The economy’s transition to the digital path has produced a new era of competition where the fight for user data – the ‘new oil’ of the global economy – has become essential for gaining a market share. The biggest technology platforms, such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, have built their own business empires on user data and continue to increase their dominance. Certain competitive methods have yet to be addressed by the regulators, such as use of parser software to access data from other companies and prevent such use by data owners, prioritizing search results and information placement, and limiting the distribution of competing services. Other anti-competitive behaviour, namely price coordination and software bidding collusion, have already been deemed to be illegal, and regulators are sharpening their skills to detect such violations. To what extent is the further toughening of state regulation required? Or are there sufficient standards and codes of conduct being developed by industry players themselves? How is the competitive environment changing and what kind of antitrust regulation measures does business expect? Where is the line between the acceptable behaviour of a technology platform and the abuse of market power? Why do individual players such as Facebook advocate Internet regulation? How applicable is the experience of Germany, which has limited the amount of data that Facebook can collect about German users, and how uniform should regulation of the new economy among countries be?
Dimitry Afanasiev is the Chairman and co-founding partner of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the largest law firm in Russia and the CIS. Dimitry specializes in international corporate transactions, dispute resolution and public policy issues. He has represented the interests of the Russian Federation and leading multinational and Russian corporations, including Bank of New York Mellon, Telenor, BP, ТМК и Evraz. Dimitry was named European Managing Partner of the Year at The Lawyer European Awards 2015. In 2010, the Financial Times listed Dimitry among the 10 most innovative lawyers in the world. In 2011, the “Russian Reporter” listed Dimitry in the top 10 of the most respected lawyers in Russia. Dimitry holds a state award as an Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation (2015). He was awarded by the Federal Chamber of Lawyers and received commendations from the President of the Russian Federation. He is recommended by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: CIS and other prominent legal guides as a leading practitioner in the areas of M&A and corporate law, dispute resolution, antitrust, banking and finance, investment, and restructuring/insolvency. Dimitry is a board member of Business Russia, an all-Russia public organization, a founding member of the Russian-American Business Council, a member of the Expert Council under the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights, and a member of the Russian Council for International Affairs, a foreign policy body established by the Russian President. He is the Chair of the Non-Profit Partnership for Advancement of Corporate Law, and a member of the Competition Support Association.
Svetlana Balanova has headed IBS since 2012. She worked for 3M before – since 1993 – in different positions, in particular as a president of the international business ‘Electronic Monitoring’ and headed 3M branches in Ukraine and Russia for some years. She became the first Russian national – the General Director of 3M Russia. She has been included in the list of the best top managers in the IT industry in the framework of the ‘Top 1000 Leading Managers of Russia’ annual rating of the Russian Managers Association (AMR) and Kommersant Publishing House in 2014–2017. In 2009, she was entered in the list of 500 Managers, included in the executive candidate pool being under the patronage of the Russian President. In 2013 she became the winner in the ‘Master of Business’ nomination at the ‘Businesswomen 2013’ contest held in Russia for the first time ever within the EY’s (Ernst & Young) international initiative to support and assist consolidation of the women’s stand in business. She has taken a degree of MBA at the Open University Business School in the UK. She graduated with honours from the Moscow State Linguistic University.
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Blablacar
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BlaBlaCar in October 2016, Nicolas Brusson oversaw BlaBlaCar’s global operations and international growth as Chief Operating Officer (COO) starting in 2011. Nicolas led the company’s corporate development, overseeing eight acquisitions, expansion to twenty markets, and three successive rounds of fundraising. Nicolas is a strong advocate of agile structures that allow quick iterations in fast-growing environments. He is also a supporter of autonomous local teams and acqui-hires, a strategy he implemented to expand BlaBlaCar’s footprint on a global scale. Nicolas is a regular speaker at leading international conferences and in the media, where he focuses on the European startup scene, innovative growth strategies, and mobility. Prior to joining BlaBlaCar, Nicolas worked for several startups in Silicon Valley during the DotCom boom before moving on to executive and investor roles, including time as a Venture Capitalist at Amadeus Capital Partners in London. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Master’s in Optics from Ecole Supérieure d’Optique,, and a Master’s in Applied Physics from Paris XI University.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Gett
Dave (Shahar) Waiser is a serial entrepreneur who founded and built companies in the US and internationally. In the 2000-s he founded the Russian entity of publicly traded Comverse [NASDAQ:CMVT] and served as its first CEO with a $300 million record in total sales. In 2005 moved to San Francisco to build his new start-up Loyalize, which he later successfully sold. Loyalize technology had been used during the Super Bowl, Australian Open, Grammys, and Oscars. In 2010 Dave Waiser founded Gett (previously GetTaxi) operating in 100 cities worldwide, including: New York, London, Moscow, and Tel-Aviv. Gett raised $640 million in venture funding, including $300 million from Volkswagen Group, and was selected by FORBES as one of the fastest growing companies in the world.
Senior Partner, Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Elena Ivashentseva is a Senior Partner at Baring Vostok Capital Partners. Since 1999, she has led investments by the Baring Vostok funds in the mass media, telecommunications and information technology sectors, including Yandex, Ozon.ru, Avito, 1C, CFT, ER Telecom, Ivi.ru, Gett, BlaBlaCar, Carprice, 2GIS, CTC Media and others. Elena graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting. She also has a diploma with honors in Economics from Novosibirsk State University.
Head, Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent)
Mr. Ivliev was born in Paniki, Ryazan Region on 27 September 1957 1981 – Graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University 1984 – PhD in Law 1985-1994 – served in different capacities in Moscow State Law Academy 1994-1997 – Committee of the State Duma on Legislation and Judicial and Legal Reform, Legal Department of the State Duma 1998-2002 - Central Office of the Government of the Russian Federation, Deputy Head of the Department for Relations with the Federal Assembly, NGOs and Religious Organizations 2002-2007 - State Duma, Head of the Legal Department 2007- 2011 - State Duma Deputy of 5th convocation 2011-2015 - State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. Since 2015, Head of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent). Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation, PhD in Law, Associate Professor, Secretary of the Union of Writers of Russia.
Chief Executive Officer, VimpelCom
Vasil Latsanich was born in 1972. Became top manager of MTS Ukraine since March, 2011. In October 2005 became MTS Marketing Director. In 2001 – 2005 was head of marketing of MTS Ukraine. Between 1996 and 2001 was employed by Coca-Cola Ukraine and Coca-Cola Bottlers Siberia in a variety of marketing and general management positions. Graduated Lvov’s Lisenko University in 1995. In 2010 Vasil Latsanich became a co-chariman of Tele-committee of American Commerce Chamber in Ukraine. Since 2018 Vasil Latsanich is Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom
Chief Executive Officer, IVI.ru
Born on February 17, 1965. In 1986 graduated from Moscow Institute of Economics and Finance. In 1996 completed a training program for top managers in Wharton School and a Financial Management Program in Harvard Business School. PhD in Economics. 1990 – Deputy Chairman, Mosbusinessbank. 1994 – worked in financial organizations in the US and Switzerland. 2001 – Deputy Managing Director, Alpha-Bank 2005 – Managing Director for Russia and CIS, Access Industries. 2009 till present – Founder and CEO, ivi.ru
State Secretary – Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation
Graduated from Saint-Petersburg Engineer-Economy Academy, specialization economy and organization of engineering industry, honored qualification engineer-economist.In 1995 he has became assistant to the Member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg. A year later, he was appointed as a Chief of Staff of the First Vice-Governor - Chairman of the Finance Committee of St. Petersburg City Administration. Under his guidance a set of law enforcement acts and administrative rules of Saint-Petersburg Administration in the sphere of state finance management were elaborated.From 1999 till 2004 – Director of scientific-research programs, executive director of “EPICENTER –Saint- Petersburg Foundation”. Is a draftsman of several legislative initiatives at the State Duma of the Russian Federation in the sphere of economy, finance, taxes and antimonopoly policy.Since 2004 – Deputy Head of the FAS Russia, since July 2006 till now – Stats-secretary – Deputy Head of the FAS Russia. Andrey Tsarikovskiy is a member of Governmental Commission on legislative activity, Governmental Commission on Economic Development and Integration, Military-Industrial Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation.Andrey Tsarikovskiy is the active participant of the FAS’s Russia international cooperation with foreign organizations and competition authorities in the sphere of antimonopoly policy, combating unfair competition, state regulation of natural monopolies and control over public procurement.
Front row participants Elena Avakyan,
Executive Director, Non-Profit Partnership for Advancement of Corporate Law Gennady Degtev,
Head, Moscow Department for Competitive Policy Ruslan Ibragimov,
Member of the Management Board, Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs, MTS Aleksey Ivanov,
Director, Institute of Law and Development HSE - Skolkovo, Director, BRICS Antimonopoly Centre, National Research University Higher School of Economics Stepan Kuznetsov,
Managing Director, Digital Business Development Directorate, Sberbank Ioannis Lianos,
Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy, University College London (UCL) Payal Malik,
Economics Adviser, Head of the Economics Division, Competition Commission of the Republic of India Julia Popelysheva,
Director of Legal Department, Yandex Alexey Rybnikov,
President, St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange Anna Serebryanikova,
President, Association of Big Data Market Participants; Member of the Board of Directors, MegaFon Irina Sirenko,
Director of Government Relations, Rostelecom
Executive Director, Non-Profit Partnership for Advancement of Corporate Law
Elena Avakyan is the Executive Director of the Non-Profit Partnership for Advancement of Corporate Law. Since 2019, Elena has been a member of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers Council. Since 2018, she served on the Expert Council on Legislative Support for the Development of the Securities Market and Derivative Financial Instruments under the Committee of the State Duma for Financial Markets. From 2006 to 2014, Elena served as the head of Control and Analytic Directorate at the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation. She was one of the ideologists of the e-justice project in Russia and one of its managers. In 2004–2005, Elena was the chairwoman of the board of the National Association of Securities Market Participants. In 1999–2004, she was the head of Legal Control Service and vice president of Renaissance-Capital. Before that, she worked as a general counsel of the board of the St Petersburg Stock Exchange. At various times, Elena served as a financial market legislation expert for the FAS of Russia and Ministry of Finance, corporate governance expert for the Ministry of Economic Development, expert for the State Duma Committee on Credit Organizations and Financial Markets and Council of the Federation Committee on Financial Markets and Money Circulation as well as an expert of the Property Committee of the RF State Duma, an assistant to the Committee chairperson and assistant to a deputy of the State Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building. Since 2011, she is a member of the working group on multi-purpose centers. She took part in the drafting of a concept of new civil legislation. Elena is a member of all working groups at the Skolkovo competence centres in each of the focus areas of the Digital Economy national programme; she leads a small working group on the concept of an ‘electronic document’ within the Skolkovo working groups.
Head, Moscow Department for Competitive Policy
Member of the Management Board, Vice President for Corporate and Legal Affairs, MTS
Graduated Lomonosov Moscow State University (1986), Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (1992), PhD in law Vice-President for Corporate and Legal Affairs of PJSC MTS since 2008, member of the Management Board - since 2007. In 2006 joined MTS as Director of Legal Department, then was appointed to Director of legal issues. Board Member, Vice-President of the Russian Association of Corporate Counsel (RCCA), Senior Director of the Association of Independent Directors, Chairman of the Board of the Association "National Payments Council". The Expert Council of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications Member, the Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) for Communications and IT Technologies Member, the Russian public organization “Association of Lawyers of Russia” Member and the Association of Antimonopoly Experts Member. Currently a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, PJSC "MTS". Member of the Board of Directors of OJSC “Publishing House «Vusshaya Shkola»”, JSC «Publishing House "Prosveshcheniye”», Family medical clinics net «Doctor Ryadom». R. Ibragimov is member of the editorial board of the journal "Competition and Law". His articles are published in Russian and foreign thematic publications («Legal Insight», «Corporate Lawyer», «Zakon», «Documentary Telecommunications», «Standard Tribune», «The Paragraph», etc.) For public activities R. Ibragimov was awarded by the FAS (Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation) Honorary Diplomas: "For active participation in the improvement of antimonopoly legislation and the development of competition policy" (2012) and "For special merits in ensuring freedom of competition and effective protection of entrepreneurship" (2017). He was awarded Honorary Diploma of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media communications "For a significant contribution to the development of the regulatory and legal framework for the telecommunications industry and telecommunications services of the Russian Federation, for long-term and conscientious work in the communications industry" (2015). R. Ibragimov was honored by the State award: Medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland II degree (2017).
Director, Institute of Law and Development HSE - Skolkovo, Director, BRICS Antimonopoly Centre, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Alexey Ivanov – Harvard University (LLM), Russian School of Private Law (Master of Private Law), Director of the HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development. Since 2012 Alexey has been teaching a course of lectures on Antitrust Regulation in the New Economy at the Higher School of Economics Faculty of Law. This course addresses the key challenges for development of competition law and policy over a backdrop of dramatic technological change. Alexey has long-standing professional experience in the court system, the public federal service, as well as in leading positions in large commercial energy and steel companies. For five years Alexey has served as Director of the Department for Legal Policy and Social Development at the Skolkovo Foundation, where he has been involved in research and legislative work aimed at the promotion of innovative activity in Russia. Aleksey is a director of the BRICS Antimonopoly Centre that specializes in reseach of pharmaceutical and digital markets of BRICS nations.
Managing Director, Digital Business Development Directorate, Sberbank
Professor of Global Competition Law and Public Policy, University College London (UCL)
Ioannis Lianos holds the chair of global competition law and policy at UCL Laws and Director of the Centre for Law, Economics and Society at UCL Laws. Lianos is also the chief researcher of the HSE Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development. Lianos has published extensively in the field of competition law (more than 12 books). He is the co-editor of the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the co-editor of the Yearbook of European Law (both published by Oxford UP), the general director of the Global Competition Law, Economics and Public Policy series (published by Cambridge UP). He has won many international and national prizes and awards, including the Leverhulme prize (2012) for this research, an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship (2014), the Gutenberg prize (2011), the Emile Girardeau prize for his PhD by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences (2005) etc. In 2018 he was awarded the Vincent Wright chair at Sciences Po in Paris.
Economics Adviser, Head of the Economics Division, Competition Commission of the Republic of India
Payal Malik is Adviser, Economics and Head of the Economics Division at the Competition Commission of India. She is on secondment from PGDAV College, University of Delhi, where she is an Associate Professor of Economics. Formerly she has been a visiting Senior Research Fellow LIRNEasia. She was also visiting National Law University Delhi and teaching a course on Economics of Competition Law to the LLM students. Her areas of expertise are competition law, policy and regulation. She has several years of research and economic consulting experience in network Industries such as power and telecommunication, ICTs, Innovation systems, and Infrastructure. Previously she has been a senior consultant at the Center for Infrastructure and Regulation, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India. At NCAER she has been a lead researcher on various infrastructure development projects including Telecom, Electricity, Highways, and Water and Sanitation. She was on the team that drafted the Electricity Act of India ushering competition into the sector. She has a BA (Hons.) in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi and an MA and MPhil in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. She also has an MBA in finance from University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Director of Legal Department, Yandex
Prior to joining Yandex in August 2018, Julia worked as counsel at Clifford Chance (Moscow), where she specialized in all aspects of litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international, over the course of her fifteen-year career. She is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (FCIArb). Julia holds a Master’s degree in Russian and Foreign Procedural Law from the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia.
President, St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange
Alexey Rybnikov, President & CEO, SPIMEX Born in 1965 in Moscow. In 1987, Mr. Rybnikov graduated magna cum laude in Economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs (MGIMO). From 1991 to 2004, he held numerous senior level positions at Russia-based commercial banks: Evrofinance, J.P. Morgan Bank International LLC and the National Depository Center. From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Rybnikov was CEO of the MICEX Stock Exchange and Senior Vice President of MICEX. From 2009 to September 2011, he was CEO of RSX trading facility. In September 2011, Mr. Rybnikov was appointed President of St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange (SPIMEX). He also serves as a member of the Presidential Commission on the fuel and energy sector development strategy and environmental safety; a member of the Governmental Commission on the fuel and energy sector and improvement of energy efficiency in Russia’s economy as well as the deputy chairman of the Community Council of the Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia.
President, Association of Big Data Market Participants; Member of the Board of Directors, MegaFon
Deputy CEO for digital projects and government relations of USM Management LLC; member of the Board of Directors of PJSC MegaFon; president of Big Data Association; head of working group Data Infrastructure of the Autonomous Non-commercial Organization Data Economy. Since 2018 Anna Serebryanikova has been a member of the Board of Directors of MegaFon as USM Holding representative. Prior to this, she served as Chief Operating Officer of MegaFon. Due to her management, MegaFon has the most developed infrastructure in 5G, Big Data, and IoT. A recognized expert in the telecommunications field, and in the digitalization of business and the economy, she is a regular speaker on major industry forums and conferences, and has numerous published articles. As head of a working group in Data Economy, Anna leads a collaboration of business and government representatives in the implementation of the data program of the Russian Government. Anna serves on the Board of Directors of the Non-commercial Partnership GLONASS, the Board of Directors of the Russian Media Communication Union, the billing company Peter-Service, and the Board of Trustees of Polytechnic Museum. In addition, she is the co-chair of the Committee on the Data Economy in the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Expert Council in the State Duma Committee on Information Policy and IT. From 1998 till 2004, Anna worked for the Foundation for Enterprises Restructuring in the Russian Ministry of Finance. She graduated with honors from the Law School of Moscow State University and received a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester (Great Britain).
Director of Government Relations, Rostelecom
Ms Irina Sirenko was born in Moscow, in 2004 graduated with honors from the State University of Management in Jurisprudence. PhD in Law (2008, The Institute of State and Law AT the Russian Academy of Sciences). She was one of the authorship of the most basic laws on information technology in Russia (“On electronic signature”, “On the Organization of Provision of State and Municipal Services”, “On Personal Data”). 2004 - 2011 Lawyer Consultant, The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Project Manager, The Ministry of Mass Communications of the Russian Federation; 2011 – 2018 Deputy Director, The Moscow City Government, Information Technologies Department; From 2019 to present – Head of GR, PAO “Rostelecom”
“Digital economy is a new paradigm for the development of the state, the economy and society.”
To participants, organizers and guests of the
25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. I sincerely congratulate the Forum organizers and all those who have taken and are taking part in its work on this significant anniversary.
Over the years, the Forum has become a highly respected and representative international event. Its participants, which include Russian and foreign politicians, scientists and entrepreneurs, focus on a variety of topics concerning the domestic and world economy: from specific areas of industrial cooperation to information security and environmental protection. Mutually beneficial long-term contracts are signed and business experience is exchanged in the course of direct and constructive communication.
The Forum’s anniversary is taking place at a difficult time for the entire international community. The mistakes of Western countries in economic policy over many years and illegitimate sanctions have led to a wave of global inflation, the disruption of usual supply chains, and a sharp increase in poverty and food shortages. Yet, as can be the case, along with these challenges, new prospects are emerging. This is why the Forum’s slogan – New Opportunities in a New World – seems so relevant.
I am confident that for Russia the 2020s will become a period when the country strengthens its economic sovereignty, which involves the accelerated development of its infrastructure and technological base, qualitative upgrades in the level of training for specialists, as well as the establishment of an independent and efficient financial system. In addition, the Russian economy will increasingly rely on private initiatives and, of course, will remain committed to transparency and broad international cooperation.
It is in our common interests to bolster trade and investment, encourage the joint development of technologies, strengthen financial and stock markets, and increase the share of settlements in national currencies. It is crucial to introduce and develop truly mutually beneficial integration models, as is already being done in the Eurasian Economic Union.
I strongly believe that the Forum will continue to make a significant contribution to solving numerous high-priority challenges facing humanity, while mutual trust, meaningfulness and commitment to fruitful dialogue and partnership will invariably remain its distinguishing features.