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Panel Discussion Three

Hydrogen: Fuelling the Green Transition in the Extractive Industry

As countries increasingly look to decarbonisation as a method to combat climate change, hydrogen is one possible answer. Whilst hydrogen offers an opportunity to move away from fossil fuels, it brings with it its own challenges. This panel will look at some of the practical challenges of moving to a hydrogen economy. Is it technically feasible and what are the challenges and opportunities it affords UK and Russian business?


Panel Moderator


Panel Moderator

Charles Hendry

President of the Advisory Council, RBCC

Charles Hendry was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Wealden from 2001-2015 and was Minister of State for Energy from May 2010 until September 2012. He was previously the Conservative Party’s spokesman on energy issues, from 2005-2010, holding the portfolio for longer than any other spokesman.

On leaving Ministerial office, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed him as his Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, a role he continued until leaving Parliament in 2015.

He is a regular visitor to the countries of the former Soviet Union, focussing on trade and investment, as well as on social, educational and cultural links.


He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School, President of the British Institute of Energy Economics, and Patron of the Nuclear Institute. He works extensively across the energy and trade sectors.

Charles was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he received an Honours Degree in Business Studies. He is a University Regent and also an Honorary Fellow of the Energy Institute.


Panel Speakers

Robert Kirkup

General Director,

Vitol CIS

Robert is a senior partner at Vitol, the world’s largest independent energy trader whom he joined in 1996 with an Honours Degree in Business Studies.  Whilst at Vitol Robert has worked across a broad field of physical trading businesses; Gasoline, Crude Oil, Metals and run their Sugar business.  In 2013 he took over the management of Vitol’s investment interest in Latvia which included oil pipelines, oil terminals and shipping. 



He was Chairman of the Management Boards of Ventspils Nafta and Latvijas Kugnieciba, both Nasdaq OMX Baltic listed companies.  He resolved complex shareholder disputes across a range of businesses, culminating in the buyout and delisting by Vitol of both companies.  Subsequently, Robert managed the reorganisation rationalisation and sale of non-core assets in the region.  In November 2019 Robert was appointed General Director of Vitol CIS and took over the management of Vitol’s business interest in Russia and the broader CIS, he remains Chairman of the Supervisory boards of Ventspils Nafta Terminals and LatRosTrans in Latvia.




Joan MacNaughton


Climate Group

Joan MacNaughton has played an influential part in global energy and climate policy for twenty years in government, business, the not for profit sector and academia. After working in government on strategic policy, regulation, parliamentary business, and managing large budgets (£bn’s), she had a second career in business in the power sector.

She is currently the Chair of the Climate Group; a Non-Executive Director En+Group plc (Chair, Health, Safety and Environment Committee); Chair, International Advisory Board, New Energy Coalition of Europe;  and a Member of Advisory Boards for  Engie UK plc, the Grantham Institute (at LSE/Imperial College), and the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (at the National Renewable Energy Lab, USA).

Previous roles include Founding Board member, Powerful Women (an initiative to enhance senior gender representation in energy companies), leading the mentoring programme on behalf of the Board;  Chair of the World Energy Council annual assessment of countries’ energy policies; (the ‘Trilemma’); Vice-Chair, UN High-Level Panel on the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol; Chair of the International Energy Agency; and membership of several company-, government- and academic boards. 


Anton Moskvin

Vice President,

Marketing and Business Development, Rusatom Overseas, ROSATOM

Anton Moskvin is Vice President for Marketing and Business Development in Rusatom Overseas, front-rank player of the Russian nuclear industry, which brings the exclusive Rosatom Integrated Offer for large and small scale nuclear power plants, as well as for Rosatom Nuclear centers for Science and technology to the global market. Mr Moskvin has over 10 years of professional experience in the Russian nuclear energy industry. Currently based in Moscow, Mr Moskvin leads Rusatom Overseas activities in international business development, scouting for market opportunities and promoting the Russian civil nuclear technologies abroad. Anton is Head of Rusatom Overseas sale team, responsible for promoting Rosatom Integrated Offers on a global scale, leading business negotiations and reaching agreements with international partners for projects

development. Within Rusatom Overseas Mr Moskvin also manages the analytics team, which is primarily involved in global energy landscape monitoring, assessment and strategy elaboration.


Anton Moskvin holds a degree in International Relations from National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI).