Russia’s New Horizons
Pavilion 3, Amphitheatre

Russia is weighing a strategy to develop a long-term economic model that shifts emphasis to value-added, knowledge based production, potentially changing the way the economy functions. Can Russia transform its economic model to support more innovation, knowledge-intensive production? How can the economy get there while avoiding major disruptions? What sectors stand to benefit most from such an approach?

Alexey Kovsh , Executive Vice-President, Optogan Group
Leonid Melamed , Chairman of the Board, Team Drive; Member of the Board of Directors, RusnanoMedInvest and NovaMedica

Igor Agamirzian , Chief Executive Officer, RVC
Abel Aganbegyan , Academician, Russian Academy of Sciences
Vladimir Vasiliev , Rector, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics
Ilya Golubovich , Managing Partner, I2BF Global Ventures
Oleg Goshchansky , Chairman and Managing Partner, KPMG in Russia and the CIS
Alexander Kashirin , Head of Innovation and Strategic Development, Russian Technologies State Corporation
Vladimir Kvint , Chair of Financial Strategy Department, Moscow School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Sciences
Georgy Poltavchenko , Governor of St. Petersburg
Andrei Fursenko , Aide to the President of the Russian Federation


Key moments

IT is everywhere today. It has become the same kind of platform for the modern economy as engineering was for the industrial economy.
Igor Agamirzyan
The most important factor for global integration in taking its proper place in the world economy is to be able to gather brains together, to accumulate intellect and to build up innovative potential… The winner is the one that can export brains rather than lose them; exporting brains by creating new products and know-how.
Oleg Goshchansky
A knowledge-based economy is not an abstract concept – it is concrete money. A knowledge-based economy is the catalyst for everything, not just the economy and the social sphere, but also for the life of society in general.
Abel Aganbegyan
Given that the main bearer of competence is a person with knowledge, abilities and skills, we consequently need a highly educated person focussed on achieving excellence in cutting edge developments. Creating the conditions for the developing such a person is the primary objective of the government and business.
Alexander Kashirin