Gleb Ivashentsov holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Since 2010 he is the Deputy Director at the Russian Centre for APEC Studies in Moscow. He graduated from the International Economic Relations Faculty, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1967 and began his career with the USSR Ministry of Foreign Trade. Mr. Ivashentsov was the Consul General of USSR/Russia in Bombay, India from 1991 to 1995, and Ambassador of Russia to the Union of Myanmar (Burma) from 1997 to 2001. His most recent ambassadorial posting was to the Republic of Korea. Ambassador Ivashentsov was awarded The Order of Friendship (Russia) in 2003 and the Khanhwa Medal for diplomatic merit (Republic of Korea) in 2009. He speaks fluent English and Hindi and is a special research fellow at the China Centre for Contemporary World Studies. At present his research is focused on the issues of East Asian energy security.