The Human Dimension
Panel Session
Congress Centre, Conference Hall D4

Creative industries, which account for up to 10% of GDP in developed economies, are an important engine for job creation, spurring innovation and fostering a comfortable urban environment. Targeted education programmes and collaborative platforms have proven effective catalysts for creative firms, particularly in the fields of digital technologies, media, design, and culture. How has the creative economy developed both in Russia and globally? How might Russia’s regions boost the development of and better benefit from creative industries? And how might the expansion of the sector spur competitiveness and create the essential preconditions for the regions’ more active integration into the global economy?

John Thornhill , Innovation Editor, The Financial Times

Valery Gergiev , Artistic and General Director, State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Olga Golodets , Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Sergey Kapkov , Head of the Centre for Culture Economy, Urban Development and Creative Industries Research, Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Alexey Kudrin , Chairman of the Board, Center for Strategic Research Foundation; Deputy Chairman, Economic Council under the President of the Russian Federation
Igor Lotakov , Country Managing Partner, PwC Russia
Alisa Prudnikova , Director, Ural Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts; Commissioner, Ural Industrial Biennial
Ekow Eshun , Creative Director, Calvert 22 Foundation


Key moments

This is a promising challenge. Above all, creativity is our competitive advantage.
Olga Golodets