael Bradshaw has a BSc from the University of Birmingham, an MA from the University of Calgary (Alberta) and a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He works at the interface between economic and political geography, energy studies and international relations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (and former Vice President) and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.


Prof. Bradshaw's research focuses on the geopolitical economy of global energy. He has been studying the development of the Sakhalin oil and gas projects in Russia's Far East for almost 20 years and now also researches energy security in northeast Asia. He is currently examining Russia’s plans to develop its LNG industry. From 2008 to 2011 he was engaged in a research programme examining the relationship between energy security, globalization and climate change, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship. In October 2013 Polity Press published his book 'Global Energy Dilemmas'. He is currently completing a research project on Global Gas Security funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). He plans to continue his research on the global geopolitical economy of the gas industry and is now working on the prospects for the development of shale gas in the UK and Europe. With further support from UKERC, he also plans to continue research on North American fossil fuel abundance and the global geopolitics of fossil fuels.

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.

Alexey Kalinin joined SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Markets Studies in 2013. He leads research in geoeconomics of the emerging markets, global strategies, sustainable development, digital, and innovation. His previous experience includes running industrial consulting practice at the Institute for Complex Strategic Studies for four years in parallel with teaching strategy in Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School. Alexey also has over 15 years of industrial experience in strategy and international business in Russian energy, engineering, and ICT sectors. Alexey holds Oxford Diploma in Global Business, MBA, and MSc in Engineering.

Maria has conducted global oil & gas market research for more than 10 years and has a Ph.d. in Economics.

Maria Belova held the position of senior analyst at the Global Energy Department at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Energy Centre (2011-2014).

Before that she worked at the Department of Energy at the Institute for Energy and Finance Foundation in Moscow in various positions (2005-2011), where she conducted  research on the development of international energy markets.

She was a member of the expert group on Russia-EU negotiations on Transit Protocol under the Energy Charter Treaty (2006-2008). Member of the thematic group on energy strategies, forecasts and scenarios of Russia-EU Energy dialogue (2010-2011). Member of the expert sub-group on energy security of bilateral energy working group of Russian-American Presidential Commission (2010-2011). Member of the expert group on scenarios harmonization for the roadmap of cooperation between Russia and the EU in the energy sector to 2050 (2011).

Belova received her diploma in oil and gas business management from the State University of Management in Moscow (with honor).

She is an academic advisor of MBA program «International oil and gas business» at MGIMO School of Business and International Proficiency.


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.

In VYGON Consulting Dmitry is responsible for implementation of consultancy and research projects related to the financial and economic analysis of the fuel and energy sector, as well as the strategic development and analysis of investment portfolios of oil and gas companies.

From 2013-2016 he worked at Rosneft Oil Company where he was responsible for strategic upstream portfolio analysis and development of oilfield services. Dmitry was also involved in the development of company strategy and a long-term development program for the East of Russia. Since 2015 was in charge of Upstream major projects management system creation.

From 2011-2013 Dmitry dealt with problems of improving the quality of Downstream financial planning at TNK-BP.

Dmitry started his Oil & Gas consultancy career at Deloitte, where he was involved in projects for major Russian Oil & Gas companies.

In 2009 he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technologies within the Oil & Gas Fundamental cathedra.

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