Forum Programme

The conference programme sponsored by
  2 June 2022, Thursday
  08:00 - 09:00REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  09:00 – 09:10OPENING REMARKS


Welcome Address
Russell Taylor,
Advisor, ICA Group

Russell Taylor is a non- executive director and adviser to several international exhibition businesses. He has been involved in the international exhibition industry for more than 20 years, with experience covering businesses in Russia, Central Asia, China, India, Asia, UK and various European markets. Russell started his business life as an accountant, but soon became specialized in the exhibition and conference world. He was CEO of ITE Group plc from 2007 to 2016, since when he has worked on a number of international exhibition projects including Global Sources in Hong Kong, non-executive Chairman of a UK based exhibition business and advising the Board of CEO in Central Asia. Russell lives in London with his wife and three daughters. He continues to work on his portfolio of non-executive and advisory positions, as well as being a busy family man.



Chairmen’s Welcome Address
Parviz Shahbazov,
Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

In 1992, he graduated from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy where he majored in Oil & Gas Economics and Management.

In 1990, he launched his career as a practicing diplomat at the Department of International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

In 1992-1996, he worked as an attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996-2001, he held several positions (Assistant Secretary, First Secretary, Department Head and Deputy Head) at the departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Europe, the USA and Canada.

In 2001-2005, he worked as the Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Austria, where, later on, he was appointed as the Charge d'affaires.

In 2005, he became the Chairman of The OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC).

In 2005, he was appointed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany and worked in this capacity until 2016.

 In 2016-2017, he worked as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Later, he was appointed as the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the 12th of October 2017.

He is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, English and German.

He is married and has two kids. 

  09:10 – 10:00MINISTERIAL SESSION: ENERGY IN TRANSITION PERIOD - NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN TRANSFORMING WORLD
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Chairman
Parviz Shahbazov,
Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

In 1992, he graduated from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy where he majored in Oil & Gas Economics and Management.

In 1990, he launched his career as a practicing diplomat at the Department of International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

In 1992-1996, he worked as an attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996-2001, he held several positions (Assistant Secretary, First Secretary, Department Head and Deputy Head) at the departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Europe, the USA and Canada.

In 2001-2005, he worked as the Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Austria, where, later on, he was appointed as the Charge d'affaires.

In 2005, he became the Chairman of The OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC).

In 2005, he was appointed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany and worked in this capacity until 2016.

 In 2016-2017, he worked as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Later, he was appointed as the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the 12th of October 2017.

He is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, English and German.

He is married and has two kids. 



Speaker
Péter Szijjártó,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of HungaryBorn on the 30th of October 1978 in Komárom.
He got a degree in Foreign Affairs at the Budapest University of
Economic Sciences and Public Administration in 2002.
He has been a Member of Parliament for Fidesz since 2002 and began his fifth term in the Parliament in 2018.
He was the Communications Director of Fidesz from 2006 to 2010, then became the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson from 2010 to 2012. He was State Secetary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office from 2012 to 2014.
In June 2014, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary since the 23rd of September 2014.
He is Roman Catholic, married and has two sons. He used to be a
registered futsal player, playing in two 1st division and eighty-five 2nd division games between 2011 and 2016.


Speaker
Alexander Nikolov,
Minister of Energy of Bulgaria, Minister of Energy
Energy security and Southern Gas corridor’s potential models


Speaker
Dr. Alparslan Bayraktar,
Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey


Speaker
Cristina Lobillo Borrero,
Director for Energy policy, strategy and coordination, European Commission (EC)Originally, from Cordoba in Spain, Cristina Lobillo Borrero is a lawyer with qualifications from Spain, Belgium and the Harvard Business School. Having previously worked in the Spanish government for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, she joined the European Commission in 2004, working originally on agriculture policy and then moving to trade issues. From 2014 to 2019 she was the Head of Cabinet to the then EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete. As Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete was the EU's chief negotiator in the COP, she was present in Paris for parts of the COP21 session and therefore had an important role in the EU team. Former Commissioner's term in office was also noted for its successful overhaul of EU energy legislation under the so-called "Clean energy for all Europeans package". From December 2019 to June 2020, she was Principal Adviser at the Directorate General for Agriculture and, since 16 June 2020, she is Director for Energy Policy: Strategy and Coordination in the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy. In this role, she was heavily involved in the preparation of new EU proposals on energy efficiency and renewable energy that were published on July 14. Her responsibilities as Director also include overseeing EU international relations on energy issues, coordination with Member States as well as with the EU institutions, together with the communication, legal and economic aspects of EU energy policy.


Speaker
Laura Lochman,
Deputy assistant secretary Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

Laura Lochman started December 13, 2021 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy in the Bureau of Energy Resources. She was previously Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs, and from January-September 2021, served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs for Canada, Haiti, and the Caribbean.

Laura Lochman is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with over 30 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation. She has served in various overseas assignments with the Department of State, including as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Denmark; Economic Counselor in Bogota, Colombia; Consul General in Calgary, Canada; Deputy Economic Counselor and Chief of the Trade and Investment Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; and Deputy Economic Counselor and Environment, Science and Technology Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Earlier, she served in Caracas, Venezuela and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In Washington, Laura previously served in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs, the Bureau of South Asian Affairs, and in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Laura was detailed for one year from the State Department to a non-governmental organization, the Nature Conservancy, as a policy advisor. She also spent two years as the State Department’s Deputy Director of the Office of Central European Affairs.

Laura graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and French from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also studied at the Université de Montpellier, France. Laura holds a black belt in karate, and her foreign languages include French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.



Moderator
Matthew Bryza,
Board Member, Jamestown Foundation

Ambassador Matthew Bryza is a member of the Board of Lamor Ab, the world’s leading oil spill response company, and CEO of Lamor Turkey in Istanbul. He is also a non-executive director of Turcas, a diversified energy company and one of Turkey’s largest corporations.   Bryza additionally  serves on the Board of an upstream energy companies in the UK, is a founding partner of a cyber security firm in Turkey, and a member of a high-level investment team developing exports of U.S. liquid natural gas to the Baltic Sea region. Ambassador Bryza is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Defence and Security in Tallinn, and served as the Center’s Director from 2012- 2015. He is also a Non- Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Board member of the Jamestown Foundation, both of which are think-tanks in Washington, DC.Ambassador Bryza served for 23 years as a U.S. diplomat. His most recent assignment was as Ambassador to Azerbaijan from Februar y 2011 to January 2012.  During 2005 to 2009, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for Eurasian energy security, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. He simultaneously served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating  the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan), and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus Question and the South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts (in Georgia). During 2001 to 2005, Ambassador Bryza served in the White House as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff, covering the same areas as mentioned above, along with Islamist extremism. Earlier assignments at the State Department included Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy; Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia; Russia Desk Officer; and Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91). Matthew Bryza holds a bachelor ’s degree from Stanford
University and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, both in international relations.

  10:00 - 10:05Technical Break
  10:05 - 11:00MINISTERIAL SESSION (continuation)


Speaker
Zorana Mihajlovic,
Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia

Diversification of natural gas sources and suppliers as a condition for economic development



Speaker
Andrei Spinu,
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova
Increasing the Moldova Energy Security  through the reliable sources and routes of gas supply


Speaker
Virgil Daniel Popescu,
Minister of Energy of Romania
Energy in transition period - new opportunities and challenges in transforming world


Speaker
Javad Owji ,
Minister of Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Iran


Speaker
Bolat Akchulakov,
Minister of Energy of the KazakhstanAqchulaqov Bulat Uralovich (born April 9, 1971, Guryev (now Atyrau), KazSSR) - Kazakh statesman, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2006-2008), Vice Minister of Oil and Gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2012 -2014), Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2017-2019), Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (since January 11, 2022). Career: 1994-1995 - Economist, Chief Economist of Alem Bank Kazakhstan; 1995-1997 - Head of Department, Director of Department of the Central Asian Bank for Cooperation and Development; 1997-2001 - Senior Expert, Manager, Chief Manager, Deputy Director of Department of CJSC NOC Kazakhoil; 2001-2003 - Business Analyst, Manager, CFO of Commonwealth and British Services Ltd.; 2003-2006 - Executive director for management of shares of JV CJSC National Company “KazMunayGas” (KMG); 2006-2008 - Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan; 2009-2010 - Managing Director for Management of Electricity and Oil and Gas Assets of National Welfare Fund “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC; 2010-2011 - General Director of “PSA” PLC; 2011 - President of JSC National Company KazMunayGas; 2012-2014 - Vice Minister of Oil and Gas; 2014-2017 - General Director of “Almex Petrochemical” LLC; 2016 - 2017 - General Director of the Association of Legal Entities "Kazakhstan Association of Oil and Gas Energy Sector Organizations" KAZENERGY "; 2017-2019 - Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan; 2019 - 2021 - General Director of the KAZENERGY Association; 2019 - 2021 - General Director of “Almex Petrochemical” LLC; 04.2021 - 10.01.2022 - Managing Director for Asset Management of “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC; From January 11, 2022, by decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, he was appointed Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan


Speaker
Tutuka Ariadji,
Director General of Oil and Gas, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia

Energy Transition Towards Nett Zero Emission 2060 Indonesia as Archipelagic Country



Speaker
Gordon Birrell,
EVP, Production & Operations, bp
The Energy Trilemma
  The future of the energy at the crossroads. Green Energy recovery
  Bounce-back of oil and gas prices driving post-pandemic economic recovery – a short-lived occurrence or a sign that peak oil is still ahead?
  Covid-19 pandemic impact on energy sector and short/mid-term recovery forecasts
  Reinventing oil and gas for a new energy era. From oil and gas company towards energy company
  11:00-11:05Framework Agreement on the implementation of a higher education program on renewable energy sources between the Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry and BP Exploration (Caspian Si) Limited 
  11:05 – 11:40COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING -  ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  11:40 – 14:00EXECUTIVE TALKS. GLOBAL ENERGY OUTLOOK
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Keynote Speaker
Rovshan Najaf,
First Vice-President and Acting President of SOCAR, SOCAR

Rovshan Najaf was born on April 9, 1982 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 1997, he went to the Faculty of International Economic Relations of the Azerbaijan State University of Economics. He graduated with honours from the bachelor's program in 2001 and Master’s program in 2003. In 2007-2008 he successfully completed the Master's program in Economic Policy Management / International Energy Management and Policy at Columbia University, USA within the framework of the SOCAR scholarship program. He started his career in 2001 as a laboratory assistant at the Department of International Economic Relations and Marketing of the Azerbaijan State University of Economics. In 2003-2007, he worked as a consultant and senior adviser in the Investment Policy Unit of the Investment and International Economic Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2008-2009, he worked as the Head of the Investment Contracts Unit of the Investment Department of SOCAR. In 2009-2010, he was the Head of the Foreign Economic Relations Department and Assistant Minister of Economic Development at the Ministry of Economic Development. In 2010-2018, he worked as the Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director of “Azerbaijan Investment Company” OJSC. He was appointed as the Head of the Innovative Development and e-Government Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on May 11, 2018, as the Chairman of the Financial Monitoring Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued on August 28, 2019, as the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued on February 11, 2020, as the First Deputy Minister of Economy by the Order issued on December 24, 2021. He was appointed as the First Vice President and Acting President of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on February 10, 2022. He holds a PhD in Economics, is the 3rd degree State Counsellor. Married, has two children.



Speaker
Lorenzo Simonelli,
Chairman and CEO, Baker Hughes

Future of Energy

 



Speaker
Mohamed Hamel,
Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)

Natural gas: a pivotal role in the energy transitions  

 



Speaker
Joseph McMonigle,
Secretary General, International Energy Forum (IEF)
Energy Roadmap for Recovery


Speaker
Gary Jones,
Regional President, bp Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey
Delivering steadily to help energy transition’


Speaker
Gustavo Baquero,
Senior Vice-President EPI, Equinor
Equinor’s updated corporate strategy: Energy transition plan


Speaker
Francesco La Camera,
Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Towards an accelerated energy transition: from global to local?


Speaker
Melih Han Bilgin,
CEO & President, TPAO
Energy Transition


Speaker
Clive Turton,
Chief Investment Officer (CIO), ACWA PowerClive Turton is the Chief Investment Officer at ACWA Power. In his role, he leads the company's investment and growth strategy, focusing on developing new geographies, markets, and projects. Clive also heads the business development team leading technical and financial bids while working with cross functional teams to ensure ACWA Power consistently sets new industry benchmarks. A seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in the power and renewables sector, Mr. Turton has held leadership roles in management and banking, spanning mandates in advisory, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and EPC contracting. Mr. Turton joined ACWA Power from Vestas, where, as President, he led company growth and expansion for the Asia- Pacific (APAC) region. During his tenure, he grew Vestas' operations in markets like India, Vietnam, Australia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Japan. Prior to Vestas, Mr. Turton spent a decade at ING, culminating in a role that headed the bank's regional corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions team in Hong Kong and Singapore. A lawyer by training, Mr. Turton has practised corporate law in Australia and Europe. He holds a joint BA/LLB degree in law and politics from the Australian National University.


Speaker
Dr. Michael Hilmer,
Vice-President, Uniper
Uniper’s positioning in a rapidly changing market environment


Speaker
Regis Agut,
Managing Director and Country Chair, TotalEnergies Azerbaijan
The Role of Oil and Gas in the Energy Transition


Moderator
Kirill Tuishev,
Managing Director, Senior Partner, BCGManaging Director and Senior Partner of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Head of Energy of EMCR region (Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel) Head of BCG Baku Kirill Tuishev has been with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for 15 years. His focus is primarily on energy topics. He has extensive experience in implementing large-scale projects in such areas as strategic development of the organization and digital transformation, ESG, optimization of organizational and functional structures and business processes, as well as organizational development and interaction in oil and gas and petrochemical companies. Education: Kazan University, majoring in "Computer Technology". State University of New York, MBA
  Energy Mix and Markets, Supply and Demand Drivers: Possible recovery trajectories for fossil fuels – Which emerging investment directions and regions can generate sustainable market value?
  Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuels Lock-in. What are the challenges and the future of electricity grids with an increasing share of renewables in the energy mix? What is next for the oil and gas lock-in at the forefront of inevitable renewables growth?
  14:00 – 15:00LUNCH AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  15:00 – 16:30PATH TO NET ZERO


Chairman
Elnur Soltanov,
Deputy Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Republic


Speaker
Niall Henderson,
Vice-President, bp
Decarbonisation Pathway for Azerbaijan


Speaker
Maciej Czura,
Head of the Regional Representation for the South Caucasus, European Investment Bank (EIB)
EU Climate Bank – available assistance for Azerbaijan on the path towards net zero


Speaker
Abdulla Zayed,
Head, Development & Investment (Central Asia & Russia), Masdar

How Masdar can support Azerbaijan's energy journey

 



Speaker
Branko Milicevic,
Secretary, Group of Experts on Gas Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Will natural gas be part of the net zero equation?


Speaker
Tabriz Ammayev,
Deputy director, Azerbaijan Renewable Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan (AREA)

Tabriz Ammayev was born in Baku on December 28, 1990.

In 2008 he was admitted to the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU).

In 2012, he earned a bachelor's degree (distinction) from ASOIU, Faculty of Economics, and Management, majoring in "Economics and Management of Production and Services (Oil and Gas Industry)".

In 2013, he graduated with distinction from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, with a master’s degree in, Accounting, Finance and Management via SOCAR Foreign Scholarship Program.

In 2010-2014 has been working in SOCAR's Geology and Geophysics Department, Azerigas PU, Gas Export Division, and Labor Norm Conditions Development Department.

Since 2014, has held various positions at SOCAR's Head Office.

In December 2018, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Strategic Development Department of SOCAR Head Office.

In May 2020, he was appointed Head of the Strategic Development Department of the SOCAR Head Office.

In September 2020, by the Order of the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, he was appointed Deputy Director of Azerbaijan Renewable Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and served as interim director from October 2020 to January 2021.

 



Speaker
Paolo Novelli,
Energy Transition OCTG Project Director, Tenaris
Committed to the future of industry: Tenaris contribution to net-zero


Speaker
Marek Mikitiuk,
Central, Eastern and South Europe Oil & Gas Consulting Leader, EY
Energy Transition Outlook


Moderator
John Roberts,
Energy Security Specialist, Atlantic Council, Washington DCJohn M. Roberts is an energy security specialist with Methinks, focusing on the inter-relationship between energy, economic development, and politics. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Project on Sustainable Energy, and a member of the UNECE Group of Experts on Gas. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Centre in Washington, DC. Roberts has a particular expertise in the development of energy in Central Asia and the Caucasus and in the pipelines designed to connect the Caspian to China, Russia, India, and Europe. He is one of Europe’s leading energy security specialists and has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Caspian, Russian, Mideast, Turkish, and Kurdish energy security issues. He is also an adviser to Trans Caspian Resources, a US group seeking to develop a 78-km Trans-Caspian Connector pipeline.
  Opportunities for the development of renewable energy in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s renewable energy potential
  How can the green transition be financed? Case study: The EU Green Deal
  Policy and Governance – Discuss possible roadmaps for the net zero transition. What policies may be implemented? Which approaches have been effective so far?
  The significance of the public and private partnership in financing a green transition
  Clean technology (Synthetic and Biofuels, Energy and the Future of Mobility and Transportation - EVs, Hybrids, Aviation) – Discuss the impacts of emerging clean technologies on the economy and the role of energy sector and oil and gas in the transition of transportation and infrastructure
  Energy storage, decarbonised fuels created using renewable energy (biomethane, synthetic LNG, hydrogen)
  Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage
  16:30 - 17:00COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  17:00 – 18:00UNLOCKING WORKFORCE POTENTIAL FOR TRANSITION TOWARDS A LOWER CARBON FUTURE IN THE ENERGY SECTOR. 


Chairman
Khalik Mammadov,
Vice-President for HR, IT and regulations, SOCAR

Khalik Rafi Mammadov was born in 1958 in Astara. He graduated from the M. Azizbeyov Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute (currently Azerbaijan State Oil Academy) as an electrical engineer in 1984‏. He started his labour activity in the New Baku Refinery in 1976. Later, he worked as Chairman of the New Baku Refinery Trade Union Committee from 1985-1991; Deputy Chairman of the Soviet of People’s Deputies, Executive Power of Nizami District, Baku City; 1st Deputy Head of Executive Power of Nizami district, Baku City; and Technical Director of Azinteroil Joint Venture under the New Baku Refinery from 1991-1992; Chief Specialist of the Organizational Division of Azerbaijan Trade Unions’ Confederation from 1992-1994; Head of Personnel Division, Deputy Director General, Deputy Director for Work Regime and Personnel at the Azerneftyanajag Production Association (later named Azerneftyanajag Refinery and then the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Processing Factory) from 1994-2005. He took on the position of Head of the Administrative Department of SOCAR from 2005-2007 and he has been working as the Vice-President for Personnel, Regime and Information Technologies of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2007.

He was awarded with the honourable title of “Distinguished Engineer” by Decree of President Ilham Aliyev in 2008.



Speaker
Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli,
Vice-President for Communications and External Affairs, Caspian region, bp
Investing in human capital development for new energy era


Speaker
Peter Holding,
Vice-President Country Delegate – Netherlands, Azerbaijan. Managing Director of TotalEnergies E&P Tajikistan, TotalEnergies E&P
Attracting and retaining young talents in a challenging market


Speaker
Elmar Gasimov,
Rector, Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS)
Training of Specialists in the Process of Digitalization and Green Energy Transition


Speaker
Mustafa Babanli,
Rector, Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU)
Innovations in education: current situation and challenges
  How HR teams across companies are overcoming challenges associated with attracting, retaining and developing talents of the next generation: HR’s role in the new paradigm shifts towards sustainable future of the industry Equipping current students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work at an energy company of tomorrow. What can be done to prepare young professionals for the upcoming challenges and rapidly changing business needs? Careers in sustainable energy. What are the upcoming career prospects in sustainability for fresh graduates?   The workplace of the future. What importance do inclusivity and other elements of company culture play in the decision-making of Gen Z fresh graduates? How can inclusive workplaces drive business sustainability in the energy sector?
  18:00END OF DAY ONE OF THE FORUM
  19:00OFFICIAL FORUM OPENING RECEPTION - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  07:00 - 08:00Check-in at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (Terminal 2)
  Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Azeri and Russian languages


The conference programme sponsored by
  3 June 2022, Friday
  09:00 – 10:00REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  10:00-10:05OPENING REMARK
  10:05 -11:00MAPPING EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CASPIAN REGION


Chairman
Khoshbakht Yusifzade,
First Vice-President, SOCAR

Academician of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences and Turkic World Research International Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Georgia and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Honorary Academician of the International Engineers Academy of Russia, Honorary Professor of the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University, Doctor of Geological-Mineralogical Sciences, Professor Khoshbakht Yusifzadeh Baghi oglu was born on January 14th 1930 in Pirshaghi settlement of Baku. After secondary school in 1947, he graduated from the Azerbaijan Industrial Institute (now Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University) with degree in Geology and Exploration of Petroleum Reservoirs in 1952. He started his career in the Baku branch of USSR Oil Ministry’s “State Special Oil Project” Department, then in the “Azerdenizneft” (Azerbaijan Offshore Oil) Production Union and “Azneft” Onshore Oil Production Union, in 1954 he was appointed as a Senior Geologist at the first field of “Gurgan Oil” Oil Fields Department (now “Oil Rocks”). In 1970-1992 he worked as a Deputy Director/Senior Geologist at the “Khazardenizneft” (Caspian Offshore Oil) Production Union, “Khazardenizneftgaz” (Caspian Offshore Oil and Gas) Industrial Union and “Khazardenizneftgaz” (Caspian Offshore Oil and Gas) Production Union, in 1992-1994 as a first vice-president of the “Azerineft” State Concern and advisor to the President of SOCAR, in 1994-2004 as a Vice President of SOCAR for Geology, Geophysics and Reservoir Development. From 2004 he is the First Vice President of SOCAR.

In 1960 he defended Candidate’s Dissertation, in 1987 he defended Doctoral Dissertation in Moscow, in 2005 was awarded academic title of Professor, in 2007 was elected academician of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

Kh.Yusifzadeh is an author of more than 200 scientific works, including 18 monographs and 8 inventions.

For his contribution in the development of petroleum sector, Kh. Yusifzadeh was twice awarded the “Red Banner of Labor” (1963 and 1976), “Badge of Honor” (1971), has orders of “Istiglal” (2000), “Shohrat” (2004), “Sharaf” (2010) and “Order Labor of I degree” (2017) of independent Azerbaijan, order of “Friendship” (2011) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Honorary Diploma of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic (2015) and has other valuable medals. He was twice rewarded the State Premium of Azerbaijan (1982 and 1991), he is “Honorary Engineer of Azerbaijan SSR” (1964) and “Honorary Engineer of Azerbaijan” (2005), “USSR Petroleum Industry’s Outstanding Oil Worker” (1967), “Honorary Oiler of the USSR” (1970), “Honorary Explorer of Underground Resources” (1965 and 1985), “First Field Discoverer” (1988). He was awarded International Gold Star Medal of Turkic World Research International Academy of Sciences and was announced as “Scientist of the Year” (2008) and “Honorary Scientist of Turkic World” (2011), “Order with crown” of the European Academy of Natural Sciences (2014), Medal and Honorary title of the “Knight of Art and Science” of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, ”Silver medal named after Academician Azad Mirzajanzade” (2015) of the same Academy, including other medals and honored certificates. In 2010, with a group of specialists of SOCAR was awarded UNESCO medal for his contribution in the field of development and application of nanotechnology in oil production, his name was included in the encyclopedia of this international organization.

In 2016 a special scholarship named after Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzadeh was established for excellent students of geology and exploration department of the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University



Speaker
Stig Åtland,
VP Exploration and Production International,Country Manager, Equinor
Unlocking new oil and gas opportunities through digitalization


Speaker
Alasdair Lyon,
Project Engineering Manager, TechnipFMC
Integrated Solutions for future Caspian Region Developments


Speaker
Mikhail Erchenkov,
Director Industry Solutions, Energy, Microsoft
Ensuring sustainable and optimized operations in Oil and Gas with best-in-class technology
  What are exploration and production opportunities in the region: Defining progress of current and perspective projects offshore and onshore
  Enhanced Oil Recovery – R&D prospects, improvements and current applications
  Oil and Gas fields development for intraregional cooperation
  11:00 – 11:30COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  11:30 -12:30ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY: LATEST APPROACHES AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES


Chairman
Mukhtar Babayev,
Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Babayev Mukhtar Bahadur oglu was born on October 16, 1967 in Baku. Graduated Moscow State University.

In 1991 started to work at the State Economy and Planning Committe of the Republic of Azerbaijan, then at the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In 1993 joined SOCAR. In 2007-2010 worked on position of Vice-president of SOCAR.

Started from october 2010 - Chairman of Supervisory Board of “Azerikimya”  SOCAR

Started from November 2010- Member of Parliament of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Member of the Party “New Azerbaijan”

Married, has two children.



Speaker
Rafiga Huseyn-zade,
Vice-President for ecology, SOCAR

Rafiga Huseynzade was born in Baku. She successfully entered to the Geological faculty of Azerbaijan Institute of Oil and Chemistry, where she studied Oil and Gas Fields Exploration subject. After graduation successfully passed examination and continued post graduation in the same Institute.

After seven years of challenging study of the “Low Kuryani” oil and gas field geo-chemical specs and characteristic’s subject Rafiga Huseynzada completed and honorably proved the subject in 1981 and deserved Government Commission endorsement in 1982.

From 1978 to 1985 she was an engineer in Azerbaijan Institute of Oil and Chemistry. In 1985 -1999 years she held various positions such as scientist, senior scientist and lab supervisor in the department of Isotopes Researches of Azerbaijan State University.

From 1999 to March 2011 she worked as Director of AzLab LLC established by State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic.

She continued also her scientific works from 2001 until present in Azerbaijan State University. Rafiga Huseynzada is author of about 60 reports and researches. She also participated in number International conferences and worked in joint scientific centers in Texaco Company in Houston; Geolab in Trondheim and Statoil Research Center in Norway;  Bone & Robertson management course in London UK, etc.  

In March 2011 Rafiga Huseynzade was appointed by order of President of Azerbaijan Republic to position of   Vice President on Ecology of SOCAR.

She is married and has one daughter.

She speaks Russian, English and Turkish languages.

 

 



Speaker
Sukhrob Khojimatov,
Officer-in-Charge in Azerbaijan, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
Green transition and Sustainable development: UNDP Perspective


Speaker
Matthew Bryza,
Board Member, Overgas
Trans-Caspian Cooperation on Oil Spill Prevention and Natural Gas Deliveries to Europe to Advance the Energy Transition
  How to ensure acceleration in deployment of existing environmental policies in order to get on track to net-zero
  Deployment of industrial safety systems to strengthen pollution prevention and reduce hazardous impacts
  Engaging energy companies in climate action: Where are we today?
  Learning international experience and best practices in the fight against climate change, environmental pollution minimising emissions
  12:30 - 12:40Technical Break
  12:40 – 13:30DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: CURRENT PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES


Speaker
Emil Alkhasli,
Deputy Managing Director, SOCAR DownstreamGraduated from the Baku State University, specialized in Applied Mathematics and Economical Cybernetics. Started Career as joining offshore development in Azerbaijan as part of McDermott Caspian. Soon after was awarded with SOCAR scholarship and continued education in Ecole du Pétrole et des Moteurs (IFP) and Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and get master’s degree in petroleum economics and Management. After graduation joined Total E&P’s Project Development Department as intern. Later started working at SOCAR’s Oil-Gas Research and Design İnstitute and the moved to SOCAR’s Downstream division in 2009. In 2011, joined SOCAR’s Oil & Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (OGPC) Project. From 2011 to 2016 held different positions within project, till Deputy General Director responsible for execution. Starting from 2016 moved to department for the Management of Revamp Projects as Deputy Director, and soon later appointed as Department Director. As a follow up, assigned to companies Turkey operations and involved in the startup of STAR Refinery and several other projects acting as Project Director in SOCAR Turkey's Project Management Office and then as Business Development and Venture Management Group Director. Starting from 2020, he was assigned to SOCAR Downstream as Deputy Managing Director and appointed as the Project Director of the HAOR Modernization and Reconstruction project. He is married and has three kids.


Speaker
Kanan Mirzayev,
Chief Strategy Officer, SOCAR Turkey

Global & Turkey Petrochemical Outlook and The Latest Trends in Petrochemical Industry



Speaker
Ibrahim Server Sevil,
HSE & Process Safety Director, SOCAR Downstream

Graduated from the Hacettepe University, as a Mechanical Engineer. Started his carrier as Project Control Engineer on construction for a short time.

Then worked as Operations Engineer, Lead Engineer, and Plant Manager at Turkish LPG company Ipragaz A.S. owned by SHV Holding between 2000 to 2007.

After the privatization of the Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (TUPRAS), transferred to TUPRAS as HSE Superintendent and Responsible of HSE Operational Excellence program of the companies four refineries between 2007 to 2010.

Worked as the HSE manager of the Residuum Upgrader Project of TUPRAS at Izmit refinery after the success of Op -Ex program between 2010 to 2012

After that Joined to Shell, as HSE Brownfield, Commissioning and Operations Lead on Shell Iraq Petroleum Development B.V.(SIPD) Majnoon Oilfield between 2012 to 2015, until the safe operation and handover of the project.

Returning to Turkey worked as HSE consultant to several Turkish companies, then worked as an HSSE Manager of the Namakhvani Cascading Dam project of Clean Energy Group Georgia, between 2015 to 2019.

Then worked as consultant to World Bank Funded Tuz Golu Underground Gas Storage Expansion Plant Project of BOTAS (Turkish Oil Pipelines Corporation)  for a short time before joining to SOCAR Downstream Management HSE & Process Safety Director at 2020.

He is married and has a daughter.

 

 

  Implementation of projects aimed at improving the efficiency of business processes 
  Application of innovations and new technologies aimed at ensuring sustainable and safe development 
  The key trends shaping downstream growth and development in the region
 

Sustainability in oil and gas - the new digital frontier: Case study

  Financing refining and petrochemical projects
  13:30-14:30LUNCH AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  14:30 – 16:00GAS DIALOGUE: THE ROLE OF GAS INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE DECARBONISED PERIOD


Moderator
Prof. Brenda Shaffer,
Expert for politics and energy in the Caspian region, Prof. Brenda Shaffer is an international energy and foreign policy specialist, focusing on politics and energy in the Caspian region, ethnic politics in Iran, and Eastern Mediterranean energy. She is a Research Professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prof. Shaffer also is Senior Advisor for Energy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center in Washington, DC. Brenda currently is writing a textbook on operational energy for the U.S. Department of Defense. Prof. Shaffer is the author of several books: Energy Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity (MIT Press, 2002) and Partners in Need: The Strategic Relationship of Russia and Iran (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2001). Energy Politics is used as a textbook in over 200 university courses around the globe. She has also served as the editor of Beyond the Resource Curse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and Limits of Culture: Islam and Foreign Policy (MIT Press, 2006). Prof. Shaffer frequently provides research and expert counsel to international institutions, governments, energy companies, financial institutions, and regional security organizations. She has given testimony to several committees of the US Congress, including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and to the European Parliament. Brenda frequently appears on Bloomberg TV and in major news outlets worldwide to provide insight on developments in the global oil market.


Chairman and keynote speaker
Elshad Nassirov,
Vice-President for investments and marketing, SOCAR

Elshad Mustafa Nassirov was born in 1960 in Baku. In 1982 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He worked from 1981 to 1982 at the USSR’s embassy in Afghanistan, from 1982 to 1985 at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the USSR Academy of Sciences, and between 1985 and 1989 in various roles in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. From 1989 to 1992 he worked at the USSR’s embassy in India. As Azerbaijan gained its independence, from 1992 to 1995 Mr Nassirov worked in the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN, and in 1995 was promoted to the position of head of department in the administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. From 1997 to 2003, Mr Nassirov worked as head of the Foreign Economic Operations Department, and from 2003 to 2005 as head of the Marketing and Operations Department of SOCAR. By Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on 28 December 2005, he was appointed as vice-president of SOCAR for investments and marketing. Since 2003 Elshad Nassirov has also been the Vice President of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. In 2010, he was made a member of the Shohrat (Glory) Order by Decree of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. He speaks Russian, English, Persian and Hindi.

Mr Nassirov is a member of the New Azerbaijan Party.



Speaker
Luca Schieppati,
Managing Director & Country Manager Italy, Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
Enhancing Europe energy diversification and security of supply


Speaker
Afgan Isayev,
General Director, Southern Gas Corridor (SGC)
Overview of Soouthern Gas Corridor CJSC


Speaker
Katerina Papalexandri,
Vice-President gas and low carbon energy (LCE) growth, Caspian gas growth, bp
The role of bp and the Southern Gas Corridor Gas Value Chain as enabler of flowing Caspian gas to Europe


Speaker
Gulmira Rzayeva,
Senior Research Fellow for Energy related issues, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Can Turkey’s natural gas infrastructure reduce SEE reliance on Russian gas?



Speaker
Allan Mustard,
Co-founder and co-manager, Trans Caspian US Resources
Transcaspian Gas Connector
  GAS routes: Development of existing relations and prospects for cooperation
  Azerbaijan’s contributions to the energy security of Europe
  What is the potential for increase gas production in the medium term. Can Azerbaijan provide Europe with additional gas volumes?
  Gas infrastructure and gas consortia in energy security – Meeting energy demand and reducing emissions for a sustainable transition to net zero
 

Gas transport and storage - Upgrade prospects and potential of existing and planned gas infrastructure 

  16:00 – 16:30COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
  16:30-17:45SPECIAL SESSION: AZERBAIJAN OFFSHORE WIND ROADMAP


Moderator
Elnur Soltanov,
Deputy Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Republic


Speaker
James Sharp,
UK Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan

Full name:                     James Lyall Sharp

Married to:                     Sara el-Gammal Sharp

Children:                        Two sons

Work experience:

Aug, 2019                       Baku, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan

2018 – 2019                    FCO, Full-time Language training (Azerbaijani)

2017 – 2018                    FCO, Policy Advisor, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate

2015 – 2017                    FCO, Migration Policy Adviser, Europe Directorate

2013 – 2015                   FCO, Director, Migration, Migration Directorate

2012 – 2013                    FCO, Gulf and Middle East adviser, Arms Export Policy Department

2008 – 2012                    UK Border Agency, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Hong Kong

2006 – 2008                    FCO, Head, Western Mediterranean, Justice and Home Affairs, and Germany Group

2002 – 2005                    Almaty, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Non-Resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan

2001 – 2002                    Full time Russian language training

2000 – 2001                    FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Department

1998 – 2000                    FCO, Section Head, North East Asia and Pacific Department

1996 – 1998                    Vienna, UK Delegation to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, with responsibility for Former Yugoslavia and former Soviet Union

1995 – 1996                    FCO, Section Head, Hong Kong Department

1992 – 1995                    FCO, Section Head, Eastern Department

1989 – 1992                    Cairo, External Relations and Press and Public affairs officer, British Embassy

1988 – 1989                    Full time Arabic language training

1987 – 1988                    FCO, Desk Officer for Chile, South America Department

1983 – 1987                    BAE Systems, Military Aircraft Division, Lancashire and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

Education

Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet

Durham University (St Cuthbert's Society) BA in Modern Middle Eastern Studies

 

 

James Sharp serves as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan since August 2019. James worked in various positions throughout his career. He was the FCO Policy Advisor on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Migration Policy Advisor at European Directorate, Asia Pacific Regional Director of UK Border Agency. James served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Non-Resident Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan in 2002-2005.



Speaker
Pauline Eizema,
Ambassador of the Netherlands in Azerbaijan,


Speaker
Sarah Michael,
Country Manager for Azerbaijan Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank

Sarah Michael was appointed Country Manager for Azerbaijan in July 2020.

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in sustainable development, with a focus on social inclusion, community-driven development, peace and tolerance building, social service delivery, livelihoods, health, and youth development. She has led innovative work on social inclusion and on peacebuilding with a focus on the Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Africa regions, and has previously served as a World Bank Program Leader in the South Caucasus, supporting the Bank’s engagement and dialogue with authorities around Sustainable Development and Infrastructure.

Before joining the World Bank, Sarah worked on the international Commission on Human Security and on a variety of development and security initiatives at the Global Equity Initiative, a research and policy institute at Harvard University. Her first book, Undermining Development: The Absence of Power among Local NGOs in Africa, was published in 2004.

Sarah holds MPhil and PhD degrees from Cambridge University, UK and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens University in Canada.



Speaker
Ivana Fernandes Duarte,
Regional Manager, South Caucasus, IFC

Ivana, a Slovak Republic national, joined the IFC in June 2021 after more than 20 years of experience in international finance in various positions at the EBRD (in London and Baku) and in Citigroup (London). During her career Ivana has been focusing in particular on the areas of private infrastructure development and financing as well as across the sectors country management. Prior to development finance she worked in investment banking with expertise in project finance and emerging markets. Ivana started her career in the Office of the Prime Minister of Slovakia.

In the current role, Ivana is focusing on further enhancing IFC business delivery in Caucasus with special emphasis on sustainable growth and climate change, digitalization and capital markets development, as well as developing the IFC Upstream activities in the region.

Ivana holds an MBA degree from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Slovakia. Ivana has been a CFA Charterholder since 2008. She is fluent in several languages, incl. Spanish, Slovak and Czech, as well as conversational Russian, Portuguese and French.



Speaker
Sean Whittaker,
Professional Engineer and Principal Renewable Energy Specialist, World BankSean is a professional engineer and Principal Renewable Energy Specialist with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group. His work focuses on IFC’s investments in wind power where he is the co-leader of both the ESMAP-IFC Offshore Wind Development Program and the Scaling Wind program. Prior to joining IFC in 2011, Sean spent six years as Vice-President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association and also worked as a senior energy consultant and project developer with ICF/Marbek. He started his career in wind in 1993, spending five years in Madagascar designing, building and installing windmills for rural irrigation projects. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.


Speaker
Yasemin Orucu,
Senior Energy Specialist, World BankYasemin Orucu brings in 20 years’ experience in variety of roles and with organizations involved in the delivery of clean energy and climate agenda with solid understanding of relevant policies. At the Bank, her work focuses on clean energy and she leads and contributes to energy sector dialogue on offshore wind, geothermal development and solar projects. She worked for the university and government previously and have been a negotiator on climate change for several years under the UNFCCC. She holds a degree from Oxford University, Environmental Change and Management Institute in 2005.
  Analyzing potential for development of offshore wind power in Azerbaijan
  Developing a robust offshore wind industry in Azerbaijan: What are the planned steps for tapping into this significant potential, and developing a robust offshore wind industry in Azerbaijan
  International cooperation in establishing the country’s offshore wind market: technical, economic, environmental, social, employment, and financing aspects
 

Lessons learned from international experience

  17:45-18:00CLOSING REMARK
  18:00END OF THE FORUM
  Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Azeri and Russian languages


The conference programme sponsored by
  4 June 2022, Saturday
  06:30 - 20:30SPECIAL SESSION SHUSHA, AZERBAIJAN
  06:30Departure from Hilton Baku Hotel 
  06:30 - 07:00Transfer from the hotel to Heydar Aliyev International Airport (Terminal 2)
  08:00 - 08:45Baku - Fuzuli flight
  09:00 - 11:00Fuzuli - Shusha transfer (by bus)
  11:00 - 11:20Arrival at the conference venue and tea & coffee break
  11:30 - 12:40Special Session on “PATH TO NET-ZERO. GREEN ENERGY POTENTIAL AND OPPORTUNITIES IN KARABAKH REGION”
  Moderator: Nargiz Nasrullayeva-Muduroglu, Advisor to CEO of State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  11:30 - 11:40Speech by Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  11:40 - 11:50Speech by Rovshan Najaf, First Vice–president and Acting President, SOCAR
  11:50 - 12:00Speech by Gary Jones, bp Regional President
  12:00 - 12:10Speech by Regis Agut, Managing Director and Country Chair in Azerbaijan, TotalEnergies
  12:10 - 12:20Speech by Fawaz Al Muharrami, Acting Executive Director, Clean Energy, Masdar
  12:20 - 12:30Speech by Clive Turton, Chief Investment Officer, ACWA Power
  12:30 - 12:35Video about Baku Energy Week
  12:35 - 12:50Cooperation Documents Signing Ceremony
  Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan -Masdar (2 documents)
  SOCAR – Masdar
  SOCAR – BP
  12:50 - 13:00Transfer to lunch venue (Karabakh hotel)
  13:00 - 14:20Lunch at Karabakh hotel
  14:30 - 16:30Shusha city tour (organizing by Shusha City State Reserve)
  City tour programme:
  14:30 - 15:00The Shusha Fortress seeing (transferred by bus from the Karabakh hotel)
  15:00 - 15:30Vandalized monuments of Uzeyir bay, Natavan and BulBul
  15:30 - 16:00The Bulbul museum (transferred by bus)
  16:00 - 16:30The Cidir Plain and Vagif mausoleum
  16:30 - 16:40Family photo (near Ganja Gates)
  16:40 - 18:20Transfer from Shusha to Fuzuli Airport (by bus)
  18:20 -18:50Check-in at Fuzuli Airport
  19:00 - 19:45Fuzuli – Baku flight
  20:00 - 20:30Transfer from Heydar Aliyev International airport (Terminal 2) to Hilton Baku Hotel
  Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Azeri and Russian languages



1st Day
2 June, Thursday
08:00 - 09:00
REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
09:00 – 09:10
OPENING REMARKS
Welcome Address
Russell Taylor, Advisor ICA Group

Russell Taylor is a non- executive director and adviser to several international exhibition businesses. He has been involved in the international exhibition industry for more than 20 years, with experience covering businesses in Russia, Central Asia, China, India, Asia, UK and various European markets. Russell started his business life as an accountant, but soon became specialized in the exhibition and conference world. He was CEO of ITE Group plc from 2007 to 2016, since when he has worked on a number of international exhibition projects including Global Sources in Hong Kong, non-executive Chairman of a UK based exhibition business and advising the Board of CEO in Central Asia. Russell lives in London with his wife and three daughters. He continues to work on his portfolio of non-executive and advisory positions, as well as being a busy family man.

Chairmen’s Welcome Address
Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

In 1992, he graduated from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy where he majored in Oil & Gas Economics and Management.

In 1990, he launched his career as a practicing diplomat at the Department of International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

In 1992-1996, he worked as an attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996-2001, he held several positions (Assistant Secretary, First Secretary, Department Head and Deputy Head) at the departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Europe, the USA and Canada.

In 2001-2005, he worked as the Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Austria, where, later on, he was appointed as the Charge d'affaires.

In 2005, he became the Chairman of The OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC).

In 2005, he was appointed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany and worked in this capacity until 2016.

 In 2016-2017, he worked as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Later, he was appointed as the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the 12th of October 2017.

He is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, English and German.

He is married and has two kids. 

09:10 – 10:00
MINISTERIAL SESSION: ENERGY IN TRANSITION PERIOD - NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN TRANSFORMING WORLD
Chairman
Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

In 1992, he graduated from Azerbaijan State Oil Academy where he majored in Oil & Gas Economics and Management.

In 1990, he launched his career as a practicing diplomat at the Department of International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

In 1992-1996, he worked as an attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996-2001, he held several positions (Assistant Secretary, First Secretary, Department Head and Deputy Head) at the departments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Europe, the USA and Canada.

In 2001-2005, he worked as the Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Austria, where, later on, he was appointed as the Charge d'affaires.

In 2005, he became the Chairman of The OSCE Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC).

In 2005, he was appointed the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Federal Republic of Germany and worked in this capacity until 2016.

 In 2016-2017, he worked as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Later, he was appointed as the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the 12th of October 2017.

He is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, English and German.

He is married and has two kids. 

Speakers
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Born on the 30th of October 1978 in Komárom.
He got a degree in Foreign Affairs at the Budapest University of
Economic Sciences and Public Administration in 2002.
He has been a Member of Parliament for Fidesz since 2002 and began his fifth term in the Parliament in 2018.
He was the Communications Director of Fidesz from 2006 to 2010, then became the Prime Minister’s Spokesperson from 2010 to 2012. He was State Secetary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister’s Office from 2012 to 2014.
In June 2014, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary since the 23rd of September 2014.
He is Roman Catholic, married and has two sons. He used to be a
registered futsal player, playing in two 1st division and eighty-five 2nd division games between 2011 and 2016.
Alexander Nikolov, Minister of Energy of Bulgaria Minister of Energy
Alexander Nikolov was born on 2 December 1982. Minister Nikolov has long management experience in the field of telecommunications, finance, investment and capital markets. He has been the executive director of a venture capital fund, has managed strategic projects developing innovative financial technologies. The Energy Minister holds a Master&'s degree in Finance from the University of National and World Economy. He has given lectures on futures, options and investment management and has acquired additional qualifications aimed at digital business transformation. Alexander Nikolov is currently working on PhD thesis in the same field. Minister Nikolov speaks English fluently.
Energy security and Southern Gas corridor’s potential models
Dr. Alparslan Bayraktar, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Turkey
Cristina Lobillo Borrero, Director for Energy policy, strategy and coordination European Commission (EC)
Originally, from Cordoba in Spain, Cristina Lobillo Borrero is a lawyer with qualifications from Spain, Belgium and the Harvard Business School. Having previously worked in the Spanish government for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, she joined the European Commission in 2004, working originally on agriculture policy and then moving to trade issues. From 2014 to 2019 she was the Head of Cabinet to the then EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Canete. As Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete was the EU's chief negotiator in the COP, she was present in Paris for parts of the COP21 session and therefore had an important role in the EU team. Former Commissioner's term in office was also noted for its successful overhaul of EU energy legislation under the so-called "Clean energy for all Europeans package". From December 2019 to June 2020, she was Principal Adviser at the Directorate General for Agriculture and, since 16 June 2020, she is Director for Energy Policy: Strategy and Coordination in the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy. In this role, she was heavily involved in the preparation of new EU proposals on energy efficiency and renewable energy that were published on July 14. Her responsibilities as Director also include overseeing EU international relations on energy issues, coordination with Member States as well as with the EU institutions, together with the communication, legal and economic aspects of EU energy policy.
Laura Lochman, Deputy assistant secretary Bureau of Energy Resources U.S. Department of State

Laura Lochman started December 13, 2021 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy in the Bureau of Energy Resources. She was previously Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs, and from January-September 2021, served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs for Canada, Haiti, and the Caribbean.

Laura Lochman is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with over 30 years of experience in policy analysis and implementation. She has served in various overseas assignments with the Department of State, including as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Denmark; Economic Counselor in Bogota, Colombia; Consul General in Calgary, Canada; Deputy Economic Counselor and Chief of the Trade and Investment Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; and Deputy Economic Counselor and Environment, Science and Technology Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Earlier, she served in Caracas, Venezuela and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In Washington, Laura previously served in the State Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs, the Bureau of South Asian Affairs, and in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Laura was detailed for one year from the State Department to a non-governmental organization, the Nature Conservancy, as a policy advisor. She also spent two years as the State Department’s Deputy Director of the Office of Central European Affairs.

Laura graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and French from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also studied at the Université de Montpellier, France. Laura holds a black belt in karate, and her foreign languages include French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

Moderator
Matthew Bryza, Board Member Jamestown Foundation

Ambassador Matthew Bryza is a member of the Board of Lamor Ab, the world’s leading oil spill response company, and CEO of Lamor Turkey in Istanbul. He is also a non-executive director of Turcas, a diversified energy company and one of Turkey’s largest corporations.   Bryza additionally  serves on the Board of an upstream energy companies in the UK, is a founding partner of a cyber security firm in Turkey, and a member of a high-level investment team developing exports of U.S. liquid natural gas to the Baltic Sea region. Ambassador Bryza is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Defence and Security in Tallinn, and served as the Center’s Director from 2012- 2015. He is also a Non- Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Board member of the Jamestown Foundation, both of which are think-tanks in Washington, DC.Ambassador Bryza served for 23 years as a U.S. diplomat. His most recent assignment was as Ambassador to Azerbaijan from Februar y 2011 to January 2012.  During 2005 to 2009, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for Eurasian energy security, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. He simultaneously served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating  the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan), and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus Question and the South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts (in Georgia). During 2001 to 2005, Ambassador Bryza served in the White House as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff, covering the same areas as mentioned above, along with Islamist extremism. Earlier assignments at the State Department included Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy; Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia; Russia Desk Officer; and Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91). Matthew Bryza holds a bachelor ’s degree from Stanford
University and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, both in international relations.

10:00 - 10:05
Technical Break
10:05 - 11:00
MINISTERIAL SESSION (continuation)
Speakers
Zorana Mihajlovic, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Mining and Energy of the Republic of Serbia

Professor Zorana Z.Mihajlovic PhD was born in 1970 in Tuzla.She graduated in 1993 and received her PhD in energy and economics in 2001 at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade. At the Faculty of Economics she held the position of Research Fellow. She acquired the title of associate professor and vice-rector for scientific issues at the John Naisbitt University in October 2011. She has been a professor at this university since 2016.

She started her professional career in the Belgrade First Economics Vocational School and continued in Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) - Elektroistok (1995-2006). From 2004 to 2006 she was an Energy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of the RS Miroljub Labus in the Government of the Republic of Serbia (2004-2005) and a board member to the Public Enterprise EPS. From 2006 to 2010 she worked at the Nikola Tesla airport as an Advisor to the General Director for Energy Efficiency. She was an Energy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska from 2010 to 2012. From 2012-2014 she was the governor of Serbia in the EBRD.

She authored and co-authored four books in the field of energy and sustainable development. She has published more than two hundred papers on the issues and opportunities of the Serbian energy sector. She has completed a specialist course in modern anti-corruption methodology, for which she holds a certificate from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

She has been the Chair of SNS Energy and mining council since 2009, vice-president of the party since 2012 and a member of SNS Presidential Council since 2016.

She was appointed Minister of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection in 2012, and from 2014 to 2020 she was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure. During her tenure at the Ministry, the construction of Road Corridor 10 was completed, about 330 km of highways were built, more than 550 km of railways were renovated and the airport network was further developed, which today includes three international airports, and the value of all projects in the Ministry's portfolio amounted to 16 billion euros. As a result of the reforms implemented during her tenure as the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Serbia advanced from 186th to 9th place in the field of issuing construction permits on the World Bank's Doing Business list.

Since October 2020, she has been the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of Mining and Energy. During the mandate of this ministry, the process of green energy transition in energy and mining was initiated and a new legislative framework in this area was adopted, including the first special Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources and the new Law on Energy Efficiency and Rational Use of Energy.

She has chaired the Governmental Coordination Body for Gender Equality since its establishment in 2014, and she has been appointed RS Government Envoy for Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a member of the RS Government Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and co-chair of the National Coalition for the End of Child Marriages. She is the head of the Special Working Group of the Government of the RS for drafting the text of the Proposal of the National Strategy for Gender Equality for the period 2021-2023 with the Proposed Action Plan for the implementation of the National Strategy for Gender Equality for the period 2021-2025. From 2018 to 2020, she was a member of the World Bank's Gender Equality and Development Advisory Board, which reviews progress in the field of gender equality at the global level.

She chairs the Joint Group for the Improvement of Business Conditions and Attraction of New Investments in the Republic of Serbia and is the Deputy Head of the Working Group for the Implementation of the Recommendations from the White Book of Foreign Investors Council.

She is the President of the Steering Committee and working groups for monitoring the implementation of the project and for the development of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan of the Republic of Serbia for the period from 2021 to 2030, with a vision until 2050, within the project "Further development of energy planning capacities", IPA 2017. She is the head of the Council of the Government of the RS for giving proposals and opinions regarding the operation of thermal power plants and replacement capacities from all energy sources until 2050, and the National Coalition for the Reduction of Energy Poverty. She also chairs the working group for monitoring activities on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Facility Construction Project at the Military Medical Academy.

Since 2015, as the Deputy Prime Minister on behalf of the RS Government she has been coordinating the work of state bodies and the non-governmental sector in improving the position of Roma, and between 2017 and 2021 she was appointed Head of the Coordination Body for Monitoring the Implementation of the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma in Serbia (2016-2025). She is the President of the Coordination body for support to monitoring the implementation of projects and investments in the reconstruction and / or construction of clinical health centers.

She was twice elected Reformer of the Year in the selection of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED). She first received the award in 2014 for comprehensive reforms in the issuance of construction permits, and the second time the Reformer of the Year 2016 award was given to her for comparative reforms in this area.

She is the winner of the international award Person of the Year and Best Minister for 2018 which is awarded to the most successful personalities in the region.

She is a member of the Management Board of the Development Fund. She is the founder of the NGO Women's Government, a member of the European Movement in Serbia and the East West Bridge organization, and one of the founders of the Congress of Serbian-American Friendship. She set up the initiative to Let's employ a thousand women in rural areas which is implemented by the Coordination Body for Gender Equality in cooperation with the Ethno-Network and NALED. At the end of 2019, she was elected a member of the Council of Employers of the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade.

In August 2021, she was elected president of the Assembly of the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia, which is part of the World Petroleum Union.

She is a mother to one son.

She speaks English.

 

Diversification of natural gas sources and suppliers as a condition for economic development

Andrei Spinu, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova
Andrei Spînu has a degree in business administration, and since 2018 he is pursuing a master's program in governance at Harvard University Extension School. In 2019, he held the position of Secretary-General of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, and in the period 2015–2016, he was Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports. He also has extensive experience in the private sector, being an entrepreneur and co-founder of the organizations for the development of entrepreneurship Dreamups Innovation Campus and JCI Chisinau.
Increasing the Moldova Energy Security  through the reliable sources and routes of gas supply
Virgil Daniel Popescu, Minister of Energy of Romania

Dr. Virgil-Daniel Popescu was appointed Romanian Minister of Energy on December 2020. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Popescu served as Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment. He had been serving also as Vice-president of the Commission of Industry and Services, at the Chamber of Deputies, Romanian Parliament. He is also a member of the Romanian Parliament since 2016. Minister Popescu is also involved in academic, scientific and research activities, working as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Craiova University. Mr. Popescu holds a PhD in Management awarded by the Craiova University and a degree in Engineering/Automation from the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania.

Energy in transition period - new opportunities and challenges in transforming world
Javad Owji , Minister of Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Bolat Akchulakov, Minister of Energy of the Kazakhstan
Aqchulaqov Bulat Uralovich (born April 9, 1971, Guryev (now Atyrau), KazSSR) - Kazakh statesman, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2006-2008), Vice Minister of Oil and Gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2012 -2014), Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2017-2019), Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (since January 11, 2022). Career: 1994-1995 - Economist, Chief Economist of Alem Bank Kazakhstan; 1995-1997 - Head of Department, Director of Department of the Central Asian Bank for Cooperation and Development; 1997-2001 - Senior Expert, Manager, Chief Manager, Deputy Director of Department of CJSC NOC Kazakhoil; 2001-2003 - Business Analyst, Manager, CFO of Commonwealth and British Services Ltd.; 2003-2006 - Executive director for management of shares of JV CJSC National Company “KazMunayGas” (KMG); 2006-2008 - Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan; 2009-2010 - Managing Director for Management of Electricity and Oil and Gas Assets of National Welfare Fund “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC; 2010-2011 - General Director of “PSA” PLC; 2011 - President of JSC National Company KazMunayGas; 2012-2014 - Vice Minister of Oil and Gas; 2014-2017 - General Director of “Almex Petrochemical” LLC; 2016 - 2017 - General Director of the Association of Legal Entities "Kazakhstan Association of Oil and Gas Energy Sector Organizations" KAZENERGY "; 2017-2019 - Vice Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan; 2019 - 2021 - General Director of the KAZENERGY Association; 2019 - 2021 - General Director of “Almex Petrochemical” LLC; 04.2021 - 10.01.2022 - Managing Director for Asset Management of “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC; From January 11, 2022, by decree of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, he was appointed Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Tutuka Ariadji, Director General of Oil and Gas Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia
Educational: Doctor Texas A&M University Petroleum Engineering Master - Texas A&M University - Petroleum Engineering Bachelor - Institut Teknologi Bandung - Petroleum Engineering Profesional Experiences : -Director General of Oil and Gas(2020 - present) -Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Petroleum Engineers (2016-2019) -Chairman of the ITB Professors Forum (2016-2019) -Deputy Academic Dean of the Faculty of Mining and Petroleum Engineering ITB (2011-2014) -Secretary of the Masters and Doctoral Study Program in Petroleum Engineering ITB (2009-2010) 

Energy Transition Towards Nett Zero Emission 2060 Indonesia as Archipelagic Country

Gordon Birrell, EVP, Production & Operations bp
Gordon Birrell is the Executive Vice President of Production&Operations for bp and is accountable for the safe, reliable and efficient running of bp’s refineries and oil and gas production assets. This also includes responsibility for exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources. Prior to that, Gordon was bp's Upstream Chief Operating Officer for Production, Transformation and Carbon.Gordon joined bp in 1986 and has extensive leadership experience including Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey; Head of Safety and Operational Risk for Upstream. He also held senior positions in Canada, Alaska and the North Sea. He was also COO and CEO of Upstream. He was chairman of the International Oil and Gas Producers Association (IOGP) for two years. Gordon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology
The Energy Trilemma
The future of the energy at the crossroads. Green Energy recovery
Bounce-back of oil and gas prices driving post-pandemic economic recovery – a short-lived occurrence or a sign that peak oil is still ahead?
Covid-19 pandemic impact on energy sector and short/mid-term recovery forecasts
Reinventing oil and gas for a new energy era. From oil and gas company towards energy company
11:00-11:05
Framework Agreement on the implementation of a higher education program on renewable energy sources between the Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry and BP Exploration (Caspian Si) Limited 
11:05 – 11:40
COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING -  ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
11:40 – 14:00
EXECUTIVE TALKS. GLOBAL ENERGY OUTLOOK
Keynote Speaker
Rovshan Najaf, First Vice-President and Acting President of SOCAR SOCAR

Rovshan Najaf was born on April 9, 1982 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 1997, he went to the Faculty of International Economic Relations of the Azerbaijan State University of Economics. He graduated with honours from the bachelor's program in 2001 and Master’s program in 2003. In 2007-2008 he successfully completed the Master's program in Economic Policy Management / International Energy Management and Policy at Columbia University, USA within the framework of the SOCAR scholarship program. He started his career in 2001 as a laboratory assistant at the Department of International Economic Relations and Marketing of the Azerbaijan State University of Economics. In 2003-2007, he worked as a consultant and senior adviser in the Investment Policy Unit of the Investment and International Economic Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2008-2009, he worked as the Head of the Investment Contracts Unit of the Investment Department of SOCAR. In 2009-2010, he was the Head of the Foreign Economic Relations Department and Assistant Minister of Economic Development at the Ministry of Economic Development. In 2010-2018, he worked as the Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director of “Azerbaijan Investment Company” OJSC. He was appointed as the Head of the Innovative Development and e-Government Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on May 11, 2018, as the Chairman of the Financial Monitoring Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued on August 28, 2019, as the Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued on February 11, 2020, as the First Deputy Minister of Economy by the Order issued on December 24, 2021. He was appointed as the First Vice President and Acting President of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the Order issued by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on February 10, 2022. He holds a PhD in Economics, is the 3rd degree State Counsellor. Married, has two children.

Speakers
Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO Baker Hughes
Lorenzo Simonelli is Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes (NASDAQ:BKR). Baker Hughes is an energy technology company that combines innovation, expertise and scale to provide solutions for energy and industrial customers worldwide. Simonelli was named Chairman of the Board in October 2017 and has been President and CEO since the Company’s creation in 2017, where he oversaw the successful merger of GE Oil&Gas with Baker Hughes Inc. Since 2013, he served as President and CEO of GE Oil&Gas. Previously, Simonelli served as President and CEO of GE Transportation, a global transportation leader in the rail, mining, marine and energy storage industries. During his five-year tenure, he expanded and diversified GE Transportation by focusing on advanced technology manufacturing, intelligent control systems, and a diverse approach to new propulsion solutions. He has also served as CFO Americas for GE Consumer&Industrial, as well as General Manager, Product Management for GE Appliances, Lighting, Electrical Distribution and Motors. Simonelli joined GE's Financial Management Program in 1994, where he worked on assignments in GE International, GE Shared Services, GE Oil&Gas, and Consolidated Financial Insurance. He currently serves on the Board of CNH Industrial, and he served on the Board of C3.ai, Inc from 2019-2021. Originally from Tuscany, Italy, Simonelli is a Business&Economics Graduate from Cardiff University in South Wales. He is married and resides in Houston.

Future of Energy

 

Mohamed Hamel, Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF)
Mohamed Hamel is the fourth Secretary General of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), an intergovernmental organisation based in Doha, State of Qatar. He assumed office on 1 January 2022. Prior to joining the GECF, Eng. Hamel was for seven years senior advisor to the Minister of Energy and Mines of Algeria. His long-standing relationship with the GECF dates back to 2016, during which time he served as a Member of the Executive Board of GECF. He also chaired the Ad-hoc Working Group on GECF's Long-Term Strategy. Hamel has been a Member of the Board of Governors of OPEC since 2015 and Chairman of its Audit Committee. In 2016, he chaired the OPEC High-level Committee of the Algiers Accord and co-chaired the OPEC/Non-OPEC High-level meeting. He has also been a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Forum, which he chaired in 2016 in the run-up to the 15th IEF Ministerial Meeting. In the preceding decade, Eng. Hamel joined the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna in 2002, where he stayed for 12 years, as Head of Energy Studies Department and then as Senior Advisor to the Secretary General. He spent most of his first 21-year professional career with Sonatrach, where he had the opportunity to evolve through all segments of the oil and gas value chain. He began as Reservoir Engineer in the Production Division. He was then promoted to Director of Studies and Synthesis in the Exploration Division, and finally to Vice President in charge of Strategy and Planning. In addition, he has served as a Member Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Sonatrach. Hamel graduated from two engineering schools: the "Ecole Polytechnique de Paris" and the "Ecole Nationale Supeacuterieure des Mines de Paris", both in France. He is married and a father to two children.

Natural gas: a pivotal role in the energy transitions  

 

Joseph McMonigle, Secretary General International Energy Forum (IEF)
Joseph McMonigle assumed his position on July 1, 2020 as the Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF), the largest international organization of energy ministers based in Saudi Arabia. He has over 20 years of experience working on energy issues in the public and private sectors. He was the President & Co-Founder of The Abraham Group as well as a senior energy analyst for Hedgeye Risk Management. He was Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy and served as the Vice Chairman and US Representative to the IEA. He is an attorney and an FAA licensed pilot.
Energy Roadmap for Recovery
Gary Jones, Regional President bp Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey
Gary is a proven business leader with almost 40 years of experience. He is currently the Regional President for bp's Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey business. He began his career with bp in 1981 and has held many leadership positions in drilling, operations and projects. This included heading bp's operations in Iraq as general manager Rumaila / vice president operations, serving as a key leader in Russia as the project director/performance unit leader -Verkhnechonskoye, and holding multiple senior leadership positions across bp's North Sea asset base. Gary has a significant operations and technology delivery experience and a track record of building strong partnerships with national oil companies. Gary holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham.
Delivering steadily to help energy transition’
Gustavo Baquero, Senior Vice-President EPI Equinor
Gustavo Baquero is the Senior Vice President of Exploration and Production International, responsible for strategy and commercial development at Equinor. He is an energy professional with over 20-years of international experience having worked in Norway, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Before heading up international strategy and commercial development, Baquero worked in various senior roles in business development as well as operations. Before joining Equinor, Baquero held multiple roles as a process engineer, analysts, commercial manager, and partner operations director at BP, Repsol, and ExxonMobil. His core expertise is in strategy, business development, and field operations. Harvard Kennedy School of Government, US - Diploma in Negotiations Instituto de Empresa, Spain - Master of Business Administration UCAB, Venezuela - BSc in Industrial Engineering
Equinor’s updated corporate strategy: Energy transition plan
Francesco La Camera, Director General International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He was appointed at the Ninth Assembly of IRENA, the ultimate decision-making body of the Agency. Mr. La Camera took office on 4 April 2019 and brings more than thirty years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation.

In his role, Mr. La Camera is responsible for leading the delivery of IRENA’s work programme and strategy in cooperation with the Agency’s member states. At a critical time for climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Mr. La Camera is tasked with redefining the structure and operations of the Agency in response to the urgent needs of its members.

Under his leadership the Agency has forged a series of new strategic partnerships with UN organisations including UNDP, UNFCCC and Green Climate Fund among others. A key priority of his tenure is to implement a more action-oriented approach to the Agency’s work.

Previously, Mr. La Camera served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea since 2014. In this capacity, he developed cooperation and partnership agreements with a wide range of countries, particularly developing countries including Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Mr. La Camera held number of roles at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea. As the national coordinator for climate, environment, resource efficiency and circular economy, he led the Italian delegation to UNFCCC’s COP 21 to 24 and the EU Presidency at COP 20. He was responsible for the preparation and organisation of Italy’s G7 Environment Presidency in 2017. He was a leading member of the Italian delegation to the G7 Environment Ministers meetings in 2016 and 2018.

He served as co-chair of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development established in Rome in partnership with FAO and UNDP and co-chaired the Financial Platform for Climate and Sustainable Development in partnership with the Italian Development Bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. He has also coordinated a number of national strategies including on sustainable development, green finance and fossil fuel subsides among other things.

Mr. La Camera led the support provided by Italy to several renewable energy initiatives such as the Initiative for Renewable Island Energy (IRIE) and the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA), coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Mr. La Camera spearheaded international cooperation on issues related to climate change and the environment. He played a key role in developing initiatives between Italy and multilateral organisations such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, UNEP, UNDP and FAO, to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

He chaired the meetings of the Signatories to the Aarhus Convention led by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) and chaired the advisory board for the Convention’s implementation.

Author of many publications, Mr. La Camera was a Lecturer of Sustainable Development at the University of Cosenza and of Environment & Land Economics at the University of Roma 3. He began his career as an economic analyst at the Italian Ministry of Budget and Planning.

Mr. La Camera is a national of Italy, and graduate of the University of Messina in Political Sciences (Economic Policy major).

Towards an accelerated energy transition: from global to local?
Melih Han Bilgin, CEO & President TPAO

Melih Han Bilgin is currently President and CEO of TPAO, Turkish national oil & gas company. Prior to TPAO, Bilgin was CEO of CNK Aerospace.

Mr. Bilgin earned his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ).

He is married, with two children and fluent in English.

Energy Transition
Clive Turton, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) ACWA Power
Clive Turton is the Chief Investment Officer at ACWA Power. In his role, he leads the company's investment and growth strategy, focusing on developing new geographies, markets, and projects. Clive also heads the business development team leading technical and financial bids while working with cross functional teams to ensure ACWA Power consistently sets new industry benchmarks. A seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in the power and renewables sector, Mr. Turton has held leadership roles in management and banking, spanning mandates in advisory, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, and EPC contracting. Mr. Turton joined ACWA Power from Vestas, where, as President, he led company growth and expansion for the Asia- Pacific (APAC) region. During his tenure, he grew Vestas' operations in markets like India, Vietnam, Australia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Japan. Prior to Vestas, Mr. Turton spent a decade at ING, culminating in a role that headed the bank's regional corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions team in Hong Kong and Singapore. A lawyer by training, Mr. Turton has practised corporate law in Australia and Europe. He holds a joint BA/LLB degree in law and politics from the Australian National University.
Dr. Michael Hilmer, Vice-President Uniper
Michael Hilmer has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas and energy business. Since 2013, he is responsible for pipeline-based gas supplies from Azerbaijan and business development activities in the wider Caspian Region, Turkey and North Africa. He started his professional career in 2001 in the Netherlands and joined the German Ruhrgas, one of the predecessors of Uniper, in 2003. Since then, he held various positions in the long-term gas supply business with relation to projects and gas supplies from Norway, UK and Denmark. Since 2014, Michael is Member of the Board of the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce. Michael holds a PhD in Physics, Oceanography and Meteorology from the University of Kiel, Germany. He is married with one child and holds a private pilot license.
Uniper’s positioning in a rapidly changing market environment
Regis Agut, Managing Director and Country Chair TotalEnergies Azerbaijan
TOTAL E&P DO BRASIL Asset Director - 2017-2019 TOTAL E&P UK Strategy and Performance Manager - Total E&P UK, Aberdeen - 01/2017 to 07/2017 Development and Planning Manager - Total E&P UK, Aberdeen - 2015-16 TOTAL S.A. (Paris) Development Engineer - Project Manager Europe Continental Asia - 2014-15 TOTAL S.A. (Paris) Exploration New Ventures Middle East & North Africa Manager - Total SA, Paris 2011-2015 TOTAL E&P Syria Geosciences, Planning & Development Manager - Total EP Syrie, Damascus, Syria - From 2008-2011 TOTAL Argentina Geosciences & Well Performance Asset Leader - Total Austral, Argentina - From 2005-2008 TOTAL Gabon Head of Non-Operated Asset/JV Coordination Total Gabon, Port-Gentil 2002-2005 BP Exploration Colombia Reservoir Engineer (seconded by Total) - BP Exploration Colombia, Bogota From 2000-2002 ELF EP (France) Reservoir and Petrophysics Engineer – Elf Exploration Production, Pau, France From 1998-2000 Education: IFP Petroleum Eng Training 1999 Institut Francais du Petrole, Paris, France Petroleum Eng. Researcher/Master 1996-1998 Stanford University, California, USA Master in Applied Mathematics 1994-1996 ENSEEIHT, Toulouse, France
The Role of Oil and Gas in the Energy Transition
Moderator
Kirill Tuishev, Managing Director, Senior Partner BCG
Managing Director and Senior Partner of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Head of Energy of EMCR region (Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel) Head of BCG Baku Kirill Tuishev has been with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for 15 years. His focus is primarily on energy topics. He has extensive experience in implementing large-scale projects in such areas as strategic development of the organization and digital transformation, ESG, optimization of organizational and functional structures and business processes, as well as organizational development and interaction in oil and gas and petrochemical companies. Education: Kazan University, majoring in "Computer Technology". State University of New York, MBA
Energy Mix and Markets, Supply and Demand Drivers: Possible recovery trajectories for fossil fuels – Which emerging investment directions and regions can generate sustainable market value?
Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuels Lock-in. What are the challenges and the future of electricity grids with an increasing share of renewables in the energy mix? What is next for the oil and gas lock-in at the forefront of inevitable renewables growth?
14:00 – 15:00
LUNCH AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
15:00 – 16:30
PATH TO NET ZERO
Chairman
Elnur Soltanov, Deputy Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Republic
Speakers
Niall Henderson, Vice-President bp
Niall Henderson is Vice-President Commercial for Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, and Caspian Region at BP. In this role he is responsible for all commercial matters related to oil, gas and renewables, developing strategy and managing financial performance. Niall was previously a manager in BP's global Mergers and Acquisitions team based in London where he delivered over $12bn of transactions including several award winning deals that created platforms for BP in solar development and electric vehicle charging. Prior to that Niall was Head of Planning and Strategy for BP's onshore shale gas business in the United States. Niall is a Chartered Engineer, with Masters degrees in Petroleum Engineering (Heriot Watt, UK) and Chemical Engineering (University of Cambridge, UK). He is a graduate of the Sloan Fellows Program (MBA) from MIT. Niall is Advisory Chairman of Polysolar Ltd, a leader in Building Integrated Photovoltaics and was previously a member of the Ashoka Support Network supporting social entrepreneurs in various countries.
Decarbonisation Pathway for Azerbaijan
Maciej Czura, Head of the Regional Representation for the South Caucasus European Investment Bank (EIB)
Maciej Czura joined the European Investment Bank in 2011 where he has been working in the lending, monitoring, and restructuring departments. In the period 2014 - 2018 he was responsible for SME lending operations in the Eastern Neighbourhood (Armenia, Georgia) and in the MENA (Israel, Palestinian territories) regions. Since October 2018, Mr Czura is the Head of the Regional Representation of the European Investment Bank for the South Caucasus. Before joining EIB, Mr Czura worked in the advisory practice of PwC. He holds masters degrees in law and political science from the University of Warsaw. He studied also in the University of Constance (Germany)
EU Climate Bank – available assistance for Azerbaijan on the path towards net zero
Abdulla Zayed, Head, Development & Investment (Central Asia & Russia) Masdar

Abdulla Zayed is the Head for Development & Investment in Central Asia and Russia in the Clean Energy division of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s Future Energy Company. In this capacity, Mr Zayed oversees the development and investment of renewable energy projects from initiation and inauguration to commercial operation within the geography he is overlooking. He plays a leading role in directing and defining Masdar’s strategy and focus markets through effective market analysis. He is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with shareholders and utilizing strategic partnerships with local and international developers. Mr Zayed currently manages a pipeline of projects more than 10 GW.
Mr Zayed joined Masdar in 2009 as a financial and commercial analyst working in business development and asset management. He also worked as quality engineer during the construction of Shams 1 – a 100 megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE. In 2012, he joined the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi where he led projects and initiatives that impacted law and legislation of the energy and economic sectors in the emirate. He rejoined Masdar in 2016 as a business development manager and was project manager for different projects in public tenders, mergers & acquisitions and greenfield development before he was assigned as head for development and investment in Asia and East Europe.
Mr Zayed attended the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology, graduating as a mechanical engineer in 2009 and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management in 2012.

How Masdar can support Azerbaijan's energy journey

 

Branko Milicevic, Secretary, Group of Experts on Gas Sustainable Energy Division United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Branko Milicevic works in the Sustainable Energy Division of the Geneva-based United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. He acts as the secretary of the UNECE Group of Experts on Gas and is also involved in the work on hydrogen, methane management, sustainable management of fossil fuels, carbon capture and storage and the use of natural gas in transport. His previous United Nations assignments was with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York. Among other things, he was engaged in measurement of sustainable development and in energy and environment statistics. A chemical engineer by training with specialization in electrochemical energy sources, before the UN Branko worked in the United States as an application engineer for a company that pioneered development of hydrogen fuel cells.
Will natural gas be part of the net zero equation?
Tabriz Ammayev, Deputy director Azerbaijan Renewable Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan (AREA)

Tabriz Ammayev was born in Baku on December 28, 1990.

In 2008 he was admitted to the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU).

In 2012, he earned a bachelor's degree (distinction) from ASOIU, Faculty of Economics, and Management, majoring in "Economics and Management of Production and Services (Oil and Gas Industry)".

In 2013, he graduated with distinction from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, with a master’s degree in, Accounting, Finance and Management via SOCAR Foreign Scholarship Program.

In 2010-2014 has been working in SOCAR's Geology and Geophysics Department, Azerigas PU, Gas Export Division, and Labor Norm Conditions Development Department.

Since 2014, has held various positions at SOCAR's Head Office.

In December 2018, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Strategic Development Department of SOCAR Head Office.

In May 2020, he was appointed Head of the Strategic Development Department of the SOCAR Head Office.

In September 2020, by the Order of the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, he was appointed Deputy Director of Azerbaijan Renewable Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and served as interim director from October 2020 to January 2021.

 

Paolo Novelli, Energy Transition OCTG Project Director Tenaris

Paolo Novelli is currently Technical Sales OCTG Energy Transition Director in Tenaris.

Previously Technical Sales Director of casing and tubing products for Europe, Russia and Caspian area and Commercial Responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Graduated in 2005 at Politecnico University of Milan (Italy) in Material Engineering, he joined Tenaris as Product Engineer for Offshore Line Pipe products, spending a period at Tenaris facility in Mexico to lead a team for developing a premium connection for riser application.

In 2011 he was awarded as co-author for the Best Pipeline and Riser Technology Symposium Paper by OMAE Conference. 

Committed to the future of industry: Tenaris contribution to net-zero
Marek Mikitiuk, Central, Eastern and South Europe Oil & Gas Consulting Leader EY
Marek has an extensive O&G experience in Downstream and Upstream value chains with a focus on strategy articulation and business transformation. For the past 12 years at MENA EY Marek served first as consulting partner, later as the Global Client Service Partner (GCSP) on G360 accounts. During his tenure Marek led IPO readiness program for O&G giant in Saudi Arabia, downstream market model design in Oman and served as the SMR for strategy articulation engagements across MENA and Top 20 global O&G clients in Asia and Europe. Prior to joining EY he spent eight years working globally at one of the oil majors and focusing on organizational change, M&A and design of business operating model. He continued his career for four years with global certification firm based in Geneva and New York as the VP for O&G business transformation and later M&A for new market entry strategies.
Energy Transition Outlook
Moderator
John Roberts, Energy Security Specialist Atlantic Council, Washington DC
John M. Roberts is an energy security specialist with Methinks, focusing on the inter-relationship between energy, economic development, and politics. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Project on Sustainable Energy, and a member of the UNECE Group of Experts on Gas. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Centre in Washington, DC. Roberts has a particular expertise in the development of energy in Central Asia and the Caucasus and in the pipelines designed to connect the Caspian to China, Russia, India, and Europe. He is one of Europe’s leading energy security specialists and has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Caspian, Russian, Mideast, Turkish, and Kurdish energy security issues. He is also an adviser to Trans Caspian Resources, a US group seeking to develop a 78-km Trans-Caspian Connector pipeline.
Opportunities for the development of renewable energy in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s renewable energy potential
How can the green transition be financed? Case study: The EU Green Deal
Policy and Governance – Discuss possible roadmaps for the net zero transition. What policies may be implemented? Which approaches have been effective so far?
The significance of the public and private partnership in financing a green transition
Clean technology (Synthetic and Biofuels, Energy and the Future of Mobility and Transportation - EVs, Hybrids, Aviation) – Discuss the impacts of emerging clean technologies on the economy and the role of energy sector and oil and gas in the transition of transportation and infrastructure
Energy storage, decarbonised fuels created using renewable energy (biomethane, synthetic LNG, hydrogen)
Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage
16:30 - 17:00
COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
17:00 – 18:00
UNLOCKING WORKFORCE POTENTIAL FOR TRANSITION TOWARDS A LOWER CARBON FUTURE IN THE ENERGY SECTOR. 
Chairman
Khalik Mammadov, Vice-President for HR, IT and regulations SOCAR

Khalik Rafi Mammadov was born in 1958 in Astara. He graduated from the M. Azizbeyov Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute (currently Azerbaijan State Oil Academy) as an electrical engineer in 1984‏. He started his labour activity in the New Baku Refinery in 1976. Later, he worked as Chairman of the New Baku Refinery Trade Union Committee from 1985-1991; Deputy Chairman of the Soviet of People’s Deputies, Executive Power of Nizami District, Baku City; 1st Deputy Head of Executive Power of Nizami district, Baku City; and Technical Director of Azinteroil Joint Venture under the New Baku Refinery from 1991-1992; Chief Specialist of the Organizational Division of Azerbaijan Trade Unions’ Confederation from 1992-1994; Head of Personnel Division, Deputy Director General, Deputy Director for Work Regime and Personnel at the Azerneftyanajag Production Association (later named Azerneftyanajag Refinery and then the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Processing Factory) from 1994-2005. He took on the position of Head of the Administrative Department of SOCAR from 2005-2007 and he has been working as the Vice-President for Personnel, Regime and Information Technologies of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan since 2007.

He was awarded with the honourable title of “Distinguished Engineer” by Decree of President Ilham Aliyev in 2008.

Speakers
Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, Vice-President for Communications and External Affairs Caspian region, bp

Mr. Aslanbayli joined bp from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 as a Tax Advisor. In his most recent role he was Regional Tax and Customs Manager for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

In addition to professional activities, Mr. Aslanbayli is also a visiting lecturer of the Baku State University, ADA University and Baku Higher Oil School.  He is the author of one book and more than 50 professional articles and commentaries. He holds BA and MA in International Relations from the Baku State University.

Mr. Aslanbayli was awarded with Progress Medal by the President of Azerbaijan (2017) for contribution to the development of oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan.

Investing in human capital development for new energy era
Peter Holding, Vice-President Country Delegate – Netherlands, Azerbaijan. Managing Director of TotalEnergies E&P Tajikistan TotalEnergies E&P
Work experience: TotalEnergies E&P - Vice President Country Delegate Netherlands, Azerbaijan Managing Director of TotalEnergies E&P Tajikistan January 2019 - present, Paris, France A Head Office role to support and coordinate commercial activity in the Netherlands and the Caspian Region. To ensure that the affiliates links with Head Office are robust and the country heads follow direction and strategy from the centre. Maersk Oil (TOTAL Denmark) - Head of Maersk Oil Separation and Carve-out / Head of Treasury & Insurance / Finance Transition Lead May 2017 - December 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark Responsible for setting up and leading a project team to manage the transition of all finance, treasury, tax and IT functions from Maersk Oil into TOTAL. Maersk Oil Kazakhstan CFO/Commercial Director October 2013 - April 2017, Aktau, Kazakhstan Member of the Leadership Team and Deputy MD in 2014/15. Fully accountable for all Finance and Tax matters, the Commercial function as well as IT and Procurement departments. Head of Business Development & Commercial December 2011 - September 2013, Aktau, Kazakhstan A member of the Leadership Team, responsible for building on a mandate for Maersk to grow in Western Kazakhstan. Gaffney, Cline & Associates - Manager, Russia and Caspian Region September 2008 - November 2011, Almaty, Kazakhstan Crosby Resources Ltd - Operations Director October 2005 - August 2008, Geneva, Switzerland and Almaty, Kazakhstan Gaffney, Cline & Associates Country Manager October 2001 - September 2005, Moscow, Russia Finance & Administration Manager May 2000 - September 2001, Uzen, Kazakhstan Anglo Caspian Oil Inc. - Financial Controller 1998 - 2000, Almaty, Kazakhstan Dragon Oil Plc - Senior Management Accountant 1996 - 1998, Cheleken, Turkmenistan Phibro Energy Production Inc. (Salomon Brothers) - Senior Western Accountant 1993 - 1996, Raduzhny, W. Siberia Eagle Star Insurance Co - Assistant Finance & Planning Manager 1990 - 1993, Cheltenham, U.K. Littlejohn Frazer - Audit Junior 1989 - 1990, London, U.K. Education: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants ACMA, CGMA 1991 - 1995 BPP accounting tutors, Bristol, U.K Honours Degree in Slavonic Studies 1985 - 1989 University of Nottingham, U.K.
Attracting and retaining young talents in a challenging market
Elmar Gasimov, Rector Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS)

Elmar Gasimov was born on September 8, 1973. In 1990 he graduated from high school with a silver medal. After graduating from high school, he entered the geography faculty of BSU, graduating in 1995. In 2002, he also graduated from the Law Faculty of BSU. From 1996 to 2000 he was a postgraduate student at the same university. In 2006 he defended his PhD thesis. Since 1996, he worked at BSU as a geography teacher at the Faculty of the same name. In 2007 he received the academic title of associate professor. In the second half of the 1990s, he was chairman of the Committee of the Student Trade Union of BSU. From 1999 to 2011 he worked as Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In 2008, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev awarded Elmar Gasimov the Progress Medal.

By the decree of the President of Azerbaijan dated April 10, 2012, Gasimov was appointed rector of the Baku Higher School of Oil.

Married, has 2 children.

Training of Specialists in the Process of Digitalization and Green Energy Transition
Mustafa Babanli, Rector Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU)

Mustafa Baba Oglu Babanli was born in the family of teachers in Saatli on February 1968, 21. In 1983, he graduated from the physics and Mathematics oriented secondary school No. 1 in Baku, and in the same year he entered the Kiev Polytechnic Institute and began to study in the specialty of metal physics in the Faculty of Engineering Physics. After graduating with honors from the Faculty of Engineering Physics of the National Technical University of Ukraine in 1989, he began his career as an engineer-technologist at the special design bureau “Kristal” experimental plant of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

Babanli studied at the Institute of metal physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1990-1992, and in 1993 he received a candidate's degree of candidate of physical and Mathematical Sciences, early defending his thesis on “phase transformations in extremely quickly cooled TiNiCu alloys” on the specialty “physics of solids”.

Since 1996 he worked at the Department of metallurgy and metallurgical science of Azerbaijan Technical University. Initially, he worked as an assistant, associate professor in 2001-2010, and professor in 2010-2015. In 2010-2015 he worked as vice-rector for international relations at Azerbaijan Technical University.

On February 27, 2008 he defended his doctoral dissertation on technical sciences at Azerbaijan Technical University and received the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences on the Specialty “Materials Science”. Mustafa Babanli is a member of the dissertation Council d-02.171 under Azerbaijan Technical University, as well as the methodological Coordination Council under the Ministry of Education.

He was appointed rector of Azerbaijan state oil and industry university by the Order of the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated September 3, 2015. He is a member of the International Association of university presidents.

Innovations in education: current situation and challenges
How HR teams across companies are overcoming challenges associated with attracting, retaining and developing talents of the next generation: HR’s role in the new paradigm shifts towards sustainable future of the industry Equipping current students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work at an energy company of tomorrow. What can be done to prepare young professionals for the upcoming challenges and rapidly changing business needs? Careers in sustainable energy. What are the upcoming career prospects in sustainability for fresh graduates?   The workplace of the future. What importance do inclusivity and other elements of company culture play in the decision-making of Gen Z fresh graduates? How can inclusive workplaces drive business sustainability in the energy sector?
18:00
END OF DAY ONE OF THE FORUM
19:00
OFFICIAL FORUM OPENING RECEPTION - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
07:00 - 08:00
Check-in at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (Terminal 2)
2nd Day
3 June, Friday
09:00 – 10:00
REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
10:00-10:05
OPENING REMARK
10:05 -11:00
MAPPING EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CASPIAN REGION
Chairman
Khoshbakht Yusifzade, First Vice-President SOCAR

Academician of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences and Turkic World Research International Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Georgia and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Honorary Academician of the International Engineers Academy of Russia, Honorary Professor of the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University, Doctor of Geological-Mineralogical Sciences, Professor Khoshbakht Yusifzadeh Baghi oglu was born on January 14th 1930 in Pirshaghi settlement of Baku. After secondary school in 1947, he graduated from the Azerbaijan Industrial Institute (now Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University) with degree in Geology and Exploration of Petroleum Reservoirs in 1952. He started his career in the Baku branch of USSR Oil Ministry’s “State Special Oil Project” Department, then in the “Azerdenizneft” (Azerbaijan Offshore Oil) Production Union and “Azneft” Onshore Oil Production Union, in 1954 he was appointed as a Senior Geologist at the first field of “Gurgan Oil” Oil Fields Department (now “Oil Rocks”). In 1970-1992 he worked as a Deputy Director/Senior Geologist at the “Khazardenizneft” (Caspian Offshore Oil) Production Union, “Khazardenizneftgaz” (Caspian Offshore Oil and Gas) Industrial Union and “Khazardenizneftgaz” (Caspian Offshore Oil and Gas) Production Union, in 1992-1994 as a first vice-president of the “Azerineft” State Concern and advisor to the President of SOCAR, in 1994-2004 as a Vice President of SOCAR for Geology, Geophysics and Reservoir Development. From 2004 he is the First Vice President of SOCAR.

In 1960 he defended Candidate’s Dissertation, in 1987 he defended Doctoral Dissertation in Moscow, in 2005 was awarded academic title of Professor, in 2007 was elected academician of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

Kh.Yusifzadeh is an author of more than 200 scientific works, including 18 monographs and 8 inventions.

For his contribution in the development of petroleum sector, Kh. Yusifzadeh was twice awarded the “Red Banner of Labor” (1963 and 1976), “Badge of Honor” (1971), has orders of “Istiglal” (2000), “Shohrat” (2004), “Sharaf” (2010) and “Order Labor of I degree” (2017) of independent Azerbaijan, order of “Friendship” (2011) of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Honorary Diploma of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic (2015) and has other valuable medals. He was twice rewarded the State Premium of Azerbaijan (1982 and 1991), he is “Honorary Engineer of Azerbaijan SSR” (1964) and “Honorary Engineer of Azerbaijan” (2005), “USSR Petroleum Industry’s Outstanding Oil Worker” (1967), “Honorary Oiler of the USSR” (1970), “Honorary Explorer of Underground Resources” (1965 and 1985), “First Field Discoverer” (1988). He was awarded International Gold Star Medal of Turkic World Research International Academy of Sciences and was announced as “Scientist of the Year” (2008) and “Honorary Scientist of Turkic World” (2011), “Order with crown” of the European Academy of Natural Sciences (2014), Medal and Honorary title of the “Knight of Art and Science” of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, ”Silver medal named after Academician Azad Mirzajanzade” (2015) of the same Academy, including other medals and honored certificates. In 2010, with a group of specialists of SOCAR was awarded UNESCO medal for his contribution in the field of development and application of nanotechnology in oil production, his name was included in the encyclopedia of this international organization.

In 2016 a special scholarship named after Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzadeh was established for excellent students of geology and exploration department of the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industrial University

Speakers
Stig Åtland, VP Exploration and Production International,Country Manager Equinor
Mr Stig Atland has 15 years professional work experience in the oil and gas industry. He joined Equinor (formerly Statoil) in 2006 and has since then worked in several engineering and leadership positions. Prior to his new assignment, Stig served as VP for Global Exploration Drilling, VP for Drilling Well for Johan Sverdrup (the third largest oil field on the Norwegian continental shelf), VP for Mobile Drilling Units Stavanger, and Head of Equinor's Mobile Drilling Unit Operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. Stig holds a master's degree in Petroleum Technology (Drilling, Production and Reservoir) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Mr Stig Atland is married with three children and he is a Norwegian citizen. He speaks Norwegian and English.
Unlocking new oil and gas opportunities through digitalization
Alasdair Lyon, Project Engineering Manager TechnipFMC

Alasdair has over 20 years experience in the O&G industry fulfilling a variety of subsea engineering and project execution positions with a background in offshore construction.   Experienced in Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for subsea development projects he is primarily involved with technical delivery of integrated EPCI projects through life cycle from early concept to execution.

Alasdair holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the University of Glasgow and is based at the company’s Westhill Campus near Aberdeen, Scotland.

Integrated Solutions for future Caspian Region Developments
Mikhail Erchenkov, Director Industry Solutions, Energy Microsoft
Graduate of Russian State University of Oil and Gas named in honour of Ivan Gubkin Started my career in Atyrau, Kazakhstan in 1992, in a capacity of assistant manager, Western Geophysical. In the past 30 years worked in various sales management and business development roles including Key accounts manager, Landmark Graphics Canada, General manager of Paradigm Geophysical for Eurasia and Sales manager, Eurasia for Halliburton Landmark.
Ensuring sustainable and optimized operations in Oil and Gas with best-in-class technology
What are exploration and production opportunities in the region: Defining progress of current and perspective projects offshore and onshore
Enhanced Oil Recovery – R&D prospects, improvements and current applications
Oil and Gas fields development for intraregional cooperation
11:00 – 11:30
COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
11:30 -12:30
ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY: LATEST APPROACHES AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
Chairman
Mukhtar Babayev, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Babayev Mukhtar Bahadur oglu was born on October 16, 1967 in Baku. Graduated Moscow State University.

In 1991 started to work at the State Economy and Planning Committe of the Republic of Azerbaijan, then at the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In 1993 joined SOCAR. In 2007-2010 worked on position of Vice-president of SOCAR.

Started from october 2010 - Chairman of Supervisory Board of “Azerikimya”  SOCAR

Started from November 2010- Member of Parliament of the Azerbaijan Republic.

Member of the Party “New Azerbaijan”

Married, has two children.

Speakers
Rafiga Huseyn-zade, Vice-President for ecology SOCAR

Rafiga Huseynzade was born in Baku. She successfully entered to the Geological faculty of Azerbaijan Institute of Oil and Chemistry, where she studied Oil and Gas Fields Exploration subject. After graduation successfully passed examination and continued post graduation in the same Institute.

After seven years of challenging study of the “Low Kuryani” oil and gas field geo-chemical specs and characteristic’s subject Rafiga Huseynzada completed and honorably proved the subject in 1981 and deserved Government Commission endorsement in 1982.

From 1978 to 1985 she was an engineer in Azerbaijan Institute of Oil and Chemistry. In 1985 -1999 years she held various positions such as scientist, senior scientist and lab supervisor in the department of Isotopes Researches of Azerbaijan State University.

From 1999 to March 2011 she worked as Director of AzLab LLC established by State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic.

She continued also her scientific works from 2001 until present in Azerbaijan State University. Rafiga Huseynzada is author of about 60 reports and researches. She also participated in number International conferences and worked in joint scientific centers in Texaco Company in Houston; Geolab in Trondheim and Statoil Research Center in Norway;  Bone & Robertson management course in London UK, etc.  

In March 2011 Rafiga Huseynzade was appointed by order of President of Azerbaijan Republic to position of   Vice President on Ecology of SOCAR.

She is married and has one daughter.

She speaks Russian, English and Turkish languages.

 

 

Sukhrob Khojimatov, Officer-in-Charge in Azerbaijan UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
Mr. Sukhrob Khojimatov is an acting Senior Manager in UNDP Azerbaijan with over 25 years of experience in Development and Programme Management in International Organizations as well as in Governmental Institutions and private sector, sustained by master's degree in law. Sukhrob was appointed as UNDP Officer-in-Charge in Azerbaijan in January 2022. Prior to that, he was Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey (2017 - 2022); Deputy Country Director for Somalia and Director of UNDP Somalia Nairobi Support Office (2013 - 2017). Before that, he was in UNDP HQ on a detail assignment in a position of the Head of Policy and Operations Support Unit within Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (RBEC). Prior to that, Sukhrob has worked as Assistant Resident Representative and Programme Manager in UNDP Tajikistan (2006 - 2013). Before joining UNDP from 2000 until 2006, Sukhrob held a number of senior positions in USAID Legal and Economic Development Projects in Tajikistan. He began his career in the Office of General Prosecutor of Tajikistan in 1996 and held the position of the Deputy Head of Department with the rank of Lt. Colonel in Justitia. Sukhrob holds a master's degree in law, from the Tajik National University and post diploma degree in Russian State University of Justice and National Judicial College in University of Nevada in Reno. Sukhrob fluently speaks English, Russian and Farsi/Tajik languages.
Green transition and Sustainable development: UNDP Perspective
Matthew Bryza, Board Member Overgas

Ambassador (ret.) Matthew Bryza completed a 23-year career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in 2012, culminating as Ambassador to Azerbaijan. 

Earlier, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (2005-2009) and Director on the National Security Council Staff at the White House (2001-2005) for U.S. relations with Turkey, Cyprus, Greece, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus, as well as Eurasian energy security.

During 1998 to 2001, Ambassador Bryza was the Deputy Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Basin Energy Security. 

He also served in the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-1997) and Poland (1989-1991).

Bryza is a frequent commentator on media outlets that include CNN International, Al Jazeera, BBC, Fox News, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg, as well as numerous outlets in Turkey, Poland, and the South Caucasus.

He is the recipient of Estonia’s Cross of Terra Mariana and Georgia’s Order of St. George.

Bryza currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey, where he heads the regional office of Ballard Partners, a major US public affairs firm.  He also serves on the Board of Turcas, a publicly traded company in fuel distribution and power generation in Turkey.  Concurrently, he is CEO of Lamor Turkey, a Turkish-Finnish joint venture in environmental solutions.  He also serves on the Board of Nobel Upstream, an oil exploration and production company based in London, and is the founder and CEO of Eurasian Business Diplomacy, a strategic consultancy. 

Additionally, Bryza is a Board Member of the Jamestown Foundation.  He was Director of the International Center for Defense and Security in Tallinn, Estonia, during 2012-2015, where he founded the Center’s energy and cyber security programs. 

Ambassador Bryza received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University (with honors) and his master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

 

Trans-Caspian Cooperation on Oil Spill Prevention and Natural Gas Deliveries to Europe to Advance the Energy Transition
How to ensure acceleration in deployment of existing environmental policies in order to get on track to net-zero
Deployment of industrial safety systems to strengthen pollution prevention and reduce hazardous impacts
Engaging energy companies in climate action: Where are we today?
Learning international experience and best practices in the fight against climate change, environmental pollution minimising emissions
12:30 - 12:40
Technical Break
12:40 – 13:30
DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: CURRENT PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES
Speakers
Emil Alkhasli, Deputy Managing Director SOCAR Downstream
Graduated from the Baku State University, specialized in Applied Mathematics and Economical Cybernetics. Started Career as joining offshore development in Azerbaijan as part of McDermott Caspian. Soon after was awarded with SOCAR scholarship and continued education in Ecole du Pétrole et des Moteurs (IFP) and Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas and get master’s degree in petroleum economics and Management. After graduation joined Total E&P’s Project Development Department as intern. Later started working at SOCAR’s Oil-Gas Research and Design İnstitute and the moved to SOCAR’s Downstream division in 2009. In 2011, joined SOCAR’s Oil & Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (OGPC) Project. From 2011 to 2016 held different positions within project, till Deputy General Director responsible for execution. Starting from 2016 moved to department for the Management of Revamp Projects as Deputy Director, and soon later appointed as Department Director. As a follow up, assigned to companies Turkey operations and involved in the startup of STAR Refinery and several other projects acting as Project Director in SOCAR Turkey's Project Management Office and then as Business Development and Venture Management Group Director. Starting from 2020, he was assigned to SOCAR Downstream as Deputy Managing Director and appointed as the Project Director of the HAOR Modernization and Reconstruction project. He is married and has three kids.
Kanan Mirzayev, Chief Strategy Officer SOCAR Turkey
Kanan is the Chief Strategy Officer at SOCAR (The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic) Turkey, one of the world’s leading global oil companies and the most important representative of reinforcing economic collaboration between Azerbaijan and Turkey. Under SOCAR Turkey’s CEO mandate and guidance, Kanan supported the organization to launch the Sustainability and Energy Transition initiatives, bringing about sustainability studies in the refinery and petrochemical business unit. Additionally, Kanan led the analysis regarding resource and energy efficiency, GHS emissions, effluent management, and recycling. Before working as a CSO for SOCAR Turkey, Kanan served as Deputy General Manager of Strategy and Business Development at Petkim, as well as Head of Business Excellence in the Refinery and Petrochemical Business Unit. He is a member of the board of directors of KalDer, one of the most prestigious non-governmental organisations in the Turkish business world, and a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Kanan holds an Executive Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute, UK, and he has completed a Harvard Business School Executive Program. He has proven expertise in agile management and business innovation in the energy industry.

Global & Turkey Petrochemical Outlook and The Latest Trends in Petrochemical Industry

Ibrahim Server Sevil, HSE & Process Safety Director SOCAR Downstream

Graduated from the Hacettepe University, as a Mechanical Engineer. Started his carrier as Project Control Engineer on construction for a short time.

Then worked as Operations Engineer, Lead Engineer, and Plant Manager at Turkish LPG company Ipragaz A.S. owned by SHV Holding between 2000 to 2007.

After the privatization of the Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (TUPRAS), transferred to TUPRAS as HSE Superintendent and Responsible of HSE Operational Excellence program of the companies four refineries between 2007 to 2010.

Worked as the HSE manager of the Residuum Upgrader Project of TUPRAS at Izmit refinery after the success of Op -Ex program between 2010 to 2012

After that Joined to Shell, as HSE Brownfield, Commissioning and Operations Lead on Shell Iraq Petroleum Development B.V.(SIPD) Majnoon Oilfield between 2012 to 2015, until the safe operation and handover of the project.

Returning to Turkey worked as HSE consultant to several Turkish companies, then worked as an HSSE Manager of the Namakhvani Cascading Dam project of Clean Energy Group Georgia, between 2015 to 2019.

Then worked as consultant to World Bank Funded Tuz Golu Underground Gas Storage Expansion Plant Project of BOTAS (Turkish Oil Pipelines Corporation)  for a short time before joining to SOCAR Downstream Management HSE & Process Safety Director at 2020.

He is married and has a daughter.

 

 

Implementation of projects aimed at improving the efficiency of business processes 
Application of innovations and new technologies aimed at ensuring sustainable and safe development 
The key trends shaping downstream growth and development in the region

Sustainability in oil and gas - the new digital frontier: Case study

Financing refining and petrochemical projects
13:30-14:30
LUNCH AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
14:30 – 16:00
GAS DIALOGUE: THE ROLE OF GAS INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE DECARBONISED PERIOD
Moderator
Prof. Brenda Shaffer, Expert for politics and energy in the Caspian region
Prof. Brenda Shaffer is an international energy and foreign policy specialist, focusing on politics and energy in the Caspian region, ethnic politics in Iran, and Eastern Mediterranean energy. She is a Research Professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prof. Shaffer also is Senior Advisor for Energy at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center in Washington, DC. Brenda currently is writing a textbook on operational energy for the U.S. Department of Defense. Prof. Shaffer is the author of several books: Energy Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity (MIT Press, 2002) and Partners in Need: The Strategic Relationship of Russia and Iran (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2001). Energy Politics is used as a textbook in over 200 university courses around the globe. She has also served as the editor of Beyond the Resource Curse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and Limits of Culture: Islam and Foreign Policy (MIT Press, 2006). Prof. Shaffer frequently provides research and expert counsel to international institutions, governments, energy companies, financial institutions, and regional security organizations. She has given testimony to several committees of the US Congress, including the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and to the European Parliament. Brenda frequently appears on Bloomberg TV and in major news outlets worldwide to provide insight on developments in the global oil market.
Chairman and keynote speaker
Elshad Nassirov, Vice-President for investments and marketing SOCAR

Elshad Mustafa Nassirov was born in 1960 in Baku. In 1982 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He worked from 1981 to 1982 at the USSR’s embassy in Afghanistan, from 1982 to 1985 at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the USSR Academy of Sciences, and between 1985 and 1989 in various roles in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. From 1989 to 1992 he worked at the USSR’s embassy in India. As Azerbaijan gained its independence, from 1992 to 1995 Mr Nassirov worked in the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the UN, and in 1995 was promoted to the position of head of department in the administration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. From 1997 to 2003, Mr Nassirov worked as head of the Foreign Economic Operations Department, and from 2003 to 2005 as head of the Marketing and Operations Department of SOCAR. By Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on 28 December 2005, he was appointed as vice-president of SOCAR for investments and marketing. Since 2003 Elshad Nassirov has also been the Vice President of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan. In 2010, he was made a member of the Shohrat (Glory) Order by Decree of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. He speaks Russian, English, Persian and Hindi.

Mr Nassirov is a member of the New Azerbaijan Party.

Speakers
Luca Schieppati, Managing Director & Country Manager Italy Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)
Luca joined TAP as Managing Director in June 2017. Luca has over 25 years of experience in the development and management of pipelines, plant construction, and the operation and maintenance of gas transmission and distribution companies in Italy and Europe. Throughout his career, Luca has held several executive management roles, including Chief Executive Officer of Italgas. His most recent positions were Chief Industrial Assets Officer of Snam, as well as Managing Director at Snam Rete Gas S.p.A. Luca has a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Enhancing Europe energy diversification and security of supply
Afgan Isayev, General Director Southern Gas Corridor (SGC)
Afgan Isayev Elchin was born on November 3, 1974 in Baku. In 1981-1991 he studied at secondary school No.27 in Khatai district and finished school with honors. In 1992-1996, he studied Financial Economics and European Studies at the University of Rutgers in New Jersey. He graduated with distinction and awarded with BSc degree in Finance, BA degree in Economics with a minor in European studies. He began his career in 1997-1998 as a strategic management advisor in the technical program for small business support at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. He received his MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems from Rutgers Graduate School of Management, New Jersey, United States in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he worked at American Express International Bank in New York as a regional financial analyst (Central Eastern Europe and CIS markets). During 2001-2002, he worked as a Risk Manager in the Strategic Alliances Group at American Express in New York. From 2002 to 2003, he worked as a Manager in the Portfolio Analysis Group at American Express in New York. In 2004, he became the deputy CEO of Bank of Baku OJSC in Baku, Azerbaijan, and was responsible for strategic development and international funding, and subsequently risk management until 2009. The next organisation where he pursued his career was Azerbaijan Investment Company ("AIC"), a state-owned equity fund. He worked as the executive director of AIC from 2009 until 2012. In 2012, he joined SOCAR as the General Manager of SOCAR Georgia Investments LLC. From 2013 to 2022 he worked as the Adviser to the President of SOCAR and in 2014, he was appointed as the General Director of the Southern Gas Coridor CJSC in addition to his advisory role.
Overview of Soouthern Gas Corridor CJSC
Katerina Papalexandri, Vice-President gas and low carbon energy (LCE) growth, Caspian gas growth bp
Katerina Papalexandri Vice president gas and low carbon energy (LCE) growth, Caspian gas growth Katerina has been with bp for 23 years and has held several technical and commercial roles in the company. She has worked on various gas commercial issues including gas sales and transportation negotiations, and strategy development since the early 2000s. Katerina is a PhD in chemical engineering.
The role of bp and the Southern Gas Corridor Gas Value Chain as enabler of flowing Caspian gas to Europe
Gulmira Rzayeva, Senior Research Fellow for Energy related issues Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Ms. Gulmira Rzayeva is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES). She is a founder and managing director of the London-based Eurasia Analytics Ltd consulting company. She was a senior research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (SAM) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for last ten years until January 2019. Her area of expertise includes energy security covering issues such as the energy policy of Azerbaijan and East Europe/Caspian region, Turkish domestic natural gas market, SEE gas market, global natural gas market, gas-to-hydrogen, possible export of blue hydrogen to Europe from countries in MENA region and Turkey etc. Ms Rzayeva is recognized worldwide for her reports and seminal articles about energy focusing on the region, as well as for her speeches in some of the most prestigious universities including Harvard University, think-tanks and prestigious international conferences world-wide. Ms. Rzayeva has published several scholarly publications focusing on her area of expertise.

Can Turkey’s natural gas infrastructure reduce SEE reliance on Russian gas?

Allan Mustard, Co-founder and co-manager Trans Caspian US Resources
Ambassador (retired) Allan Mustard is co-founder and co-manager of Trans Caspian US Resources, an energy startup, and is a senior fellow with the Caspian Policy Center, a Washington, DC-based think tank. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan from January 2015 to June 2019. He previously served as Agricultural Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, India, Mexico City, Mexico, Moscow, Russia, as Agricultural Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, Agricultural Trade Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey, and as Assistant Agricultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, USSR. Prior to that he was an exhibit guide-interpreter for the U.S. International Communication Agency in Kishinev, Moscow, and Rostov-na-Donu, USSR. His tours of duty at the Washington headquarters of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service included serving as deputy director of the Emerging Democracies Office, during which he oversaw USDA policy toward and implemented technical assistance programs in the states of the former Soviet Union. Ambassador Mustard earned an A.S. at Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, Washington in 1975, B.A.s in Political Science and in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington in 1978, and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois in 1982. He holds a certificate in Russian language from Leningrad State University, Leningrad, USSR. He is the recipient of five Presidential Rank Awards, a Distinguished Service Honor Award, two Superior Honor Awards, and numerous other Department of State and USDA performance awards. Mr. Mustard speaks Russian, German and basic Spanish.
Transcaspian Gas Connector
GAS routes: Development of existing relations and prospects for cooperation
Azerbaijan’s contributions to the energy security of Europe
What is the potential for increase gas production in the medium term. Can Azerbaijan provide Europe with additional gas volumes?
Gas infrastructure and gas consortia in energy security – Meeting energy demand and reducing emissions for a sustainable transition to net zero

Gas transport and storage - Upgrade prospects and potential of existing and planned gas infrastructure 

16:00 – 16:30
COFFEE BREAK AND NETWORKING - ZERO WASTE CHALLENGE / REDUCE, REUSE AND DONATE
16:30-17:45
SPECIAL SESSION: AZERBAIJAN OFFSHORE WIND ROADMAP
Moderator
Elnur Soltanov, Deputy Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Republic
Speakers
James Sharp, UK Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan

Full name:                     James Lyall Sharp

Married to:                     Sara el-Gammal Sharp

Children:                        Two sons

Work experience:

Aug, 2019                       Baku, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan

2018 – 2019                    FCO, Full-time Language training (Azerbaijani)

2017 – 2018                    FCO, Policy Advisor, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate

2015 – 2017                    FCO, Migration Policy Adviser, Europe Directorate

2013 – 2015                   FCO, Director, Migration, Migration Directorate

2012 – 2013                    FCO, Gulf and Middle East adviser, Arms Export Policy Department

2008 – 2012                    UK Border Agency, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Hong Kong

2006 – 2008                    FCO, Head, Western Mediterranean, Justice and Home Affairs, and Germany Group

2002 – 2005                    Almaty, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Non-Resident Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan

2001 – 2002                    Full time Russian language training

2000 – 2001                    FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Department

1998 – 2000                    FCO, Section Head, North East Asia and Pacific Department

1996 – 1998                    Vienna, UK Delegation to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, with responsibility for Former Yugoslavia and former Soviet Union

1995 – 1996                    FCO, Section Head, Hong Kong Department

1992 – 1995                    FCO, Section Head, Eastern Department

1989 – 1992                    Cairo, External Relations and Press and Public affairs officer, British Embassy

1988 – 1989                    Full time Arabic language training

1987 – 1988                    FCO, Desk Officer for Chile, South America Department

1983 – 1987                    BAE Systems, Military Aircraft Division, Lancashire and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

Education

Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet

Durham University (St Cuthbert's Society) BA in Modern Middle Eastern Studies

 

 

James Sharp serves as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan since August 2019. James worked in various positions throughout his career. He was the FCO Policy Advisor on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Migration Policy Advisor at European Directorate, Asia Pacific Regional Director of UK Border Agency. James served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Non-Resident Ambassador in Kyrgyzstan in 2002-2005.

Pauline Eizema, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Azerbaijan
Sarah Michael, Country Manager for Azerbaijan Europe and Central Asia Region World Bank

Sarah Michael was appointed Country Manager for Azerbaijan in July 2020.

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in sustainable development, with a focus on social inclusion, community-driven development, peace and tolerance building, social service delivery, livelihoods, health, and youth development. She has led innovative work on social inclusion and on peacebuilding with a focus on the Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Africa regions, and has previously served as a World Bank Program Leader in the South Caucasus, supporting the Bank’s engagement and dialogue with authorities around Sustainable Development and Infrastructure.

Before joining the World Bank, Sarah worked on the international Commission on Human Security and on a variety of development and security initiatives at the Global Equity Initiative, a research and policy institute at Harvard University. Her first book, Undermining Development: The Absence of Power among Local NGOs in Africa, was published in 2004.

Sarah holds MPhil and PhD degrees from Cambridge University, UK and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens University in Canada.

Ivana Fernandes Duarte, Regional Manager, South Caucasus IFC

Ivana, a Slovak Republic national, joined the IFC in June 2021 after more than 20 years of experience in international finance in various positions at the EBRD (in London and Baku) and in Citigroup (London). During her career Ivana has been focusing in particular on the areas of private infrastructure development and financing as well as across the sectors country management. Prior to development finance she worked in investment banking with expertise in project finance and emerging markets. Ivana started her career in the Office of the Prime Minister of Slovakia.

In the current role, Ivana is focusing on further enhancing IFC business delivery in Caucasus with special emphasis on sustainable growth and climate change, digitalization and capital markets development, as well as developing the IFC Upstream activities in the region.

Ivana holds an MBA degree from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Slovakia. Ivana has been a CFA Charterholder since 2008. She is fluent in several languages, incl. Spanish, Slovak and Czech, as well as conversational Russian, Portuguese and French.

Sean Whittaker, Professional Engineer and Principal Renewable Energy Specialist World Bank
Sean is a professional engineer and Principal Renewable Energy Specialist with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group. His work focuses on IFC’s investments in wind power where he is the co-leader of both the ESMAP-IFC Offshore Wind Development Program and the Scaling Wind program. Prior to joining IFC in 2011, Sean spent six years as Vice-President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association and also worked as a senior energy consultant and project developer with ICF/Marbek. He started his career in wind in 1993, spending five years in Madagascar designing, building and installing windmills for rural irrigation projects. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.
Yasemin Orucu, Senior Energy Specialist World Bank
Yasemin Orucu brings in 20 years’ experience in variety of roles and with organizations involved in the delivery of clean energy and climate agenda with solid understanding of relevant policies. At the Bank, her work focuses on clean energy and she leads and contributes to energy sector dialogue on offshore wind, geothermal development and solar projects. She worked for the university and government previously and have been a negotiator on climate change for several years under the UNFCCC. She holds a degree from Oxford University, Environmental Change and Management Institute in 2005.
Analyzing potential for development of offshore wind power in Azerbaijan
Developing a robust offshore wind industry in Azerbaijan: What are the planned steps for tapping into this significant potential, and developing a robust offshore wind industry in Azerbaijan
International cooperation in establishing the country’s offshore wind market: technical, economic, environmental, social, employment, and financing aspects

Lessons learned from international experience

17:45-18:00
CLOSING REMARK
18:00
END OF THE FORUM
3rd Day
4 June, Saturday
06:30 - 20:30
SPECIAL SESSION SHUSHA, AZERBAIJAN
06:30
Departure from Hilton Baku Hotel 
06:30 - 07:00
Transfer from the hotel to Heydar Aliyev International Airport (Terminal 2)
08:00 - 08:45
Baku - Fuzuli flight
09:00 - 11:00
Fuzuli - Shusha transfer (by bus)
11:00 - 11:20
Arrival at the conference venue and tea & coffee break
11:30 - 12:40
Special Session on “PATH TO NET-ZERO. GREEN ENERGY POTENTIAL AND OPPORTUNITIES IN KARABAKH REGION”
Moderator: Nargiz Nasrullayeva-Muduroglu, Advisor to CEO of State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan
11:30 - 11:40
Speech by Parviz Shahbazov, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan
11:40 - 11:50
Speech by Rovshan Najaf, First Vice–president and Acting President, SOCAR
11:50 - 12:00
Speech by Gary Jones, bp Regional President
12:00 - 12:10
Speech by Regis Agut, Managing Director and Country Chair in Azerbaijan, TotalEnergies
12:10 - 12:20
Speech by Fawaz Al Muharrami, Acting Executive Director, Clean Energy, Masdar
12:20 - 12:30
Speech by Clive Turton, Chief Investment Officer, ACWA Power
12:30 - 12:35
Video about Baku Energy Week
12:35 - 12:50
Cooperation Documents Signing Ceremony
Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan -Masdar (2 documents)
SOCAR – Masdar
SOCAR – BP
12:50 - 13:00
Transfer to lunch venue (Karabakh hotel)
13:00 - 14:20
Lunch at Karabakh hotel
14:30 - 16:30
Shusha city tour (organizing by Shusha City State Reserve)
City tour programme:
14:30 - 15:00
The Shusha Fortress seeing (transferred by bus from the Karabakh hotel)
15:00 - 15:30
Vandalized monuments of Uzeyir bay, Natavan and BulBul
15:30 - 16:00
The Bulbul museum (transferred by bus)
16:00 - 16:30
The Cidir Plain and Vagif mausoleum
16:30 - 16:40
Family photo (near Ganja Gates)
16:40 - 18:20
Transfer from Shusha to Fuzuli Airport (by bus)
18:20 -18:50
Check-in at Fuzuli Airport
19:00 - 19:45
Fuzuli – Baku flight
20:00 - 20:30
Transfer from Heydar Aliyev International airport (Terminal 2) to Hilton Baku Hotel

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