Boris Ivanov has a considerable amount of experience in the oil exploration and production industry, with much of this stemming from his work with several notable organizations. While Ivanov may be best known as the founder and managing director of GPB Global Resources, as well as time spent at Gazprom, he spent a large amount of his career with several other organizations before starting the firm. Born in Moscow, Ivanov graduated from university with a degree in International Relations before starting to work for the then USSR’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Boris Ivanov spent a decade with the agency, where he gained experience in a wide range of activities.
During this time, he was also able to make a variety of international contacts, some of which would prove to be useful in his later career. During this time, Boris Ivanov was stationed in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the Soviet embassy’s the diplomatic staff. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, he was forced to consider other careers. As a result, he left the public sector in 1993 and began working as a private consultant to a few budding oil companies. In 1995, however, he returned to Moscow to work for Unibest Bank as its Vice President, a position he held until 2000. Over the following few years, Boris Ivanov held a variety of other positions, each of which helped to advance his career.
One of the more notable of these was working with Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, where he served as Deputy Director-General. Following this, he soon began working with Gazprom, where he was responsible for a variety of activities. Some of the more prominent of these include helping to develop its international expansion strategy, among others. As a result of his success with the firm, he was tapped to lead Gazprom Exploration and Production International, where he specialized in creating a variety of new income streams for the overall business. Following this, Boris Ivanov would go on to found GPB Global Resources, which received a significant amount of success within a short amount of time. For example, after a few short months of operation, the company received a $1 billion contract with the government of Namibia.