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Date
29-30 September, 2016
Venue
Minsk, Marriott Hotel
Speakers
80 professional speakers

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Broadening the Horizons

Belarus Forum is:

    • the first forum in Belarus to bring together representatives of state authorities, local business, foreign investors, international institutions and world-known experts in investments and economy;
    • access to the firsthand information on trends of the Belarusian economy, investment and funding opportunities, and expert proposals to improve the institutional environment, as timely and detailed as it can be;
    • real success stories shared by the companies, which had their businesses launched in Belarus with the support of international financial institutions;
    • all-country event, which is set to gather opportunities from across many different sectors and industries and to strike the balance of interests, as being organized under collaboration of the governmental agency on investments, the leading private investment company in Belarus, and the country’s main independent think-tank with the financial support of the European Union

Objective of the Forum is:

To invigorate cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the international financial community through:
  • creation of a platform for an open dialogue to develop prospective areas of investment cooperation and initiate particular investment projects
  • elaboration of a road-map of coordinated efforts to improve the institutional capacity for attraction of investments and funds,
which will contribute to the development of both public and private sectors of the Belarusian economy.

Organization Team

UNITER Investment Company – leader in M&A, financial and corporate consulting in Belarus

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National Agency of Investment and Privatization of the Republic of Belarus – investment promotion agency of Belarus

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Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies – country’s leading independent think-tank

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Supported by

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Agenda

Forum opening ceremony

Keynote introductory speeches by:
  • Representative of State Authorities of the Republic of Belarus
  • Vassilis Maragos - Head of Unit C/2: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus & Eastern Partnership
  • Dr. Thomas Mirow - Senior Advisor of Rothschild Group, former President of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (2008-2012)
  • Rufat Alimardanov - Regional Head, Ukraine and Belarus at International Finance Corporation
  • Antonio Somma - Head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Eurasia Competitiveness Programme
  • Wang Jinzhen - Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Panel discussion: The investment potential of the Republic of Belarus: Opportunities and Perspective areas of cooperation

Panelists:
  • Natallia Nikandrava - Director of the National Agency of Investment and Privatization
  • Bruno Balvanera - Director for Caucasus, Moldova and Belarus at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Dmitry Kalechits - Deputy Chairman of the Board at National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
  • Maxim Ermolovich - First Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Belarus
  • Aleksander Yaroshenko - Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus
  • Kirill Koroteev - First Deputy General Director at CJSC Industrial Park Development Company
  • Dr. Valery Tsepkalo - Director of Belarus Hi-Tech Park
  • Arkadiy Dobkin - The Principal Founder, CEO and President of EPAM Systems
  • Philipp Brunner - CEO Stadler Minsk
  • Paweł Gruza - Ministry of Treasury Republic of Poland, Undersecretary of State
  • Sefa Gomdeniz - Chairman of the Belarusian-Turkish Business Cooperation Council
Moderator: Francis P. Delaey - Country Manager for Belarus at European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Panel discussion

Panel A. Presentation of existing funding programs
Panelists:
  • Vitaly Artyushchenko - Chief Investment Adviser in CIS countries at the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
  • Matthew Jordan-Tank - Head of Infrastructure Policy Department at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Clemens Finger - Director (Russia and neighboring CIS countries) at KFW DEG
  • Olga Sherbina  - Head of Belarus Office at International Finance Corporation
Moderator: Dmitry Shemetilo - Bloomberg Fixed Income Application Specialist , Emerging Markets
Panel B. Public-Private Partnership as an effective tool to attract investment and development infrastructure
Panelists
  • Elena Gordeeva - Senior banker, Transport Team, Infrastructure Business Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Nico Saporiti - Senior Investment Officer in the Public Private Partnerships Advisory group at International Finance Corporation
  • Vitaliy Maximov - Chairman of the Board of CJSC TRANSPROEKT Group
  • Catherine Samavitsenya - Head of PPP practice at the Central Projects Management Agency, Republic of Lithuania
  • Galymbek Mamraev - Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC Kazakhstan PPP Center
  • Sergey Vaytehovsky - Head of Investment Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Economy of Belarus
  • Viktor Valyushitsky - Chairman of the Standing Commission of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on economic
  • Irina Zapatrina - Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian PPP Center policy
Moderator: Igor Severin - Coordinator of the Program for Economic and Regional Development, UNDP

Open discussion: The ways of broadening opportunities to increase financing for Belarus

Panel A. Attracting investment and improving the efficiency of state enterprises: privatization and alternatives
Panelists:
  • Raisa P. Savritskaya - Deputy Chairman of the State Control Committee
  • Dmitri Sidorov - Chief of Main Department of Property Relations
  • Young Chul Kim - Country Manager for Belarus, Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank
  • Ron Kopicki - The World Bank Adviser
  • Giovanni Salvetti - Managing Director (Head of CIS) at Rothschild
  • Petteri Pihlajamäki - Director at Pöyry Management Consulting
  • Neil Withers - President of CFA Russia, the local affiliate of the CFA Institute
  • Seweryn Szwarocki - Director of Capital Markets Department at Ministry of Treasury in Poland
  Moderator: Roman Osipov - Director at UNITER Investment Company
Panel B. Attracting investments in greenfield projects
Panelists
  • Marck Wengrzik - Managing Director at AKA Bank
  • Kirill Koroteev - First Deputy General Director at CJSC Industrial Park Development Company
  • Igor Gurkov - Laboratory Head at National Research University “Higher School of Economics”
  • Colin Chapman - Founder and Managing Director, Head of Refining Department at TNK (2003-2004)
  • David Baron - Chairman, Belarus – U.S. Business Council, shareholder at the Greenberg Traurig law firm
Moderator: Andrew Wrobel - Head of Editorial at Emerging Europe

Panel discussion: Financial market development: fuelling the growth

Panel A. Belarusian companies prospects on global financial market
Panelists:
  • Anna Korneevich - Head of Accounting and Disposal of Shares of the Main Department of Property Relations
  • Izabela Olszewska - Managing Director, Market Development at Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE)
  • Andrei Aukhimenia - Chairman of the Board at Belarusian Currency and Stock Exchange
  • Ayuna Nechaeva - Head of Russia, CIS & Mongolia, Primary Markets London Stock Exchange
  • Adnan Serhat Gorgun - Director of Marketing and Sales Department at Istanbul Stock Exchange
  • Yury Mandzhiev - Vice President of Business Development, The Bank of New York Mellon
  Moderator: Konstantin Mikhel - Managing partner at Vlasova Mikhel & Partners
Panel B. Consultants and professionals about the capital and financial markets of Belarus
Panelists:
  • Ulf Schneider - Founder and Managing Partner of SCHNEIDER GROUP
  • Daniel Quadbeck - Project Manager at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Eurasia Competitiveness Programme
  • Nikolay Shestak - Legal Counsel IR Manager at Zubr Capital
  • Kornelijus Celutka - Investment Director at BaltCap
  • Andrey Zhyshkevich - Chairman of the Board at CJSC “MTBank”
Moderator: Sergey Mashonsky - Senior Partner at Arzinger & Partners law firm

Panel discussion (А)

Attraction of FDI in Belarus
  • Marina Borovko - Deputy Chairman of the Association of European Business, Senior Lecturer of the International Tourism Department of the BSU, PhD in Economics
  • Wladimir Augustinski - Head of Representative Office of German Economy in Belarus
  • Robert Kirchner - Representative of Berlin Economics GMBH
  • Evgenij Terekhov - Managing Director Private Equity, SBD Global Fund
  • Xinghong Hua - Managing Director, Head of China at Cerberus Capital Management LP
Moderator: Andrew Wrobel - Head of Editorial at Emerging Europe

Panel discussion (C)

Effective management of the state property
  • Representative of State Committee on Property
  • Dr. Ona Rainyte-Bodard - Resident Adviser at National Agency of Investment and Privatization, International Expert on Privatization, Institutional Building, and Inter-Institutional Relation
  • Halina Jascanka - Representative of McKinsey
  • László Bruszt - Professor , Chair of Political and Social Transformations, Department of Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute
Moderator: Andrey Derekh - Chairman of the Board of Directors at UNITER Investment Company

Panel discussion (E)

Developing innovative economy and IT
  • Arkadij Dobkin - The Principal Founder, CEO and President of EPAM Systems
  • Yuri Gurskij - IT-entrepreneur, Project Founder (Viaden Media), Project Mentor - Maps.me, MSQRD, Prisma
  • Vladimir Basko - CEO at the Scientific and Technological Association “INFOPARK”
  • Alexander Martinkevich – Deputy Director of Belarus Hi-Tech Park
  • Anton Myakishev – Head of Microsoft in Belarus
  • Natalia Corobco - Country Business Development Manager at Google
Moderator: Denis Aleinikov - Advocate, Senior partner at law firm "Aleinikov&Partners"

Panel discussion (G)

Improving the legal environment
  • Tatjana Ignatovskaya - Attorney at Law, Partner, Attorneys at Law «Stepanovski, Papakul & partners»
  • Maksim Znak - Partner, Ph.D. Advocate at Law firm of Borovtsov & Salei
  • Andrey Shimonovich - Advocate SBH Law Office
  • Timour Sysouev - Advocate, Managing partner at the SBH Law Office
  • Valerij Fadeev - Advisor at the International Finance Corporation
  • Helen Mourashko - Head of the Corporate practice, advocate at Group “REVERA”
Moderator: Alena Salei - Counsel at Law firm of Borovtsov & Salei

Panel discussion (В)

Improving the quality of human capital assets: education, labor market, migration
  • Arkadij Shklyar - Rector of the National Institute for Professional Education, EdD, professor, academician
  • Andrei Laurukhin - Associate Professor of Department of Sociology at National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, PhD
  • Marianne Sakalova - Project manager, Demographic security of the Republic of Belarus
  • Zeynal Hajiyev - Chief of the International Organization for Migration Minsk Mission
  • Balint Magyar - Researcher, strategic consultant, Financial Research Institute
  • Oleg Tokun - Head of Employment Policy Department at Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus
  • Mel Rogers - Vice-Chairman of Belarus operations and CEO at British-Belarus Chamber of Commerce
Moderator: Alexei Pikulik - BISS academic director

Panel discussion (D)

Improving the inbound tourist sector
  • Representative of National Tourism Agency
  • Oleg Mikhailov - Director RUE “TsentrKurort”
  • Dmitri Reshetnikov - Lecture of the International Tourism Department at Belarusian State University, PhD in Geography
  • Sergey Plytkevich - Director at International Fund of Support Wild Nature “Krasny Bor”
  • Darius Udris - Head of the International Agency for the Develop- ment of Business and Tourism «Go! Vilnius», Lithuania
Moderator: Roman Kostitsyn - Development Director of Communica- tion Agencies «ARS Communication»

Panel discussion (F)

Prospects and investment potential of Belarus real estate market
  • Denis Chetverikov - Partner, Director of Research & Advisory Department at Colliers Int. in Belarus
  • Vasilij Miadelets - Representative of Remax in Belarus
  • Yuri Popov - Deputy Director of Consulting and Analytics Department at Group of companies "Tvoya Stolitsa"
  • Valentin Galich - Representative of SB Global
  • Roman Osipov - Representative of UNITER investment Company
  • Gary Burrows - Representative of ACR Partners
Moderator: - Representative of Colliers Int. in Belarus

Panel discussion (H)

Improving the environment for non-profit organizations
  • Irina Lukjanova - Economist, Associate Professor of Taxes and Taxation Department at Belarusian State Economic University
  • Yuri Chausov - Lawyer at Assembly of NGOs
  • Laurent Vinatier - UPPSALA University
  • Ivan Shchadranok - Director of Interakcia Foundation
  • Olga Smolianko - Lawyer, expert in the field of right to association and the right of NPOs, Director of the Center for Legal Transformation
  • Allan Jorgensen - The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Department Director
  • Balazs Jarabik - Representative of PACT
  • Wolfgang Sender - Representative of KONRAD-ADENAUER-STIFTUNG (Belarus)
Moderator: Andrei Egorov - Director of the Center for European Transformation

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For foreign participants of Forum, short-term (type C) single-entry visas will be issued free of charge either upon your arrival at Minsk airport or at your local Belarus’ embassy, pending on your preference. The visa procedures will be  launched automatically upon the confirmation of registration.

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Our speakers

THOMAS MIROW

HSH Nordbank AG, Rothschild & Cie, JSC Baiterek, F. Laeisz

Alistair Clark

Managing Director at the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership

Marck Wengrzik

Executive Director of AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Giovanni Salvetti

Managing Director (Head of CIS) at Rothschild

Natallia Nikandrava

Director of the National Agency of Investment and Privatization

Vitaly Artyuschchenko

Chief Investment Adviser in CIS countries at NEFCO

Dr. Bálint MAGYAR

Member, Governing Board, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (2008-2012)

Colin Chapman

Founder and CEO of Euro Petroleum Consultants ltd

Arkadiy Dobkin

Principal founder, CEO and President of EPAM Systems

Philipp Brunner

CEO Stadler Minsk bei Stadler Rail AG

Natalia Corobco

Country Business Development Manager, Google

Igor Gurkov

Laboratory Head Corporate Strategies, Organizational Structures, and Management Innovations at Higher School of Economics

Andrey Derekh

Chairman of the Board of Directors at UNITER Investment company

Roman Osipov

Managing Director of UNITER Investment company

Dmitry Kalechits

Deputy Chairman of the Board at National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Francis Delaey

Country Manager for Belarus at EBRD

Matthew Jordan-Tank

Head of Infrastructure Policy at EBRD

Clemens Finger

Director of DEG’s representative office in Moscow

Dr. Ona Rainyte-Bodard

Resident Adviser at National Agency of Investment and Privatization

Rufat Alimardanov

Regional Head for Ukraine and Belarus at the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Maxim Ermolovich

First Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of Belarus

Neil Withers

President of CFA Russia

Ulf Schneider

Founder and Managing Partner SCHNEIDER GROUP

Dr. Valery Tsepkalo

Ambassador, Head of Belarus Hi-Tech Park

Mel Rogers

Vice-Chairman of Belarus operations and CEO at British-Belarus Chamber of Commerce

Kornelijus Celutka

Director at BaltCap

Ayuna Nechaeva

Head of Russia, CIS & Mongolia Primary Markets at London Stock Exchange

Dr. Wladimir Augustinski

Head of the Representative Office of German Economy in the Republic of Belarus

Andrey Zhishkevich

Chairman of the Management Board of JSC "MTBank"

Olga Shcherbina

Head of Office of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the Republic of Belarus

Nico Saporiti

Senior investment Officer in the Public Private Partnerships Advisory group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Valery Fadeev

Senior Legal Adviser at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the Republic of Belarus

Denis Chetverikov

Director of Research and Advisory Department at Colliers International, Belarus

Yuri Popov

Deputy Head of the group of companies "TVOYA STOLITSA"", consulting and analytics sector

Dmitry Shemetilo

Fixed Income Market Specialist, Bloomberg LP

Denis Aleinikov

Advocate, Senior partner at law firm "Aleinikov&Partners"

Konstantin Mikhel

Managing partner VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

Sergey Mashonsky

Senior Partner at Arzinger & Partners law firm

Timour Sysouev

Advocate, Managing partner of the SBH Law Office

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