Alexander Mikhailiants
Senior Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs

Alexander advises the management of The Genesis Prize Foundation on international communications, communications strategy and media relations. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field.

In 2012-2013 Alexander served as Communications Director of Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR), a consortium with a portfolio of oil and gas assets in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Vietnam, Venezuela and Iraq. The Consortium owned 50% in TNK-BP, one of the world’s ten largest non-state oil companies. In 2013, AAR sold its stake to Rosneft for $28bn and Alexander managed the communications for this landmark transaction. 

From 2003 to 2012, Alexander served in a variety of communications roles at TNK-BP, including as Director of International Public Affairs, responsible for communications with all international audiences, Director for Strategic Communications, overseeing the corporate communication strategy and messaging, and as the international affairs Advisor to the CEO. He was also the chief speechwriter to the company’s CEOs and members of the executive board, including former BP Group Chief Executive Robert Dudley.

Alexander began his professional career as a junior analyst at the United Nations in New York, and subsequently worked in California as a consultant at the RAND Corporation, and as an analyst at RPI, a business intelligence firm.

Alexander graduated from Occidental College (Los Angeles) with a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs (cum laude, 1995), and completed post-graduate courses at INSEAD (France and Singapore), Oxford University (St. Catherine’s College), and USC School of International Relations (Los Angeles). He taught international politics as an adjunct at Occidental College and authored more than 40 articles and special reports in Financial Times Energy, The Harriman Review, Petroleum Economist, Caspian Investor and other specialized publications.