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

25 - 27 September 2018

“Stolitsa” Business Centre

Key Speakers 2017

After studying at Khabarovsk technical school and completing military service in the armed forces, Oleg Kozhemyako attended the Far-East Institute of Soviet Trade (Pacific State University of Economics) specialising as an economist. He also has a PhD in economics.

He started his professional career in production in 1981 and progressed three grades from locksmith to foreman at Primorskiy State District Power Station.

In October 1989 he created the “Primorskiy” production cooperative, which was converted in 1992 into the “Primorskoe” food production association.

In 1995 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for OJSC Preobrazhenskaya Base of Trawling Fleet.

From 1998-2002 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for OJSC Preobrazhenskaya Base of Trawling Fleet.

On 9 December 2001 he was elected as deputy of the Primorskiy Krai Legislative Assembly, Third Convocation, and became a member of the Committee on Food Policy and Management of Natural Resources.

On 27 November 2002 he was elected as a Primorskiy Krai Legislative Assembly representative in the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly and became a member of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Committee, the Youth Affairs and Sports Commission and the Data Policy Commission.

Since October 2004 he has been an adviser to S. Mironov, President of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.

On 18 January 2004 he was appointed as Vice Governor of Koryak Autonomous Okrug and oversaw the supply of goods to northern Russian territories and fuel to the Okrug.

On 9 March 2005 he was provisionally appointed as Acting Governor of Koryak Autonomous Okrug.

On 14 April 2005 he was confirmed as Governor of the Okrug Legislative Assembly.

In July 2007 he became a member of the advisory committee for the State Council of the Russian Federation.

In 2007-2008 he was an aide to the Chief of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation.

On 20 October 2008 the Amur Oblast Legislative Assembly confirmed him as Governor of the Oblast.

On 25 March 2015 he was provisionally appointed as Acting Governor of Sakhalin Oblast by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation.

He is Actual State Councillor of the Russian Federation, 3rd grade.

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


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 JV Budgeting, Financial Planning and Reporting organization 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 after two major process safety incidents 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.

 As of 1 September, 2017 Cederic Cremers will take up the role of Country Chair Shell Russia.

Cederic is married to Ines and together they have three daughters Isabel, Rosalie and Juliet. He likes to spend time with his family and friends, as well as playing and watching a number of different sports, including Football (3 types) and Golf.

Olivier Lazare was appointed as Country Chair Russia in January 2013. He is French and has a PhD in Nuclear Physics.


Olivier joined Shell in 1985 in The Netherlands as a Junior Petroleum Engineer, working both onshore and offshore in the United Kingdom (Southern North Sea and Northern North Sea), Gabon, Brunei and Oman. Until 1998 he worked in Contracting and Procurement in The Hague in both procurement and logistics, which allowed him to work with Downstream Retail and Manufacturing in various countries such as Japan, Thailand and France. For 2 years he worked in internal consulting prior to moving to NAM (Shell/XOM JV in the Northern Netherlands) as Head of Planning, Strategy and Shareholder relations.


In 2003 Olivier moved to EPB and led several New Business Development projects for Shell in the Far East, particularly in Australia, where he helped establish a new heartland for Shell’s LNG business. 


From March 2006 to December 2012, he was Vice President of New Ventures and New Business (formerly EPB New Business Development) for the Upstream Americas region of Shell’s Exploration and Production, based in Houston, Texas.

In CCI of Russia is responsible for the development of entrepreneurship and competition, coordinate activities of working committees and councils, development of membership base, the regulatory and the actual effects, implementing industrial policy and regional industrial projects, energy strategy and development of the energy sector, agriculture, transport sector and logistics, health and medical industry.


Co-chair of the Russian-Italian Committee of entrepreneurs (on the Russian side), member of the Board of Executive Directors of the International business Congress (Berlin), Expert Council of Fund of development of the industry, the Board of the development Fund Internet of initiatives of the strategy Committee under the Supervisory Council of JSC "SME Bank".


20 years of experience in the banking sector in the system of Vnesheconombank and foreign banks in France and Belgium. 10 years of experience teaching at the University MGIMO of the MFA of the Russian Federation and the Russian European College at the MGIMO (University) of the MFA of the Russian Federation. Long experience in countries of Western Europe and the Middle East (the office of the economic Advisor at the Embassy of USSR in Syria).

 Author of over 50 publications on issues of European economic and monetary integration.

 Fluent in English and French.

 Thanks counselor for economic Affairs at the Embassy of the USSR in the SAR for his great personal contribution to the development and strengthening of the Soviet-Syrian economic cooperation (1985);

 Gratitude of the President of the CCI of the Russian Federation for great personal contribution to the preparation and conduct of the X Anniversary international investment forum "Sochi-2011" (2011);

 Gratitude of the President of the International business Congress and Chairman of the Board of JSC "Gazprom" 10 years of impeccable service on the Board of Executive Directors of MDK (2011);

 The gratitude of the Governor of the Tula region for his significant contribution to the organization and conduct of State Council of the Russian Federation, devoted to questions of increase of investment attractiveness of Russian regions (2013);

 Diploma of reverence and gratitude of the XVI-th Moscow international Salon of inventions and innovation technologies "Archimedes-2013" active participation in organizing and conducting Salon (2013);

 Gratitude of the Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation for contribution to the development of industry and active participation in the work of the Expert Council of FGAU "Russian Foundation for technological development" (2015);

 Gratitude to the first Deputy Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation and Director of the industrial development Fund for their active participation and personal contribution to the work of the Expert Council of Fund of development of the industry in 2015 (2015);

 Thanks to the General Director of the Agency for strategic initiatives and rector of the Russian presidential Academy of national economy and state service under the President of the Russian Federation for his great contribution to organizing and conducting educational programs on best practices identified by the results of the National rating of investment climate in subjects of the Russian Federation (2015);

Thanks to the Union of Indian engineers and the organizing Committee of the exhibition for active participation in organization and holding of the International industrial exhibition "Innoprom 2016" (2016).

The gratitude of the Governor of the Oryol region for the big contribution in socially-economic development of the Orel region, the active support of entrepreneurial activities (2016).

Gratitude from the Deputy Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation for great personal contribution to the work of the Expert Council of Fund of development of the industry in 2016 (2016).

 Honorary diploma of the Presidium of the International business Congress for his great personal contribution to the activities of MDK in connection with the twentieth anniversary of the permanent work as a Board Member (2017).

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.


Evgeny Ambrosov graduated in 1979 from the navigation faculty of the Admiral Nevelskiy Far-Eastern Higher Engineering Academy.

Professional experience:

1979-1980 – Worked on board liner vessels of the Far-Eastern Shipping Company

1980-1997 – Progressed from engineer to Head of the Fleet Operations Department, Far-Eastern Shipping Company Plc

1997-2000 – Vice-President of the Fleet Operations Department, Far-Eastern Shipping Company Plc, Vladivostok

2000-2002 – Senior Vice-President, JSC Sovcomflot

2002-2007 – President, Far-Eastern Shipping Company Plc, Vladivostok

2008-2009 – President, FESCO Transportation Group, Moscow

26 June 2009 – appointed Senior Executive Vice-President, JSC Sovcomflot

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.

Dr. WANG served Deputy Director-General of CNPC Policy Research Office and has been in charge of corporate strategy and policy issues since 2014. Dr. WANG was a full Professor, Executive Director of Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy and Dean of Business School of China University of Petroleum in Beijing (CUPB) before he joined CNPC. He got his Ph.D. 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. He was the Chief Expert of one Key Project of Philosophy and Social Sciences Research sponsored by Chinese Ministry of Education. 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 has published more than 80 academic papers in top journals, domestic and abroad, and 30 articles in the Chinese media. His books on oil companies’ overseas investment strategies are well known and have earned him high reputation in the industry. He is currently also adjunct professor and supervises doctoral students at CUPB. 

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”.

Sergei graduated with a degree in economics from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil & Gas in Moscow and completed his MBA at the Graduate School of International Business, specialising in finance. He is also a certified auditor (Russian GAAS).

Sergei originally worked at KPMG from 1995 until 2006 in a variety of positions within the Audit and Tax Departments. From 2006 until 2010, he served as Head of Tax and Financial Advisory Services at a large international law firm.

In 2010, Sergei rejoined KPMG as partner in the Corporate Tax practice of the Tax & Legal Department. He is responsible for the Oil & Gas and Power & Utilities sector and he leads KPMG’s Corporate Compliance Management Services and Outsourcing and Tax Management Solutions practices.

Sergei is currently Head of Corporate Tax (including energy and natural resources) and Corporate Compliance Management Services.


Sergei Lazarev is a Managing Partner at Russin & Vecchi LLP, which has provided legal support for the multi-billion oil and gas extraction projects within Sakhalin-1 and Sakhalin-2.

For more than 25 years he has provided comprehensive legal support to companies throughout their development in Russia, especially on Sakhalin and in the Far East. He specializes in corporate law, M&A, civil law, labour law, foreign investments, real estate, litigation and arbitration.


Sergei is one of Russia’s leading lawyers and has been recognized by The Legal 500 for work in the oil and gas sector, supporting firms engaged in development of the Sakhalin oil and gas fields; by IFLR1000, which identifies him as an expert in M&A; by PLC Which lawyer? and The Best Lawyers, which have recommended him for labour law and employment matters; and by Legal Experts EMEA, according to whom he is an expert in corporate M&A and dispute resolution.

Sergei graduated from the Law Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University and has a PhD in Law. He completed the international law course at The Hague Academy of International Law (The Netherlands) and studied at the George Washington University Law School (USA). He has experience in practicing international and trade law at the international law firm Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC (USA). He is a member of the Russian Association of International Law and the International Bar Association. He has spoken at and moderated international conferences in the oil and gas sector on many occasions. Sergei has authored numerous publications regarding various issues of state and law, including the book ‘International Arbitration’.

Alexey Vladimirov, PhD, Senior Technical Advisor for UNDP/GEF/Russian MNRE Project "Mainstreaming Biodiversity conservation into Russia's Energy sector policies and operations. 15+ yrs of practical experience in the Protection of Marine Environment under Industrial activities. In different years occupied the positions of Head of Offshore Environmental Monitoring of Sakhalin Energy, Principal Advisor of MNRE Department of International Cooperation, Senior Scientist of All-Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography.

What she specialises in


Yulia has, for more than 10 years, specialised in tax and environmental law.

She is experienced in resolving complex issues connected with legislation on VAT and corporate profit tax, and in providing support for field and desk tax audits both in and out of court.

She is also experienced in environmental audits (whether the production activity of enterprises complies with environmental legislation), and in providing support during inspections on compliance with the requirements of environmental legislation (state environmental supervision) both at the pre-trail stage and in court.

For 5 years she has been an outside expert of the State Ecological Expert Examination Committee of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources.


Her key achievements


·         In the context of litigating for a wood processing company, Yulia managed to convince the court that the position of the tax authority with regard to the taxation of state budget subsidies was illegal, as well as with regard to tax base on VAT taking into account the commissions of foreign banks when transferring foreign exchange revenue, and the terms and conditions of export contracts on the formation of the cost of the products shipped.

·         She successfully provided legal support on various matters connected with the application of tax legislation in the framework of export operations.

·         In the scope of a court dispute on the grant of a woodland plot, she managed to convince the court of unlawfulness of the authorised body’s position that it was impossible to simultaneously use woodland for multiple purposes.


Her major clients


Lesosibirskiy LDK No. 1 OJSC, Sovrudnik LLC, Vasilievskiy Rudnik JSC, KraMZ OJSC, RUSAL Achinsk Alumina Refinery OJSC, Enisei TGK (TGK-13) JSC (a branch of Krasnoyarsk Heating and Power Station-1), SEZAR-Arktika LLC


What they say


Pepeliaev Group's team exhibits “excellent value for money and a result-oriented approach” (The Legal 500).

Anastasia Viktorovna Demenkova is Head of the Department for Legal & Corporate Affairs at Gazpromneft-Sakhalin. She has a PhD in Law.

For the first 8 years of her professional career, she worked in legal support of matters relating to local self-government and State financial supervision of senior positions in Dudinki town hall and in the Accounts Chamber of Taimyr (Dolgano-Nenets) Autonomous Okrug.

After completing her PhD in 2006, she became Head of the Legal Department at the Accounts Chamber Research Institute.

In 2008 Anastasia moved to the consultancy firm BDO, where she worked for 4 years as a project manager for the comprehensive support of offshore projects (Shtokman gas field and Prirazlomnoye oil field). Since 2012 she has been part of the Gazpromneft-Sakhalin team, responsible for the start-up of the Dolginskoye oil field and projects on Gazprom Neft’s new licensed blocks on the Arctic continental shelf.

Her professional interests include shelf legislation, customs regulation and matters relating to the State border regime during offshore projects.

She has two university degrees in Jurisprudence and State & Municipal Management from the Siberian Academy of Civil Service.

Jeanette Roberts has more than 35 years’ international experience in the oil and gas industry working with operators, FEED specialists and EPC contractors.  She is Director of Jeanette Roberts Consulting, where she provides strategic and management consulting services to a broad range of stakeholders including operators, EPCs, consultants, State and Federal Governments and academic institutions


Ms Roberts’ initial experience was with Esso Australia in Bass Strait, where she provided engineering support to the second generation developments.  She has since worked on projects all over the world, including Africa, Europe, UK, FSU and Asia.  She lived in South Africa during the first democratic elections and hired her company’s first black graduate.


She is an active participant in Australia’s oil and gas industry and has been involved in policy development at State and Commonwealth level.  She is passionate about developing Aussie home-grown talent in the industry. She sits on the State Training Board, and the board of Barking Gecko Theatre Company.   Her previous board roles include the ACEPT Board, the Resources Sector Supplier Advisory Board and Chair of the Resources Industry Training Council.

Since graduating from Ufa Oil & Gas Institute in 1967, Marat Mansurov has worked in research and project organisations within the oil & gas industry, including 13 years on Sakhalin Island. His academic and business interests are the development of equipment for offshore oil & gas fields and the industrial and ecological safety of their implementation.

Mr Mansurov is currently Deputy Director of the Centre for Offshore Oil & Gas Fields at OOO Gazprom VNIIGAZ. He is an expert on Arctic operations for the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO), a member of the group for offshore technologies at Gazprom, technical committee № 23 for standardisation in the oil & gas industry, and also an expert on the Committee for technical regulation, standardisation and conformance evaluation at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. He has published over 120 academic works on the equipment of offshore fields, oil & gas wells and offshore project management.


Aleksey Solovyov graduated as a geologist from the Geology Faculty of Moscow State University in 1993, specialising in geological surveys and the prospection and exploration of mineral deposits. He is a Doctor of Geology & Mineral Sciences.

Solovyov has experience in organising and conducting geological field and thematic surveys in remote regions of the Russian Federation, including Koryak Autonomous Okrug and Kamchatka Krai.

He has undertaken a range of geological research and commercial projects associated with companies such as Rosneft, BP and Gazprom Promgaz.


Professional experience

1992-2004 – Laboratory Researcher, Junior Research Associate, Research Associate, Academic Secretary, Laboratory Director of the Lithosphere Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS)

2004-2013 – Laboratory Director, Geology Institute (RAS)

2007-2010 – Deputy Director for Science, Geology Institute (RAS)

2013-2014 – Chief Geologist, Rosgeologia

2014-present – Deputy Director General for Science and Long-Term Planning, Rosgeologia


1995-1997 - Physical and Mathematical School of the Novosibirsk Campus

1997-2003 - Novosibirsk State University, Physical Faculty, specialization in the field of theoretical physics

2003-2006 - Postgraduate study

2006 - PhD degree in seismology


Professional experience:

2003-2008 - Researcher in the Institute of Marine Geology & Geophysics, Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

2008-2014 - Head of Laboratory of Earthquake Physics in the Institute of Marine Geology & Geophysics, Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences

2014-present - Research & Development Director of innovative company GEOPHYSTECH



Winner of an award of a name of the academician S.L. Solovyov.



Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)