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Speakers and moderators

May 29, Tuesday

09.30 - 10.30 Opening ceremony Opening Remarks by the Head of Organizing Committee 

Yuri

Ushakov

The Chairman of the Organizing Committee

Aide to the President of the Russian Federation

May 29, Tuesday

09.30 - 10.30 Opening ceremony  Opening Remarks
17.00 - 18.30 Panel Discussion 4 Exit Strategy for the Ukraine Crisis; Moderator

May 30, Wednesday

16.10 - 17.30 Special Panel  The Future of Russian Economy; Moderator

Member of the Presidium of the Presidential Council for Science and Education, Secretary of the Division for Global Issues and International Relations of RAS, Member of the Presidium of RAS. Chairman of the Russian Pugwash Committee Under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Alexander

Dynkin

President of IMEMO, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (Economics), Professor 

May 29, Tuesday

09.30 - 10.30 Opening ceremony  Opening Remarks

Coordination of the national chambers of commerce and industry network, which incorporates territorial chambers of commerce and industry, associations and business unions; and cooperation with legislative assemblies and executive authorities at both national and regional levels, are high-priority tasks of Sergey Katyrin’s activities as President of the CCI of Russia.

Sergey

Katyrin

President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI of Russia)

Director General of WTC Moscow,  Chairman of Management Board. 

Vladimir

Strashko

Director General of WTC Moscow,  Chairman of Management Board 

May 30, Wednesday 12.00 - 13.30
Panel Discussion 6  Russia and the EU: Interdependence or Confrontation

His research focus is theoretical analysis of the processes of economic policy-making  and regulation of international economic processes. The only economist in Russia who developed the area of research entitled «International Political Economy».

 

Sergey

Afontsev

Head of the Department of Economic Theory at IMEMO, Member and Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (Economics)

May 29, Tuesday 15.00 - 16.30; Moderator 
Panel Discussion 3 The new «Great game» in the Middle East

Former Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (1996-1999), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Moscow (1999-2001) and to London (2004-2008).  Former President of the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) from 2012 to 2016.

Giancarlo

Aragona

Senior Advisor, Member of the Scientific Committee, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

May 30, Wednesday 10.00 11.30
Panel Discussion 5 Is there a Future for Arms Control?

One of the leading Russian experts on international security, arms control and disarmament issues. From 1993 to 2003 member of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Alexey

Arbatov

Head of the Center for International Security at IMEMO, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (History) 

May 29, Tuesday 15.00 - 16.30
Panel Discussion 3 The new «Great game» in the Middle East

Brigadier General (ret.) Shlomo Brom has been a Senior Research Associate at INSS (The Institute for National Security Studies) since 1999 with several breaks. In 2014-2015 he was a visiting senior fellow at The Center for American Progress (CAP). In 2000-2001 Gen. Brom was Deputy of the Israeli National Security Adviser. His last position in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) was Director of the Strategic Planning Division. He also represented Israel in multilateral talks on Arms Control and Regional Security. 

Shlomo

Brom

Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Program on Israeli-Palestinian Relations 

May 30, Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00
Panel Discussion 7  Society changing Tech: Its Expanses and Limits

 In 2013 he retired from a 28-year career in the CIA and State Department, the last ten spent at the National Intelligence Council, where he was leading the preparation of the Global Trends Report Forecasts. He collaborated with IMEMO on a joint report entitled Global System on the Brink.

 

Mathew

Burrows

Director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative 

May 30, Wednesday 10.00 11.30
Panel Discussion 5 Is there a Future for Arms Control?

Ambassador Burt serves as hairman of the board of advisors of The National Interest, an influential U.S. foreign policy journal. He is a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Member of the executive board of the Atlantic Council. He also serves on a number of prominent corporate boards.

Richard

Burt

Managing Partner for Europe, Russia and Eurasia at McLarty Associates

May 29, Tuesday 10.30 - 12.00 
Panel Discussion 1 The «New Bipolarity»: Myth or Reality?

His current research interest focuses on great power politics and foreign behavior of small states in Eurasian region.

Yang

Cheng

Professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Shanghai International Studies University 

May 29, Tuesday 17.00 - 18.30
Panel Discussion 4 Exit Strategy for the Ukraine Crisis

President of the State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN). An outstanding Russian historian, the leading Russian expert in the history of the relationship between Russia and Europe in the twentieth century. Head of the Educational and Methodical Association of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

Alexander

Chubarian

Academic Director of the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (History), Professor

May 29, Tuesday 17.00 - 18.30
Panel Discussion 4 
Exit Strategy for the Ukraine Crisis

Previously she served as Senior Advisor to the Commander, U.S. European Command, who is dual-hatted as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Earlier, at the Congressional Research Service, Dr. Dale led analytical efforts regarding defense strategy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Georgia, she helped craft the UN effort aimed at achieving a political settlement of the conflict in Georgia’s break-away region, Abkhazia.

Catherine

Dale

Director for the Center for Russia and Eurasia at the RAND Corporation

May 29, Tuesday 12.30 - 14.00 
Panel Discussion 2 Infrastructure Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: on Land and at Sea

1987 – B. Ec. at the Rostov State University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Researcher, HCMA 1997 – Ph.D. in Economics, at The Australian National University, Canberra. Lecturer, HCMA. 2002 – Vice director, the Institute of Political Science, HCMA, Ha Noi, Viet Nam. 2009-present: Director, the Institute of Political Science, HCMA.

Ngo Huy

Duc

Director General of the Institute of Political Science at Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics (HCMA)

May 30, Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00; Moderator
Panel Discussion 7  Society changing Tech: Its Expanses and Limits

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Science Foundation, 1st Class  Advisor of the State of the Russian Federation. Doctor of Science (Physics and Mathematics).

Andrei

Fursenko

Aide to the President of the Russian Federation 

May 30, Wednesday 12.00 - 13.30
Panel Discussion 6  Russia and the EU: Interdependence or Confrontation

His academic and professional background has been closely related to post-Soviet space, but also to wider international issues (security, energy, and digital governance). He is currently working on Russia, digital governance, country risk, and think tanks. Thomas Gomart has been a member of the Committee on the Strategic Review of Defense and National Security 2017 (French Ministry of Armed Forces). He is also a member of the editorial board of the French journals «Politique étrangère», «Etudes», and «Revue des deux mondes».

Thomas

Gomart

Director of French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)

May 29, Tuesday 10.30 - 12.00 
Panel Discussion 1 The «New Bipolarity»: Myth or Reality?

He was leading Boisto Russian-American group on Ukrainian conflict resolution, he is a lecturer in at the MacMillan Center at Yale University, focusing on Russian and European Studies.

 

Thomas

Graham

Managing Director at Kissinger Associates, Inc. and Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University

 

 

Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation (2000-2007). Since November 2007 –  CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank.

Herman

Gref

CEO, Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank of Russia

May 29, Tuesday 10.40 - 12.00; Moderator 
Panel Discussion 1 The «New Bipolarity»: Myth or Reality?

Alexander Grushko is a Russian diplomat, and is currently Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, since 22 January 2018. Previously, he was the Permanent Representative of Russia to NATO, serving from 2012 to 2018. Since 2004 he has the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Alexander

Grushko

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

May 29, Tuesday 12.30 - 14.00 
Panel Discussion 2 Infrastructure Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: on Land and at Sea

The main focus of his scientific research is Russian foreign policy, Sino-Russian relations, China’s and Russia’s contemporary political and social transitions, SCO and the social-political development in the Central Asian countries. ditor board member of the international academic journal «Region».

Guihai

Guan

Executive Vice President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University (PKU). Director of the Center for Modern Russian Studies of PKU, a Consultant of Sino-Russian Subcommittee of Cooperation in Education at the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China 

May 29, Tuesday 17.00 - 18.30
Panel Discussion 4 Exit Strategy for the Ukraine Crisis

Before his appointment, Alexander Hug was a Section Head and a Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. Mr. Hug, a trained lawyer, served as an Officer in the Swiss Army, including a stint as regional commander of the Swiss Headquarters Support Unit for the OSCE in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron and the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo. 

 

Alexander

Hug

Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine

May 30, Wednesday 12.00 - 13.30; Moderator
Panel Discussion 6  Russia and the EU: Interdependence or Confrontation

Leading German expert in world politics. He is a Senior Professor at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and serves on the boards of numerous non-profit-institutions, including SIPRI (Stockholm), SWP (Berlin), AICGS (Washington D.C.) and the American Academy (Berlin).

Wolfgang Friedrich

Ischinger

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

May 29, Tuesday 10.30 - 12.00 
Panel Discussion 1 The «New Bipolarity»: Myth or Reality?

May 30, Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00
Panel Discussion 7  Society changing Tech: Its Expanses and Limits

His own field of work is in Energy and Environment, subjects on which he has been speaking, writing and commenting on regularly. Looks at non-traditional security threats and the challenges to growth and employment faced by emerging economies in a rapidly changing world. His last posting with the Government of India was as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

 

Sunjoy

Joshi

Chairman, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi 

May 29, Tuesday 15.00 - 16.30
Panel Discussion 3 The new «Great game» in the Middle East

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States (2003-2010). Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Canada with residence in Washington, D.C.  (2004-2010). Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Brazil with residence in Washington, D.C. (2008-2010).  First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan (2010-2012).

Abdulaziz

Kamilov

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

May 29, Tuesday 17.00 - 18.30
Panel Discussion 4 Exit Strategy for the Ukraine Crisis

The Russian President's Special Envoy for Relations with CIS Member-States. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (2009). Representative of the executive authority of the Republic of Mari El in the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. President of the European Club. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian International Affairs Council. Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International non-governmental youth organization «Commonwealth».

Konstantin

Kosachev

Chairperson of the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs, First Vice-President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

May 30, Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00
Panel Discussion 7  Society changing Tech: Its Expanses and Limits

Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister of Krasnoyarsk Region (2008-2010); Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation (2012-2013). Head of the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (2013-2018).

Mikhail

Kotyukov

Minister of Science and Higher education of the Russian Federation

May 30, Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00
Panel Discussion 7  Society changing Tech: Its Expanses and Limits

Head of the Interdisciplinary Working Group at the Presidential Council for Science and Education. Prof. Kovalchuk is a member of the International XFEL Council, also is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

 

Mikhail

Kovalchuk

President f the National Research Center «Kurchatov Institute», Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

May 29, Tuesday 17.00 - 18.30
Panel Discussion 4 Exit Strategy for the Ukraine Crisis

Head of the Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe. Head of the Russian office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Moscow (2007-2012), Head of the Department of Central and Eastern Europe in Berlin (2012-2016).

Reinhard

Krumm

Head of the Regional Office for Cooperation and Peace in Europe

May 30, Wednesday 16.10 - 17.30
Special Panel

Dean of Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Saint Petersburg State University; Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Kudrin Foundation for Support Civil Initiatives; Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Gaidar Institute; Deputy Chairman at the Presidium of the Economic Council under the President of Russia; Member at the Presidium of the Economic Council under the President of Russia; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Endowment Fund of the European University at Saint Petersburg.

Alexey

Kudrin

Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

May 30, Wednesday 12.00 - 13.30
Panel Discussion 6  Russia and the EU: Interdependence or Confrontation

ead of Center for European Studies, professor of MGIMO University and editor-in-chief of «Outlines of Global Transformations». A well-known Russian expert in the field of studying world economy, transnational corporations, European and Eurasian integrations, socio-economic problems of the EU and the post-Soviet space.

Aleey

Kuznetsov

Deputy Director for Scientific Work of IMEMO, Member of Russian Academy of Science, Dr. of Science (Economics)

May 30, Wednesday 09.30 - 10.00

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Permanent Member of the Security Council of Russia. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation since 2004. Has the rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation. Permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

 

Sergey

Lavrov

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation 

May 30, Wednesday 10.00 11.30
Panel Discussion 5 Is there a Future for Arms Control?

Counselor and French Politician. Pierre Lellouche was Member of French Parliament 1993- 2017 (5 terms), member of the Paris City Council. He was member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the French National Assembly. Specialist in international affairs. He is author of numerous books and articles in national and international politics.

Pierre

Lellouche

 Associate Partner in  Agora Strategy Group

May 30, Wednesday 10.00 - 11.30; Moderator

Panel Discussion 5 Is there a Future for Arms Control?

Research professor at NRU Higher School of Economics and Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

Fyodor

Lukyanov

Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs

May 30, Wednesday 12.00 - 13.30
Panel Discussion 6  Russia and the EU: Interdependence or Confrontation

Professor of International Relations at Bocconi University. He is also Member of the Strategic Committee of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Member of the Europe Policy Group del World Economic Forum (Davos). An expert in the field of world politics, US foreign policy, Iran and the Middle East.

Paolo

Magri

Executive Vice President and Director of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

May 29, Tuesday 12.30 - 14.00 
Panel Discussion 2 Infrastructure Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: on Land and at Sea

Robert A. Manning served as senior strategist, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) National Counterproliferation Center. 

 

Robert A.

Manning

Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and its Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council 

May 30, Wednesday 12.00 - 13.30
Panel Discussion 6  Russia and the EU: Interdependence or Confrontation

She is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Director of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia’s Harriman Institute. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kimberly

Marten

Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University 

May 29, Tuesday

09.30 - 10.30 Opening ceremony Opening Remarks by the Head of Organizing Committee 

The representative of the executive body of state authority, the city of Saint Petersburg.

 

Valentina

Matviyenko

The Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

May 29, Tuesday 12.30 - 14.00 
Panel Discussion 2 Infrastructure Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: on Land and at Sea

Head of Center for Asia Pacific Studies. He specializes in Asian regionalism, integration processes in East Asia, China's economy and politics, risks and challenges to the development of China, the Russian-Chinese relations.

Vasily

Mikheev

Deputy Director for Scientific Work of IMEMO, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (Economics) 

May 29, Tuesday 15.00 - 16.30
Panel Discussion 3 The new «Great game» in the Middle East

Russian historian-orientalist, political scientist. Consultant of the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. He is a member of the advisory Scientific Council under the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, a member of the advisory Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russia, and chairman of the Scientific advisory board of the Russian Justice Ministry for studying religious materials. Member of prestigious Russian think tank – Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP). 

Vitaly

Naumkin

Academic Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (History), Professor

May 30, Wednesday 10.00 11.30
Panel Discussion 5 Is there a Future for Arms Control?

Sergey Rogov is an expert in foreign policy and international relations, national and global security. He is a Member of the Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences; Member of Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russian Federation as well as the President of the Center for national security and international relations.

Sergey

Rogov

Academic Director of the Institute for the U.S. and Canadian Studies, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (History), Professor 

May 29, Tuesday 10.30 - 12.10 
Panel Discussion 1 The «New Bipolarity»: Myth or Reality?

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Bertelsmann Foundation and a Member of the supervisory board of RWE AG.  Since 2008 he has been President of the Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria. Serving as Federal Chancellor of Austria, amongst other things, he strove for the integration of Austria into the European Union.

Wolfgang

Schüssel

Federal Chancellor of Austria (2000–2007), Chairman of DER-Dialog-Europe-Russia

May 29, Tuesday 12.30 - 14.00 
Panel Discussion 2 Infrastructure Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: on Land and at Sea

Chairperson of the organizing Committee the Makuhari Congress of the ICCEES. President of the Japanese Association of the International Relations (2002-2004). And member of the Japan-Russia Eminent Persons' Council (2004-2006)/ Nobuo Shimotomai specializes Russian and CIS politics and history.

 

Nobuo

Shimotomai

Professor at Faculty of Law and politics Hosei University, Tokyo 

May 30, Wednesday 10.00 11.30
Panel Discussion 5 Is there a Future for Arms Control?

Rakesh Sood joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976, first serving in Brussels, Dakar, Geneva, and Islamabad in different capacities, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, D.C. At the Ministry, he set up the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division in the Foreign Ministry and led it for eight years. He has served as India’s first Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and later as Ambassador to Afghanistan, Nepal and France. After retiring in 2013, Ambassador Sood was Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament and Non-proliferation, a position he held until May 2014.

Rakesh

Sood

Distinguished Fellow at Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

May 29, Tuesday 15.00 - 16.30
Panel Discussion 3 The new «Great game» in the Middle East

Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. Member of the Advisory Council under the European Command of the US Armed Forces and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Angela

Stent

Director, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University

May 30, Wednesday 14.30 - 16.00
Panel Discussion 7  Society changing Tech: Its Expanses and Limits

Expert in economic policy and public finance, author of a large number of studies on topical problems of economics and public administration. His sphere of interest also covers the political life of Japan and its relations with other countries of East Asia.

 

Naoki

Tanaka

President of the Research Center for International Problems of Public Policy 

May 29, Tuesday 12.30 - 14.00 
Panel Discussion 2 Infrastructure Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: on Land and at Sea

Member of the Presidium of the Presidential Council for Science and Education. Chairman of the United Nations Association of Russia. Prof. Torkunov is an expert in international relations, regional subsystems (in the Asia-Pacific region and Northeast Asia), the recent history of Korea, the history of diplomacy. 

 

Anatoly

Torkunov

Rector of MGIMO University, Full Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor 

May 29, Tuesday 17.00 - 18.30
Panel Discussion 4 Exit Strategy for the Ukraine Crisis

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, Army General. In 1967-2000, he worked in Soviet and Russian foreign intelligence sector. He has served as First Deputy Minister at the Russian MFA (2000-2004), Russia’s Ambassador to India (2004-2009). Former Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of the Russian Federation.

Vyacheslav

Trubnikov

Member of Board of Directors at Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations

May 29, Tuesday 12.30 - 14.00 
Panel Discussion 2 Infrastructure Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region: on Land and at Sea

Nandan Unnikrishnan is one of India’s leading experts on the former Soviet space, particularly India-Russia relations. He heads the Eurasia Studies Program. Recently he has co-authored two monographs: one on Russia-China relations – published by ORF, and one on China-Central Asia Ties.

Nandan

Unnikrishnan

Vice President & Senior Fellow of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) 

May 29, Tuesday 10.30 - 12.00 
Panel Discussion 1 The «New Bipolarity»: Myth or Reality?

Expert in US foreign and security policy in Asia Pacific and in Europe, Transatlantic and US–Russia relations. He took part in several track-2 and track-1.5 initiatives including EASI military-political group (2009-2012) and Boisto group (2014).

Feodor

Voitolovsky

Director of IMEMO, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Dr. of Science (Politics)

May 29, Tuesday

09.30 - 10.30 Opening ceremony Opening Remarks by the Head of Organizing Committee 

The Head of LDPR.

 

Vladimir

Zhirinovsky

Member of the State Duma Council of the Russian Federation