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June 2017
Key moments

Some human experience cannot be automated – you cannot hug a hologram; people are still going to want human connections. 

Shervin Pishevar
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Sherpa Capital LLC; Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, Hyperloop Technologies

The central Chinese government owns a big part of the economy. If they need additional cash for the economy, they will transfer the personal savings into the hands of the government. So China has a lot of tools in the box.

Ivan Glasenberg
Chief Executive Officer, Glencore

Our goal is to make mobility for individuals much easier, safer, more affordable and reliable.

Fraser Robinson
Head of Business Development, EMEA, Uber Technologies Inc.

The main issue in exploiting data is not technology, but the skills needed to understand what these data mean.

Stephen Brobst
Chief Technology Officer, Teradata

In a competitive environment, if you do not deal with climate change as good or better than your competitors, you will go out of business.

Anton Botes
Global Oil & Gas Leader, Deloitte, South Africa

For universities, endowment is a perfect way to gain certain independency from state funding, and it is quite successful in Russia.

Aylin Suntay
First Vice-President, Gazprombank

Skilled employees will be the number one force driving successful digital transformation.

Stefan Hoechbauer
President for Middle and Eastern Europe, SAP SE

All our investments must be more productive. Only then will we be able, step by step, to achieve competitiveness and to offer the same competitive goods in the foreseeable future.

Alexey Kudrin
Chairman of the Board, Center for Strategic Research; Deputy Chairman, Economic Council under the President of the Russian Federation

I am sure that artificial intelligence is going to determine our development, change traditional journalism and change the economic model of journalism.

Siyang Liu
Vice President, Xinhua

In areas like Pharma, FMCG we saw companies maintaining interest to work with Russia and indeed some of them increasing this commitment.

Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
Managing Partner, Global Counsel LLP

The task of the Russian authorities is to diversify the national economy, making the export and foreign exchange inflow more stable, which, under higher stability and lesser dependence on oil exports, will make the Russian rouble more resilient.

Alexey Kudrin
Chairman of the Board, Center for Strategic Research; Deputy Chairman, Economic Council under the President of the Russian Federation

The regulatory framework needs to speed up and support new technologies because they create millions of jobs, clean cities and represent a huge advantage to the economies where they operate.

Shervin Pishevar
Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Sherpa Capital LLC; Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, Hyperloop Technologies

Today the world is definitely moving towards alternative energy sources.

Victor Vekselberg
Co-chairman, Foundation Council, President, Skolkovo Foundation

A way to approach the world of opportunity and scale quickly is not to be blind to local variances, integrate closely and work constantly to become more and more local.

Fraser Robinson
Head of Business Development, EMEA, Uber Technologies Inc.

Russian metals companies are competitive in terms of quality and product range, as well as by virtue of their low production costs.

Alexey Mordashov
Chairman, Severstal

A university is first of all an intermediary between corporations, employers, the authorities, and the expert community, and in this respect endowment is a really working structure.

Artem Malgin
Vice Rector, MGIMO University

It is necessary to simultaneously create quality mass media calling everybody’s attention to sports and to develop mass sports; then sports will become truly attractive for television and business several years from now.

Arkady Dvorkovich
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Even small participation by private capital in the PPP format is extremely beneficial to the state, since it reduces the cost and increases the quality of projects.

Mikhail Abyzov
Minister of the Russian Federation

People need an innovation in the world’s economy policy-making. We need to change the way we think about economy because we focus too much on short-term return from our technologies, investments, etc.

Rae Kwon Chung
Nobel Peace Prize, Principal Advisor on Climate Change, Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations

The short-term objective is to adapt the fiscal policy to new challenges, to the new level of oil prices, in order for the fiscal policy to be predictable in the medium term, and for market players to raise no questions about it.

Elvira Nabiullina
Governor, Central Bank of the Russian Federation