Blazing a Trail to Recovery and Long-Term Sustainable Development.

30 September - 1 October 2020

“Stolitsa” Business Centre, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk


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 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.

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.

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.


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. 

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.

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.

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


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.

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