Key people.

Last updated: 17 July, 2022


Key people.

Last updated: 17 July, 2022

Alexander Kormishin

Chairperson, Director-General

Since 2017, Alexander Kormishin has served as Chairperson and Director-General at the BRICS Youth Energy Agency. In 2015-2017, Alexander was a leader of the coordination team for establishment of the BRICS Youth Energy Association.

In 2018, Alexander graduated with honors from the MGIMO-Univeristy’s Institute for International Politics and Diplomacy (MIEP). In 2020, he received a joint master’s degree of MGIMO-University and the University of Leipzig in “International Energy Economics and Business Administration” (MBEEA).

Since 2020, Alexander is a member of the Commission for International Humanitarian and Youth Cooperation at the Public Council of Rossotrudnichestvo, a Russian Federal Agency for Humanitarian Cooperation.

Alexander supervises major national and international initiatives aimed at development of international youth cooperation in the field of climate and energy transition, as well as promotion of the role of young people on the international landscape.

In particular, A. Kormishin acted as a supervisor of Russia’s Day of Youth and Climate Education of the 26th UN FCCC Conference of Parties (UNFCCC COP26) in Glasgow. In 2015-2020, Alexander co-ordinated international youth agenda at the Russian Energy Week International Forum. 

In 2020-2022, A. Kormishin served as a member of the Project Team for delivery of the Future Energy Leaders Summit of the 25th World Energy Congress in 2022 in St. Petersburg, where he represents the Russian Organizing Committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia A.Novak.

In 2021, he was appointed as Supervisor for Rosatom Corporation’s Impact Team 2050, a global partnership with youth.

Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii

Assistant to Chair

Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii has served as Assistant to Chair of the BRICS Youth Energy Agency since 2019.

Previously, he served as the SDG №7 Youth Envoy to Russia (2017-2019) and Founder of the BRICS YEA Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Platform, leading collaboration with UN entities and youth organizations on sustainable development and climate issues.

In 2020-2021, Mr Kirgizov-Barskii held a leadership position as the Regional Coordinator of the Global Youth Energy Outlook by Student Energy and presented the project at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, UK. As COP26 Party Delegate, he organized events in the framework of the Youth and Arctic Days at the Russian COP26 Pavilion.

In 2021-2023, Arsenii Kirgizov-Barskii has participated in the official program of Russia’s Chairmanship in the Arctic Council. As the First Secretary of MGIMO Arctic Student Research Club, he was among the hosts of the International Model Arctic Council (MAC). Over the years, he participated in a number of international conferences on Arctic issues in Iceland, Norway, Russia, Finland and Japan.

Mr Kirgizov-Barskii holds a B.A. in International Relations and Energy Policy from MGIMO International Energy Policy and Diplomacy Institute, and an M.A. in International Relations from MGIMO University of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. In 2021, he completed a Master’s exchange program at the University of Bergen, Norway, having studied international law and global energy and climate governance.

Vadim Kuznetsov

Director, Sustainability & Climate Initiatives

Vadim Kuznetsov has served as Director, Sustainability and Climate Initiatives since late 2020. Previously, he joined the Agency in 2019 as a Project Manager of the SDG Platform.

In 2022, Mr Kuznetsov is a Youth Delegate from Russia to the Group of 20 (G20) at the Sustainable and Livable Planet Working Group aimed at developing proposals for sustainable growth, climate solutions and carbon regulation in twenty participating countries.

In 2022, he took part in «Sustainable Energy for All» Forum in Kigali, Rwanda representing the BRICS Youth Energy Agency. He co-organized two sessions on the energy transition and green economy.

Vadim also serves as the UN SDG №7 Youth Envoy to Russia (2021-2022) working to promote efforts aimed at ensuringaccess to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Internationally, he also acts as Regional Focal Point for Europe at the SDG7 Youth Constituency by the UN MGCY.

Previously, in 2021, Mr Kuznetsov was selected to participate in the first International Youth Summit on Climate Change «Youth4Climate» in Milan, Italy. Notably, he co-drafted a section of the final communiqué on measures strengtheningmultilateralism in international climate negotiations.

As Party Delegate, Vadim also took part in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK where he co-organized a series of sessions on energy and climate for the COP26 Youth Day.

Mr Kuznetsov holds a B.A. in International Relations from MGIMO University. In 2022, he successfully completed a nine-week School of Climate Change by Oxford Climate Society.

Margarita Kuzmina

Director, Research Initiatives – Head of Analytical Center

In 2019, Margarita Kuzmina was appointed as an editor at BRICS YEA’s Analytical Center, she coordinated developers teams from India. Since 2020, she has been the Head of the Analytical Center, the editor-in-chief of the BRICS Youth Energy Outlook, as well as other BRICS YEA reports. She worked on the BRICS Youth Energy Outlook 2020, as well as the special report “Black Swans in BRICS Energy Sectors” (2020).

Margarita promotes the youth agenda under the auspices of the United Nations Associaton of Russia. In particular, Ms. Kuzmina was a part of the organizing team of the Moscow International Model of the United Nations named after V. Churkin (C-MIMUN) in 2019-2021. In 2021, she served as Deputy Secretary-General of the UN-Model.

Since 2022, Margarita has been participating in the implementation of research projects on technological cooperation addressing the energy transition.

Currently, Margarita is a undergraduate student in IR of the International Energy Policy and Diplomacy Institute at MGIMO-University.