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Business programme 2020

January 22
12:00–13:00 (GMT+1)
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Inequality: A Barrier to Economic Growth Globalization and technological development have played major roles in increasing prosperity over the last few decades. However, they have also led to significant inequality in the distribution of economic benefits. After the global financial crisis, both developed and emerging economies expressed growing concern over increasing inequality. More and more often, economists find themselves talking about inequality as, not just as a consequence, but a possible cause of slowed global economic growth. Today, rifts are growing in the distribution of profits and wealth among various subsections of the population and in access to basic social goods such as healthcare, education, and housing. Inequality also influences the efficacy of ‘social elevators’. What are ways to increase the inclusivity of economic growth, such as national and international taxation systems, social and regional policies, labour market regulation, and digitalization?
Globalization and technological development have played major roles in increasing prosperity over the last few decades. However, they have also led to significant inequality in the distribution of economic benefits. After the global financial crisis, both developed and emerging economies expressed growing concern over increasing inequality. More and more often, economists find themselves talking about inequality as, not just as a consequence, but a possible cause of slowed global economic growth. Today, rifts are growing in the distribution of profits and wealth among various subsections of the population and in access to basic social goods such as healthcare, education, and housing. Inequality also influences the efficacy of ‘social elevators’. What are ways to increase the inclusivity of economic growth, such as national and international taxation systems, social and regional policies, labour market regulation, and digitalization?
Moderator:
Fyodor Lukyanov
Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal
Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal
Fyodor Lukyanov was an international journalist in 1990-2002. He collaborated with numerous newspapers, radio and television broadcasters. Since 2002, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal. In 2012, Lukyanov was appointed as the Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy – one of the oldest Russian NGOs. Since 2015, Fyodor Lukyanov has been the Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club. Fyodor Lukyanov is a Research Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics. He is considered one of the most well-known Russian experts in the field of international relations and foreign affairs, author of numerous articles in Russian and foreign media. Lukyanov received the Government Award of the Russian Federation in 2011 for his contribution to international journalism.
Panellists:
Ray Dalio
Founder, Chief Investment Officer, Bridgewater Associates
Founder, Chief Investment Officer, Bridgewater Associates
Maxim Oreshkin
Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2016-2020)
Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (2016-2020)
Born on the 21 July 1982 in Moscow. In 2004 graduated from Higher School of Economics (Masters in Economics). 04.2002 – 06.2006 – serve in various capacitites at the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. 07.2006 – 07.2010 – serve in various capacitites at Rosbank, Société Générale group. 07.2010 – 06.2012 – Head of Research on Russia and CIS at Crédit Agricole CIB. 06.2012 – 08.2013 – Chief Economist for Russia at VTB Capital. 09.2013 – 03.2015 – Head of the long-term strategic planning department at the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation. 03.2015 – 11.2016 – Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation. From 30 November 2016 – Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
Tigran Khudaverdyan
Managing Director, Yandex
Managing Director, Yandex
Tigran Khudaverdyan was appointed Deputy CEO of Yandex N.V. and joined the company’s Board of Directors in 2019. Prior to this, from 2015, he served as CEO of Yandex.Taxi, and following its merger with Uber, served as the CEO of the combined business. He joined Yandex in April 2006, and since then has led several successful Yandex projects, including Yandex.Browser and Yandex.Navigator. Tigran Khudaverdyan is a graduate of Moscow State University with a degree in Physics.
13:30–14:30 (GMT+1)
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Fathers and Sons: ESG Issues and the Generation Gap Environment (E), social (S) and governance (G) issues are three pillars of sustainability that are not directly related to the financial or operational performance of a company, but which are becoming increasingly important for stakeholders. Today, ESG issues are one of the key elements of the global business sustainability agenda, and they have gone far beyond cooperation between investors and shareholders to affect employees, business partners, regulators, governments and consumers. Future demand for a company's products and services will be determined by representatives of generations Y and Z, whose values differ from those of generation X, the latter of which includes owners and top managers of companies. What are responsible companies doing today to meet the values and requirements of the future generation of consumers, employees, regulators and other stakeholders in 10 years' time? How do companies determine their stakeholders and how do they build links with them? How do companies balance the interests of their shareholders and other key stakeholders? What can Russia offer the global business community in terms of experience and new ideas?
Environment (E), social (S) and governance (G) issues are three pillars of sustainability that are not directly related to the financial or operational performance of a company, but which are becoming increasingly important for stakeholders. Today, ESG issues are one of the key elements of the global business sustainability agenda, and they have gone far beyond cooperation between investors and shareholders to affect employees, business partners, regulators, governments and consumers. Future demand for a company's products and services will be determined by representatives of generations Y and Z, whose values differ from those of generation X, the latter of which includes owners and top managers of companies. What are responsible companies doing today to meet the values and requirements of the future generation of consumers, employees, regulators and other stakeholders in 10 years' time? How do companies determine their stakeholders and how do they build links with them? How do companies balance the interests of their shareholders and other key stakeholders? What can Russia offer the global business community in terms of experience and new ideas?
Moderator:
Tom Blackwell
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, EM
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, EM
Tom Blackwell is the CEO and co-founder of EM, an investor relations and strategic communications consultancy focused on Russia and other emerging markets, with offices in New York, London, Moscow, Hong Kong and Beijing. EM was created following the successful MBO and carve out from M: Communications, where he worked as the head of the UK agency's operations in Russia and CIS. Prior to joining M: Communications, Tom worked for The PBN Company, where he was Managing Director of the firm's Moscow office and led its financial communications practice. Blackwell served as adviser on dozens of IPOs and secondary listings on London and Moscow stock exchanges as well as on a number of high-profile international M&A deals. He is also a well-known expert in crisis communications and special situations in emerging markets. He has lived and worked in Moscow for 15 years and is fluent Russian
Panellists:
Greg Abovsky
Operating and Financial Officer, Yandex
Operating and Financial Officer, Yandex
Andrey Guryev
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, PhosAgro
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, PhosAgro
Andrey Guryev was appointed CEO by PhosAgro’s Board of Directors starting 1 August 2013. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as Deputy CEO of OJSC PhosAgro from April 2011. He was also Deputy CEO for Sales and Logistics of PhosAgro AG from October 2011 to June 2013. From June 2013 to August 2013 Mr. Guryev was the COO of PhosAgro AG. Mr. Guryev has worked at PhosAgro since 2004, holding various positions in the finance department and specialising in fertilizer exports. Mr Guryev graduated from The University of Greenwich in London with a BA in economics, and holds a Master’s degree from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He received a PhD in economics from the National Mineral Resources University (University of Mining).
Alexander Ivlev
CIS Managing Partner, Deputy Regional Accounts Leader for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe & Central Asia, EY
CIS Managing Partner, Deputy Regional Accounts Leader for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe & Central Asia, EY
He is actively involved in the work of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia. At the 2007 World Economic Forum, Alexander was entered in the list of Young Global Leaders, and in 2009 he was included in the top 100 young leaders in the Russian Presidential Reserve. He is vice president of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Russia.
Alexander is a member of the Expert Council of the Open Innovations Forum, the Executive Committee of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Public Council of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. He leads the National Business Initiative’s road map Improving the quality of the regulatory environment for business.
Alexander supervises the Entrepreneur of the Year program in Russia.
Alexander has over twenty years of experience in strategic development, client service and government and corporate affairs.
He is a graduate of Moscow State Linguistic University (1991) and has an EMBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2003).
Aleksey Kozlov
Member of the Management Board, Managing Director, SIBUR
Member of the Management Board, Managing Director, SIBUR
Year of birth: 1982.
Education: Moscow State Law University. Ph.D. in Law.
All positions held during the last five years:
Since 2015: member of the Issuer’s Management Board (OOO SIBUR) – member of the Management Board – Managing Director, Administrative Support and GR.
From 2012 to 2015: Head of the Department of Social Development of the Government of the Russian Federation.
Brian Pallas
Founder, Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity Network
Founder, Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity Network
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Christoph Schweizer
Managing Director, Senior Partner; Chairman, Central and Eastern Europe and Middle East, BCG
Managing Director, Senior Partner; Chairman, Central and Eastern Europe and Middle East, BCG
Alexei Yakovitsky
Global Chief Executive Officer, VTB Capital
Global Chief Executive Officer, VTB Capital
Alexei Yakovitsky, one of the pioneers of VTB Capital, has been working at the company since its early days in 2008. He is responsible for the strategic and operational development of VTB Capital holding companies. Alexei moved to VTB Capital from Deutsche Bank, where he worked as Head of Research for Russia and the CIS. Prior to that, he was co-Head and then Head of Research at leading Russian investment bank United Financial Group (UFG), which was acquired by Deutsche Bank in 2006. Alexei had joined UFG in 2000 as a telecommunications analyst, after a stint as the Moscow Telecommunications and IT correspondent with Bridge News. Institutional Investor rated Alexei one of the top three Russian telecom analysts four years in a row (2004-08), while in 2007 the organisers of the Financial Olympus named Alexei the best analyst on the Russian market. The telecoms team headed by Alexei took first place in EMEA emerging markets in Extel’s 2005, 2006 and 2007 surveys. Alexei holds an MA in Political Science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in the U.S. and a PhD in History from Moscow State University.
16:00–17:00 (GMT+1)
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Cultural Ties to Enhance Cooperation between Russia and the West Today, the traditional channels of international dialogue in politics and business are no longer fulfilling their objectives. Culture has always served as a stable mediator that has united politics, business and society in an international context. Today, cultural and charitable projects can provide both a platform for meetings and a means by which all parties can communicate on an equitable basis. How are international cultural projects helping to overcome the current stagnation, break the ice and promote international dialogue? Russia has always been a purveyor of important cultural events and is still considered a leader in many areas of classical art. What needs to be done today to preserve this heritage, continue the tradition and enhance the country's standing in this area? How can we achieve a breakthrough in international cooperation in respect to cultural projects? What modern cultural trends have the potential to create new sustainable ties and create maximum value among all stakeholders? Can culture help restore good relations between Russia and the West as a whole? How can business stand to benefit? Will this be harmful to culture?
Today, the traditional channels of international dialogue in politics and business are no longer fulfilling their objectives. Culture has always served as a stable mediator that has united politics, business and society in an international context. Today, cultural and charitable projects can provide both a platform for meetings and a means by which all parties can communicate on an equitable basis. How are international cultural projects helping to overcome the current stagnation, break the ice and promote international dialogue? Russia has always been a purveyor of important cultural events and is still considered a leader in many areas of classical art. What needs to be done today to preserve this heritage, continue the tradition and enhance the country's standing in this area? How can we achieve a breakthrough in international cooperation in respect to cultural projects? What modern cultural trends have the potential to create new sustainable ties and create maximum value among all stakeholders? Can culture help restore good relations between Russia and the West as a whole? How can business stand to benefit? Will this be harmful to culture?
Moderator:
Nadezhda Sikorsky
Chief Editor, Nasha Gazeta.ch
Chief Editor, Nasha Gazeta.ch
Panellists:
Pinchas Goldschmidt
Chief Rabbi of Moscow; President, Conference of European Rabbis
Chief Rabbi of Moscow; President, Conference of European Rabbis
Natalia Kovalevskaya
Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University; Vice President for Development, Golden Mile GmbH; Professor, ESNU
Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Faculty of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University; Vice President for Development, Golden Mile GmbH; Professor, ESNU
Andrey Kuzyaev
President, Chairman of the Management Board, Member of the Board of Directors, ER-Telecom Holding
President, Chairman of the Management Board, Member of the Board of Directors, ER-Telecom Holding
Andrey Kuzyaev, born on October 6, 1965, in Perm, Russia.
In 1987, he graduated from the Perm State University with a degree in Economics.
In 1991, founded and took the lead of one of the first exchanges in Russia, Perm Commodity Exchange, later reorganized to become Perm Financial and Industrial Group (PFIG) of which he is Chairman of the Board and owner. One of the main assets of PFIG since 2005 is ER Telecom Holding. The Group also holds assets in oilfield services, financial sector, and real estate. PFIG consists of 50 companies that employ over 20 000 people.
Since its establishment in 1995 and until 2003, Andrey Kuzyaev was General Director of LUKOIL-Perm, a subsidiary of LUKOIL Oil Company. In 2000, he was appointed President of LUKOIL Overseas, operator of LUKOIL's international upstream projects, and in 2005, Vice President of LUKOIL Oil Company.
In December 2014, he was elected Chairman of the Board of ER-Telecom Holding, and in July 2015, he was appointed as President of the company.
Andrey Kuzyaev is also Chairman of the Board of the Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund and Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the Perm State University.
Julia Morozova
General Director, Creative Production
General Director, Creative Production
David Iakobachvili
President, Orion Heritage
President, Orion Heritage
David Iakobachvili is one of the founders of the largest Russian company – JSC Wimm-Bill-Dann – the manufacturer of dairy products, juices and beverages. In 2001 JSC Wimm-Bill-Dann issued shares and successfully signed on the in the NISE. For more than ten years David Iakobachvili was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of this company. In 2011, PepsiCo bought the company.
At present David Iakobachvili is the President of Orion Heritage Ltd, joint proprietor of Petrocas Energy Holding Ltd, and a Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sistema JSFC. He is a member of the steering bodies of influential Russian and international organizations. David Iakobachvili is the Vice President and a member of the BUREAU of board of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE), Head of RUIE Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility and Demographic Policy, Head of the United Committee on Ethics within the framework of RUIE, a member of the Task group of RUIE BUREAU of board on financial stability and economic growth. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (ChCI RF), President of the Russian-American Business Council, Chairman of the Directors Board of RusBrand non-commercial partnership, a member of Coordination Council on protection of intellectual property, a member of the General Council of “Business Russia” LLC, and a member of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is the chairman of the Target group on job creation, unemployment and investments into the human capital of B20, the member of the International Business Advisory Council (IBAC was created within B20 in 2015), a member of Association the French-Russian dialogue, a member of Advisory Council on food security, a member of the Presidential international Council of University of New York (NYU), a member of Bureau of Presidium of the Russian-Jewish congress. David Iakobachvili is a member of the Public Council within the framework of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, a member of the Public council of the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Communal services of the Russian Federation. David Iakobachvili is a member of the Musical Box Society of Great Britain.
18:00–19:00 (GMT+1)
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Europe-Russia Diplomacy Exchange Despite the fractures opened up in relations with the West in recent years, Russia remains Europe's natural strategic partner in addressing regional and global challenges. Russia and Europe share a geographical neighbourhood and decades of history of extensive cooperation and exchange.

On the agenda:
- Common values that underpin the Europe-Russia relationship
- Opportunities to collaborate in the economic space
- Cooperation on innovation and technology, science and research or healthcare and education
Despite the fractures opened up in relations with the West in recent years, Russia remains Europe's natural strategic partner in addressing regional and global challenges. Russia and Europe share a geographical neighbourhood and decades of history of extensive cooperation and exchange.

On the agenda:
- Common values that underpin the Europe-Russia relationship
- Opportunities to collaborate in the economic space
- Cooperation on innovation and technology, science and research or healthcare and education
Moderator:
Nadezhda Sikorsky
Chief Editor, Nasha Gazeta.ch
Chief Editor, Nasha Gazeta.ch
Panellists:
Miroslav Lajčák
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Fyodor Lukyanov
Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal
Research Director, Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club; Chief Editor, Russia in Global Affairs Journal
Fyodor Lukyanov was an international journalist in 1990-2002. He collaborated with numerous newspapers, radio and television broadcasters. Since 2002, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal. In 2012, Lukyanov was appointed as the Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy – one of the oldest Russian NGOs. Since 2015, Fyodor Lukyanov has been the Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club. Fyodor Lukyanov is a Research Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – Higher School of Economics. He is considered one of the most well-known Russian experts in the field of international relations and foreign affairs, author of numerous articles in Russian and foreign media. Lukyanov received the Government Award of the Russian Federation in 2011 for his contribution to international journalism.
Mauro Pantaleo
President, P&P Advisory Group
President, P&P Advisory Group
Sergey Cheryomin
Minister, Head of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations of Moscow, Moscow City Government
Minister, Head of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations of Moscow, Moscow City Government
Born July 5th , 1963 in Kislovodsk.
In 1989 graduated with honors from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a specialization in international journalism and completed his postgraduate course at Moscow State University specializing in global economic issues.
In 1992, he was an intern at the New York Institute under the Investments and International Accounts Program and in 1993 joined a course for banking specialists at Fairfield University (USA).
From 1991 to 2003 Mr. Cheremin headed various banks.
In 2004, he was appointed CEO of Moscow Bank of Reconstruction and Development (MBRD).
From 2005 to 2009 he acted as the Chairman of the Board of MBRD, he also served as Senior Vice President and Head of External Relations of JSFC Sistema.
From 2009 to 2010 — Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSFC Sistema.
From 2009— Chairman of the Board of Business Council for Cooperation with India, member of the Russian-Indian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation.
November 8th 2010, Mr.Cheremin was appointed Minister of the Moscow City Government, Head of the Moscow City Department for External Economic and International Relations.
In 2015 was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Russian-Indian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation.
19:00–20:00 (GMT+1)
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National AI Strategies in Russia and the World In the Russian Federation and globally, the development of new technologies and ecosystems supporting their implementation, remains one of the key drivers for diversification of the countries’ economies. Technologies such as AI hold the promise of solving some of society’s most pressing issues, but also present risks, such as inscrutable algorithms, unethical use of data and potential job displacement. Currently, many countries are building their national AI strategies that will help address those challenges and focus on deploying a safe and responsible technology capable of increasing the economic potential. What can countries learn from each other in building national AI strategies? Can there be a long-term global AI strategy? What are the fields where collaboration is possible between Russia and other countries in the field of AI?
In the Russian Federation and globally, the development of new technologies and ecosystems supporting their implementation, remains one of the key drivers for diversification of the countries’ economies. Technologies such as AI hold the promise of solving some of society’s most pressing issues, but also present risks, such as inscrutable algorithms, unethical use of data and potential job displacement. Currently, many countries are building their national AI strategies that will help address those challenges and focus on deploying a safe and responsible technology capable of increasing the economic potential. What can countries learn from each other in building national AI strategies? Can there be a long-term global AI strategy? What are the fields where collaboration is possible between Russia and other countries in the field of AI?
Moderator:
Oksana Tarasenko
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Panellists:
Maхim Yeremenko
Senior ‎Managing Director, Data Research Competency Development Center, Sberbank
Senior ‎Managing Director, Data Research Competency Development Center, Sberbank
Maxim Eremenko is responsible for the group wide Data Science function and practices with key focus on AI transformation project. He leads the process of building up and maintenance internal professional Data Science Community, aimed at improving of the Data Science capabilities and practical benefits. Maxim is actively involved in implementation of the fruitful environment for collaboration of DS teams, spreading the best practices of DS and relevant AI tools, motivating participants to re-use the models and infrastructure across the Sberbank ecosystem.
He joined the Sberbank Group in 2005 as the Analyst for Credit Scoring and Portfolio risk models and in 2010 was promoted to the Deputy Head of Corporate Credit Risk Management. From 2013 – 2017 Maхim was the Sr Managing Director, Head of Risk Modeling Department.
As the Head of Risk Modelling function he managed the activities associated with implementation of Internal Rating Based approach compliant risk management system, making Sberbank the first bank in Russia that successfully passed on Basel II requirements and bearing one of the lowest risk portfolio on Russian market.
Alexander Ivlev
CIS Managing Partner, Deputy Regional Accounts Leader for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe & Central Asia, EY
CIS Managing Partner, Deputy Regional Accounts Leader for Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe & Central Asia, EY
He is actively involved in the work of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia. At the 2007 World Economic Forum, Alexander was entered in the list of Young Global Leaders, and in 2009 he was included in the top 100 young leaders in the Russian Presidential Reserve. He is vice president of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Russia.
Alexander is a member of the Expert Council of the Open Innovations Forum, the Executive Committee of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum, the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Public Council of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. He leads the National Business Initiative’s road map Improving the quality of the regulatory environment for business.
Alexander supervises the Entrepreneur of the Year program in Russia.
Alexander has over twenty years of experience in strategic development, client service and government and corporate affairs.
He is a graduate of Moscow State Linguistic University (1991) and has an EMBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2003).
Cha Jung Hoon
Deputy Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Start-ups of the Republic of Korea
Deputy Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Start-ups of the Republic of Korea