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May 2018
Key moments

“Space activity, space business, space cooperation is above a short-term crisis that can arise in the world. (…) Even during what we call the Cold War, the US and Russia were to continue to cooperate.”

Jean Loic Galle
President, Chief Executive Officer, Thales Alenia Space

“Russia should enjoy benefits from climate change that could lead to increases in production over time”.

Charles Robertson
Global Chief Economist, Renaissance Capital

“The combination of engineering skills and digital skills will change over time, and it will increase the efficiency of business. “

Mark Spelman
Global Managing Director, Accenture

"There needs to be a major educational effort before we can move to a cashless system".

Christian Kothe
Head of Central & Eastern Europe, SWIFT

“We’ve got to actively instil a spirit of entrepreneurship among the population, especially the younger generation.”

Vadim Shumkov
Deputy Governor of Tyumen Region; Director of Department of Investment Policy and State Support of Enterprising of Tyumen Region; Member of the Government Presidium

"Trust is an economic category. The greater your trust – the lower your costs".

Ruben Vardanyan
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

"We can offer them [our Asian partners] resources and infrastructure, as well as significant intellectual capital. In turn, they can offer us such practical things as technology, capital with no political strings attached, and their support".

Ruslan Alikhanov
President and Chief Executive Officer, FESCO

“Our countries complement each other quite well. On one hand, we have China’s strong and ambitious economy, which could very well likely gain global supremacy, and, on the other hand, there’s Russia, with its technologies and market.”

Gennady Timchenko
Main Shareholder, Volga Group; Chairman of the Russian Side, Russian-Chinese Business Council

“The main reason that private equity is such a small sector in Russia and occupies such a relatively insignificant place in the Russian economy is the fact that Russia’s financial markets are underdeveloped. There’s no “long” money in Russia’s financial markets that is available to a fund like ours.”

Dmitry Krukov
Managing Partner, Elbrus Capital

"Brand is about the trust placed in it from employees to customers, consumers and business partners. It is all about quality, confidence, belief and leadership".

Peter Necarsulmer
Executive Chairman, PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies

“One key trend that is impacting the shape of the oil and gas industry is the continuing consolidation among oil and gas industry players, oil service companies and technology companies both in Russia and abroad.”

Igor Sechin
President, Chairman of the Management Board, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rosneft

“The greater the share of high-quality housing on the market, the more popular the governor becomes. And it’s the governors, of course, who inspire confidence in the investors”.

Igor Shuvalov
First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Organizing Committee RUSSIA EXPO 2015

“Trust is the be-all and end-all of doing business. One clear indicator of trust is the record inflow of direct foreign investments into the Russian Federation in 2013, which totalled $80 billion.”

Andrei Belousov
Aide to the President of the Russian Federation

“For us [in the Moscow City Government], bringing in foreign investment remains one of our top priorities when developing the city’s economic policies.”

Sergey Cheremin
Minister, Head of Department External Economic and International Relations, The Moscow City Government

“It’s entirely possible to make settlements with our main trading and economic partners in their national currency; there are no insurmountable barriers to this”.

Andrey Kostin
President and Chairman of the Management Board, Member of the Supervisory Council, VTB Bank

"St. Petersburg has a chance to skip the period of trial and error and move directly to models that have proven to work".

Nina Oding
Head of the Research Department, ICSER Leontiev Centre

“Smart grids are the only far-reaching format which all players in this industry see as an objective. They are also a way of consolidating integration processes”.

Oleg Budargin
General Director, Russian Grids

“Today multilateral cooperation can have even more of an impact than mere bilateral cooperation! This is especially true for infrastructure projects and projects in energy.”

Boris Titov
Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs Rights Protection of the Russian Federation

“Russia needs a new economic model if income levels are to keep rising. This means less state, more private enterprise, less hydrocarbon dependency, more diverse production. Crucially, a workforce which is already acting almost at full capacity needs to be redeployed in order to add additional value across the Russian economy.”

Lord Mandelson
Chairman, Global Counsel LLP; European Commissioner for Trade (2004—2008)

“Competition in itself should be allowed by increasing players in these local domestic markets because any time new players enter a market, innovation will take place”.

Robert Swaak
Vice-Chairman, Clients & Markets, PwC International