Professor Charles Hendry MP – Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan & Turkmenistan

Charles Hendry has been Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden since 2001 and was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, holding the portfolio longer than any previous Minister. The Prime Minister has appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Since leaving Ministerial office, he has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh (in both the Business School and the Academy of Government). Charles is President of the British Institute of Energy Economics; of the fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action and an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute. He is also President of the Advisory Board of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce. He has also held the business, higher education and youth portfolios for the Conservative Party; as well as the role of Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. Prior to entering Parliament, Charles had his own communications consultancy, supporting chairmen and chief executives in their corporate networking. He was Chief of Staff to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP, when he became Leader of the Conservative Party.

Angus Miller – Director, QuinSec Security Management Ltd, Former Senior energy Advisor at Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Angus Miller is a Director and co-founder of QuinSec Security Management Ltd., a UK based company specialising in providing security, technology and training to individuals, businesses and governments around the world. An economist by training, Mr Miller has a background in the international oil and gas and energy sectors, latterly holding the post in the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Senior Energy Adviser. In his Governmental advisory role, Mr Miller addressed energy security and climate change issues with governments, companies and institutions around the globe . Prior to advising government, he worked on energy projects especially in Exploration & Production and consulting sectors in the USA, Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. The latter being an area where he has travelled extensively over twenty years and consequently developed a deep knowledge of its geopolitical and energy security issues. Mr Miller is married with a daughter and a son.

Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff – Director, Oxford International Centre

Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff is the Director of Oxford International Centre – a bespoke advisory platform aimed at furthering business and policy goals of corporations, financial institutions, and public sector organisations worldwide. He has 15 years of international advisory experience in corporate strategy, as well as political, economic and country risks. He is also a Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford and was previously a Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Dr Yenikeyeff holds a first class degree with honours in law from the Bashkir State University, Russia, and an MPhil and DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford. His current projects focus on the political economy of the oil and gas sectors of Russia and Central Asia with emphasis on economic policies, state-business relations, corporate strategies, political and economic risks. Dr Yenikeyeff is also the author of The Battle for Russian Oil: The Kremlin’s Games of Wealth and Power , a forthcoming book on the politics of the Russian oil sector.

Anne Rodriguez – Vice President, Natural Resources Advisory, ING Bank

Anne is a Senior Vice President in the ING Natural Resources Advisory team which she joined in 2010. Over her 10 year commercial and investment banking career, she has worked on a number of landmark oil & gas transactions, including the US$14bn PNG LNG project, the largest project financing at the time.
Anne was the day-to-day ING team leader advising on a US$ 4.0 bn integrated upstream/downstream project in Uzbekistan (Surgil Project), which won the 2013 IJ Online Global Oil & Gas Deal of the year. She is currently co-advising Uzbekistan GTL on a multibillion financing of a gas-toliquids project in Uzbekistan (shareholders are Uzbekneftegaz, Sasol and Petronas), as well as the South Stream Offshore pipeline.
Anne holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, and is a CFA Chaterholder.

Ben Wetherall – Head of Gas, ICIS

Ben Wetherall is the Head of Gas & LNG at ICIS and is responsible for overseeing the company’s natural gas and LNG markets pricing benchmarks and market analysis. He previously edited ICIS Global LNG Markets and advised companies on LNG short-term trading and pricing. Prior to joining ICIS in 2010, Ben worked as a consultant for Gas Strategies where he provided commercial advice on upstream, pipeline and LNG projects in Europe, Russia and Asia. He also worked as a country risk analyst for IHS Global Insight, and has monitored over 10 elections in Europe and the CIS for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Nabil Khodadad – Global Co-Head of Project Finance Practice, Vinson & Elkins

Nabil is based in the firm’s London office and is global co-head of the Project Finance practice. Nabil has been based in London for more than two decades and has extensive experience in project finance and privatizations. He has advised on oil and gas, pipeline, petrochemical, mining and metals, power and other projects in more than 35 countries. Nabil has also served on the Documentation Committee of the Loan Market Association (LMA).
Nabil has been ranked as a leading project finance lawyer by Chambers and Partners in the 2007 to 2013 Chambers UK Guides. He has also been ranked as a “Leader in their Field” in international Mining by Chambers UK, 2013.

Louis Skyner – Head of Oil & Gas, Clifford Chance, Moscow

Louis Skyner heads the law firm Clifford Chance’s Russia and CIS oil & gas practice. As part of this practice he currently advises international oil companies on their participation in upstream projects in Russia, and Russian oil companies on their activity outside Russia. Prior to that he worked as leading legal counsel at Statoil, a position in which he: participated in negotiations with Gazprom and Total concerning the development of the Shtokman gas field, from the structuring and financing of the project through to the development, production and sales agreements contemplated; advised on the various onshore and offshore exploration projects Statoil recently entered into with Rosneft, both with regards to the structuring of their joint activity and the development of the risk service arrangements adopted; and, having acted as lead in the negotiation of the joint operation agreement concluded between Statoil, Lukoil and the Iraqi North Oil Company for the development of the West Qurna 2 oil field, was seconded to Lukoil Overseas to assist with the negotiation of various project contracts.

Thomas Firestone – Senior Counsel, Baker & McKenzie

Thomas Firestone is a senior counsel in the London office of Baker & McKenzie. His practice focuses on corruption risks and compliance, including transactional due diligence and internal investigations. He frequently moderates and speaks at legal and business conferences and intergovernmental meetings on crime, corruption and compliance. He also designed and taught special courses at a local law school on white-collar crime and on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Prior to joining the Firm in 2012, Mr. Firestone worked at the US Department of Justice, first as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York and then as Resident Legal Adviser at the US Embassy in Moscow.


Gregory Stoupnitzky – Executive Director, Azonto Petroleum Ltd

Gregory Stoupnitzky has over 30 years of Investment Banking and Capital Markets experience, with a long track record in the natural resources and related sectors. During this time, Gregory has held senior positions with Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley and most recently with Renaissance Capital in London. Gregory is a founder and Managing Partner of CIS Capital LLC, which provides advice to private equity funds and small caps in valuation, disposal or merger of oil and gas and power assets. During the course of his career, he has established an impressive track record of Emerging Markets transactions in geographies across Latin America, Russia and the CIS and Sub-Saharan Africa. In the last 6 years, Gregory has been an Advisory Board Member of Pace Financial Services, a member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy at Columbia University and a Director of the US-Russia Business Council, in Washington DC.