Business Roundtable
Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.3

In the midst of the economic crisis in the 1990s, Finland developed a new competitiveness policy designed to support private sector innovation, while investment in R&D provided the catalyst for subsequent growth. At the same time, Russia, with its history of a planned economy, was widely seen to have established a strong record of human capital, particularly in comparison to economies with comparable levels of income. As the world is moving into a post-industrialist stage, the skills traditionally needed for work are changing, while digital platforms and socio-cultural changes create new challenges and opportunities for learning. From a company view-point, what makes a successful learning ecosystem? How can co-operation between educational institutes and enterprises be fostered? What steps can be taken to create competitive learning systems? What methods should elementary schools and high schools employ to develop entrepreneurial skills?

Esko Aho , Prime Minister of Finland (1991–1995); Executive Chairman of the Board, East Office of Finnish Industries

Sari Baldauf , Chairman, Fortum Corporation
Petteri Walldén , Chairman of the Board, Nokian Tyres
Valery Katkalo , Dean, Sberbank Corporate University
Kari Kauniskangas , Chairman of the Management Board, President, Chief Executive Officer, YIT Corporation
Alexei Rakhmanov , President, United Shipbuilding Corporation
Anatoliy Chubais , Chairman of the Executive Board, RUSNANO Corporation

Front row participants
Anatoly Artamonov , Governor of Kaluga Region
Ilpo Kokkila , Chairman of the Board of Directors, SRV Group
Riitta Lumme-Tuomala , Director for Russia and Talent Management, Marketing and Alumni Relations, Aalto University Executive Education
Jyri Jukka Hakamies , General Director, Confederation of Finnish Industries
Andrei Sharonov , Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Alexander Shokhin , President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)


Key moments

We really need to think not only about learning new skills, but other things that are much more difficult. It’s all about unlearning old habits and unlearning old ways of doing things.
Sari Baldauf
We need to keep what is best in Russia’s traditional system of education while complementing it with modern approaches and methods that can foster among both children and adults the skills and desire needed to pursue lifelong learning.
Arkady Dvorkovich
In the 20th century, literacy was considered the sum total of knowledge that a person acquired during his lifetime. Today, however, literacy is the very ability to learn.
Valery Katkalo