My name is Peter Kaznacheev. I am an economic consultant, researcher and columnist. Most of my research is focused on how dependence on mineral resources affects policies and politics. When I look at transformations of oil economies I do so through my personal experience: as a former advisor to the largest oil-producing country, a World Bank consultant, a business developer in a global energy corporation, and, finally, the founder of a firm helping businesses and governments to adapt to volatile oil prices.
17 years of professional experience in emerging markets, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Russia and the United States have taught me to notice opportunities where others see obstacles. Our London-based consulting and energy research company Khaznah Strategies helps customers to find innovative solutions in a volatile environment and enter new markets. We have a number of successful projects under our belt – from developing a roadmap of mineral reforms for the government of Nigeria to analysing oil and metals markets with the help of neural networks.
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, as an insider, 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 from inside the inner workings of some of the leading inter-government organisations — first at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and the Group of Eight (G8); and later at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
I also publish my observations and analyses for the academic world. I have been lecturing at various universities, including King’s College London, where I am a EUCERS Senior Research Fellow in energy studies. I received a Master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC; and a BA and a PhD in political science and philosophy from Moscow State University. The latter perhaps explains my interest in social sciences and the future of the economy. In my publications, such themes as oil 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 90-s 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.