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

25 - 27 September 2018

“Stolitsa” Business Centre

SPEAKERS IN 2018 include:

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.


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.

Steven David Butt, President, Exxon Neftegas Limited, Sakhalin-1 project operator

In February 2017, Steven was named Exxon Neftegas Limited’s President and moved to Sakhalin Island in Russia. Prior to this, Steven worked as the Senior Project Manager for the Alaska LNG project since 2011 to develop an integrated system to commercialize the discovered natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope.

Steve began his career with Mobil in 1985 and held various engineering and operations positions in California, Colorado, and Texas. Steve moved to Venezuela as Operations Manager in 1997 followed by various project, operating and technical leadership roles in Equatorial Guinea and Angola, advisory roles in Nigeria and Chad and as General Manager for Cameroon, between 1999 and 2007.

In 2007, Steve was named Vice-President of Production for ExxonMobil in Qatar. While in Qatar, Steve worked with the RasGas and QatarGas joint ventures which included start-up operations of the world’s largest gas treating and LNG facilities.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Mr P.K. Rao joined ONGC Videsh Ltd. in 2014 as Director (Operations) to oversee operations of 41 oil & gas properties spread across 20 Countries. He is overall in-charge for the performance of ONGC Videsh’s assets in development and production. As a Member of the Board at ONGC Videsh, he is responsible for project management, meeting production and operations targets procurement, contracts, risk management & Human Resource management of the company. As a Director on the Board of Imperial Energy Russia, JSC Vankorneft Russia, GNPOC Sudan, GPOC & SPOC South Sudan, Lower Zakum Concession UAE, PetroCarabobo & PIVSA, Venezuela, Operating Committee Member of Sakhalin-1 Project, Russia, & Area–1 Project of Mozambique, he is responsible for the performance monitoring, cost control & statutory compliance of these overseas subsidiary & joint venture companies.

Mr Rao is an upstream industry professional with 36 years of technical and managerial experience in ONGC and ONGC Videsh covering all facets of exploration and production operations, drilling engineering, HSE and Asset Management. He joined ONGC as a Graduate Trainee in 1982 and has traversed through the ranks in various field, technical and managerial positions working in different regions of India.

Mr Rao has a BE and ME in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA (Marketing).

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.


On 19th September 2017, Sergei Raimzhanovich Khakimov was appointed as the Acting General Director of RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz

Sergei Khakimov was born in Okha, Sakhalin Region, in 1971.

He graduated from the Sakhalin oil & gas technical college with a specialization in oil & gas well drilling, and he graduated from the Irkutsk State University (Zhdanov) with a specialization in oil and gas geology and the qualification of mining engineer.

He began his working career on Sakhalin. The majority of his career has been linked with RN-Sakhalinmorneftegaz. He traversed the path from Assistant Drilling Engineer to First Deputy General Director, Chief Engineer, and now General Director.

Dr. Zhen WANG is Deputy Director-General of Policy Research Office of
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and a Professor of
Academy of Chinese Energy Strategy (ACES), China University of
Petroleum at Beijing (CUPB). Before he joined CNPC, he was Dean of
School of Business and founding Executive Director of ACES at CUPB.
He was also a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Darden Graduate
School of Business, University of Virginia and the Chief Expert of one
Key Project of Philosophy and Social Sciences Research at the Chinese
Ministry of Education. Dr. Wang got his Ph.D. in finance from Peking
University and his areas of interests include Energy Finance and Strategy.
As a leading expert in the energy issues, Dr. Wang was often invited to
speak at global key energy conferences and institutions. He was invited to
sit on independent directors or senior advisers by several companies. He
was the recipient of the 9th Global Finance Conference best paper award,
Peking University best dissertation award, and China National Energy
Administration Research Award.

Kengo Asakura is the CEO and President of the Gas Highway Japan Co., Ltd., where he works in the preparation study for planning, designing and economic feasibility of the Japan Gas Highway and Sakhalin Pipeline (SAGIP Stream).

He also has served during 1997-2000 as secretary general of the Asian Pipeline Research Society of Japan and as a deputy secretary general of the Northeast Asian Gas & Pipeline Forum. And he also served as secretary general of the National Pipeline Research Society of Japan during 1989-1998.

Other professional experience includes infrastructure planning & design and evaluation at the period of the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., during 1974-2000. Management experiences of consulting firms includes during 2000-2009 at CEO of the Eco & Energy Corporation and during 2010-2014 at CEO of Teikoku International Corporation.

Asakura has a PhD in engineering from Univ. of Tokyo, and MS in 2004, MS in 1974(Univ. of Tokyo) and BS in 1972 (Univ. of Tokyo)

His specialties are civil engineering, remote sensing, global environmental studies and energy economic analysis.

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.

Prof. Keun-Wook Paik is senior research fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and associate fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Programme, Chatham House.

Prof. Paik is an acknowledged authority on Eurasian energy, and is author of Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Cooperation: The Reality and Implications (Oxford University Press, 2012) & Gas and Oil in Northeast Asia: Policies, Projects and Prospects (London: Royal Institute of International Affairs/now, Chatham House, 1995). The 2012 OUP book’s Chinese version, Korean version and Japanese version was produced in 2013, 2014 and 2016 by CNPC’s Petroleum Industry Publication Co Ltd, KNOC and ERINA (Niigata based) respectively. In May 2018, a new book titled Handbook of Energy Politics (Edward Elgar: as a co-editor) was published.  

Since 1996, Prof. Paik has been advising Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American Institutions with regard to Eurasian energy issues, in particular, Geopolitics of Northeast Asian region’s transnational pipeline development, China’s natural gas expansion & China’s going out strategies, DPRK’s energy, Russia's Arctic oil and gas supply to Asia, Iraq's gas and the related infrastructure development, and East Africa gas supply hub development and Asia’s gas consumers’ alliance.

In particular, Prof. Paik was appointed as advisor to Sino-Russian Oil and Gas Cooperation Committee, under China National Petroleum Corp in late 1990s, and then appointed as advisor to the Chairman of Government, Sakha Republic, Russian Federation in early 2000s. And he was a member of UN Working Group on Energy for DPRK during 2003-2005.

Prof. Paik was invited as a visiting professor at Kyunghee University (2011); became a Part time BP Professor at Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Energy Centre (2012); invited as Adjunct Professor at Yonsei-Seri EU Centre under Institute of East-West Studies, Yonsei University (2013 - present) and as Adjunct Professor at China Petroleum University (2013-2016); invited Guest Professor at Jilin University at Changchun (2015 - present).


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.

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.

Evgeniy Travnikov, Business Development Manager, TOTAL VOSTOK

Evgeniy is engaged in the sales development of Special Products. The Specialties department of TOTAL VOSTOK offers well-known, efficient products to the oil & gas Industry. These products include oilfield chemicals for the storage and transportation of crude oil; traditional and renewable drilling fluids EDC; and the marine dispersants FINASOL.

Yury E. Blagov is an associate professor and Director of the PwC Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at the St.Petersburg University Graduate School of Management. He has authored more than 50 research works in the field of CSR. Yury has been developing and teaching courses on Business Ethics, CSR, Sustainability, and Social Entrepreneurship for BSc and MSc in Management, and Executive MBA programs. He has also had visiting positions at the UC Berkeley, St.Mary’s College of California, and Aalto University. He has participated in many national and international research and consulting projects in the field of CSR, including projects with the Russian Managers Association, the Caux Round Table, ABIS — the Academy of Business in Society. He is a   member of the Editorial boards of the Russian Management Journal and the Journal of East European Management Studies (JEEMS), and a member of the Editorial Advisory boards of the Corporate Governance: The international journal of business and society.

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”.

Чикалов Сергей Геннадьевич – заместитель Генерального директора по техническим продажам и инновациям ПАО «Трубная Металлургическая Компания» .

Доктор технических наук.
При непосредственном участии и под руководством Чикалова Сергея Геннадьевича разработана широкая номенклатура высокотехнологичной импортозамещающей продукции, которая в настоящее время эксплуатируется на крупнейших нефтегазовых месторождениях Российской Федерации (включая линейку премиальных соединений TMK UP), а также трубные решения для добычи нефти и газа на шельфе.

За особые заслуги в промышленности награждён Медалью ордена "За заслуги перед Отечеством" II степени.

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’.

Sergey Mishin leads the strategic sales department to develop Emerson’s long-term business of modernising key industries in Russia: oil & gas upstream and midstream, refining, petro-chemistry. His professional career is a journey from science and innovations to work in a company leading the market in automation solutions, transforming industries towards smart manufacturing based on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics with 12 years of scientific experience in mathematics modelling with economical and technical applications. Sergey’s automation career started from new venture R&D of digital instrumentation, PLC, SCADA. He has 18 years of sales, projects and operations management experience including engineering companies and 12 years at Emerson Moscow Russia and Austin USA.

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.

Dmitry has over 8 years of hands-on experience of dealing with employment and migration law. Dmitry provides advice to clients on a wide range of issues of employment and migration law. He has extensive experience in resolving all categories of employment disputes both in court and out-of-court, and he is a qualified professional mediator. 

He advises clients on various issues relating to the legal protection of information, including issues concerning legislation on personal data, commercial secrecy, banking secrecy and others. Dmitry’s experience includes, among other things, conducting internal audits regarding compliance with the legislation on personal data, developing all necessary internal regulations and other documents on data protection, and developing organisational measures for data protection.

Dmitry's professional background includes defending clients in more than 300 cases for high-level Russian and foreign companies.