NIS CEO Kirill Turdenev lecture at University of Cambridge

On Saturday, October 27, NIS CEO Kirill Turdenev gave a lecture at the prestigious Business School at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain entitled "Management and Leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution - Challenges and Opportunities".

The lecture of NIS CEO, organized in cooperation with the PEXIM Foundation, attracted the attention of the gathered professors and students of one of the most renowned business schools in the world.

Kirill Turdenev told the audience about the 4th Industrial Revolution, its relevance, the challenges that it brings about and the opportunities it provides, putting emphasis on the oil and gas industry, focusing the operations of NIS, which successfully keeps abreast of the novel technologies and digital transformation.

Those attending the lecture heard about the types of innovations and the new technologies brought to us by the 4th Industrial Revolution affecting both our everyday life and decision making in large corporations, with new, renewable, energy sources and ways of their storage, as well as digital transformation and the processes and mechanisms it implies.

Comparing the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution, Kirill Turdenev stressed that its challenges could present unclear economic profitability, over-investment, insufficient staff qualifications, lack of standards and regulations, low degree of maturity of required technologies, unresolved issues related to data security, and others, but that they are successfully addressed by new opportunities implying better planning and control, greater flexibility in production and its individualisation, increased quality and greater customer satisfaction. By the same token, new technologies decrease logistics costs, and the opening of new markets triggers economic growth.

After a brief presentation of the company and its operations in the oil and gas sector, Kirill Turdenev stressed that NIS constantly adapts its business to the current global conditions, and that three aspects of digital transformation in NIS are new technologies, digital access and digital culture. Digital transformation in NIS, Tudrenev emphasized, implies changing roles and responsibilities, as well as optimizing the business process and changing technologies, materials and equipment. Digital culture is what is most important and it involves attracting the best and most competent people, and at the same time it refers to the change of consciousness of both employees and management in the “digital way of thinking”.

In conclusion of his lecture, Kirill Turdenev reminded students of the Judge Business School that they devote themselves to personal perfection, travel as much as they can, to constantly learn, to try to study as much as possible, and not to forget wind down every now and then.

The presentation attracted the interest of a large number of students, whose questions turned into a constructive discussion and to which the CEO of NIS gave inspirational answers.


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