Runar Gareyev has an MS in mathematics and Physics, and a Computer System Analytic Degree from the University of Kazan. He has been a PhD candidate in Natural Resources Management at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Vladivostok.
Mr. Gareyev has lectured in GIS systems, and management of natural resources, at the Academy in Vladivostok, where he developed a database for the forest resources of the Russian Far East Region. He alrmation, business development, and assistance to US firms interested in exporting to, and investing, in Russia. Specific projects include US logging equipment sales to Russia, veneer exports from Russia to the US, exports of Russian pulp and paper to Asian markets, and solidwood and panel product projects for Russian domestic markets, and for export to China. He is also a special project manager for the first recycling project in the Russian Far East.
Mr. Gareyev is a regular speaker at conferences on Russian forestry issues, and has recently published specialist reports on the subject.
Sergey Sheveiko has a number of qualifications in Science, Natural Resources and International Relations from Far-East State University and University of Philosophy (Vladivostok) and Leningrad State University (St. Petersburg).
Mr. Sheveiko worked in a number of natural resource projects in the Russian Far East during the 1970ís and 1980ís. From 1987-1991, he was a senior executive at the All-Russia Institute of regional and Urban Planning, as Project Director of the Far East Ecological Department. His responsibilities covered environmental and economic planning in various Far East regions.
From 1991, Mr. Sheveiko has lived in the United States. He has worked as a visiting Fellow at the Climate Institute in Washington DC, and as an environmental consultant. Since 1994, he has been a Senior Business Advisor with the major US environmental engineering firm, CH2MHill, specifically on its Russian Far East Natural Resources Management project. He has developed a data base on timber industry enterprises in Eastern Russia.
Mr. Sheveiko has advised major financial institutions, e.g. ExmBank, World Bank, IFC and OPIC, and major Russian banks and trading houses on investment issues in Russia. He has traveled to Russia 16 times in the last four years, the last time in September 1997, to update information for the Review.
In 1992, Mr. Sheveiko was named by the United Nations to the US/UNEP 500 list of environmental achievers. He is a regular presenter at conferences on Russian natural resources and investment.
Dr Samuel Hale, Jr. is professor of finance and international business at California State University. He is co-founder and former President/CEO of International Resources Group, a major international natural resource consulting and project management company now partly owned by the Jaakko Poyry Group. He formerly directed the Environmental Policy and Technology Project, which provided environmental and natural resource (including forestry) assistance throughout Russia. He has a BA from Stanford, an MBA from Harvard, and a PhD from the Economics University of Vienna.
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