Monday, March 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
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Room S250, CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Indigenous Peoples and the Oil and Gas Industry: Comparing Russia and the United States

This panel brings together experts on energy, the environment, Russian indigenous rights, Native American economic development, and political campaigns in Russia and the United States for a dynamics discussion of how indigenous peoples and the oil and gas industry intersect. In addition to speakers, a larger delegation of Russian indigenous activists and members of the non-profit organization Cultural Survival will be in attendance in the audience. As such, the event will strive for short presentations from the panelists followed by a broader discussion between the panelists and the audience.

Dr. Pavel Sulyandziga (PhD in Economics) is Chairperson of the Board of the International Development Fund of Indigenous Peoples in Russia (BATANI) and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College (US). He was a member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation (2006 - 2014) and advisor to the president of RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East). From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Dr. Vitali Shkliarov is an expert in U.S.-Russia relations, an award-winning political strategist, and multinational campaign manager. He has over a decade of experience in designing, managing, evaluating, and developing strategies for American, Russian, and European organizations and public campaigns. He was the senior adviser to several oppositional presidential candidates in Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine, and has a unique knowledge of international elections, local governance, and grassroots activism. He lives in Washington, D.C., is a regular contributor to several American and European media outlets, and has worked on both President Obama's and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns. He earned his Ph.D. in political science and sociology from the University of Vechta in Germany and speaks Russian, German, Portuguese, Ukrainian, and Belorussian.

Eric Henson is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and has been a research fellow/affiliate with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development ("Harvard Project") since 1998.  Mr. Henson has taught the Native Americans in the Twenty-First Century course and serves as a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Harvard University Native American Program.  In his role at the Harvard Project, Mr. Henson has continuously served as an evaluator for an awards program that identifies, evaluates, and honors best practices in tribal governance all across the United States.  He is also an Executive Vice President with the economics consulting firm Compass Lexecon.  Mr. Henson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an MA in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and a BBA in business economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  At Harvard, Mr. Henson’s Master’s thesis project examined the importance of a uniform commercial code for economic development on the Crow Reservation, and he attended Harvard as the Kennedy School’s Christian Johnson Native American Fellow.  Mr. Henson is a primary author of The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination, which was published by Oxford University Press.  He has provided testimony to the US Congress on several occasions on issues relating to tribal governance and economic development.

Elizabeth Plantan is a China Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center. Dr. Plantan researches comparative authoritarian politics and state-society relations in China and Russia, with a focus on environmental activism. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. In addition, Dr. Plantan holds a master’s degree in Russian & East European Studies from Indiana University – Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Russian & East European Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Aurélie Bros is an energy expert with ten years’ experience in the development of Eurasian and global energy markets, she has worked in international public service, academia, think tanks, and the private sector. She provides ad-hoc research, consultancy, and strategic advice on energy security, the geopolitics of energy, and energy-related economic and financial issues. Over the last several years, she has worked extensively with Thierry Bros, whom she considers a longstanding mentor. In addition to her research and policy work, Aurélie is actively engaged in European affairs, including the Franco-German dialogue. She is deeply committed to climate and environmental preservation, a passion that led her to found the EcoKidsProject educational outreach initiative for children in 2017. Aurélie holds a master’s degree in geopolitics from the École Normale Supérieure (France), and a joint Ph.D. from the University Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her Ph.D. thesis, titled “Good-bye Ukraine,” is an in-depth analysis of Gazprom’s investment strategy in Europe.

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