Anastasia Belostotskaya, the World Energy Council's Associate Director of Scenarios and Special Projects, joined the Council in July 2017. Anastasia is managing an integrated global and regional scenarios programme combining scenario building initiatives and wide experts engagement.
She focuses on developing insights and tools to promote a deeper strategic conversation on energy perspectives and enable global energy leaders to better understand and drive successful energy transitions. Anastasia has wide experience in scenario planning, and project management across a range of organisations in both public and private sectors. She holds an MBA from IE Business School and speaks English and Russian.
Alexey Kalinin has been leading the research program of the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Markets Research since 2013. His research interests are with the dynamic economies of Eurasia with a focus on geoeconomics, internationalization strategies, sustainable development, and digital transformation.
Previously, Alexey headed the consulting practice at the Institute for Complex Strategic Studies and taught strategy at the Graduate School of Business of the Moscow State University. Alexey also has over 15 years of business experience in strategy and international business in the energy, engineering, and information technology sectors.
for Emerging Market Studies
Anastasia Lazariva is a Lead analyst of SKOLKOVO IEMS. She joined SKOLKOVO in 2018. Her main responsibilities include data mining and analysis, supporting interviews, and writing research papers and presentations. Anastasia concentrates in studying direct foreign investments in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. The current research interest of Anastasia is exploring the possibilities of sustainable Arctic future. Before that, she was involved in research work on international art crime. Anastasia holds a degree from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. She speaks English and Italian.
University of Oulu
Alexandra Middleton is an Assistant Professor at Oulu Business School, University of Oulu. Alexandra’s areas of expertise include Arctic sustainable business development, human capital, innovations, and connectivity solutions. Alexandra has been a contributor to the Arctic region’s “Business Index North” (BIN) project that focuses on sustainable development and value creation in the Arctic and High North, to create a knowledge-based information tool for stakeholders in the Arctic. She is a member of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) Task Force on Climate-Related reporting. Her recent contributions include book chapters on Data centres in the Arctic region and Maritime Transportation along the Northern Sea Route.
University Business School
Frode Nilssen is a DSc and Professor in Marketing at Nord University Business School and is Research Professor at Fridtjof Nansens Institute. Nilssen holds an MSc in Marketing from Stirling University, UK and a MSc in Fisheries Economics from the University of Tromsø, Norway. The main topics of interest are related to International Marketing Strategy and the tension between Economic Behaviour, Bilateral and Multilateral Governance and Politics in the exploitation of natural resources. This is also reflected in his publications.
Through the professional career, I have amongst others held positions as a researcher and research director at the Norwegian Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Fisheries councillor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Moscow and a professor in marketing. I am currently Head of the department for marketing, strategy and management at the Bodø Graduate School of Business. The research is mainly related to Marketing Strategy, Market Access and International Trade and Export Barriers. Professor Nilssen is teaching Strategy and International Marketing and supervising at all levels; Bachelor, MSC, MBA and PhD.