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Ukrainian Energy Forum 2014

Speakers of the Ukrainian Energy Forum 2015:

Speakers of the Ukrainian Energy Forum 2015:

Janez Kopac Director Energy Community Secretariat

From December 2012 untill present he has been Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna, Austria. From December 2008 untill February 2012 he was General Director, Directorate for Energy, Ministry of Economy, Ljubljana, Slovenia. From December  2005 untill November 2008 he was Procurator, En plus d.o.o., Brnčičeva 31, Ljubljana, Slovenia. From December 2000 untill December 2004 he was Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy, Ljubljana, Slovenia. From  April 1990 till December 2000 he was Member of Parliament, Chairman of Budget Committee, Državni zbor
Republike Slovenije, Ljubljana, Slovenia. From  April 1992 till May 1992 he was Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance, Ljubljana, Slovenia. From June June 1988 till April 1990 he was Member of the presidency of state youth organisation (ZSMS), Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1986 - 1996 he achieved Master degree in Economic Science, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, specialisation: economics of international relations, title of the thesis: "Management of Budget Expenditures". In 1981 - 1986  he did Bachelor of Science, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia specialisation: economic science.


Ambassador Keith Smith Distinguished Resident Fellow Center for European Policy Analysis

Ambassador Keith Smith is a Distinguished CEPA Fellow in Residence. Ambassador Smith was previously a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2000, where his career focused primarily on European affairs. From 1997 to 2000, he was U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, with additional posts in Europe, including Hungary, Norway and Estonia. In addition to several other State Department assignments, he most recently served as Director of Policy for Europe and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State regarding U.S. assistance programs in Eastern Europe. Since 2000, Smith has been a consultant to several energy companies and has lectured on Russian-European energy issues in the United States, Poland, Belgium, Norway, United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania. He is the author of numerous articles on international energy issues that have appeared in over 30 newspapers around the world, including the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune. Smith’s most recent publications include “Unconventional Gas and European Security: Politics and Foreign Policy of Fracking in Europe,” “Managing the Challenge of Russian Energy Policies,” and “Lack of Transparency in Russian Energy Trade.”


Maxim Timchenko Chairman & CEO DTEK

Maxim Timchenko was born on 12 August 1975 in Novoselitsy, Novgorod Region, Russia. In 1997, he graduated with honours from the Donetsk State Academy of Management with a degree in Production Management. He continued his education at Manchester University and received a BA degree in Economics and Social Sciences with honours.
Mr Timchenko began his career as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers (1998-2002), where he rose to the position of senior auditor.
From 2002 to 2005, he worked as a senior manager at System Capital Management. Since July 2005, he has been DTEK’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board.
Mr Timchenko is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (АССА).
Over a number of years, Mr Timchenko has occupied the leading positions in the ratings of Ukrainian senior executives. He first topped the rating of ‘TOP-100. The Best Top-Managers of Ukraine’ in 2008. In 2013, Mr Timchenko was ranked by the rating organisers as the best top manager of the Ukrainian energy company. Kompanion business magazine named him first out of the ten best top-managers based on 2013 performance. The same year DTEK’s CEO was named one of the ten best senior executives by Forbes Ukraine and Gvardia business magazines.


Graham Tiley Country Chairman Shell Ukraine

Since 1 December 2011 Graham Tiley is a Shell Ukraine Country Chair and General Manager of Shell Ukraine Exploration and Production I LLC, an exploration and production company in Ukraine. In his role as Shell Ukraine Country Chair Mr. Tiley is responsible for strategic direction of Shell in Ukraine, general coordination of all company businesses in the country, as well as representing company’s interests to key stakeholders, first and foremost, to government officials. Mr. Tiley also leads Shell’s exploration and production activities in Ukraine, including successful implementation of the existing joint activity with SC “Ukrgasvydobuvannia” and any new opportunities of unlocking hydrocarbon potential of Ukraine. Mr. Tiley, British, was born in 1962. He has a PhD in Geological Sciences from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Mr. Tiley joined Shell in 1988 and during the 23 years with the company he has undertaken various assignments in Europe, Africa, CIS and Middle East. Since mid 90s Mr. Tiley has specialized in difficult hydrocarbons. In 2002 – 2008 Mr. Tiley was responsible for exploration, appraisal and delivery of new exploration projects of Shell in Russia and CIS. He was also responsible for effective cooperation with Shell’s joint ventures partners. In 2008 Mr. Tiley was appointed General Manager Exploration Algeria where he managed seismic and drilling operations to evaluate tight gas potential of the project. From January 2010 Mr. Tiley managed Shell’s new exploration projects in Africa and Europe, including difficult gas projects in Sweden, Germany and South Africa. Graham Tiley is married with four children. He is fond of music, plays the guitar.


Andrey Favorov Managing Director Energy Resources of Ukraine

He graduated from Georgia State University (USA) in Bachelor of Science and later received his MBA from Georgetown University (USA). He worked in Atlanta (Georgia, USA) in the field of project management (company IBM GlobalServices, Ford and Harrison LLP and Eclipsys Corporation), held on the position of Business Development Director in the divisions of the international energy corporation AES in Kazakhstan, Russia, Great Britain, Turkey and Africa, headed the business development in Europe and the CIS in an international company ContourGlobal, he had been as Director of DTEK Power Trade, and later - the commercial director of DTEK (the largest energy company in Ukraine). Professional with experience in structuring complex M&A transactions, long term power supply and fuel supply contracts, negotiating bank financing terms, conducting extensive due diligence and managing a team and a budget. Special emphasis on capital intensive infrastructure projects in emerging markets. Extensive experience and network in electricity sector of Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Africa and Asia.


Guerman Ainbinder Director, Wind Power DTEK

Guerman Ainbinder was born in 1969. In 1991, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Machine Building. In 1995, upon completing his studies at the School of Business and Economics at the Russian government’s Academy of the National Economy and California State University (Hayward), he was awarded an MBA degree in Applied Economics and Finance. In 2011, he graduated from the corporate MBA programme Energy of the Leader: joint programme of DTEK Academy and London Business School.
From September 1993 to January 1995, Mr Ainbinder worked as Finance Manager for NERO (Russia). At the same time, he was an Adviser to the Rector of the School of Business at the Russian Government’s Academy of the National Economy. In October 1995, he joined management consulting firm Deloitte and Touche CIS. In February 1997 he joined the Russian division of Merck Sharp & Dohme Idea, where he was responsible for business development. In June 1999, he joined KPMG’s Strategy and Organisational Planning group.
From 2005 Mr Ainbinder has been working for DTEK.


Oleksandr Kharchenko Chief Executive Officer EIR Center

Oleksandr acts as an advisor on energy to different authorities, governmental representatives and politicians in Ukraine – Ministry of regional development, construction and communal services, Parliamentary committee on energy and nuclear energy and safety, Vice-prime-minister of Ukraine, Chairperson of the Verkhovnaya Rada of Ukraine, several MPs etc. He also works with Anti-crisis energy cell of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine helping to keep the energy sector of Ukraine stable and managing development of anti-crisis and contingency plans etc. As a part of this work he works closely with international groups and authorities.
Oleksandr is a Managing director of the Energy Industry Research Center (EIRCenter.com) that he founded together with his partner in 2012. The center became the logical step of further development of Oleksandr’s previous activities in energy sector in the field of energy consulting with the special focus on Government Relations.
In 2008 Oleksandr started to work in the field of alternative energy and heat sector of housing and communal services in Ukraine. In 2009 he, together with a partner, founded a consulting group GEO.Green Energy Opportunity to develop projects in the field of renewable energy. The GEO group quickly earned the reputation of a high-level expert consultancy and project development facility.
Oleksandr has realized many projects of various scale and size in the field of marketing and communications for companies in industrial and FMCG sector – from go-to-market campaigns to creation and implementation of communication strategies. The list of his clients includes Alfa Laval, Amway, Barents Group, Interpipe, Kraft Foods, Samsung and others. Many projects, including Interpipe and Kraft Foods, had international coverage: Europe, USA, Middle East. Oleksandr successfully leaded the rebranding of Interpipe Corp. and creation of KLW brand. He also leaded adaptation and introduction of Kraft Foods brand to Ukrainian market.
Specialties:Management, government relations, energy saving, Kyoto protocol linked projects, branding and indentity, PR strategy development, media relations development.


Vitaly Kovalenko Director for Investments & Development Donbasenergo

Vitaly was born December 14, 1984.He graduated from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, jurisprudence.  He is PhD in administrative, process, financial and information law. He has  Master degree in International Finance, University of Manchester (UK).
He worked in the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine as Deputy Director of the Department of strategic policy and prospective development of its energy and nuclear power systems. He headed the department of strategic policy and future development.
On 1 September 2014 he was appointed Director for investment projects and prospective development of PJSC Donbasenergo.


Igor Shevchenko Minister Ministry of Ecology & Natural Resources of Ukraine

He was born in 1971 in Kirovograd. In the same year the family moved to Kiev.In 1996 he graduated from  Kiev Institute of International Relations as an international lawyer, consultant and translator from English. In 2007 he studied at Harvard University in State Government School named by John F. Kennedy which was a part of the World Economic Forum in Davos - training for the members of the Forum of Young Global Leaders "Global Leadership and Governance in the XXI century." Igor Shevchenko became the first Ukrainian member of  Young Global Leaders Forum at the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Ivan Plachkov Chairman of the Supervisory Board Kyivenergo

He is an Ukrainian politician of Bulgarian origin. He is fluent in Bulgarian. He is Chairman of the Board "Kyivenergo" (January 2012). He is an owner of Colonist wine brand. In 1980 he graduated from Odessa Polytechnic Institute thermal power engineer, "Nuclear power plants and equipment"; He has a Ph.D. from Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences, 2005, thesis "Thermal power bases modernization of heating metropolis (case Kyiv)"/. In 1994 - 1995 he was Chief Engineer Kyivenergo. In 1995 - 1999 he was Chairman - CEO of Kyivenergo. From 24 February to 30 December 1999 he was Minister of Energy of Ukraine. In  2000 – 2005 he was again Chairman - CEO of Kyivenergo. In  2005 – 2006 he was Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine. In 2006 - 2007 he was chairman of Odessa Regional State Administration. In 2007 - 2008 he was Advisor to the President of Ukraine. In 2008 -  2010 he was  deputy head of the State Administration.


Zenon Potoczny President Shelton Petroleum

Zenon Potoczny, born 1957 and raised in Ukraine, has extensive experience both in the oil and gas industry and working internationally. Mr. Potoczny served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Shelton Canada Corp. since the company's listing on the TSX Venture Exchange in 1996. Mr. Potoczny serves as president of Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Potoczny holds an MSc in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Toronto.


Peter O'Brien Country Representative, Ukraine EuroCape New Energy

Peter O'Brien is the Country Director and Head of EuroCape's wind development projects in the Ukraine. He is based in EuroCape's Kiev offices and also oversees all operations and project development in EuroCape's offices in the Zaparosha region. Mr. O'Brien has extensive business and project development experience in Europe and the Ukraine where he has been based for more than eleven years. He was previously employed by ECE Projekt management GmbH in Hamburg, by ORCO in Luxembourg, Rodamco in Rotterdam, and NCH Capital in New York.
Degrees: Masters of Business Administration, INSEAD; BA, Wesleyan University, USA


Friedrich Schwarzländer Industry Advisor, Utilities SAP

Jozsef Balogh Business Development Director Axpo Group

Jozsef Balogh had been active in the CEE energy markets since 1992. He is a lawyer by education and started off his career with Clifford Chance, Energy and Natural Resources Team in London. He moved to NM Rothschild in 1994 to privatize the Hungarian gas distribution companies. After this experience, Jozsef completed his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Law. But he never returned to the law profession.
Jozsef joined ENRON in 1998 and stayed with this company after the collapse. His ENRON roles included government and regulation, Central European origination and, finally, ENRON Teesside Operation Ltd, where he was working on UK gas and power deals. Jozsef spent the post-ENRON years with various energy traders.
Currently, he is the head of the CEE origination and trading team of EGL AG, Switzerland.


Dmytro Zhdanov Country Manager, Ukraine ABB

Dmytro Zhdanov was appointed as ABB in Ukraine Country Manager at February 2012. He has over 19 years of professional experience in the energy sector on a variety of positions in project management, key account management, and general management for multi-national equipment suppliers and engineering companies. Prior to joining ABB, Mr. Zhdanov has been responsible for Business Development at Energy Standard Group. In 2001-2008 he worked for Schneider Electric. His work experience also includes 3 years with ABB in the 1990-ies. Dmytro Zhdanov started his career with NPC Ukrenergo.
Dmytro Zhdanov graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 1996 with a degree in Cybernetics of Electrical Power Systems. In 1997-1998 he completed NORLET program in Business Administration. In 1998 he took courses in Umea School of Business and Economics (Sweden). In 2004-2005 he participated in the FELIX Management Development Program. He speaks English, Ukrainian, and Russian.


Olena Pavlenko Founder DiXi Group

From January 2010 she has been a founder of UA Energy site (News and analysis concerning Ukrainian energy sector), Dixi Group. In 2004 she received a Ph.D.in Energy Policy from Kyiv Mohyla Academy



Volodymyr Evdokimov Commissioner National Energy & Communal Services Regulatory Commission of Ukraine

He was born in Kiev in 1972. In 1995 he graduated from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, in 1999 he graduated from International University of Finance. In August 2014 he was appointed a member of the National Commission for State Regulation in Energy and Public utilities. Before joining to NCEPU he worked as the first deputy director of the State Enterprise "Energy".


Maksym Maksymentsev Deputy Chairman of the Board NAK Nadra Ukrayny

He was Born in Kyiv in  1976. In 1998 he did postgraduate studies at Kyiv Shevchenko national University, Institute of International Relations, Master of International Economic Relations, PhD. In 2002 he  did postgraduate studies  at Boston (USA) University «Northeastern University» in Applied Economics. In 1998-2002 he was an  Assistant Professor of World Economy and International Economic Relations of Kyiv  Shevchenko national University, Institute of International Relations. In 2003-2004 he was an Analyst of  Planning Department at  Joint Stock Company Philip Morris Ukraine, Kyiv. In 2004-2005 he was a Commercial Director, Deputy Director of Commercial Officer of LLC Baranowski porcelain factory, Zhytomyr region, Baranivka. From 2005 he has being working Deputy Head of investment, Deputy Director of Finance and Investment Head of Foreign Economic Activity. From 2010 he has being working Deputy Chairman NAK Nadra Ukraine, Department of Finance and Investment,  Kyiv. He is Married with a son and a daughter.


Igor Piddubniy Director, Oil & Gas, Industry, Ecology & Natural Resources Poltava Regional State Administration

Dimitri Vasylev Deputy CEO Energy Industry Research Center

From August 2010 Dimitri Vasylev has been Partner (Consultancy in Communications, GR, IR, Internet sales) at Publicity Ukraine, Kiev. In 2005-2011 he was a Director of  Marketing Communications at XXI Century Investments, Kiev, Ukraine. From February 2005 till November 2005he was a First Deputy Press Secretary at Office of the President of Ukraine
In 2000 -2005 he was a Communications Officer at United Nations in Ukraine.He did postgraduate studies in European Univercity and received master’s degree in management of organizations. He graduated from the faculty of Ukrainian language and literature of Drahomanov National Pedagogical University.


Jan Chadam President of the Management Board GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.

Jan Chadam is a Doctor of Economics who, in the course of his career, has held a host of executive positions, including Financial Director, Vice President and President of the Board at Pro Futuro S.A., Warszawa, Member of the Board at Elzab S.A., Zabrze, Financial Director at SIPMA Group, Lublin, President of the Board at SIP-MOT S.A., Zamość, and Director of the Internal Audit Department at Polkomtel S.A. (PLUS GSM cellular network operator). He has written several dozen domestically and internationally recognised publications on finance and management and has taught at several universities and MBA programmes.In February 2009, he was appointed Member of the Board at GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. and subsequently President of the Management Board of Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. as of July 2009.


Vitaliy Radchenko Partner CMS Cameron McKenna

Vitaliy is a Partner of the Energy and Projects practice at the Kyiv office of CMS Cameron McKenna. His specialties are: Oil and Gas, Mineral Resources, Conventional & Renewable Power Generation and Kyoto Protocol Projects. Vitaliy was ranked by the Chambers Europe 2012-2014 as a Band 1 lawyer in Energy and Natural Resources for Ukraine with commentators identifying him as “a standout figure for energy law in Ukraine” and “a superb lawyer, instrumental to the practice” as well as “one of the best for shale gas projects and PSAs”. Vitaliy is an active participant of the Fuel and Energy Committee of European Business Association in Ukraine, Co-Chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce and, also, a member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiations (AIPN). 


Mantas Bartuska Chief Executive Officer Klaipedos Nafta

Mr. Mantas Bartuska used to work as a consultant for energy sector, industry, trade and manufacture business audit. From 2010 Mr. Bartuska started his career in SC Klaipedos Nafta as Director of Finance and Administration. One of the main objectives for Mr. Bartuska was the implementation of LNG import terminal: project’s financial planning, cost control and negotiations with relevant authorities. Mr. Bartuska was appointed as CEO of SC Klaipedos Nafta by the Company’s Board on 25th September 2014. Mr. Bartuska is a Board member of SC Klaipedos Nafta (4 years) – the most modern oil product import terminal in the Baltic region. He is also a chairman of the Board at “Baltpool” energy exchange Mr. Bartuska graduated from Faculty of Economics at Vilnius University and has diploma of Management and Business Administration.  Married and has one child. Leisure activities – sports.



Sergiy Savchuk Head State Agency for Energy Efficiency & Saving of Ukraine

He was born in Khmelnitsky region in 1974. In 1997 he graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute",  in 2003 he graduated from Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine in public administration, production management.


Christopher Glover Advisor Viva Exploration

Christopher Glover is a Canadian lawyer and businessman, he has worked in Ukraine for more than six years and is an expert in Ukrainian energy, primarily assisting foreign investors in unconventional gas exploration.


Iurii Gnatiuk Director Energorynok

He graduated from Academy of Municipal Administration as an economist in 2004. In 2012 he also graduated from National University of the State Tax Service of Ukraine as a lawyer. In 1999-2003 he worked at the enterprises of the national economy of Ukraine. In 2004 he was a chief Economist of Planning and Economic Department of the State Enterprise Donbass-Anthracite. In 2004-2007 he was Engineer of 1 category and manager of monitoring and ensuring repayment of the Interagency Commission Settlement Center of the State Enterprise Energorynok. In 2007 he was Deputy Director for the supply of electricity JSC A.E.S. Kyivoblenergo and  Commercial Director of A.E.S. Energolayn. In 2007-2008 he was Director of "Central Energy Company". In 2008-2014 he was Deputy Head of the settlement center, deputy chief of Business development Department, Head of Advanced Development WEM Department of perspective development of Energorynok. He headed Energorynok on 20 March 2014.


Volodymyr Zinevych Director Ukrinterenergo

Victoria Syromyatova Deputy Director, Finance DTEK Wind Power

Victoria has been CFO of DTEK Wind Power since December 2011.
Since 2007 she worked in DTEK where she held the position of leading specialist of financial audits and since 2009 she was Manager of Corporate Internal Audit. From 1997 to 2003 she held the position of manager in the joint venture Donplastavtomat. From 2003 to 2007 she worked in DPA LLC where she took a career ladder from economist to CFO. In 1997 she graduated from Donetsk State Technical University in Mechanical Engineering. Victoria Syromyatova got master degree at Donetsk State University of Economics and Trade. In 2010, she received an MBA in corporate program DTEK in Kyiv Mohyla Business School.


Alan Apter Chairman of the Board of Directors Burisma

Mr. Apter joins Burisma after a 27-year career in investment banking; including management positions at Merrill Lynch, Renaissance Capital, Troika Dialog and Morgan Stanley. For much of his career Mr. Apter has worked in Eastern Europe – including Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Balkans. Prior to investment banking, Mr. Apter was a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Apter has a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (1982).


Gediminas Vaikasas Managing Director Misen Enterprises

Philip Vorobyov Commercial Executive JKX Oil & Gas

Philip is responsible for business development at JKX Oil & Gas. Prior to joining JKX, Philip worked for TNK-BP Gas & Power division where he performed a number of senior roles including head of strategy, business development and regulatory affairs. He was also Associate Director for Russian and Caspian Energy at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). Philip holds an MA from Harvard University and a BS from Georgetown University. 


Yuri Vitrenko Business Development Director NAK Naftogaz of Ukraine

Yuri has 12 years of experience in the financial sectors of Ukraine, Russia and the Great Britain. He has graduated from the Kiev National University of Economics in 1997 and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advised leading Ukrainian companies on financial management. In 2002 Yuri was invited to help with the reform of the National Joint Stock Company “Naftogaz of Ukraine.” He has been working with the Company in a variety of roles, most recently as a VP and Director of Business Development. Among the biggest achievements in his work at “Naftogaz” are securing of international financing and restructuring of $1.6 billion of international credits and obligations at the height of the financial crisis.
In 2004 Yuri obtained MBA from INSEAD Business School (France, Singapore). Yuri worked in the London Office of Merrill Lynch until 2006, where he consulted clients on successful M&A deals in Eastern Europe.  Since 2008 he has been one of the key team members of Amstar Europe, Private Equity Group.  


Petro Golub General director Ukrainian Center of Geological Science

Mr Petro Golub works for Nadra Ukrayny National Joint-Stock Company as a General Director of it’s  Subsidiary "Ukrnaukageotsenter” (Ukrainian Center of Geological Science) in Poltava city. He is Honorary Explorer of Subsoil, Academician of the Ukrainian Oil&Gas Academy ( UNGA). He graduated from the Geological College, Poltava and Kharkiv Polytechnical Institute, Ukraine.
Mr. Golub works in geological exploration system since 1961, he came to Poltava Geophysical Expedition in 1971.  Since it’s merge with “Nadra Ukrayny” NJSC in 2001 he was the only head of the Poltava Subsidiary.
The ‘Ukranaukageocenter’ is engaged in oil and gas exploration, including unconventional deposits; resolution of scientific and industrial problems on the development of effective directions of geological exploration,  search of traditional hydrocarbons and identification of potential areas of unconventional hydrocarbon deposits; modern gas dynamics research of  wells, processing and interpretation of geophysical investigation, integrated research of core samples, environmental monitoring, up-to-edge computer software for processing of  geological and geophysical data (3D).
He has initiated  340 geological-analytical themes, published 36 scientific-analytical articles in industrial magazines, historical and biographical essay about elaboration of Dnieper-Donets geological basin.


Alexander Gorbunenko CFO Burisma

More than 8 years of experience in Finance: he was a Head of Corporate Finance, Head of M&A and Capital Markets at Smart Holding. He holds experience in building up IR functions and attracting foreign investments (FDI) from leading financial institutions. Has obtained a Master’s degree in International Economics, from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.


Igor Schurov Chief Executive Officer Neftegazdobycha

In April 2013 he headed "DTEK Naftogaz". Before that in 2009-2011 he worked in OJSC NOVATEK which is Russian largest independent natural gas producer. In particular, he led the subsidiary Novatek-Tarkosaleneftegaz with an annual production of 14 billion cubic meters. m. For several years he held senior positions in the largest private oil company OJSC  Yukos. He has two higher education. In 1998 he graduated from Samara State Technical University in Development of oil and gas fields, in 2000 he graduated from Samara Academy of Economics in Finance and Credit. He is PhD in technical science.


Polina Kharchenko Energy Analyst Scottish & Southern Energy

In 2012 - 2015 she has been Energy Analyst at SSE Plc
In December 2009 - December 2011  she was Investor Relations Analyst in Scottish and Southern Energy
December 2009 she graduаted from University of Edinburgh Business School, MSc (2:1) , Finance & Investment
In January 2008 she received CISI Diploma from Charted Institute for Securities & Investment
In January 2002 - December 2008 she graduated from Kyiv Mohyla Academy, MA (Hons), BA , Finance
Also she graduated from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - ACCA, Level I&II


Dr James Bown President Vanco Prykerchenska

Jim Bown worked for more than 25 years with British Petroleum (BP) in the international oil and gas sector.  Following a four year involvement in BP’s business development activities in Baku, Azerbaijan, he moved to Kyiv in April 1997 to establish a new corporate office for BP and to become the BP Group’s Chief Business Representative in Ukraine.  From 1997 to 2000 he was involved in the development and implementation of BP’s upstream oil and gas investment strategy for Ukraine, the principal focus of which was the exploration and development of potentially very large on-shore natural gas resources in Ukraine’s Dnipro-Donets Basin.
He retired from BP in March 2000 and established a successful energy industry consultancy practice located in Kyiv.  Based on his extensive experience in the international oil and gas sector, Jim Bown has provided advice and services to clients in areas such as oil/gas business development, investment project implementation, government and external relations, and business and political analysis. 
Since June 2005 he has represented Vanco Energy Company (USA) in Ukraine.  During this time he helped Vanco to win Ukraine’s first Black Sea production sharing tender competition in April 2006, and then contributed to Vanco’s successful negotiation and execution on 19 October 2007 of the country’s first oil and gas production sharing agreement for the Prykerchenska area of the Ukrainian Black Sea.  He was appointed President of Vanco Prykerchenska Ltd in July 2008.
Jim Bown is a Professional Member of the British Chartered Management Institute and has a doctorate in engineering science.  He is a Chartered Engineer (UK), and a Professional Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK).


Timur Khromaev Chief Executive Officer Great East Energy

Timur Hromayev was born in 1975. In 1997 he graduated from Union College (New York) and  in 2002 he completed a master’s degree in Institute of International Relations (Kyiv). From 1997 to 2001 he worked in the public debt department of Ministry of Finance of Ukraine as the Head of Capital Markets. Then worked as deputy chairman of the bank NRB-Ukraine, then held the same position in the TAS-Investbank. Hromayev is an owner of Bezerius Holdings Ltd., which is the majority owner of the Great East Energy. He is the founder of the investment company ARTA. In January 2014 Timur Hromayev was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Great East Energy  (the American gas-production company with assets in Ukraine).


Georgii Rudko Chairman State Commission for Mineral Resources of Ukraine

George Rudko is Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, PhD, Professor, Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician of the Academy of Mining Sciences, chairman of the State Committee of Ukraine on Mineral Resources.
He was born in 1952 in the Tyumen region (Russia). He graduated from the Geological Department of Lviv University (1974) and graduated from the Faculty of Geography of Chernivtsi (1984) University. He worked in the field of geological expeditions in Altai, Western and Eastern Siberia, Carpathian and other regions of Ukraine, the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, Chechnya), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan), Kazakhstan. He participated in the exploration of industrial fields in Ukraine and Russia. Work experience is 35 years, including 19 years of practical field experience and 23 years of research experience. He is a member of Group of Experts of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on harmonization of terminology concerning reserves and mineral resources.


Mykhailo Gonchar Director of Energy Programmes NOMOS Centre

He was born in Ukraine in 1963.
In 1980-1986 he graduated from Kyiv Institute of Civil Aviation.
In 1997 he participated in internship program of the European Commission for civil servants, Catholic University Leuven-la-Neuve, Belgium.
In 1994-1996 he was a Research Fellow, National Institute for Strategic Studies at the National Security Council of Ukraine.
In 1997-2002 he is a freelance adviser to the National Institute for International Security at the National Security Council of Ukraine.
In 1996-2000  he was Consultant Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
In 2001-2006 he was Adviser, Head of Strategy, Office of the Special Commissioner of Ukraine for Euro-Asian Oil Transportation Corridor, Deputy Chairman - Member of the Board of JSC "Ukrtransnafta".
Since 2006 he has been Director of the Center for Energy "NOMOS" (Sevastopol), a member of the editorial board of the journal "Black Sea Security";
Since 2008 he has been President of the Center for Global Studies "Strategy XXI" (Kyiv).
He is a Co-author of books "The structure of the geopolitical interests of Ukraine", "National Security of Ukraine 1994-1996." "Ukraine and Russia in international relations: a strategic perspective." He is the head of the expert group a number of projects. In 2007-20011he was an expert of bilateral working groups on economic cooperation between Ukraine and Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey.


Sergii Panchuk General Director KUB-GAZ

Sergiy was born in 1962. He is the Deputy regional council. He is the Chairman of the Standing Committee of Regional Council on communal ownership and use of natural resources. In 1988 Panchuk graduated from Donetsk Institute of Soviet Trade as a mechanical engineer.


Lev Pidlisetskyi Chairman, Electricity & Energy Transportation Sub-Committee Verkhovna Rada

He is a member of the political party Obiednannya Samopomich and a deputy team leader on the inter-parliamentary relations with Poland. He is a member of the inter-parliamentary relations with the United States. Lev is a General Director of JSC Pivdenzahidelektromerezhbud. He was the initiator and president of Lviv tourism alliance. He lives in Lviv. He is an expert in the areas of electricity, tourism.


Vitaly Butenko Commercial director DTEK Energo

On 01 July 2014, Vitaly Butenko was appointed DTEK’s Commercial Director according to the resolution of the Supervisory Board. From April 2007 to August 2010 Mr Butenko served as DTEK’s Director for Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions and is familiar with our business.
Vitaly Butenko was born on 09 February 1969. In 1993, Mr Butenko graduated with honours from the Chernivtsi National University (Ukraine) with the degree in foreign languages. In 1996, he was awarded an MBA at Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba (Manitoba, Canada). At the same time, since May 1995, he had worked as an associate at the London Office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Mr Butenko has an extensive experience in the banking and investments. He held executive positions in the leading banks of the USA, Canada and the Russian Federation (CSFB, Bank of Nova Scotia, IB TRUST). During his work for RAO UES of Russia OJSC, he headed the Investment Department of INTER RAO UES, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s investment strategy in CIS, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Central Asia, the Middle East, and China.


Dr Ariel Cohen Director, Centre for Energy, Natural Resources & Geopolitics Institute for Analysis of Global Security

Ariel Cohen, L.L.B., Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert on energy policy, with a particular focus on Russia/Eurasia, Eastern and Central Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Cohen also has specific expertise in oil and gas mid-stream technologies, including GTL and LNG. He serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth.
Dr. Cohen is also Principal of International Market Analysis Ltd., a Washington, D.C.-based advisory firm specializing in energy, natural resources, political risk and public affairs. Dr. Cohen has extensive experience consulting for US and foreign governments, Fortune 500 companies and major international law firms.
Dr. Cohen is a Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he was a Senior Research Fellow until July 2014. He frequently testifies before U.S. Congressional committees and conducts White House, Pentagon, and intelligence community briefings.
Dr. Cohen has published over 700 articles, 6 books and monographs and 30 book chapters. He writes for US and international media and regularly appears on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and others.


Robert Bensh Managing Director Pelicourt

Robert Bensh is an energy executive with over 20 years experience, to include over 15 years of experience leading oil and gas companies and energy investments in Ukraine. Mr. Bensh is the Managing Director and partner with Pelicourt LLC, a private equity firm focused on energy and natural resources in Ukraine, as well as Managing Shareholder of Leadville Resources.


Mikhail Afendikov Chief Executive Officer Cub Energy

Mykhaylo is a founder & CEO of Gastek LLC and Kub-Gas LLC. He has over than 20 years of experience in oil and gas, mining, shipping and financial markets. He is a founder of Kub-Gas and the driver behind numerous resource successes (Oil and Gas and Coal) in Ukraine


Zinoviy Kozitskiy Chairman of the Supervisory Board Goryzonty Drilling Company

Zinoviy was born in Lviv in 1957. In 1974-1980 he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Lviv State Medical Institute. In 1981-1990 he was the head of the psychiatric department of Mykolaiv region. In 1994 he founded the company Intermed. In 2004 he became general director of Ukrmedresurs. In 2004 he was a general director of Ukrnaftohazinvest. He is married. He has three sons.


Igor Maslov Electricity Distribution & Sales Director, Board Member DTEK

Igor Maslov was born on 17 June 1966 in Nizhny Novgorod region (former Gorky region, Russia). He got a diploma from Donetsk Polytechnic Institute specializing in Power Plants. Later he graduated from Donetsk National University with a degree in Enterprise Management. He started his career in 1983 as a worker at Zuyevskaya TPP-2. Later he worked as an engineer in Planning and Economic Department of Donbassenergo; Head of Production Laboratory in Donetsk Regional Dispatch Center of Electricity Industry of Ukraine and Head of Relay Protection and Automation Service in Service Invest, an electricity supplying company. Since October 2005, he has been the head of DTEK's electricity distribution business.


Ivan Plachkov Chairman of the Supervisory Board Kyivenergo

He is an Ukrainian politician of Bulgarian origin. He is fluent in Bulgarian.). He is Chairman of the Board "Kyivenergo" (January 2012). He is an owner of wine brand "Colonist".
In 1980 he graduated from Odessa Polytechnic Institute thermal power engineer, "Nuclear power plants and equipment"; He has a Ph.D. from Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, National Academy of Sciences, 2005, thesis "Thermal power bases modernization of heating metropolis (case Kyiv)". In 1994 - 1995 he was Chief Engineer HEO "Kyivenergo". In 1995 - 1999 he was Chairman - CEO of AEK "Kyivenergo". From 24 February to 30 December 1999 he was Minister of Energy of Ukraine. In  2000 – 2005 he was again Chairman - CEO of AEK "Kyivenergo". In  2005 – 2006 he was Minister of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine. In 2006 - 2007 he was chairman of Odessa Regional State Administration. In 2007 - 2008 he was Advisor to the President of Ukraine. In 2008 -  2010 he was  deputy head of the State Administration.


Dmytro Fedoruk Counsel Clifford Chance LLC

Counsel specialising in corporate law, capital markets, M&A, banking and finance and securities; energy sector. He has Professional Memberships of American Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee and  European Business Association Legal Committee. Joined Clifford Chance in October 2008. Graduated with a degree in law from Taras Shevchenko National University (2002).


Alastair McBain Chief Executive Officer Arawak Energy

Alastair D. McBain has been the Chief Executive Officer of Arawak Energy Corp. since September 10, 2002 and served as its President since September 10, 2002. Mr. McBain serves as Consultant to the Vitol Group of companies, a leading International oil trading and Marketing Group. Mr. McBain holds a graduate from Oxford University.


Paul Shapiro Senior Banker, Natural Resources EBRD

Paul Shapiro joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 1994 in Privatisation and Development and Early Stage Equity moving to Natural Resources in 2000.  Since then he has led numerous debt and equity financings/projects in upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors including the first true project financing in Russia (Lukoil/Fortum “SeverTEK”), first successful exit of an on- shore PSA in Azerbaijan (Nations “Karasu”) and first major domestic private sector retail in Ukraine  (Galnaftogaz “Okko” chain). Mr. Shapiro has also worked on a number of mining initiatives including the multi-mine Structured Russian Gold Export facility, is a regular participant in multilateral  energy security and policy initiatives such as the EU-Russia Energy Dialog and INOGATE programme and is a Director of Clean Globe International, a Finnish oil spill response company.
Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Shapiro was a Vice President of Den norske Bank in their Oil and Gas unit in Norway having begun in their LBO unit in New York coming from Bank of America corporate division and Capital Markets Group where he was originally trained and worked in Structured Finance.  Mr. Shapiro holds a BA and MA from Boston University in International Politics and Economics and a MALD in International Business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in conjunction with Harvard Business School.


Anton Safonov Head of Strategy Wind Parks of Ukraine

In October 2011 – March 2013 he was a Project manager at Ochakovskiy Wind Park,Ukraine, Nikolaev. He provided the coordination of wind farm construction (5 units, construction period was 11/2011-05/2012), managing of land, financing, engineering and approval issues. In July 2010 – January 2011 he was a Business Development Manager focusing on small hydro and bio energy of DTEK, Kiev. In 2011 he was an Expret of energy and finance at SEMISE. In May 2009 – July 2010 he was a   Deputy head of economical-financial divission of NAK Energy Company of Ukraine. He was providing the internation cooperation for Ukrhydroenergo in 2009. In 2005 – 2008  he was a Financial Analyst at ContourGlobal.


Jakub Korczak Managing Director, Central & Eastern Europe Kulczyk Oil Ventures

He is a Strategist, recognized capital markets expert, with strong financial background. Enthusiast of financial models, with thorough understanding of corporate value creation and management processes. He is experienced in strategic and financial planning, building convincing equity story and running top-class investor/stakeholder relations program, recognized by sellside, buyside and media. From May 2010 he is a Vice President IR, Managing Director CEE of Serinus Energy Inc. (formerly Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc.) From 2006 till 2010 he worked at various positions such as Member of Basel II Implementation Team, Advisor to MB, Chief Co-ordinator of mid-term strategic plan, Director, Investor Relations, Member of ALCO, Member of Capital Management, CFO, Member of Management Board of BRE Bank.


Narek Harutyunyan Managing Director Rengy Development

Narek Harutyunyan is the Managing Partner of Rengy Development, a renewable energy development company established in 2009 and focused on solar energy. Under his management, the company has grown from a single greenfield entity to a group of companies operating in two countries and developing and operating a portfolio of more than a dozen projects. Mr Harutyunyan is also a founding shareholder of Trust Capital Group, a corporate finance and investment banking boutique, which was the initiator and manager of the first Ukrainian IPO on London Stock Exchange in early 2005, as well as other private and public capital raising transactions for the region.  Mr Harutyunyan was educated in Armenia, the USA and the UK, and has a Master’s degree in international finance, a PhD in the field of management, and an MBA degree from the University of Oxford.


Zenon Potoczny President Shelton Petroleum

Zenon Potoczny, born 1957 and raised in Ukraine, has extensive experience both in the oil and gas industry and working internationally. Mr. Potoczny served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Shelton Canada Corp. since the company's listing on the TSX Venture Exchange in 1996. Mr. Potoczny serves as president of Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Potoczny holds an MSc in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Toronto.


Garry Levesley Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer ContourGlobal

Mr. Garry Levesley is our Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He is responsible for managing some of the largest business units in the company based in this region as well as new business development opportunities. Previously, Garry served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) from 2009 to 2011. As the COO he was primarily responsible for managing all aspects of the operations for all of our assets worldwide. Garry is a member of our Executive Committee, Development Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and CO2 Committee. Prior to joining us, Garry served as Chief Operating Officer at the Donbass Fuel & Energy Company (“DTEK”), a large vertically integrated coal mining, electricity generating and electricity supply company based in Ukraine, from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining DTEK, Garry was at The AES Corporation from 1994 to 2006, after several Plant Manager roles with the company from 1999 he served as Regional CEO where he managed a diverse portfolio of large thermal and hydroelectric power plants and distribution companies in the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Hungary and Ukraine. Garry received a B.S. in Engineering from The Open University, United Kingdom.


Yaroslav Klymovych Chairman of the Board NAK Nadra Ukrayny

He was born in Lviv in 1982. In 2005 he graduated from Western Ukrainian Institute of Information Technology and Management at the Donetsk State University of Management.In 2012 he graduated from the Institute of Lviv University, Law School. In 2001 - 2009 he was an Assistant of Director at Financial Affairs PE ROC "Star TV", LLC "Broadcasting Company" STB "Director General Broadcasting Company LLC" Mist TB", m. Lviv. In 2011 he worked at the State Tax Administration of Ukraine in Lviv region, then he became a head of West Ukrainian geophysical reconnaissance expedition, Kyiv. In 2013 he worked in the State Environmental Inspection in Lviv region. On June 11, 2014 he was appointed the Chairman of the Board of JSC "National Joint Stock Company" Nadra Ukraine", Kiev. He is married and has a son.


Dr Yuri Kubrushko General Director IMEPOWER Consulting

Founder and General Director of IMEPOWER Consulting. Dr. Kubrushko graduated from Kyiv National Economic University and started his career in consulting and investment business in 1997 when he advised AES Corporation and Tractebel on investment opportunities in power and gas sectors of Ukraine. From 1999 until 2003, he was Deputy Project Director of the USAID project performed by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu EMG providing assistance to the Government on privatization of power distribution and power generating companies. Since 2003 Dr. Kubrushko has been advising international clients on investment and market entry strategies in Ukraine with focus on structuring and development of investment projects in power and gas sectors, asset due diligence and valuation, preparation of risk mitigation schemes. He was involved in such projects as construction of Dniester Hydro Pumped Storage Station, reconstruction of hydro power plants in the Western Ukraine, construction of the back-to-back station between Ukraine and UCTE, construction of CCGT power plant in Crimea, reconstruction of the high voltage power transmission line from Moldova TPP to the substation Isaccea in Romania. Dr. Kubrushko was in charge of valuating several Ukrainian power distribution companies for the London Court of International Arbitration, coordinated due diligence of Moldova TPP in Trans Dniester Republic and power distribution company in the Eastern Ukraine, was involved in assessment of the investment program of Ekibaztus TPP in Kazakhstan. Dr. Kubrushko has significant experience of transaction advice related to electricity export from Ukraine to the Eastern Europe. For the last years, he has been actively involved in structuring and analyzing renewable energy projects with focus on wind farms and small hydros.


Serhiy Piontkovsky Partner Baker & McKenzie

Dmytro Kashchuk Head State Service of Geology & Mineral Resources of Ukraine

Dmitry Kashchuk is responsible for developing and submitting for consideration of proposals and draft laws and other regulations of legal acts on state policy in the field of exploration and ensure rational use of resources, as well as on all other matters relating to Gosgeonedr Ukraine. He has managerial experience in government and commercial companies, specialized in attracting investment and regulatory affairs. He graduated from the faculty International Economics of National University Lviv Polytechnic (2000-2005). In addition, in 2004 he graduated from the Institute of Postgraduate Education of the National Ivan Franko University, degree in law. Since 2011 he has being studing at the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, Public Administration.
During 2005-2006 he had excellent internship at the Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada on economic policy, economic management, property and investments. In 2008 he was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Export of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine. In 2010-2011 he was Deputy Chief of the Economy and Investment - Head of investment policy of  Lviv Regional State Administration. He attracted investments of 10 major domestic and foreign investors in the production of solar panels, abrasives, building materials, cable products. In 2013 he became deputy director of Fiacre-Lviv. During his work at the post Dmitry increased number of employees by 2.5 times up to 352 people, contributions to the budget increased by 2 times. In 2014 he was the representative of the contract with Chevron in the Western region of Ukraine.


Denys Fudashkin Deputy Minister Ministry of Finance of Ukraine

Dr Simon Pirani Senior Research Fellow Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

In the academic year 2014-15 he continues teaching courses on "Russia and the Soviet Union, 1861-2000: revolution, continuity and change" and "The Russian revolutions of 1917", to third-year undergraduate students in the history department of Canterbury Christ Church University. He is a member of the editorial board of Debatte: journal of contemporary central and eastern Europe.  He has a PhD from the University of Essex (History Department) for dissertation: The changing political relationship between the Moscow workers and the Bolsheviks 1920-24. In 1997 he graduated with BA (Russian Studies) degree (first-class honours) at London University (School of Slavonic and East European Studies).


Adelmo Schenato Chief Operating Officer Cadogan Petroleum

Mr. Schenato was appointed to the Board as Chief Operating Officer on 25 January 2012. He joined the Company after a 35 year career at Eni S.p.A (“Eni”), the Italian integrated energy business, where he served in senior global and regional positions. His global roles at Eni included Well Operations Research and Development and Technical Management, and Vice President HSE & Sustainability. His regional roles include General Manager of Tunisia, Gabon and Angola as well as CEO of Eni’s Italian gas storage company.


Mykola Martynenko Chairman, Fuel & Energy Committee Verkhovna Rada

He was born in 1961 in Ukraine. From 1978 until 1984 he studied at  Zhukovsky  Kharkov Aviation Institute in mechanical engineering. After the Institute Mykola Martynenko had worked as an engineer at the Kiev mechanical plant for two years. Since 1986 he worked at the Komsomol as deputy secretary, secretary of the Komsomol committee of the plant, the secretary of the Kyiv City Committee LKSMU. Since 1991he was engaged in business. In 1991-1998 he was a Chairman of the Board, President of JSC "Trading House", Chairman of the Board of JSC "Interport Kovel". Since 1998 he has been a people's deputy of Ukraine for last four convocations. He is married and has four daughters.


Peter Clark Country Manager Chevron Ukraine

Sergiy Kostyuk Chairman of the Board Ukrgazvidobuvannya

Vadym Shlenchak Deputy Chairman of the Board Ukrgazvidobuvannya

Oleksandr Somov First Deputy Chairman of the Board Ukrgazvidobuvannya

Lyudmyla Kuchmenko Chief Executive Officer Geo Alliance Group

Oleksandr Todiychuk Deputy Chairman NAK Naftogaz of Ukraine




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