Russia: Seizing the Opportunities
Panel Session
PepsiCo Café

Russia has enormous untapped potential that, once unlocked, will make it possible to meet much of the next generation’s growing demand for food. What practical and even radical approaches may help to achieve a breakthrough in this industry? What are the opportunities for and potential downsides to using state support for the production of organic foods as Russia shifts gears in agricultural output?

Pal Erik Sjatil , Managing Partner for EEMA, McKinsey & Company

Maxim Basov , Chief Executive Officer, Rusagro Group of Companies
Arkady Dvorkovich , Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Ramon Laguarta , Member of PEC (PepsiCo Executive Committee), Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Europe
Kanayo Nwanze , President, The International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations
Jacek Pastuszka , President, Baltika Breweries LLC; Vice-President Eastern Europe Region, Carlsberg Group
Alexander Tkachev , Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
Juergen Voegele , Senior Director, Agriculture Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Front row participants
Kym Anderson , Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide and Australian National University
Andrey Guryev , Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board, PhosAgro
Alyona Igumnova , Acting General Director, United Grain Company OJSC
Vladimir Rakhmanin , Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Dr. Dacian Ciolos , EU Commission, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (2010–2014); Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Romania (2007–2008)
Valery Schapov , President, Mars LLC


Key moments

Soon Russia will be viewed as neither major oil empire nor major gas empire, but as the major food empire.
Arkady Dvorkovich
When we thought about Russia as a leader in food production, we also have to think about Russia being a leader in food security.
Kanayo Nwanze