Anton SAFRONOV is YOUNG GASTECH alumnus and Minister of Trade, Investment & Enterprise in Yakutia, Russia. Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is the largest region in Russia with over 3 million square kilometers in territory and one of the coldest places of human habitation on earth with winter temperatures dropping to -65°C. It is the biggest producer and exporter of raw diamonds in the country and is home to the massive Chayandinskoye natural gas field at 1.4 trillion cubic meters of proven reserves currently under development and scheduled to commence supplying China’s power and industrial requirements in 2019. There are other important industries Yakutia is developing trade and attracting investment in, including high-tech, energy efficiency, transportation, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and healthcare.
Prior to his current role, Mr SAFRONOV held positions of increasing responsibility in the energy sector. His career highlights include originating and co-negotiating TOTAL’s 1st liquefied natural gas supply deal into Singapore with largest state-backed aggregator as well as establishing the French major’s Exploration & Production affiliate in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as part of a three-man team deployed to the country to initiate the development and operatorship of the prolific Elk/Antelope gas fields with InterOil and Oil Search as minority shareholders in the prospective Papua LNG export project. His professional experience has spanned assignments in Canada, Djibouti, France, Iraq, Kuwait, PNG, Russia, Singapore and U.S.
Mr SAFRONOV has been educated at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Outside of work, he has founded the Harvard Club of PNG and serves as Educational Counselor for MIT Undergraduate Admissions — in a pro-bono role that supports admissions by interviewing prospective students in Russia.
Anton SAFRONOV is Russia’s Far East champion in Freestyle Wrestling and certified Coach Educator with United World Wrestling (UWW).
Final Words: “From Young Gastech to Government Minister – An Amazing Journey”