Wednesday, February 4

Challenges Facing Russia: Executive Perspectives

This session will focus on the myriad of challenges facing Russia in the near future. The world’s political landscape and spheres of influence are constantly changing, as a result of both the economic challenges presented by the global credit crisis and the potential shifts in the worldwide balance of power. To what extent is Russia able to capitalize on its huge resources and potential within an environment of a deteriorating domestic economy impacted by the global credit crisis and facing the significant challenge that huge amounts of capital are needed to fulfill the country’s goals? We have invited leaders from outside Russia as well as those very much at the forefront of the domestic economy to comment in the context of their own experiences.

Ruben Vardanian, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Troika Dialog Group

Noubar Afeyan, Flagship Ventures
German Gref, President and Chairman, Sberbank
Leonid A. Melamed, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sistema
Alexey Mordashov, Severstal
Michael Tay, Executive Director, APEC Secretariat
Sergey Vybornov, President, Alrosa