I started at Gazprom International in 2009 as a manager for the Algerian project. A lot has changed since then, in terms of both the company itself and also my personal development.
What attracts me about our company is, first of all, the interesting and varied work. Our portfolio of assets stands out due to its geographic breadth and its complexity. On top of this, our projects are at various stages: from exploration to declining production. Most of them involve working alongside numerous partners, and they are also very different – from giant national corporations to small private companies. So you have to travel a lot, regardless of the distance and holidays, at times holding very complicated negotiations, hammering out the required solutions.
Second, thanks to all these trips, visits by delegations, negotiations, you come to understand other cultures, different mentalities and, because of this, you develop spiritually. At some point, you suddenly realise that different perceptions of time and space in different cultures are by no means a metaphor, but reality itself and that you have to deal with it. And you have to factor this in when planning operations.
Finally, I would like to make special mention of the people who work in our company. They are also very diverse: from recent students to professionals with several decades of experience, from high-placed diplomats to seasoned industry veterans. And, for my part, I try to delve into all aspects of our projects. I am glad that there are people in the company that I can learn from, that I can consult with and that I can share experiences with.