My name is Peter Kaznacheev. I am a strategy consultant and development economist. I work as a Principle at Roland Berger, a global management consulting company. My work and research are focused on the public sector, energy and infrastructure.
19 years of professional experience in several dozen countries – from Russia to Nigeria and from Saudi Arabia to Uzbekistan – have taught me to notice opportunities where others see obstacles. This approach has helped me to navigate through a variety of topics and clients – a Middle Eastern development bank, a railway company along the route of the Belt and Road Initiative, a ports operator in a Gulf state, a pipeline consortium in Southern Europe, an energy regulator in Central Asia – just to name a few.
My acquaintance with the private sector began at BP where I was responsible for business origination and evaluating potential acquisitions in Russia and Central Asia. Prior to that, I had first-hand experience of public administration, including its various deficiencies. In the first half of the 2000s, I was a senior advisor in the Russian government dealing with economic, energy and environmental issues. Besides that, I also saw the inner workings of some of the leading inter-government organisations, such as the World Bank and the Group of Eight (G8).
Those insider experiences across cultures and geographies have helped me to realise one thing. A country’s prosperity largely depends on whether the government is ready to give bottom-up innovation a green light. Through my articles and lectures (such as my TEDx talk) I try to convince policy-makers to foster innovation and embrace change.
One topic that fascinates me is how dependence on mineral resources affects policies and politics. Through my research I address the following question: what brought about the ascent, zenith and consequent stagnation of the petro-state model.
I am a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London Energy Centre (EUCERS). I received a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC; and a BA and a PhD from the Moscow State University Department of Philosophy. The latter perhaps explains my interest in social sciences and the future of the economy. In my publications, such themes as commodity price volatility often mingle with topics like blockchain technology and artificial intelligence.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, I was at the forefront of social change. In the 90s I plunged into the vortex of public life, I worked as an aid to several members of the Russian Parliament, and, as many youths at that time, even took part in political barricades. I launched several educational projects, such as the Russian-language website of the Cato Institute (currently – InLiberty).
In 2004 I was accepted into membership of the Mont Pelerin Society, a network of international scholars founded by Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek. Market economy, individual freedom and pluralism – those ideals have inspired me to expand my own horizons and in the process create shared value for my friends and associates.