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Keynote speakers

Conference Opening:
Mr. Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003

Prof. Michael Bradshaw, Department of Geography, University of Leicester

Michael Bradshaw is professor of Human Geography and former head of the Department of Geography at the University of Leicester in the UK. His research is on resource geography with a particular focus on the economic geography of Russia and global energy security. He is co-editor with Philip Hanson of Regional Economic Change in Russia and with Alison Stenning of The Post-Socialist Economies of East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union. His most recent research has focused on energy-related issues. For more than two decades, Professor Bradshaw has studied the development of the Sakhalin oil and gas projects in Russia’s Far East. This has led to research on energy security in Northeast Asia. In October 2008, Professor Bradshaw started a three-year research programme on Global Energy Dilemmas, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, which examines the relationship between energy security, globalisation and climate change.

Prof. David Dusseault, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

David Dusseault earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Helsinki in 2010. His thesis focused on the federal structure of the Russian state with particular attention to the political and economic nature of bargaining among constituent regions and Moscow from 1991–2000. His empirical work in the Russian energy sector centres on the influence that the strategic prioritisation of the country’s oil, gas and utility businesses possesses over regional socio-economic development in Siberia and the Far East. Dr Dusseault is also an expert in the developing field of Russia’s public administration and private sector relations. Key issues under investigation include the nature of decision-making and strategic planning, public-private coordination and partnership actions as well as the distribution of revenues between the regional and local levels of the Russian federal system.

Dr. Alexey Gromov, Deputy Director General, Institute for Energy Strategy, Moscow

Dr Gromov’s primary responsibilities are state energy regulation in Russia and strategic planning, foresight and forecasting of energy development in Russia and worldwide. Dr Gromov’s previous role as head of the Gas Department in the Institute for Problems of Natural Monopolies has contributed to his in-depth knowledge of the key problems in the Russian Gas Sector. He was part of the expert team for developing Russia’s energy strategy up to 2030. He was also one of the authors of the Russian “White Book” (Global Energy and Sustainable Development) that covers Russia’s global energy vision. He is a member of expert councils under the Ministry of Energy, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and the Russian Gas Society. Dr Gromov has authored more than 30 publications in various leading Russian and international economic reviews.

Mr. James Sherr, Senior Fellow, Russia & Eurasia Programme, Chatham House, London, UK

James Sherr is senior fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. Between 1995 and May 2008, he was a Fellow of the former Conflict Studies Research Centre of the Defence Academy. He is also a member of the Faculty of Social Studies of Oxford University. He regularly advises the UK, NATO, the EU and partner countries on Russia, Ukraine and the Black Sea region. In Ukraine, he collaborates closely with official bodies and NGOs and is a regular contributor to Zerkalo Nedeli and Den’. He has spoken at the NATO-Russia Council, has delivered papers at the first and second official NATO-Russia workshops in Moscow (1994) and is a member of the Valdai Club. He has standing commitments to the Harvard Russia Security Programme, the Harvard Black Sea Security Programme, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the NATO Defence College. James Sherr was born in New York City and holds British and US citizenship. His most recent publication, The Mortgaging of Ukraine’s Independence, was published by Chatham House in September 2010.

Prof. Shinichiro Tabata, Slavic Research Centre, University of Hokkaido, Japan

Shinichiro Tabata has been working at the Slavic Research Center (SRC) in Sapporo since 1986. He served as the Director of SRC in 2004–2007. His field of expertise is in Russian economy, while his recent studies have concentrated on the influence of oil and gas on Russia’s economic growth. Professor Tabata is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Dependent on Oil and Gas: Russia’s Integration into the World Economy (2006) and numerous articles in Eurasian Geography and Economics. Professor Tabata is currently one of the core members of several joint projects including “Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia,” for which he is the chief project leader, “The Establishment of the Network of Environmental Studies in the Pan-Okhotsk Region” and “Study on Major Countries’ Decision Making Concerning International Negotiation on Future Institution on Climate Change beyond 2012.”

Prof. Shoujun Cui, Remin National University, Beijing, China

Dr Shoujun graduated from China’s Foreign Affairs University and then joined the faculty of School of International Studies at Renmin University of China to teach and research. He is now also the executive director of the Contemporary China Studies Programme (CCSP) at Renmin University. Dr Shoujun’s main academic interests are Energy Studies, Security Studies, China Foreign Policy and Contemporary International Relations. His international fellowships include the Program for International Studies in Asia, sponsored by George Washington University (2006), the Confucius Institute of the University of Helsinki (2008), the War Studies Department of King’s College London (2010), and the East and West Center in the US (2010)..