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Caspian Connectivity Conference

Caspian Connectivity Conference

The Caspian Policy Center (CPC) will hold its first Caspian Connectivity Conference in London. Policy, government, and business leaders from the United Kingdom, United States, and Caspian corridor countries will come together to discuss connectivity, energy, and economy in the Caspian region, as well as UK involvement and opportunity regarding such avenues. This conference will consist of two panel discussions which will illuminate on opportunities and challenges of UK-Caspian relations, especially through the lenses of energy security and investment.


The Insurance Hall

London, United Kingdom

20-21 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HY 

9:00 am – 10:15 am Ambassadorial Addresses


Opening Remarks: Efgan Nifti, Board Member, Caspian Policy Center

• Ambassador David Moran, UK Regional Energy Security and Climate Ambassador for Europe and Central Asia, FCDO

• Joshua Volz, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East, U.S. Department of Energy

• Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan

• Ambassador Magzhan Ilyassov, Kazakhstan

• Ambassador Ulan Djusupov, Kyrgyzstan

• Ambassador Said Rustamov, Uzbekistan

• Ambassador Osman Koray Ertaş, Türkiye

• Senior Representative, Georgia (TBC)


10:15 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break



Roundtable 1 – Areas for economic growth, energy, investment, and development in the Caspian Region


10:45 - 11:45

Vast traditional and renewable energy reserves along with natural resources coupled with developing transport links along the Middle Corridor establishes the Caspian countries as a promising hub for international trade and investment.



Moderator: Dr. Roger Kangas, Advisory Board Member, Caspian Policy Center

• Dr. Taleh Ziyadov, Director General, Baku International Sea Port

• Ben Godwin, Head of Analysis, PRISM

• Mamuka Murjikneli, Director General, Batumi Multimodal Terminal


11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break


Roundtable 2 – Opportunities and challenges of energy and energy security in the region


12:00 - 13:00

In the past year, the countries of the Caspian Region have been working closer than ever with Europe and the United Kingdom. With the ensuing energy crisis, it has become clear just how important energy diversification is.

Moderator: Efgan Nifti, CEO, Caspian Policy Center


• Dr. Eric Rudenshiold, Senior Advisor, USAID

• Vitaliy Baylarbayov, Deputy Vice President of State Oil Conpany of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR)

• Halil Emecen, Partner, Centricus

• Dr. Michael Denison, Senior International Adviser, bp


13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Reception