Russia’s New Horizons
Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.1

Russian philanthropy is at a potential tipping point, where both its leading high-net worth business leaders as well as the growing middle class can be more passionately engaged to address some of society’s most critical problems. What should be done to unleash Russian philanthropy and what can be done to broaden charitable activities beyond the super wealthy to include the burgeoning middle class?

Michael Elliott , President, Chief Executive Officer, ONE

Ruben Vardanyan , Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Jürgen Griesbeck , Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Street Football World
Oleg Deripaska , President, Member of the Board of Directors, RUSAL
Alexey Kudrin , Chairman of the Board, Center for Strategic Research Foundation; Deputy Chairman, Economic Council under the President of the Russian Federation
Lenka Setkova , Director, Coutts Institute, Coutts


Key moments

There are two approaches – we can sit and hope that somebody will do this for us, or we can do it ourselves.
Oleg Deripaska
Finally, we’re seeing an awakening of interest among the middle class in financing projects related to civil initiatives and civil society.
Aleksei Kudrin
Over the past two or three years, there have been significant changes in respect of support by big business for education, culture and healthcare. A revolution is taking place here.
Aleksei Kudrin
The personalised, emotion-based attitude to philanthropy should shift toward a more professional attitude, one based on moral and ethical principles.
Ruben Vardanian