Realizing the Economic Potential of Russia
Panel Session
Pavilion G, Conference Hall G3

The most commonly used models in implementing Russian regional development strategies are either the creation of a single industry scenario or a commitment to a diversified model. Each model has its pros and cons, and several regions have achieved impressive results utilizing each approach. What should be the precursors and how much emphasis should there be on comparative advantages when deciding which strategy to deploy? What is the right balance between integrated development and narrow specialization in Russian regional growth?

Alexander Ivlev , Country Managing Partner for Russia, EY

Matthias Berninger , Global Head of Public Policy, Mars Incorporated
Stefanos Vafeidis , General Manager, Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia
Boris Dubrovsky , Governor of Chelyabinsk Region
Alexey Dumin , Governor of Tula Region
Alexander Zhukov , First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation; President of the Russian Olympic Committee
Alexander Kalinin , President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Russia
Aleksey Komissarov , Director, Russian Foundation for Technological Development FSAI
Alexander Misharin , First Vice President, Russian Railways
Andrey Nikitin , Acting Governor of Novgorod Region
Svetlana Orlova , Governor of Vladimir Region
Jacek Pastuszka , President, Baltika Breweries LLC; Vice-President Eastern Europe Region, Carlsberg Group
Andrey Sapelin , First Deputy Chairman, State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)

Dominique Fache , Director, Sophia Antipolis Foundation; Chairman, Russian Technology Foundation (RTF)
Ivan Fedotov , Director, Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR)


Key moments

Our target is the diversification of economy. [...] Today we in the Tula region see the defense industry as a locomotive, and yet we understand that this cannot last forever. We put problem-hit companies into the production chain of our leading businesses.
Alexey Dumin
High-speed service is an opportunity to use and create innovative projects related to higher speed, higher energy intensity, new materials, and new research.
Alexander Misharin