Dominique Fache
Chairman of the RTF Board of Directors


Graduated from the Sorbonne in 1972 with a degree in engineering (Agrege de l’Universite, Ingenieur CNRS).

In the 1970s, together with Pierre Laffitte, founded and worked at the Sophia Antipolis science park near the city of Nice (France). Today, Sophia Antipolis is Europe’s largest technology park, with 1,500 companies (offices and headquarters of the largest technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Air France, Hitachi, IBM, France Telecom, Honeywell, and others), contributing almost 100 million euros in taxes to the region’s budget, and turning over 5-6 billion euros per year – more than the entire tourism industry along the French Riviera. Its population is over 100,000.

1988-1992 — General Manager of TSD & Stratech International Science Park Consulting.

1993-2003 — Regional Director for the Schlumberger family of companies in Russia and the CIS.

In 2001, founded the Сlub de Nice, an organization that hosts a European energy forum.

2006-2008 — member of the SUEK Board of Directors.

2008-2012 — member of the Market Council.

2008-2013 — Chairman of the OJSC Enel OGK-5 Board of Directors.

Since 2014 — Member of the Board of Directors KEGOK, Kazakhstan

Since 2014 — member of the Sophia Antipolis Board of Directors.


Vadim Kulikov
Managing Partner


Vadim is responsible for the overall management of RTF and oversees cooperation with state institutes of development, technology parks, and foundations.Vadim initiated the creation of and was actively involved in the development of a series of venture and seed funds in the CleanTech sphere (including MajorsEco and BRIGHT Capital), which focus on investing in new technology in energy and infrastructure in Russia (22 projects), the US (25 projects) and other countries. The projects chosen for investment now employ over 5,000 highly qualified specialists and managers. CleanTech 100 rated BRIGHT Capital’s fund portfolio as the best in the world in 2012.

Vadim has successful work experience with incubators and accelerators at leading engineering schools in Russia (MIPT, MSTU, MGU, MIIT, MPEI, and others), the US (Georgia Tech, MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU Poly, FAU, and others), Israel (Technion), and Europe (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Royal Institute of Technology). He has also successful work experience with institutes of development in Russia (Rusnano, RVC, Skolkovo) and the US (NYSERDA, DoE).

Vadim is actively involved in projects on restoring engineering skills and practices for commercializing innovative technologies in Russia, working with committees and commissions such as the RSPP (a Skolkovo working group, the Commission on Innovation), the RF CCI (Commission on Innovation), commissions on engineering for the Government and President of the Russian Federation, and, since 2007, with economic forums in Krasnoyarsk, St. Petersburg, and Sochi (in the arenas of education, engineering, and new technologies).

Vadim graduated with a degree in energy from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, and is a merited inventor in Russia (2009).

Vadim is fluent in English and Bashkir.


  Dmitry Braznikov
  RTF Managing Partner


Dmitry guides the company’s key objectives and is responsible for the strategic development of RTF’s portfolio projects.

Dmitry has 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in high-tech service and consulting. Before joining RTF, Dmitry held senior positions in the international consulting companies PwC, Accenture, and Molten, and rose from a position as an engineer to the Director of Technical and IT Consulting at Schlumberger.

Dmitry has extensive experience in managing projects in operational strategy and innovation management for oil and gas companies in the CIS and Europe, including a project to develop an operational model for the innovation center of a refining and sales block of one of the largest Russian oil and gas companies (2014-2015), a complex transformation of the business for the exploration and extraction block of a national oil and gas company in Eastern Europe (2013-2014), and the restructuring of the innovation center of an exploration and extraction block in one of the largest oil and gas companies in Russia (2007-2009).

Dmitry graduated with a degree in economics from the Gubkin Oil and Gas University with a focus in strategic planning.

Dmitry is fluent in English.


  Evgeny Golubchikov
  RTF Managing Partner


Evgeny manages key projects in the company and is responsible for developing foreign partnerships.

Evgeny has significant work experience in investments and the management of high-tech industrial projects. Before joining RTF, Evgeny was the head of international development at a leading investment company that ran projects to optimize technological processes for Russian and international industrial holdings.

Evgeny has also served in the government: for five years he worked in regional administration, and was responsible for working with state authorities in Russia’s Northwest Federal Region and for increasing the region’s attractiveness to investment.

At the beginning of his career, for several years Evgeny was the Director of Business Development at a major Russian-Japanese development company.

Evgeny graduated with honors from MGIMO with a degree in international economic relations. He studied in Japan (ICU, Tokyo) and was educated at the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Evgeny holds a Ph.D. degree in economics.

Evgeny is fluent in English and Japanese.


 Katerina Braznikova
 Partner, Communications and PR


Katerina is responsible for the company’s marketing, PR, and internal communications.

Katerina has over 14 years of experience in international management consulting, small business management, complex programs in change management, marketing, PR, and internal communications.

For 9 years, Katerina managed the Russian business of the international consulting company Molten. The industries in which Katerina specializes include oil and gas, energy, banking and finance, and management consulting.

Katerina has managed over 150 consulting projects for major companies in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, the US, and Hungary, including clients such as BP, Credit Suisse, TNK-BP, Lukoil, Gazprom Neft, and MOL. Some of the key projects Katerina worked on in the oil and gas and energy industries include the development and implementation of a strategy for international development at an oil and gas company, the development of a corporate engineering center (5 project institutes), the development of innovation culture, a program for implementing new technologies, a program for managing geological and manufacturing data, the implementation of models for managing knowledge and information, and the formation of internal communications processes.

Katerina holds three degrees in Management, Economics and Finance, and Marketing, as well as an MBA with honors. Katerina was educated in Great Britain, where she studied and worked for 9 years.

Katerina is fluent in English.


 Andrey Shishakov
 Partner, Operational Efficiency and Corporate Transformation


Andrey is responsible for corporate transformation, operational efficiency, and client risk management.

Andrey has worked in consulting and engineering services for over 15 years. Andrey began working for the Marsh & McLennan companies in 2000, and was until 2009 the Marsh Inc. Vice President, responsible for heading the Russian division of Marsh Risk Consulting. Andrey then joined the international consulting company Oliver Wyman as a Partner and General Director of the Russian office, where he worked until early 2013. In 2013-2014, Andrey led the transformation of the NEOCentre consulting group.

Andrey has taken part in over 30 projects related to transforming enterprises and financial institutions, increasing business efficiency and workforce productivity, risk management, and evaluating prospects for new development and entering new markets.Andrey has also worked for the Bank of Russia, the Moscow government, commercial banks and state-owned companies.

He is the recipient of Marsh Inc.’s highest corporate awards – in 2006 he was awarded the Alan Williamson Cup for outstanding achievements in business development, and in 2007 was awarded the Circle of Excellence by the Chairman of the Marsh Inc. Board of Directors. In 2009, he became a laureate of the Russian Risk Management Society “for personal contribution to the development of risk management in Russia.” In 2012 he was recognized as the best mentor in the Russian office of Oliver Wyman.

Andrey graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University and completed business fellowships in the US, Great Britain, and France. In 2002 Andrey became a qualified economist and received a Master of Business Administration from MIRBIS (the Moscow International School of Business). In 2010 he finished an international compliance specialist training course with honors from the Manchester Business School.

Andrey is fluent in English.

Increasing the efficiency of energy sector leaders on the Eurasian market through advanced technology transfer

Vadim Kulikov, General Director of RTF, presents at the 10th International Energy Week


Vadim Kulikov, General Director of RTF, presents at the 10th International Energy Week

On October 28-29, Moscow hosted the 10th annual International Energy Week (IEW).

As per tradition, organizations presenting included the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Global Energy Prize noncommercial partnership, and ICC Roscon. The Trofimchuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics (IPGG) Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SB RAS) partnered with IEW. ICC Roscon was IEW’s operator.

Representatives of scientific sector research institutes, major oil and gas companies, and influential international organizations were active participants in the “World Energy and the Development of Civilization” and “Resource and Innovation Strategy for the Economic Development of Russia” plenary sessions.

Presentations focused on today’s most urgent problems in the oil and gas industry: non-traditional Russian oil resources in the first half of the XXI century; the development of a competitive electro-energy market; perspectives for the exploration of the Russian Federation Arctic zone; an innovation and technology cooperation between Russia and Northeast Asian countries; and Russia’s role in stabilizing global energy markets.

Participants of the “Partnership in geological exploration on the path to a common market for EEU energy resources” round table discussed issues such as expanding the resource base for oil and gas extraction, possible oil and gas presence in the Mesozoic-Cenozoic deposits of the Scythian and Turanskaya plates, and new developments in oil and gas exploration in the Mangyshlaksko-Subcaucasian oil and gas province.

It is important to note separately that all of the session participants expressed confidence that the existing technological, human, and intellectual resources would be sufficient to overcome current problems and successfully develop the industry further.

From RTF, General Director Vadim Gennadievich Kulikov delivered a presentation entitled “The transfer of innovative technologies in the oil and gas industry. Hidden and obvious technological resources of Russian oil and gas companies.” He noted that the RTF team believes that the biggest problem in the implementation of new technologies in the energy industry happens at the engineering stage, including changes to or setting the technological processes for a customer company to ensure the use of new technological solutions. Investing in such solutions at that stage is more attractive and less risky than at the idea or prototype design stage. Accordingly, pilot production of new technological products within a customer company is very important.

RTF invites academic and industrial research institutes to collaborate, with the goal of implementing developed and tested breakthrough technologies. Such partnerships allow for the implementation of technology into the technological processes of consumer companies, and will help build and further improve the capitalization of the engineering companies themselves. RTF also assists in the creation of technological and engineering centers – cores that provide a base upon which consortium companies are built and become leaders in their respective sectors on the oil and gas and energy markets.

V.G. Kulikov’s presentation was positively received by representatives of the sector institutes. Aleksei Kantorovich, Scientific Director of the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was convinced that such an approach is necessary on a government level to accelerate import substitution. Anatoly Nikolaevich Dmitrievsky, a Russian Academy of Sciences academic and member of the Expert Council to the Government of the Russian Federation, suggested that the RTF team consider opportunities to work with the innovative technologies for the oil and gas sector presented at the conference.

As a result of IEW discussions, RTF partners are at the moment holding a series of meetings with developers and authors of breakthrough technological solutions.


Publication date: 29.10.2015

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