25 years at the frontier of innovations in energy

28 - 30 September 2021

“Stolitsa” Business Centre, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk


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 will become the new Shell Country Chair in Russia.

She will represent Shell in cooperation with partners and will continue to take part in governance of all Shell joint ventures in Russia.

Ekaterina Grushetskaya will be 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.

Evgeniy Nikolaevich Ambrosov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board

In 1979, Mr. Ambrosov graduated from the Navigation Department, Admiral Nevelskoy Far Eastern Higher Marine Engineering College, where he specialized in the operation of water transport. After graduating, he was employed by the Far Eastern Shipping Company where he rose through the ranks from a cargo officer to Deputy General Director – Director of the Core Operations Department.

In January 2000, Mr. Ambrosov was appointed First Deputy General Director of Sovcomflot. In September 2002, he was approved as the General Director and Chairman of the Management Board, Far Eastern Shipping Company. In 2008-2009, Mr. Ambrosov worked as President of the FESCO Transportation Group Management Company and Chairman of the Management Board, Far Eastern Shipping Company. Since 2009, he has been the First Deputy General Director, Member of the Management Board of Sovcomflot.

Since 2014, Mr. Ambrosov has been Deputy Chairman and Member of the Executive Committee of the Arctic Economic Council.

Elected a member of the Management Board of PAO NOVATEK in November 2020.

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.


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.

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.

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

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.

Ernesto Ferlenghi was born in Rome, Italy on March 18, 1968.

Mr. Ferlenghi received his Bachelor of Physics degree from Tor Vergata University of Rome, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences.

Ernesto Ferlenghi started his career in 1995 as Project Manager at TACIS Project of the European Commission.

In 1998, Mr. Ferlenghi joined Eni, held several posts, and then in 2008 became General Manager of Eni Energhia.

From 2005 to 2014, he served as Eni Head of Representative Office in the Russian Federation and CIS.

From 2014 to September 14, 2017 - Eni Senior Advisory in Russia and CIS.

On September 15, 2017 - Eni appointed Ernesto Ferlenghi Executive Vice President market development for Russia and Central Asia.

In 2015 he was elected as a president of the Association of Italian industrialists in Russia, Confindustria Russia.

Mr. Ferlenghi held several other board seats and senior advisory roles in prominent players of the energy industry including companies such as Technimont and Saipem.

He served as Honorary Consul of Italy in Russia from 2010 to 2015.

From 2011 to 2014 - Chairman of Public Joint-Stock Company Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FSK EES). He is an Independent Director of FSK EES since 2008 to presence time.

In 2018 he was elected as a chairman of the Association of European Businesses Energy Committee.

On the 4th of July 2019 he was appointed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte a co-president from Italian side of the Forum of dialogue of civil societies of Russia and Italy.

In 2020 he was elected as a member of the Board and as a chairman of Green Initiative Steering Committee of the Association of European Businesses.

From 2020 he is Executive Vice President of Confindustria Russia.

In 2008, he received the Order of the Star of Italy.

In 2012, he received a note of acknowledgement of the President of the Russian Federation for the contribution to the development of the Russian-Italian cooperation in the energy sector.

Ernesto Ferlenghi speaks Italian, English and Russian.

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.

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.

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

-          27 years of experience in continuous analysis;

-          Author of 52 scientific articles.

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.


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