Human Capital and Talent Development
Panel Session
Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.1

During the period of rapid economic growth, many business owners and large companies established an array of philanthropic projects and programmes. In the current economic climate, when business operations must curtail core investment programmes and reduce costs across the board, can these charitable activities be maintained? Are there international examples whereby philanthropic activity was maintained in times of economic stress that might be applicable today?

Natalia Vodianova , Founder, Naked Heart Foundation; Ambassador of FIFA World Cup 2018

Mary Davis , President, Managing Director, Europe Eurasia Region, Special Olympics
Vladimir Efanov , President, Miloserdie Charitable Foundation
Nicholas Colloff , Executive Director, The Argidius Foundation
Ian Colebourne , Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte CIS
Elena Kokhanovskaya , Director for Public Relations, MTS
Maria Morozova , General Director, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation
Aylin Suntay , First Vice-President, Gazprombank
Elena Tarasova , Brand Director of Zarina, Melon Fashion Group
Maria Chertok , Director, Charities Aid Foundation Russia
Andy Shih , Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Autism Speaks

Front row participants
Pascal Cuttat , Head of Regional Delegation to the Russian Federation, Belarus and Moldova, International Committee of the Red Cross
Sergey Orlov , Chairman, Сommittee of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, All Russia Public Organization «Business Russia»
Polina Filippova , Director, PERI Charity Foundation


Key moments

Our primary responsibility is to our country and the most vulnerable groups of society.
Maria Morozova
Experience shows that a crisis is highly productive for charity. In addition to using financial resources for these purposes, companies begin using other means of support.
Maria Chertok
We have to give during good and tough times, in order to make continuous effort.
Aylin Suntay
We can make charity organizations more sustainable by adding some business skills they may be lacking. Crisis is a normal economic cycle that business and charity organizations can get through without difficulties if they are well prepared.
Ian Colebourne