Regional Director Page

Dear colleagues,

I would like to sincerely greet and welcome you all on our bilingual Society of Petroleum Engineers Russian and Caspian website!

Our Society's mission is to disseminate and exchange technical information concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources for the benefit of people.

By visiting this website you will be able to know more about SPE, its upcoming events, to find out if there is an SPE Section in the place of your location and get publications around your area of interest both in English and Russian languages using such resources as online library OnePetro and E&P industry educational portal PetroWiki.

Today Russia and Caspian region countries take the leading position in oil and gas production. A lot of the modern technologies that are now being used in the oil and gas industry were developed and introduced namely in Russia and Caspian region. For instance, Alexander Grigoryan drilled the world’s first horizontal and multilateral wells in 1941 and 1953, respectively; the first electrical submergible pump was developed by Armais Arutunov; Matvey Kapelushnikov invented the first in the world turbo drill, and that list goes on.

I believe that you may personally help our region to contribute to SPE new ideas, innovative technologies and projects that could help to effectively produce and use the world's energy resources.

Please do not hesitate to contact Moscow Office or me personally with any questions, I will be glad to help you.

Anton Ablaev
SPE Russia and Caspian Regional Director 2015-2017
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Regional Directors Bios
Aizhana Jussupbekova
Regional Director 2018-2020 


Aizhana Jussupbekova

  • SPE member since 2006
  • Works in NCOC, ExxonMobil in KZ
  • Co-founder of Astana section, programme chair (2013-2014)
  • Served as a co-chair of CTCE Programme committee in 2014 and a chairman in 2016
Anton Ablaev
Regional Director 2015-2017


Anton Ablaev, Regional director for Russia and Caspian of Society of Petroleum Engineers. Currently, SPE is the biggest individual industry society in the world. It counts 164 000 members and around 9 000 members at Russia and Caspian region.

Anton Ablaev currently Business Development Manager at Schlumberger, based in Moscow, Russia and SPE regional director for Russia and Caspian.

He has worked for Schlumberger since 2000 starting his career as a well construction engineer in Western Siberia, subsequently progressing through engineering, sales, and management positions within Russia, Turkmenistan and Norway.

Anton is an active SPE member, having been Section Chair for the Nizhnevartovsk Section in 2008-2009 also serves as the SPE Membership Director for Moscow Section since 2012. And currently, serve SPE as regional director for Russian and Caspian.  He is a member of the Program Committee for biggest SPE conference in region – SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition for  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and served on many program committees at different SPE Workshops.

Anton received his MSc in Physics at Novosibirsk State University and holds a degree in Oil and Gas Industry from Gubkin Russian State University.