Roman Opimakh has over 15 years of experience in GR, strategic planning and performance improving in the oil and gas industry related to the ensuring long-term competitive advantages of its segments (upstream, midstream, downstream).
During the period of work at the Association, a systematic dialogue with the authorities has been established and the best world regulatory practices in the fields of fiscal policy, permitting system and oil and gas licensing procedures have been implemented. Thus, during 2017 - 2019 more than 20 sectoral laws and governmental acts have been developed and adopted, more than 30 projects to support the development of oil and gas industry and its promotion have been implemented, as well as conducting of international oil and gas auctions and tenders, including Ukraine in the worldwide index Baker Hughes Rig Count.
Prior to joining the Association, Roman Opimakh was an adviser to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, petroleum sector, as well as the head of the relevant area at the Office for Interaction of the President of Ukraine with the Cabinet of Ministers. In these positions, he coordinated cooperation of the Ministry of Energy with the World Bank, Energy Community, EBRD in developing the Gas Sector Reform Plan as a component of the $ 800 million Development Policy Loan for Ukraine. He was also responsible for coordinating the project of the IHS International Advisor for consultations the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine and the IMF on the assessment and selection of the optimum model of taxation of the mining industry.
From 2011 to 2014, he worked as an oil and gas reform coordinator at the Economic Reform Coordination Center, where he was in charge for harmonization of the legal framework to the requirements of EU energy legislation, including the implementation of Ukraine's commitments under the Association Agreement on gas market liberalization, he was also engaged in the development of the national LNG regasification terminal project and the renewal of Ukraine's Energy Strategy by 2030.
Prior to joining this state advisory body, he was responsible for international cooperation as director of the investment and development department of a private construction company and from 2006 to 2010 worked in the Administration of President of Ukraine, where he was in charge for organizing events and coordinating the President's working visits, among others, contributed to the work of the Special Representative of the President on International Energy Security.
Co-ordinated and participated in various energy projects with the engagement of various international companies and organizations such as IHS, McKinsey, IMF, EBRD, World bank, U.S. Department of State, Energy Community Secretariat.
Roman is MS of International Relations in International Strategies and Security from Taras Shevchenko National University (2006), graduated from the Michigan State University under the H.Humphrey Fellowship Program in Public Policy and Management and completed his internship at the Louisiana State University Energy Research Center (2016).
Roman Opimakh is the author of more than 100 publications in domestic and foreign editions.