New Catalysts for Change
Pavilion 5, Conference Hall 5.1

In this session we plan to discuss the advantages of individual jurisdictions/states for conducting particular types of business in IT (sample topics: India – a Mecca for outsourcing, or maybe not? Russia prides itself on its engineers and programmers, who are capable of tackling complex projects – or is this now just a fading legacy of the past? Are tax regimes that incentivise the creation of new intellectual property a serious stimulus for the work of IT companies in these countries? The Russian internet market is number 1 in Europe and has great potential for growth: how important an opportunity is this for international business? What is the place of Russia and what are its prospects in the global distribution of work in the IT industry?)

Mark Shmulevich , Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation

Sergey Beloussov , Chief Executive Officer, Acronis
Mohammad Gawdat , Vice President of Emerging Markets for SEEMEA, Google
Dmitry Grishin , General Director, Group
Marthin De Beer , Senior Vice President, Video and Collaboration Group, Cisco
Arkady Dobkin , Chief Executive Officer, President, EPAM Systems
Taso Du Val , Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Toptal LLC
Robert Farish , Vice President, Regional Managing Director for Russia and CIS, International Data Corporation


Key moments

We know about the options problem and this year we’re planning to make some amendments to the legislation that will allow us to more easily and effectively use options to incentivize staff.
Mark Shmulevich
Once intellectual property gets created, you need modern legislation in place, and then you need enforcement of those laws when intellectual property rights get breached. Usually it is in that environment that innovation can thrive.
Marthin De Beer
The basic models are getting changed. Cloud, mobility, video and other technologies are fundamentally changing what is getting done in the Internet. What you will see is that the Internet is not connecting people with information like in the days of the World Wide Web, but increasingly connecting people with people, and also people with things, and also machines to machines.
Marthin De Beer
In the foreseeable future, the next 5-10 years, we can expect that there will be something like five or maybe even six billion people who use smartphones and have access to the Internet.
Dmitry Grishin