3rd IAEE Eurasian Conference

18-20 October 2018 - Tbilisi,Georgia

Energy Security & Investment Opportunities in Eurasia: Regional Energy Trading and Market Development

Conference Overview

The 3rd IAEE Eurasian Conference will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on October 18-20, 2018.

South Caucasian and Central Asian countries have rich hydrocarbon, hydro, renewable and alternative energy resources and geopolitical advantages. There are issues with rational use and effective management of these energy resources. Playing an important role for Europe's energy security, the efficient use of investment and innovative opportunities in the energy sector of these countries and the formation of a regional energy market are among the most crucial issues.


The IAEE conducted the 1st IAEE Eurasian Conference on the topic of the “Energy Economics Emerging from the Caspian Region:  Challenges and Opportunities,” 28-31 August, 2016 at the Hilton Baku Hotel, in Baku, Azerbaijan. The 2nd IAEE Eurasian Conference on the topic of the “Energy in Eurasia: Economic Perspectives on Challenges, Risks and Opportunities” was held on 13-14 October, 2017, in Zagreb, Croatia.


As part of these conference series, the IAEE is planning to hold the 3rd IAEE Eurasian Conference in 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia.


In addition to a rich program, with its informal social functions, the conference will provide a unique opportunity for networking and enhancing communication amongst energy professionals from business, government, academia and other circles worldwide.

The conference program is being prepared by an international Program Committee to ensure that critical issues of vital concern and importance to governments and industries are presented, considered and discussed from all perspectives. In this context, many exiting sessions on key current energy issues, featuring internationally established speakers and lively discussions, can be expected. The local arrangements are being planned by a Local Organizing Committee to guarantee excellent logistics at best quality. The Sponsorship Committee works to make sure the rich program and arrangements of the conference get available to delegates at affordable rates.

General Conference Co- Chairs:

Academician, Prof. Dr. Archil Prangishvili, Rector of Georgian Technical University (GTU)

Prof. Dr. Gürkan Kumbaroglu, Bogaziçi University, Past president of IAEE

Program Committee Chair:

Dr. Kakha Gigitelashvili, President of Georgian Association of Energy Engineers (AEE Georgia)

Local Organizing Committee Chair:

Prof. Dr. Gia Arabidze, Dean of Energy and Telecommunication Faculty, GTU

Sponsorship Committee Chair:

Ms. Margalita Arabidze, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia


Regional Support Committee Chair:

Prof. Dr. Vilayat Valiyev, Director of Scientific Research on Economic Reforms (ISRER), Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan


International Program Committee Members:


From Georgia:


Prof. Revaz Arveladze – Member of parliament of Georgia, Deputy Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee and president of Energy Academy of Georgia. He was first Deputy Minister Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Georgia (1996 – 1997) and director of Scientific-Research Institute of Energy and Hydraulic Structures of Georgia (1991 - 1996).


Prof. Elizbar Eristavi – Chairman of the Georgian National Energy Regulatory Commission (GNERC) in 1996 – 2003. In 1979-1999 he was the director of the Georgian institute “Energo-Kselproekti”. He worked for Egyptian Electricity Corporation. He was a board member of the Ministry of Fuel and Energy. He is a Presidium member of the Georgian Energy Academy and member of the Academy of Engineering. Since 2003 he has been an Advisor of the GNERC. 


Prof. Paata Tsintsadze –is hydraulic engineer and was member of the GNERC in 1996-2004. He worked in the Energy Research Institute of Georgia, in the Apparatus of Heads of State – as Deputy Chief State Coordinator, in Chancellery of the Government of Georgia – as State Advisor. Currently he is working at JSC "Telasi". He is PhD in Technical sciences, vice-president of Energy Academy and the member of the Academy of Engineering. 


Prof. Davit Mirtskhulava - Minister of Energy and Fuel in 1999-2003 and chairman of the GNERC from August 2003 till March, 2004. He graduated from Georgian Polytechnic Institute. He worked in the Energy and Energy Facilities Institute, Italian National Energy Company


Dr. Giorgi Tavadze - Chairman of the GNERC in 2004-2007. He was born in 1954 year. He finished the faculty of Economic Cybernetics in Tbilisi State University. He dedicated 15 years to research. He worked in the Apparatus of the President of Georgia in 1991-1992. He was Head of the Commission of Energy and Industry of Adjara, Electricity Transmission and Dispatch Office, Distribution Energy Company of Adjara, Electricity Board of the Wholesale Electricity Market of Georgia. He was the member of the Supervisory Board of JSC “SakRusEnergo”. Since 2012 he has been an Advisor of the GNERC.


 Zurab Gabelaia - Member of the GNERC in 2007-2013. He was born in 1956 year. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Tbilisi State University. He worked in the Chamber of Control of Georgia. He worked for the United Social Security Fund. He worked in Legal Department of the GNERC in 2001-2005. He was the Head of Legal Department at Ministry of Energy in 2005-2007. Now he is working as the Executive Director at the GNERC.


 Dr. Murman Margvelashvili  - founder of World Experience for Georgia and director of the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development at Ilia State University


Irma Kavtaradze - Currently, she is Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. She was member of the GNERC in 2004-2011. She finished the Faculty of Law in Tbilisi State University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Chicago John Marshall Law School. She worked as Deputy Minister of State Property Management. She worked for the consulting company “PA Consulting”. She was the member of the Commission for the accession of Georgia in World Trade Organization (WTO).


Dr. Davit Sharikadze – head of department Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.


From Azerbaijan:


Prof. Suleyman Gasimov – Vice president of SOCAR on Economic issues


Prof. Nourali Yusifov – Deputy Chairman of Azerbaijan State Agency of Alternative and Renewable Energy ?ssues


Academician, Prof. Dr. Arif Hashimov – Director of Azerbaijan Scientific Research and Power Design Institute (Azerenerji OJSC)


From Kazakhstan:


Academician, Prof. Birlesbek K.Aliyarov - Researcher, technical advisor and supervisor with long experience in national and foreign energy companies; post graduate and doctoral education in Kazakh and foreign universities and research centers; Held managerial and advisory positions in Kazakh Research Institute of Power Engineering (director 1992-2004) and other national and foreign companies; Holds PhD and Doctoral degrees in power engineering; Member of Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences.    


Professor Ms. Saule S. Sagintayeva – Rector of Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications


From Uzbekistan:


Dr. Nuriddin Matchanov – Director of International Solar Energy Institute


From Kyrgyz Republic:


Dr. Nurkhanbek Momunaliyev – Head of Administration at Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyz Republic


From Bulgaria:


Dr. Boyko Nitzov - EU's Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators 

From Croatia:


Prof. Dr. Jurica Šimurina - University of Zagreb

From Slovenia:


Prof. Dr. Nevenka Hrovatin - University of Ljubljana


From Turkey:


Prof. Görkem Üçtu? – Vice Dean of Izmir Economy University


Prof. Ilhan Or - Director of the Institute of Graduate Studies in Science and Engineering at Bo?aziçi University


From USA:


David Knapp - IAEE President


Prof. Ron Ripple - IAEE VP Conferences


Local Conference Partners:

Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Energy Sector Commercial Operator (ESCO)

Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE Georgia)

Georgian National Academy of Sciences (GNAS)

Georgian Technical University (GTU)

Georgian Energy Academy (GEA)



Topics to be addressed include:

The general topics below are indicative of the types of subject matter to be considered at the conference.

  • Economics of New Energy Sources
  • Economics of Oil and Gas (Upstream, Midstream, Downstream)
  • Electricity and Gas Markets Regulation
  • Electricity and Gas Trading
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Neighborhoods: Eurasian, Middle Eastern, North African, and Transatlantic Issues in Energy
  • Energy Poverty, Subsidies, Tax Policies
  • Energy Risks and Risk Management
  • Energy Storage
  • Energy Security: Supply-Side and Demand-Side Views
  • Eurasian Energy Resources and Energy Supply Outlook
  • Geopolitical Impacts on the Energy Sector in Eurasia
  • Interfuel Competition in Energy Supply and Demand
  • New Uses of Gas and Electricity
  • Petroleum Markets: Access to Resources and Access to Markets
  • Producer-Side and Consumer-Side Views on Energy, Growth and Development
  • Regional Energy Markets
  • Renewable Policy and Capacity Markets
  • Sectoral Demand Outlooks (Transportation, R&C, Industry)
  • The Finance of Energy
  • The Gas Target Model (EU)
  • The Impact of Advanced Energy Technologies
  • Traditional and New Energy: Synergies and Competition




Abstract Submission is now open! Please submit at registration.eurasianconference.org


Make sure your abstract is ready by 14th of May, 2018 via downloading and checking Abstract Template and Sample.



Important Dates

Abstract Cut-off date:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:

Monday, July 25, 2018

Full Paper & Registration Payment:

Monday, August 6, 2018