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30 September - 1 October 2020

“Stolitsa” Business Centre, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Nitin graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He joined Schlumberger in 2001 as a Field Engineer in Egypt. Over the years he has worked in different roles and geographies including Field Service Manager in India, Global Executive Communications Manager in France, Product Line Operations Manager for Continental Europe, Distribution Manager for the Middle East and VP for Shared Services for Russia and Central Asia. He is currently the Managing Director for Russian Far East at Schlumberger.

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.

Travnikov Evgeniy

Business Development Manager


Evgeniy is engaged in sales development of Special products. Specialties department of TOTAL VOSTOK offers well-known efficient products to Oil & Gas Industry. Among the products there are Oilfield Chemicals for the keeping and transportation of a crude oil; as traditional and renewable Drilling fluids EDC and EDC BioLife; Marine Dispersants FINASOL OSR.

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.

Yarko Sos, Founder/Director, Check-6, Inc.

A highly decorated and distinguished aviator and businessman, “JJ” has consistently been selected for the most demanding and challenging leadership positions. “JJ” ran the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, known worldwide as TOPGUN.  “JJ” amassed more than 4000 flight hours in F-14s, F/A-18s and F-16 fighter jets, and successfully executed 746 carrier arrested landings, of which 250 were at night. He flew combat missions in Operation Desert Storm, NATO Bosnia operations, and participated in four other combat deployments to Iraq. He was selected as the 1997 Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Pilot of the Year. After 15 years in the US Navy, he transitioned to the US Air Force, where he retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel. His last assignment was as the Commander of the 119th Fighter Squadron, an F-16 fighter unit in the New Jersey Air National Guard. Concurrent with squadron command, “JJ” began a new career relating his leadership and flying experience to corporate America.  Additionally, he is a rated Boeing 737 First Officer and has served as a pilot for United Airlines. 

In 2007 he became one of the founding members of Check-6 International, a performance leadership company comprised exclusively of select aircraft carrier fighter pilots, Special Operations operatives, and military veterans. Check-6 takes the best practices of the most dangerous operations on Earth and tailors training, simulation, cultural and leadership solutions.The company’s truly credible, experienced consultants work to benefit industries that seek “high-reliability” culture/performance and continuous improvement. Check-6 has grown to more than 200 consultants in diversified industries that work on six continents, in 17 languages.

“JJ” holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University-Camden. He resides with his wife and family in Houston, Texas.  

Leo Luft is the Europe and Asia Strategic Business Manager for CAVU International. Leo has been coaching and mentoring in the oil & gas industry since 2013, working with all levels of leadership in high performance, high reliability organizations, covering the spectrum of operational excellence tenets.  He is an expert in transferring best practices in planning, communication, execution, debriefs and lessons learned for normal & emergency operations. Leo has a native level command of German, English and Russian as well as being a very gifted public speaker. He has represented CAVU working with teams from all over the world, delivering keynotes addresses in places such as Gubkin University in Moscow Russia, to Canada and the United States.

Andrey specialises in administrative, financial, customs and civil law. He has fifteen years of experience of advising major Russian and foreign companies on various legal issues, including legal support of large-scale projects in the fishing, construction, raw materials and processing industries. Andrey has extensive experience of representing clients before state executive authorities and the state commercial courts.

Andrey’s professional experience includes:

·            defended major foreign entities in state commercial courts regarding the recovery of customs duties that had been overpaid under the Sakhalin-1 Production Sharing Agreement;

·            provided legal support under a project that involved an oil pipeline being constructed, including legal advice and representing clients in the context of civil, land and environmental legislation;

·            drafting legal expert reviews for the management of seaports when transactions are concluded with respect to sea vessels;

·            represented a major foreign corporation in a state commercial court in relation to whether corporate profit tax had been lawfully assessed;

·            Andrey has more than 10 years of experience in legal support for large corporations, i.e. customs agents, regarding the customs clearance of goods, including those imported and exported under oil and gas projects and also in defending corporations in administrative offence cases.

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




Over 16 years of oilfield experience,  over 15 years with Schlumberger completions department. Previous positions include technical sales engineer, project manager, applications engineer; Field Service Manager – Completions & Reservoir Monitoring; Engineer in Charge – Reservoir Monitoring & Control & Core Completions; Field Engineer. Joined RESMAN in January 2019.

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