International Conference

«Emerging Technologies: Societal Challenges and Global Governance»



On December 5, 2019 Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences  with support of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia, The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund organizes on Dec.5, 2019 3rd international conference «Emerging Technologies: Societal Challenges and Global Governance» (EMERTECH 2019). The conference will take place in Moscow in IMEMO building. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is advancing, with global markets to grow almost 3 times in the next decade from current $20-25 billion, new technological advancements already in place, and new innovation frontiers in sight. Unsurprisingly, developed and emerging economies are putting strong accent on AI. In 2017 The State Council of China endorsed the “New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan”, Germany unveiled AI Strategy in 2018, the USA released American AI Initiative in February of 2019, Russia adopted National AI Strategy in October of 2019. Other nations including India are also elaborating policy options. 

The world is entering a global AI race, with important societal, economic, political and regulatory challenges to be addressed. 

Supporting global discussions on the AI, IMEMO and its partners are focusing EMERTECH 2019 at following aspects of AI development: 

  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy for AI.
  • AI Regulatory challenges.
  • Russian efforts in AI area and international cooperation.
  • AI: Issues For Global Governance.

We expect  more than 30 leading experts and officials from the Russia and other nations and international organizations to take part in the event as speakers.



Igor Agamirzian
Vice President, Head of the Department for Management of Innovation, Higher School of Economics

Feodor Voitolovsky
Director of IMEMO, orresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, D.Sc. (Politics), Russia


Presentation I, II
Dr. Rong Ke
Associate Professor, Institute of Economics, School of Social Science at Tsinghua University

Alex Nevidomsky
Head of AI Lab at Samsung R&D Institute,


Anna Abramova
Head of Department of Digital Economy and Artificial Intelligence of ADV Group of Companies, scientific adviser for the AI Master Program at MGIMO University

Presentation I, II
Vladislav Shershulsky
Director, Prospective Technologies, for Microsoft in Russia

Anastasia Nazarenko
Deputy Director, Center for Industry and Corporate Projects, ISSEK, HSE

Ivan Danilin
Head of Science and Innovation Department,


Carina Prunkl
Professor, Oxford University

Gennady Kurkin
Director, Center for AI Science and Technology, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Fiztekh)

Vladimir Kuznetsov
Representative of the U.N. Information Center
in Moscow


Garbuk Sergey
Director for Research Projects,
Higher School of Economics


Anton Lachinov
Head of Analytical Support for Interaction with Government Agencies,
Vimpelcom PJSC

Tim Cranton
Associate General Counsel,
Microsoft Europe


Nikhila Natarajan
Fellow, digital content, ORF, India

Chen Fan    
Professor, Northeastern University, China

Artemy Malkov    
Founder of the AI Business Solutions laboratory

Tada Kanae
Technical officer in areas of youth employment and labour market research at the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Andrey Rzhaksinskiy
Expert SAP 

Julien Nocetti 
IFRI (Institut Français Des Relations Internationales), France

Igor Sheremet 
Deputy Director for Science of Russian Foundation For Basic Research, Corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Wang Jian
Professor, Tsinghua University, China

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