CEO Gazprom Neft Scientific Research Center, Technology Directorate, Gazprom Neft
Mars Khasanov (Professor, Doctor of Engineering Science), Director of Technology Directorate at JSC Gazprom Neft, was appointed to General Director of Gazpromneft STC in 2011. He is an expert in fluid and gas mechanics, applied mathematics and oilfield development.

Mars Khasanov is the author of more than 200 research papers, 5 monographs and over 60 patents of invention. He developed the procedure for engineering and monitoring of oil and gas production processes that helps describe the “reservoir — well — construction — surface infrastructure” system under a common integrated model.

Mars Khasanov is a recognized expert in the deployment of new technologies and research and engineering support of major oil and gas projects. In his research efforts, he focuses on simulation, monitoring and control of the movement of multiphase media with nonlinear properties, as well as development of IT solutions to support the design and monitoring of oilfield development processes. He discovered the principles of transition to chaos in non-Newtonian movement, as well as the space and time fractality in oil production processes. Almost all the simulation and decision-making methods designed by Mars Khasanov and his disciples are widely practiced by a number of Russia’s major petroleum companies.

Engineering practices and software products designed under the guidance of Mars Khasanov were employed in drafting the development plans for the largest oil fields in the country, including Gazprom Neft’s Priobskoye and Prirazlomnoye fields, Messoyakha and Novy Port projects, as well as other equally important assets of the Company. Mars Khasanov played the role of supervisor in establishing the Northwest Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in Saint Petersburg. He set up and extended the Company’s cooperation with a number of research centers, including the Academy of Sciences, Skolkovo, and field-specific departments of universities (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Ufa State Petroleum Technological University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Saint Petersburg Mining University, Moscow State University, MGIMO, Bashkir State University, etc.). In 2013, Mars Khasanov was elected as the Leader of Workgroup to the Russian Ministry of Energy’s Advisory Board for Innovative Development in the Oil and Gas Sector and Leader of Technology Platform “Hydrocarbons development and usage technologies”.

Mr. Khasanov has been awarded with Certificates of Merit from the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and SPE, as well as other sector and corporate awards, and holds the title of Honored Worker of Science and Technology. He is a professor at Saint Petersburg Mining University and honorary professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Bashkir State University. He also acted as the publishing editor of Petroleum Engineering, a series of publications released by Gazprom Neft. These publications help Russian oil and gas engineers and students gain new knowledge in the conditions of limited access to foreign specialized literature and best international practices in the oil and gas industry.

Mars Khasanov was born in Bashkir Republic on 22 May 1955. Graduated Physics Department of Bashkir State University in 1977. In 1978-1981 — engineer at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Bashkir Branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1981-1993 — engineer, assistant, associate professor, and professor at Ufa State Petroleum Technological University. Defended a doctoral thesis in 1992 and became professor in 1993. In 1993-1999 — Chief of Laboratory, Deputy Director, and finally Director at VNIITs Neftegaztekhnologiya (Ufa). In 1999-2002 — Director at Ufa Branch of YuganskNIPIneft. In 2002-2005 — Science Director at CJSC YUKOS EP (field development unit), then in a similar position with Rosneft. Also, former Professor at the Department of Global Energy Policy and Energy Security of MGIMO.