The oil, gas and renewables committee has the objective of facilitating communication and networking for members and interested parties in the oil, gas and renewables industry in Kazakhstan and the UK.


The Committee is composed of the following individuals: Hani Akkawi, Indira Kaliaskarova, Fergus Robertson, David D Skeels (chair) and Alex Trott. Their biographies are shown below.


The committee plans to have a number of events during each year with guest speakers actively involved in this sphere.

Both Society members and non-members are invited to express their interest, in participation/joining our mailing list, to Membership Secretary (email address:


Hani Akkawi is Director – CIS countries & Iraq for CCC. He is a Civil Engineer and has worked extensively in UAE, Kuwait, USA, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, the UK, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan covering CCC operations in Mega Oil & Gas development, Power Plants, Infrastructure Projects and Strategic planning and Future prospects. In 1998 Hani developed and established the CCIC presence and operations in the Republic of Kazakhstan followed by Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan & Iraq.  He is a MD for the Consolidated Contractors Group and a Director of the British – Kazakh society.


Michael Denison is Group Political Adviser at BP, responsible for the FSU and MENA regions. He was previously Global Head of Research at Control Risks and Special Adviser to former UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband. Michael is also currently Visiting Professor at the Royal Docks School of Business and Law where he lectures on the MSc in Oil and Gas Management. Michael formerly convened the M.Litt course in Central Asian studies at the University of St Andrews and was an Associate Fellow ion the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. He has published widely on Central Asian politics and economy, which was the subject of his doctoral thesis. Michael studied Russian language at the University of International Business in Almaty. 

Indira Kaliaskarova has over 20 years of professional experience in the oil and gas industry and financial sector. Her career has included BG Group and Lehman Brothers. This has been followed by working in Kazakhstan with NWF Samruk-Kazyna and an investment boutique Visor Capital, before returning to the UK. 

John Morrow is a Chartered Engineer and has over 30 years of experience in oil and gas. John was head of exploration and production at Glencore plc from 2011 to 2019. Prior to that he was COO at Bowleven plc.  He spent 10 years at BG Group from 1995 where he was Managing Director for the giant Karachaganak field in Kazakhstan. He subsequently worked as project director for Middle East LNG. John spent the first 15 years of his career at Royal Dutch Shell where he held operational and commercial roles in the UK, Malaysia and the Netherlands.


Fergus Robertson has over 35 years international experience in oil & gas senior management. 

In 1998 he formed Strategic Partners International introducing global oil & gas contractors to Kazakh partners, government and major operators creating successful joint ventures. During nearly 20 years in the Caspian region, mainly Kazakhstan, he won substantial contracts for the UK oil & gas sector.  He was the First Honorary Consul for the RoK in Scotland, was a Member Advisory Board of the Kazakh & British Technical University and founding director of The British Kazakh Society.


David D Skeels has an upstream oil and gas background in exploration, field development and company representation/relationship management. He represented Dea in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan from 2008 to 2015. Prior to that he was 10 years with the BG Group as Country Manager in Kazakhstan and 20 years with Conoco in Libya, the UK, Chad, the US, Indonesia and West Siberia. Today he is a Director of the BKS as well as several start-up companies. He was the founding Chairman of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Association.

Alex Trott has 20 years in Shell in various positions in exploration, new business development and corporate and government affairs in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Now Senior Advisor, International based in London, managing the international Government Relations portfolio.

Aida Sitdikova is the Director of Energy, Eurasia and Sustainable Infrastructure Group at the EBRD where she heads a team covering a diverse group of transition countries in Central Asia, Caucasus, and Turkey.  Ms. Sitdikova has over 20 years of experience in emerging markets with both the private and public sectors, leading complex financings involving debt, equity, syndications, and policy dialogue with the Governments. Prior to joining the Bank in 2001, Ms. Sitdikova worked in private equity.  She holds an MBA degree in International Finance from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, and a CFA designation.