The USRCC and The City of Houston’s official visit to Moscow, August 26-30, included meetings with The City of Moscow, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, RSPP, ROSCOSMOS, Lukoil, Novatek, TMK, GazpromNeft, Shell Russia. During the Trade Mission, the delegation visited the MAKS Show Official Opening, held at Zhukovsky Airfield in Moscow. The
City of Houston also enjoyed cultural events during their visit to Moscow, including a visit to the opera “La Traviata” at Novaya Opera Theatre.
Most notably, the Houston Delegation met with several of Russia’s leading businessmen and politicians, including: Mr. Chris Van Reit, Managing Director of Radius Group; Mr. Oliver Lazare, Vice President of Shell Russia; Mr. Illiya Borisovich Galkin, Head of the Ministry of Energy’s International Department; Mr. Oleg Frolov, Senior Deputy Head of ROSCOSMOS; Mr. A.V. Sharonov, Acting Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Moscow Government of Economic Policy; Mr. Vladimir Korobkin and Mr. Sergey Vakulenko, Heads of the GazpromNeft’s Strategic Planning Department; Mr. Alexander Shiriyav, CEO of TMK; Mr. Alexander Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) Committee Members; Mr. Gati S. Al-Jebouri, Senior Vice President of Lukoil Overseas; Mr. Robert Gruman, Head of Russia Advisory Service for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC); and Mr. Sergey Kravchenko, President of Boeing Russia.
The City of Houston was represented by the Deputy Mayor of Houston and Chief Development Officer, Mr. Andy Icken, and Special Assistant to the Mayor, International Trade and Development, Mr. Matthew Shailer. USRCC was represented by Chairman Mr. Andrew Pidgirsky and Executive Director Mrs. Daria Westerfield.