25 years at the frontier of innovations in energy

28 - 30 September 2021

SPEAKERS IN 2021 include:

Markus Ederer, born in 1957, graduated in Law at the University of Passau. Since Oct. 2017, he has been Ambassador of the EU to Russia. Until 2017, he held the post of State Secretary at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Until 2014, Markus Ederer was Ambassador of the EU to China. From Dec. 2005 to Dec. 2010, he was the Head of Policy Planning in the German Federal Foreign Office. His career in the German Foreign Office started in 1990 when he was the Personal Secretary to Minister of State H. Schäfer. He then served in the Economic Dept of the German Embassy in Moscow. In 1993 he returned to Germany where he served in the Press Department and later became Deputy Spokesperson for the German Foreign Office. In 1999 he moved to Brussels as Head of Cabinet of the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. In 2002, he became the Director of Political/Economic Assessment in the Federal Intelligence Service in Germany.

Paul L. Kleijnen (1961): 34 years with ExxonMobil, predominantly in the upstream (production operations, natural gas/LNG commercial) but also downstream (refinery operations, retail, distribution). Extensive cross cultural experience through assignments in the Netherlands, Australia, USA, UK, Qatar, India, Russia and Kazakhstan, totaling almost 25 years.

Paul L. Kleijnen (1961) is a Dutch national. As from 1 February 2021 Paul has been appointed as ExxonMobil’s Russia Lead Country Manager, President of ExxonMobil Russia Inc. and Chairman of Exxon Neftegas Ltd.

After finishing his military service as an officer in the Dutch army where he received extensive training in Russian language, he completed his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Eindhoven Technical University in 1986.

In 1986 he started his career with Exxon (now ExxonMobil) in the Netherlands. For the next 10 years he held various positions in fuels sales and distribution business, the Rotterdam refinery and in ExxonMobil’s upstream natural gas business in the Netherlands.

In 1996 Paul started his international career with an assignment in Australia (Operations Manager), followed by assignments in the Exxon International headquarters in New Jersey, USA and later in London, UK, both in the natural gas business. From there Paul moved on to assignments in Qatar (LNG Marketing Manager) and India (Lead Country Manager)

In June 2011 Paul relocated to Moscow where he took the position of Gas Commercial manager and Vice President for Exxon Neftegas Limited. Early 2014 Paul moved on to Kazakhstan as the Development and Commercial manager for ExxonMobil Kazakhstan Inc. In recognition of his contributions to the success of the Kashagan Project he was awarded the Order of Friendship (‘Dostyk’) of the Republic of Kazakhstan, handed to him by First President Nazarbayev.

Paul is a Dutch National, speaks and writes Dutch (native), English (fluent), French (advanced), German (advanced), Russian (advanced), Spanish (basic)

He is married and has 4 daughters.

On August 1, 2021, Ekaterina Vyacheslavovna Grushetskaya became the new Shell Country Chair in Russia.

She represents Shell in cooperation with its partners and continues to take part in governance of all Shell joint ventures in Russia.

Ekaterina Grushetskaya is the first Russian national appointed to this role.

Ekaterina Grushetskaya joined Shell Russia in 2003. She has held a variety of leadership roles in Economics and Finance, including corporate governance for Russia and Kazakhstan, and investment, financial and HR matters for the two Russian JVs – Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd and Salym Petroleum Development (SPD).

From 2013 to 2018 Ekaterina worked for SPD, where in 2015 she became Finance and Commercial Manager (CFO), covering Strategic Development, Contracting and Procurement, Information Management and Technologies, Business Improvement and Safety Culture.

Since 2018 Ekaterina Grushetskaya has held the role of Vice President Conventional Oil and Gas Russia where she is responsible for corporate governance of Russian producing assets.

She is a Board Director for all Shell joint ventures in Russia.

Ekaterina Grushetskaya graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a Master of Science degree in Economics (International Economics and Investments).

Ekaterina is married with three children.

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.

Andy Calitz is the Secretary General of the International Gas Union, based in London. He is also engaged with the Global Energy Supply Transition Journey via FutureEnergy.

He started his working career with Eskom, the South African electricity utility.  He joined Shell in 1996 where he was actively involved in the alliances with Gazprom and CNOOC and SINOPEC, in Liquefied Natural Gas shipping, in Sakhalin Energy in Russia, in the Australian Gorgon LNG project, in New Business Development,  and in LNG Canada.

He was educated as an Electrical Engineer at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, with further qualifications in Commerce, Management and Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and University of the Witwatersrand, University of South Africa and Insead.

He has lived in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Boston, London, Lima, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, Sakhalin, Perth, The Hague and Vancouver. He has traveled to 99 countries on business and private visits. He is a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs, and a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.


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.

Dr. WANG is the president of the Energy Economics Institue of CNOOC, one of the three Chinese oil majors. Before joining CNOOC, he was in charge of corporate strategy and policy issues as the Deputy Director-General of CNPC Policy Research Office since 2014. He was also appointed as the Chief Expert of CNPC Economics and Technological Research Institute, one the of top national think tanks.

Dr WANG was a full Professor, Executive Director of the Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy and Dean of the Business School of China University of Petroleum in Beijing before he joined CNPC. He got his PhD in finance from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. He was a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia from 2010-2011.

As a leading expert on energy issues, Dr Wang has been invited to speak at global energy conferences and was the recipient of the 9th Global Finance Conference best paper award, Peking University best doctoral dissertation award, China National Energy Administration Research Award and Beijing Municipal Philosophy and Social Science Research Award etc. Dr. Wang published more than 150 academic papers domestic and abroad and 40 articles in Chinese dominated news. Dr. Wang served in several important social academic positions, as deputy director of the Economics Committee of the China Petroleum Society, deputy director of the Energy Economics Committee of China Energy Research Institute. He was also the Global Future Council on Energy of the World Economic Forum from 2018-2019. Now, he is adjunct professor and supervises doctoral students at CUPB

Tatiana is one of the most well-known Russian experts in the energy field – the author of many studies and a specialist of great reputation and world renown. She possesses over twenty years of experience in analyzing Russian and global energy markets, including production, transportation, demand, energy policy, pricing, taxation, and market restructuring.

Tatiana has worked in the Center for International Energy Markets Studies at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS) since 2002, starting as a Research Fellow and rising to the position of Head of the Department for International Energy Markets Studies. Currently she commands a variety of prestigious roles, such as Head of the Research Division at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI RAS), Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University (New York), and Senior Visiting Research Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).

In the summer of 2018, she joined the Board of Directors of the global oilfield services company Schlumberger.

Tatiana Mitrova is a graduate of the Economics Department at Moscow State University, having earned a Ph.D. in Economics. In terms of academic appointments, she is an Assistant Professor at the Gubkin Oil and Gas University and a Visiting Professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po).

She is the author of more than 120 articles and studies in scientific and business journals on energy issues, as well as 4 monographs

Born in Moscow in 1965.
        In 1987 graduated from the Moscow State University of International  Relations (MGIMO), Master of  International Relations. In 1996 graduated from the Financial Academy at the Government of Russia, Master of Banking and Insurance.

At various times he has occupied positions of Head of Division, Department of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Director of the Department of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the RF in Italy, Deputy Permanent Representative of the RF to FAO and other UN Agencies in Rome, Acting Permanent Representative of the RF to FAO and other UN Agencies in Rome.

December 2015 – till now – Director, UN Information Centre in Moscow

Holds a diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the 1st Class.

Holds Ph.D degree in General History.

Константин Юрьевич родился 26 июня 1981 года, в городе Москве.

Образование - высшее: в 2004 году окончил Московский государственный технический университет им. Н.Э. Баумана, по специальности «Газотурбинные, паротурбинные установки и двигатели», в 2012 году – ГОУ ВПО Московский авиационный институт (государственный технический университет) по специальности «Экономика и управление на предприятии».

Обладает патентом на изобретение «Комплекс сжижения природного газа».

Имеет публикации в научных журналах.

С 1998 года по 2018 год занимал различные должности технической направленности
в крупных производственных компаниях, в числе которых:

-        ФГУП «Центральный институт авиационного моторостроения им. П.И.Баранова»;

-        ДОАО «Центрэнергогаз» ОАО «ГАЗПРОМ».

С 2018 года является генеральным директоров дочернего общества ПАО «ГАЗПРОМ»
ООО «Газпром СПГ Технологии» - единого оператора по реализации проектов малотоннажного производства сжиженного природного газа ПАО «ГАЗПРОМ».


Irina has over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, leading projects in strategy, operational efficiency, organizational transformation, innovations and corporate venture funds. Prior to joining the Skolkovo team, she led the energy practices at The Boston Consulting Group and PwC Strategy& in Russia. She also was managing director of a private investment fund. Irina holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and graduated from St. Petersburg State University as economist-mathematician.

Prof. Dr. Andrey A. Konoplyanik is energy economist by background. Major professional areas: energy economics, energy & investment legislation, energy financing. PhD (1978) & Dr. of Science (1995) in international energy economics, Professor in International Oil & Gas Business (2012). Current positions: Adviser to Director General, Gazprom export LLC (since 2013); Co-chair from Russian side of Work Stream 2 “Internal Markets”, Russia-EU Gas Advisory Council (since 2011); Professor on International Oil & Gas Business, Russian State Gubkin Oil & Gas University (since 2008). Detailed professional biography of Prof. Dr. A.Konoplyanik, his publications, presentations and interviews presented at www.konoplyanik.ru 

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.

Johan Vanderplaetse, Senior Vice President, President for Russia and CIS, Schneider Electric

  • Obtained a Legal degree from the University of Ghent (1986-1991) and College
    of Europe in Bruges (1991-1992), Belgium
  • Continued studies in Russia in 1992 to study the Russian language at the
    Pushkin Institute in Moscow (1992-1993. Fluent in Russian, Dutch, English,
    German, French.)
  • Started career in 1993 as legal counsel for Alcatel, worked in Investment Fund of
    European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in Kazakhstan, then from
    1998-2009 as General Director Alcatel for Russia/CIS and later as President
    Alcatel-Lucent for the CEE region
  • Left Alcatel in 2009 to join Emerson, a large US multinational, as Vice-President
    for Russia/CIS and CEE
  • As of 2016, Senior Vice President and President Russia/CIS for Schneider

Further information :

  • Chairman of the Association of Russian Business (AEB) 
  • Chairman of the Belgian-Russian Business Club (BRBC) Vice-President of the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Russia
  • Chairman of the Board of La Lorraine Russia
  • Honary Professor of the Novosibirsk and Samara IT/Telecom universities
  • Officer in the Order of the Crown, Belgium

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




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.

In 2000 Alexey graduated from Mikhailov military artillery academy and started his professional career as a sales manager in the computer and software industry. From 2005 to 2010 Alexey worked for Microsoft company where he was responsible for effective collaboration with the largest enterprises in the C3 region of Russia.


Alexey started at AVEVA as a sales executive manager and for a number of years he has successfully developed several challenging lines of business such as AVEVA in shipbuilding and ship design and some others. Currently Alexey works in the position of Managing Director for Russia and the CIS region.


Natalia Vasilieva is a Business Development Manager for Nature-Based Solutions and New Energy Projects in Shell. Her task is to bring Shell’s energy transformation agenda into Russia by extending existing partnerships and building new ones.

Before taking this role Natalia worked in Shell’s shareholder governance team for Sakhalin Energy.

She has over 15 years of experience in oil & gas business development with Shell, Rosneft and TNK-BP.

-          PhD in engineering( Specialization: Chemical technology, Ecology, Analytical chemistry, Continuous chemical analysis)

-          27 years of experience in continuous analysis;

-          Author of 52 scientific articles.

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.

Dr Tatiana Minayeva is an expert in peatlands ecology with a focus on land use planning and ecosystem management, including restoration. Tatiana has many years of experience working for research organisations, the Russian Government, and International NGOs – WWF and Wetlands International. Her geographic focus lies in the Russian Arctic, the Canadian Subarctic, the European temperate zone, Mongolia, Central and Eastern Africa. She supported the Ramsar Convention as an expert member of STRP. She facilitated cooperation between NGOs and corporates for nature-based solutions and sustainability reporting. In the past five years, Tatiana joined the consultancy “Care for Ecosystems”, working on new models for socio-ecological systems development. Tatiana is an associate expert of Wetlands International and cooperates with the Centre for the conservation and restoration of wetlands ecosystems IFS RAS and Yugra State University.

Marat has been working at FESCO since 2016. As Head of the Project Logistics Directorate, he is responsible for implementing transport and logistics projects and for the development of new areas of activity in project logistics. He has more than 10 years of experience of working in industrial and logistics projects.

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