ENERPO Workshops

The ENERPO workshop series is a cycle of meetings with prominent experts in the field of Energy Politics and representatives of the energy business in Russia and CIS countries. Following to a one-hour presentation made by the guest lecturer, the ENERPO students have the opportunity to conduct a Q&A session so to delve into the complexity of the subject.


Typically, following each meeting, a pair of students edit an article summarizing the discussion, drawing their own conclusions and, when possible, including a direct interview to the speaker. The best articles are published on the ENERPO Journal and other EUSP platforms.


A selection of workshop sessions are available at our video gallery. Below is a list of some of the ENERPO’s distinguished guest speakers:


 Bayasanova Dina 200

Dina Bayasanova is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy in the University of Dundee, where she conducts research on investments in emerging markets and risk management. She obtained MLitt in Marketing from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) and MSc (Hons) in Project Management from the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. (Russia). As a result of her work at Gazprom and Enel she has 8 years of experience in investment management, business development and project management.
 Boute Anatole Boute is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and Legal Adviser to the IFC Russia Renewable Energy Program (The World Bank Group).
 Cleutinx Christian Cleutinx is an international expert in energy security, diplomacy and international dialogues with 30 plus years of experience in energy international relations with a special emphasis on Russia and the United States. He has had a longstanding career in the European Commission and worked in the EU-Russia Dialogue from 2000 to 2008.
 Drebentsov Vladimir Drebentsov is Head of Russia and CIS Economics at BP. He is also member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council (EU-Russia Energy Dialogue).
 Fache Dominique Fache has worked as Director of Schlumberger in Russia and then as country Manager for Russia and the CIS at ENEL. He was involved in the launch of the “Club de Nice, energy and geopolitics”, organizing a high-level annual forum with European leaders on France-Russia relations.
 Gritsenko 100 Daria Gritsenko is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Helsinki (Finland). She is an expert in Arctic energy development and transportation.
 Howard Scott Howard is commercial director of “Mobil Oil Lubricants” for Russia and Ukraine (ExxonMobil).
 Komlev Sergey Komlev is Head of the Contract Structuring and Pricing Directorate of Gazprom Export.

Mikhail Krutikhin is an analyst and consultant on the oil and gas industry and politics in Russia. He is a co-founder of and analyst with the RusEnergy consultancy in Moscow, Russia, and editor-in-chief of The Russian Energy weekly newsletter.

Dr. Krutikhin delivered a lecture about Russian oil and gas on the global market.

Mikhail Krutikhin. Russian Oil and Gas in a Global Economic Recession Environment. 05.05.2020

 Lotem Michael Michael Lotem is Consul General of Israel to St. Petersburg. His latest positions in the Israeli diplomatic service include that of Special envoy for energy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-14) and that of Ambassador to Azerbaijan (2009-12) and
Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2-4-2006).
 Milov Vladimir Milov is a Russian politician and the president of the Institute of Energy Policy, a Moscow-based independent think tank. He is the former Deputy Energy Minister of the Russian Federation.

Tatiana Mitrova is Head of the Department for the Development of the Oil and Gas Sector at the Energy Research Institute (Russian Academy of Sciences). She is also a member of the Governmental Commission of the Russian Federation on fuel and energy complex and of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy.

 Moe Arild Moe is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (Oslo). Most of his research has been devoted to Russia and his interests include the Russian energy sector, Russian-Norwegian relations and Arctic shipping.
 APerenyi Dr. Aron Perenyi, a lecturer in International Business at Swinburne University in Australia, kicked off the Workshop Series season with his talk titled Introducing the Australian Low Income Energy Efficiency Program. He analyzes government strategies on how to improve energy efficiency among low income and indigenous peoples of Australia. The talk focused on how the best thought-out plans could fall apart when not accounting for simple patterns in human nature.
 Poussenkova Nina Poussenkova, Senior  Researcher on Center for Energy Research in Moscow; Rosneft specialist. Dr. Poussenkova spoke about the myths and realities of National Oil Companies around the world.
 Skyner Louis Skyner, Energy Attorney at law firm Clifford Chance. Louis Skyner hosted a 4-day lecture series concerning energy law, contracts, and energy project financing 
 Sung Jinsok Jinsok Sung is a researcher and PhD candidate at Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas. His doctoral dissertation is provisionally titled “Gas pricing system in Asia Pacific market : influence of Europe and USA”. His had previously worked at the Gazprom Institute on Yamal Peninsula (2011) and at the Moscow office of Japan Oil, Gas, Metal Corporation JOGMEC (2012).
Yuri Timofeyev Yuri Timofeyev, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Downstream at Rosneft.
 Titov Maxim Titov is the Program Head of Sustainable Energy Finance, a part of the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group. His focus is on investing  in energy efficiency projects around the world. He was one of the first people to develop sustainable energy finance for our region of Russia a few years ago.
 Veli PekkaTynkkynen


Dr. Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, Professor at the University of Helsinki who specializes in Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development in Russia,  analyzed Russia’s arctic energy policies and their inherent paradoxes. Dr. Tynkkynen focused on local, regional, and national levels in terms of Russia’s policy approaches to the Arctic. An interesting debate took part during the question and answer session regarding the nature of “oil culture” in regards to Russia.
 Vanderplaetse Johan Vanderplaetse is Area Vice President for Eastern Europe at Emerson Process Management.
 Yenikeyeff Shamil Yenikeyeff is a Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, and is also a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.