This memorial section of the site is dedicated to one of the founders and the second President (in 2011–2020) of our Institute, Vladimir Isaakovich Feigin (1946–2020) — a famous mathematician and economist, who significantly contributed to the gas industry’s development in the USSR and Russia, elaboration of the methods for analysis and forecasting world energy, establishment and developing the Russia’s energy diplomacy and Russia’s energy dialogue with European countries and the European Union.
Vladimir Feygin was born in Moscow on January 10, 1946. He graduated from the faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of Moscow State University in 1967 and held a Doctorate in Physics and Mathematical Science in 1971. After graduating, Vladimir Feigin wanted to continue fundamental mathematical research. But he was refused employment everywhere, solely based on his Jewish origin (state
At Vniiegazprom, Feygin quickly became one of the leading employees in the long- and
A new turning point in his life occurred around 1990. Vladimir Feygin was one of the first in the Soviet Union (whether by himself or under the influence of Alexander Arbatov) to feel the prospects and significance of open international cooperation for developing the Russian and European gas industry. And he became one of its pioneers, significantly influencing the content, forms, and style of this new, previously unthinkable interaction. In 1990 Vladimir became the Executive Director of the private research center ENGO, created to coordinate multilateral and international research projects on the Russian energy sector. In the 1990s, ENGO carried out many outstanding research projects, working in close collaboration with Hardcastle & Co Ltd and John R. Lacey International Ltd.
The main result of the ENGO’s activity was the emergence of confidence in the Russian gas industry on European and North American businesses. The country’s gas industry, Russian gas transportation system, and resource base have ceased to be a «black box» for Western companies and financial organizations. Vladimir Feygin proved high reliability and good prospects for Russian gas production, transport, and export with
His entire future career, in the
In addition to international activities, in 2004–2008, Vladimir was the Board Deputy Chairman of the Russian
The main result of this work was the launch of electronic gas trading on the Gazprom site in 2007, which later in October 2014 led to gas exchange trading on the St. Petersburg International Commodity exchange. Vladimir Feygin can rightly be called one of the initiators and leading scientific consultants of gas exchange trading in Russia.
One of the main and favorite areas of Vladimir Feygin’s activity in the 2000s and 2010s was the development of Russia’s foreign energy policy in the gas sector and its active support at the expert level. He was one of the keys and most
In 2004–2007, Vladimir Feygin was one of the leading participants in the
Since 2008 Vladimir Feigin was a member of the Thematic Group on energy markets and strategies for the
In addition to the
Many years later, using the WIEN experience, Vladimir Feygin created in 2018 his last but not least international project — the expert and analytical platform «Energy Initiatives." It continues broad activity at present.
Europe was not the only focus of Vladimir Feygin’s diplomatic efforts. Already in the 1990s, he was interested in energy cooperation with China. His contacts with China have intensified many times since he started working in 2012 at Rosneft. The development of relations with China was and still is one of the keys to Rosneft’s strategic priorities. In the 2010s. Feigin and the Institute for Energy and Finance headed by him participated in numerous consultations with colleagues from leading Chinese scientific institutions.
In the 2010s, Vladimir also paid great attention to Russia’s expert relations with OPEC, the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries, the International Energy Agency, the International Energy Forum, and other international organizations.
Vladimir Feygin’s interaction with North American experts was also relatively active. It is characteristic that he made his last working trip to New York, where on March 7, 2019, he took part in a seminar at Columbia University. Particularly close in the last few years was his relationship with Edward Morse, global head of commodity markets research at Citigroup, who became one of the most active participants in the Energy Initiatives platform.
In 2004, Feygin became one of the founders and Chief Director of the Institute for Energy and Finance Foundation (FIEF), headed energy research. In 2011, he became President of the Institute and headed it until the end of his life. The presidency of Vladimir Feygin (from January 2011 to January 2020) was a time of rapid development of the Institute, to a certain extent, its «Golden years.»
FIEF played a major role in maintaining and developing Russian energy expert diplomacy. It became the main developer of the General Scheme for the Russian oil industry development up to 2035 and the Concept of forming the EAEU common gas market. In 2015–2017, the Institute implemented a unique project to create an integrated and interconnected system of models for the Russian oil industry’s strategic development. In addition to energy issues, FIEF carried out a whole range of work in various sectors of the economy, from mechanical engineering to agriculture; research on financial markets and monetary policy developed into a separate area. On the personal initiative of Vladimir Feygin, since 2015, the Institute has been organizing major international congress and exhibition events in the oil and gas industry, risk management, and development of human resources in the fuel and energy sector.
For the last eight years, Vladimir has deeply engaged in the world oil market analysis and the Russian oil industry’s development. In June 2012, he became an adviser to Igor Sechin — the head of the biggest Russian oil company Rosneft. In these years, FIEF became one of Rosneft’s key think tanks, especially in analyzing international oil and energy markets.
For six years, starting from June 2012 to June 2018, he was also a member of the Board of Directors of the System Operator of the Unified Energy System (JSC SO UES) — a specialized organization solely carrying out centralized dispatching in the Russian Unified Energy System.
Since 2017 Vladimir represented Russia in the Program Committee of the World Petroleum Council. He participated in preparing the 23rd World Petroleum Congress and the 6th WPC Youth Forum, which was first held in Russia, in St. Petersburg, in June 2019.
Vladimir Feygin did not create a traditional scientific school and did not leave behind followers in the conventional sense. Perhaps, because, unlike many of his colleagues, he almost did not engage in University education.
However, as one can see from the memories included in this book, many people have considered it an honor to recognize themselves as his followers and colleagues. He created a genuine creative atmosphere of free search, unshored analysis, meaningful,
In our opinion, the legacy that Vladimir Feygin left behind is his approaches to economic analysis and forecasting, his ideas about the theory and practice of energy diplomacy, the manner of conducting complex bilateral and multilateral discussions and negotiations, ways to achieve almost unattainable compromises, and, finally, the human warmth and cordiality that always emanated from him — along with raising his children and deep scientific achievements in mathematics and Economics of the gas industry.
A Man Who Cared: remembering Vladimir I. Feygin (memories, biography, archival documents, selected publications) / ed. by Alexey Belogoryev and Andrey Konoplyanik. Moscow, 2020.
The book will be published in late 2020. The presentation is expected in January 2021.