Realizing the Economic Potential of Russia
Panel Session
Pavilion G, Conference Hall G3

A growing SME segment could serve as an important driver of entrepreneurship and economic growth as the Russian economy transforms. What niche markets are best suited for small-scale entrepreneurs, and how are SMEs adapting strategies to meet the needs of major clients? What steps can be taken to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to open and grow businesses? What more needs to be done to foster and unleash Russia’s entrepreneurial potential?

Dmitry Schugorev , Anchor, Russia 24 TV Channel

Alexander Braverman , Member of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, SME Corporation
Shlomo Weber , Rector, Academic Head, Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions, New Economic School; Professor, Southern Methodist University
Olga Kanenkova , Purchasing Director Russia and CIS, Schneider Electric
Christian Kaufmann , Finance Vice-President in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Unilever
Laurent Probst , Partner and Leader, Research & Development Activities Unit, PwC Consulting Luxembourg
John Scott , Deputy Chairman, KPMG International; Chairman, KPMG EMA
Dmitry Tulin , Deputy Chairman, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation
Dominique Fache , Director, Sophia Antipolis Foundation; Chairman, Russian Technology Foundation (RTF)
Oleg Fomichev , State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Michael Harms , Managing Director, German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations
Anatoliy Chabunin , Vice President, Russian Railways
Andrey Sharov , Vice President, Head of GR, Sberbank
Igor Shuvalov , First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation


Key moments

Entrepreneurship is about being able to find your place in the market, sell your service or product and earn money, and then live decently, creating this business and transferring it as a worthy good to the future generation. This is possible if all members of the society aspire to this.
Igor Shuvalov
Three factors are needed for the development of small and medium-sized businesses: access to government procurement, access to financing, and education.
Alexander Braverman
Small and medium-sized enterprises are a very diverse population. Behind each small or medium-sized enterprise we have a person. It is not a system, it isn’t a corporate, it is a person.
Laurent Probst