Oxford International Centre

Our services


Clients choose us for our creative and high-impact approach to solving complex business problems and devising long-lasting strategies of success. We bring depth of experience and highly specialized knowledge of resource-rich countries and commodity markets to every project we deal with.

We care for our clients’ business as our business. Our primary goal is to help clients make informed decisions and to capture value under challenging market conditions and in diverse political climates.

Our bespoke services include:

  • Multidimensional market analysis
  • Strategy & growth solutions
  • Risk management
  • Political and economic guidance
  • Scenarios & forecasting

Market Entry

The combination of unique experience and country knowledge enables us to design bespoke market entry strategies for our clients. Once the strategy has been formulated, our experts have the right mix of skills to deliver the desired outcome

Regional expertise
(Market entry, commodity research, risks)

Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Venezuela
  • Angola
  • Nigeria
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Ukraine
The Middle East
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • China
  • Vietnam
  • Singapore

Our Team

Advisory Board

Members of our Advisory Board have devoted years of expertise to policy advice, political and economic analysis, corporate strategy and country risks.

They provide guidance on how to achieve the degree of expansion of the Centre’s footprint that we envision and to ensure that our services continue to meet and exceed the requirements of our clients


Angus Miller

With a background in international oil and gas sector, Angus was Senior Energy Adviser at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In his advisory role Angus worked closely with governments, companies and institutions around the globe addressing energy, security, and climate change issues. Prior to advising government, he worked on energy projects in the USA, Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.

Keun-Wook Paik

Professor Keun-Wook Paik is an associate fellow of the Energy, Environment and Resources department at Chatham House and an expert in Asian energy issues. He is a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. During the last two decades, he has been advising energy related institutions in Russia, China, Korea, Japan, the US and the United Nations with regard to the geopolitics of pipeline development in Northeast Asia, China's natural gas expansion, and DPRK's oil exploration and development issues.

Kirill Zenin

In the course of Kirill’s 20-year practice in energy matters throughout the world, he has advised clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project financing, commercial agreements, dispute resolution and oil and gas development. Kirill has practised in the London and New York offices of a major US law firm and as in-house counsel in the Moscow, Paris and Houston offices of Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company.

Management Team

Oxford International Centre's management team operates an integrated global network of leading experts from business, academia and the policy world who are a recognised authority in their respective fields. This enables our clients to access our wealth of sector knowledge and experience. This way we deliver the best possible solution for each client.

Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff

Managing Director

Shamil has 20 years of international advisory experience in corporate strategy, political, economic and country risks. He has also worked as a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford with extensive corporate, policy-making and international media exposure.

Vanina Gergorin

Senior Adviser

Recognized as one of the "Leaders for tomorrow" at the 2015 Oil and Money conference, Vanina has a corporate finance background and has been pursuing research and advisory work on oil and gas issues. Vanina Gergorin has a MIA (with an energy policy & management concentration) from Columbia University and has been awarded the Harriman Institute Certificate in Russian Studies.

News & Knowledge


The 4th Russian Energy Forum, London, 22 June 2017.

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Advisory Board member, Keun-Wook Paik, discussed the impact of Western sanctions against Russia on the domestic oil and gas sector and Sino-Russian energy relations.

International Petroleum (IP) Week 2017, London, 22 February 2017.

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Advisory Board member, Keun-Wook Paik, presented their take on the geopolitical challenges for the oil and gas industry.

The 3rd Russian Energy Forum, London, 23 June 2016.

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Advisory Board member, Keun-Wook Paik, presented their take on the future of Moscow's and Beijing's energy strategies.

The 2nd Russian Energy Forum, London, 9 June 2015.

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Advisory Board members, Keun-Wook Paik and Kirill Zenin, discussed the impact of Western sanctions against Russia on international oil companies and Sino-Russian energy dynamics.

The Bosphorus Energy Club, Istanbul, 11 December 2014.

Dr Yenikeyeff discussed Russia’s energy strategy under sanctions.

Central Asia and Azerbaijan at an Energy Crossroads, London, November 2014.

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Advisory Board member, Angus Miller, presented on "Russia, China and Kazakhstan: The new model of partnership".

M&A Advisor Summit, Bloomberg, London, 22 October 2014.

Shamil Yenikeyeff discussed Russian financial and energy market dynamics at Stalwarts Roundtable.

Russian Energy Forum, London, June 2014.

Dr Shamil Yenikeyeff talked about "Internal Changes within the Russian Oil and Gas Sector".

Valdai Discussion Club, Moscow, 25 October 2012.

Shamil Yenikeyeff participated in an expert meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin discussing the acquisition of TNK-BP by Rosneft and its potential impact on global oil markets.


The Sicilian Defence of Oilmen: How the US is saving its shale oil production and what it means for Russia

Vedomosti (in Russian) , 25.05.2020

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Kirill Zenin discuss the latest moves on the global chessboard of the oil price war and potential future battles.

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Between the bull and the bear: Donald Trump and the oil market

RBC (in Russian), 06.05.2020

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Kirill Zenin discuss Donald Trump's policies towards Saudi Arabia and China and their potential impact on the US shale oil industry and the global oil market.

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An oil barrel of gunpowder: What will be Donald Trump's next move in the oil price war?

Vedomosti (in Russian) , 23.04.2020

Our Advisory Board Member, Kirill Zenin, and Managing Director, Shamil Yenikeyeff, discuss Donald Trump's strategic options in the ongoing oil price war with Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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A war by other means: what will the new OPEC + deal lead to

RBC (in Russian), 14.04.2020

Shamil Yenikeyeff and Kirill Zenin discuss the impact of the latest OPEC+ deal on the global oil market and strategies of energy producing and energy consuming nations.

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What is the next episode of the TV series on the oil price war going to be about?

Vedomosti (in Russian), 07.04.2020

Our Advisory Board Member, Kirill Zenin, and Managing Director, Shamil Yenikeyeff, co-authored an Op-ed discussing possible outcomes of the forthcoming OPEC+ summit.

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The oil triangle: how political battles in the United States could influence global oil market's dynamics

RBC (in Russian), 30.11.2018

Shamil Yenikeyeff co-authored an article discussing the potential impact of political battles in the United States on the global oil market.

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Will Russia choose to be an energy laggard?

FT.COM, 05.10.2016

"Russia may now be missing out on the tectonic shift underway among consumers and producers to migrate towards a mixed energy source environment", write Grégory Stoupnitzky & Shamil Yenikeyeff.

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Russia and OPEC: different interests

Vedomosti (in Russian) , 02.02.2016

Shamil Yenikeyeff writes that so far Russia has failed to make a real impact on the oil price dynamics.

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$20 per barrel: why Iran & Saudi Arabia are to benefit from cheap oil

RBC (in Russian), 21.01.2016

Shamil Yenikeyeff argues that the lifting of sanctions against Iran and low oil prices are beneficial not only to Teheran, but also to its main rival, Saudi Arabia.

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Will Russia’s liberal technocrats restructure its oil industry?

FT.COM, 05.11.2015

An opinion piece on the role of SMEs in the Russian oil sector written by Grégory Stoupnitzky & Shamil Yenikeyeff.

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Oil's Well in Central Asia: China, Kazakhstan, and Russia Make a Deal

Foreign Affairs, 20.05.2015

Our Advisory Board Member, Angus Miller, and Managing Director, Shamil Yenikeyeff, discuss Russia's and China's power triangles in Kazakhstan's oil sector in this Foreign Affairs' piece.

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What oil market does Rosneft need?

RBC (in Russian), 27.02.2015

Rosneft’s Igor Sechin proposes to reform global oil and gas market. Shamil Yenikeyeff writes that neither such modernization, nor Rosneft’s global plans are possible without the US involvement.

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Russia needs to develop small oil companies

Vedomosti (in Russian), 28.08.2014

The regime of international sanctions is to hinder partnerships of international oil companies with Rosneft and Gazprom. Shamil Yenikeyeff argues that in these circumstances, Russia needs to boost the role of small and medium-sized oil companies in the domestic hydrocarbon sector.

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