EVENTS ON NOvember 13

10.00 - 12.00 (GMT+5) PANEL DISCUSSION

Management Strategies in the Corona-Crisis Age

In modern history, Russian business survived several economic recessions and seemed quite able to adapt to any stress situations. However, the current crisis is of unique nature, and it proved that tried and tested anti-crisis measures were not always effective. For example, most companies began with cutting their expenses, but many of them has cut them so much since the recession in 2015 that there is nothing more to cut, and the economy hasn't gained momentum since then. What solutions and ideas will allow companies to survive the Corona-crisis and find new growth opportunities in the most-pandemic world?

Moderator - Irina Perechneva, Scientific Editor of the Expert Ural journal


  • Companies' response to the crisis, change of business models and industrial cases analysis 
  • Efficiency of government support measures and possible development scenarios  
  • Rapid digitalisation practices: What do we take with us to the post-pandemic world?  
  • Export strategies: New opportunities  
  • Money for growth: Effective financial management


  • Alexander Sadov, Head of the Project Office of Rosseti – Ural 
  • Sergey Afontsev, Deputy Director for Research, IMEMO RAS 
  • Sergey Ivanov, Head of the Economic Department of the Ural State Department of the Bank of Russia 
  • Christina Chukavina, project manager, «Expert» Analytical Center 
  • Konstantin Medinsky, director of the Krasnogvardeisky machine-building plant 
  • Sergey Myasoedov, President of the Russian Association of Business Education, Director of the IBS RANEPA, Vice-Rector of the RANEPA 
  • Natalia Evtikhieva, General Director of RABE 
  • Larisa Malysheva, Director of the UrFU Business School, Public Representative of ASI in the Sverdlovsk Region, Program Director of Boiling Point Yekaterinburg 

Format — Offline with live stream 

Language — Russian

10.00 - 12.00 (GMT+5) PANEL DISCUSSION

Development of the Education Centre for Accelerated Training of Specialists with Advanced IT Competencies for High-Tech Economic Sectors in the Urals and Western Siberia

Special invitations only

Format — Offline with live stream

Language — Russian

13.00 - 15.00 (GMT+5) PANEL DISCUSSION

Digital Government: Challenges and Threats

Moderator: Artem Kovalenko, Editor-in-Chief of Expert Ural magazine

Discussion context:
Today, digital technologies open brand new opportunities of transforming public administration. An ideal image of future state is being elaborated: compact, efficiently functioning state machinery, opportunities for individual tracks for citizens' problems solution. This new government should be an example of successful innovation implementation and create a comfortable environment for society and business initiatives. The round table speakers will discuss issues on the way to such government.


  • Government digital platforms as a tool of cooperation between the authorities, business and society 
  • Digital transformation of public administration based on big data 
  • Intelligent data analysis of social networks, mass media, public information sources for unbiased assessment of administrative performance and forecasting negative social and political trends
  • Evaluation of social, economic and budgetary efficiency of management decisions
  • Training digital transformation teams 


  • Evgeny Gurariy, Assistant to the Plenipotentiary Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation in the Ural Federal District 
  • Oleg Chemezov, Deputy Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region 
  • Ivan Fost, Head of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation 
  • Dmitry Khorunov, Deputy Minister of Digital Development of the Krasnoyarsk Territory 
  • Vitaly Nedelsky, founder of Semuntic Hub 
  • Anna Shadrina, Head of Business Solutions, SoftLine Trade JSC 7. Konstantin Bazhin, Head of KB Inform 
  • Beslan Kurashov, co-founder of, previously an analyst at Yandex 
  • Oleg Gushchin, Director of the Department of Informatization and Communication of the Sverdlovsk Region 
  • Irina Turgel, Deputy Director for Science and Innovation of the School of Economics and Management of the GSEM UrFU 
  • Yuri Kupriyanov, Manager of SAP University Alliances in Russia and CIS region 
  • Anna Shadrina, Head of Regional Sales of Business Solutions "Softline" 
  • Viola Larionova, Deputy Vice-Rector of Ural Federal university for Educational Technologies 
  • Daria Radchenko, Deputy Director, Center for Urban Anthropology, KB Strelka 
  • Vladislav Syurkaev, director of projects of the macro-regional branch "Ural" of the company "Rostelecom" 
  • Vyacheslav Pravdzinsky, Advisor to the Head of Udmurtia, Executive Director of the Center for the Development of Design and Urban Environment of the Region 
  • Representatives of city administrations, relevant ministries and departments 

Format — Offline with live stream 

Language — Russian

13.00 - 15.00 (GMT+5) PANEL DISCUSSION

Development of Industrial Platforms and Special Zones as Regional Development Drivers

Moderator: Dmitry Tolmachev, Director of the Analytical Center "Expert", Director of the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University

Discussion context:
Over the last 5-6 years, the topic of special industrial planforms and economic zones has constantly been on the agenda. Their establishment is one of the basic requirements for investment climate improvement and capital raising. By 2019, industrial parks and SEZs had come to be seen as one of the most effective tools for territories development. It is supposed that territories packed with industrial companies can become growth points for regional and national economy.


  • Key trends and development strategies for industrial platforms and special economic zones 
  • Investment appeal and economic efficiency of industrial platforms as regional development drivers 
  • Current situation of investment projects in industrial platforms and SEZs
  • New tools to support residents' businesses
  • Andrey Klepach, Chief Economist at VEB.RF 
  • Victoria Kazakova, Minister of Investment and Development of the Sverdlovsk Region 
  • Ekaterina Evdokimova, Managing partner of Special economic zone Stupino Quadrat Sergey Andreev, General Director of JSC SEZ PPT Togliatti 
  • Ayrat Gizzatullin, General Director of the Industrial Park Technopolis Himgrad (Kazan) 
  • Alexey Frolov, head of the Ural customs department Alexander Voronin, Chairman of the Industrial Policy Committee of the Yekaterinburg City Administration 
  • Maxim Batuev, General Director of JSC "Karbolit" (Metafrax Group, Orekhovo-Zuevo, industrial park) Artem Matveev, Commercial Director of Kamsky Industrial Park Master JSC 
  • Olga Romanets, General Director of the Agency for Infrastructure Development of the Tyumen Region Mikhail Romashov, General Director of the "Industrial Park" Development "(Izhevsk) 
  • Denis Remezov, General Director of PRO-BUSINESS-PARK 
  •  Anna Trofimova, Commercial Director, FV Development (Obninsk) Irina Ershova, executive director of Ecopet JSC (Kaliningrad) 
  • Natalia Markelova, General Director of the Vologda Region Development Corporation 

Format — Offline with live stream   

Language — Russian

15.30 — 16.30 (GMT+5) PANEL DISCUSSION

Press Conference

Q&A with conference experts 

Moderator: Artem Kovalenko, Editor-in-Chief of Expert Ural magazine

Questions from the media and participants will be answered by: 

  • Andrey Klepach, Chief Economist at VEB.RF 
  • Paolo Portas, expert in geoeconomics and international relations, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal 
  • Natalia Zubarevich, Professor of the Geography Faculty of Moscow State University 
  • Sergei Kadochnikov, Director of the Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg 
  • Sergey Afontsev, Deputy Director for Research, IMEMO RAS 
  • Viktor Koksharov, Rector of UrFU 
  • Dmitry Tolmachev, Director of the Graduate School of Economics and Management, UrFU, Director of the Analytical Center "Expert" 

Format — offline, TASS Studio with online stream

Language — Russian

14.00 - 15.00 (GMT+5) ROUND TABLE 
in cooperation with the VI International Forum of Academic Fundraising

Language of Charity and Fundraising. Charity Vocabulary

Agenda TBA


  • Anna Plotnikova, Professor of the Chair of Basic and Applied Linguistics Text Studies
  • Elena Berezovich, Director of the Chair of the Russian Language, General Linguistics and Verbal Communication
  • Elena Chernyshkova, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy Studies and Social Business Programmes, UrFU
  • Alexey Glazyrin, Founder of the Charity Foundation Umnaya Sreda

Format — Online 

Language — Russian

15.30 - 17.00 (GMT+5) ROUND TABLE

with participation of EFMD Global

Internationalization of Business Schools in the Coronavirus Epoque: Challenges and Opportunities

Discussion context: 

In the XXI century, internationalisation is one of the sources for increasing the effectiveness of higher education. Promotion of universities in the international educational market, participation in world rankings, academic mobility of students and lecturers are certainly permanent attributes of the internationalisation of education. Year 2020, which is characterised by the global pandemic, has become a real challenge for all spheres of education and has created additional borders and difficulties. But on the other hand, lots of new creative opportunities and possibilities were implemented. In any case, there are still many questions connected to the future of the business school’s internationalisation. How are we going to promote our schools? What is the future of the academic mobility and offline international conferences? What are the new tools for the cooperation development? What are the main challenges and opportunities of the new époque? 

Moderator: Victoria Beliaeva, GSEM Director’s Advisor for International Relations


  • Transformation of internationalization models in the new normal 
  • The future of international academic mobility and international events 
  • New tools for international cooperation development 
  • International promotion of a business school in the new environment 
  • Best practice cases from leading business schools of Europe and Asia, as well GSEM UrFU case of the internationalization strategy adaptation 


  • Robert Galliers, Senior Advisor, EQUIS & EPAS, EFMD Global 
  • Elena Karpinskaya, Deputy Director of Programs, Russian International Affairs Council
  • Delia Olivetto, International Development Manager & China Operation Director, MIP Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business 
  • Tashina Giraud, Director of International Operations & Relations, KEDGE Business School
  • Anne Gillet, Head of International Relations, HEC School of Management, Liège Université

Format — Online 

Language — English

16.00 - 18.00 (GMT+5) ACADEMIC SESSION

In cooperation with RUDN

Cooperation between Regions in Emerging Markets: Investment opportunities


  • International Center for Emerging Markets Research - Indonesia’s shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy 
  • Business Opportunities on Emerging Markets: Brazil. 
  • Digital solutions facilitating regional business in light of the pandemic 
Moderator: Andrey Berezin, Director for Development, International Center for Emerging Markets Research 


  • Bruno S. Sergi, Scientific Director, International Center for Emerging Markets Research 
  • Satya Hangga Yudha, Co-Founder of the Indonesian Energy and Environment Institute 
  • Pedro Augusto Pinto Guimarães, Co-Founder, CEO, Rubicon Capital Partners (Brazil) 
  • Sheriff Refaat, Managing Partner, N-Gage Investments (Egypt)  

Format — Online 

Language — English







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