Ambassador Vladimir Rakhmanin became Deputy Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat in July 2008. Mr. Rakhmanin is Russian by nationality, and completed a Masters diploma in international relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1980. Mr. Rakhmanin has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Russian civil service, including appointments as the Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998-2000), Chief of Protocol of the President of the Russian Federation (2000-2002), and Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ireland (2002-2006).
Before becoming Deputy Secretary General, Vladimir Rakhmanin was Ambassador at Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, chairing the Working Group on the Mechanism of Peace and Security in Northeast Asia of the Six-Party Talks on Denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rakhmanin was involved in energy-related issues at the national and international (European and Asian) level, organised and participated in high-level events related to energy matters.