Pavilion 4, Conference Hall 4.3

Building an ecosystem that nourishes and rewards dynamic and innovative firms is key to Russia’s modernization efforts, but the global war for talent impedes that effort. To achieve this goal, Russia and its enterprises need to review national education and corporate training systems, social support and complementary immigration policies, and the skills that will be needed to boost entrepreneurship and innovation. This task is not only for companies and government bodies: it is critical to raise the profile of talented and successful entrepreneurs who think in a new way. Ultimately the whole territory of Russia needs to become a large source of such people.

1) How are companies adjusting their strategies to nurture, attract and retain the best and brightest? How can they address the challenges in recruiting and retaining younger employees - the mercurial Generation Y? What strategies and incentives are most successful in building innovative companies?
2) What is the role of Russian educational institutions and immigration policies? Does the system of social lifts work in Russia? What measures are other emerging economic powers taking which Russia might emulate?
3) Does Russia have the talent to unleash entrepreneurship throughout the country? What sectors hold the most promise? How can Skolkovo create the right spirit and conditions for a new class of ‘engineer-entrepreneurs’?

Vladimir Solovyov , Anchor, Russia TV Channel

Esko Aho , Prime Minister of Finland (1991–1995); Executive Chairman of the Board, East Office of Finnish Industries
Dr. Craig Barrett , Ex-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Intel
Victor Vekselberg , Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renova Group; President, Skolkovo Foundation
Dennis Nally , Chairman, PwC International
John Chambers , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems

Igor Agamirzian , Chief Executive Officer, RVC
Andrei Volkov , Academic policy advisor, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Vladimir Zelman , Co-Chairman of Anesthesiology Department, University of Southern California
Klaus Kleinfeld , Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Alcoa Inc.
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Ivan Nechaev , Chief Executive Officer, Russian Navigation Technologies
Rafael Reif , President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology