8:00 am - 8:45 am
Participants registration Reception
9:00 am - 9:30 pm
Opening ceremony and welcome speeches Auditorium

Moderator: Marcello FOA, President, RAI (Italy)

  • Federico SBOARINA, Mayor of Verona (Italy)
  • Romano PRODI, President, Fund for International Cooperation; Prime Minister of Italy 1996 – 1998, 2006 – 2008
  • Antonio FALLICO, President, Banca Intesa Russia; President, Association Conoscere Eurasia (Italy)

9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Special sessionAuditorium

Geopolitics and economic development largely depend on the performance of the global energy market i.e. oil and gas. What trends have we seen in this key global market, and how might this market change? What could be the consequences of these changes?

  • Igor SECHIN, President and CEO, Rosneft (Russia)
  • ROSNEFT International partners

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 1 - Current geopolitical situation and freedom of business Auditorium

The world is going through a period of geopolitical tension that is currently showing little signs of fading. These tensions raise additional, and sometimes unwanted economic and social barriers for trading nations. Various restrictions and protectionist tendencies replace a ‘freedom of trade’ model. In these conditions, political dialogue becomes especially crucial. It is very important to establish contacts between the EU and the EEU, as well as between other regional associations in the Greater Eurasia territory.

Moderator: Mark ENTIN, Head of the European Law Chair; Professor, MGIMO University; Ambassador of Russia to Luxembourg 2012-2016

  • Alfred VON LIECHTENSTEIN, Chairman of the Advisory Board, International Peace Foundation
  • Ram MADHAV, National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Director, India Foundation
  • Stefano MANSERVISI, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development
  • Grigory RAPOTA, State Secretary of the Union State of Russia and Belarus
  • Aleksander SHOKHIN, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (Russia)
  • Tatiana VALOVAYA, Minister of Integration and Macroeconomics, Eurasian Economic Commission

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Session 2 - Horizons of the gas industry Auditorium

Natural gas looms large, becoming the most attractive energy source in terms of price, availability of resources and environmental compatibility. However, there are certain barriers which exist, such as the availability of new promising projects and conditions for the development of the natural gas market. The speakers in this panel will discuss this industry, the barriers, and how they can be addressed.

  • Leonid MIKHELSON, Chairman of the Management Board, Novatek (Russia)
  • NOVATEK International partners

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Coffee BreakBouvette
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Session 3 - Business dialogue in Greater Eurasia Auditorium

Business and government leaders will share their views on the prospects of progressive economic interaction from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Moderator: Konstantin SIMONOV, General Director, National Energy Security Fund (Russia)

  • Marco TRONCHETTI PROVERA, Executive Vice Chairman, CEO, Pirelli & C. (Italy)
  • Elena BURMISTROVA, General Director, Gazprom Export (Russia)
  • Mattia FANTINATI, State Secretary for the Ministry of Public Administration (Italy)
  • Veronica NIKISHINA, Minister for Trade, Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Sadyk SAFAEV, First Deputy Chairperson Senate of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan
  • Johan VANDERPLAETSE, President, Association of the European Business; President, Russia & CIS / Senior Vice-President, Schneider Electric (France)

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Summarising remarksAuditorium

Moderator: Alessandro BANFI, Director Mediaset, Head of Matrix analytic program

  • Vladimir CHIZHOV, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the European Union
  • Sergey RAZOV, Ambassador of Russia to Italy
  • Antonio FALLICO, President, Banca Intesa Russia; President, Association Conoscere Eurasia (Italy)

8:30 am - 9:00 am
Participants registration Reception
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening of the second dayAuditorium

Moderator: Alessandro CASSIERI, RAI PARIS – Bureau Chief (Italy)

  • Giancarlo GIORGETTI, Undersecretary of State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Luigi DI MAIO, Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies tbc
  • Antonio FALLICO, President, Banca Intesa Russia; President, Association Conoscere Eurasia (Italy)

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Session 4 - Financial resources for a breakthrough in the Eurasia’s economy of the future Auditorium

The financial sector is rapidly changing under the pressure of widespread new technologies and turbulent geopolitical situation. How do the top managers of leading financial institutions view the trends in the industry?

Moderator: Angelo TANTAZZI, President, Prometeia S.p.A.

  • Vladimir CHUBAR, Chairman of the Management Board, Credit Bank of Moscow (Russia)
  • Philippe DONNET, CEO, Generali (Italy)
  • Hans DÜBEL, Founder, Finpolconsult.de (Germany)
  • Carlo MESSINA, CEO, Intesa Sanpaolo Group (Italy)

11:30 am - 12:30 am
Session 5 - Business dialogue in Greater Eurasia: France's example Auditorium

France is regarded as one of the most important actors on the global stage – particularly from an economic standpoint. Top managers of the largest French companies will share their views on the prospects of economic interaction from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Moderator: Philippe PÉGORIER, President, Alstom Russia; Member of the Board, Association of the European Business

  • Frédéric SANCHEZ, CEO Fives Group, President MEDEF International
  • Guy SIDOS, President – General Director, Vicat; Deputy Chairman of the Franco-Kazakh Business Council MEDEF International
  • Christoph FONTAINE, General Director, IDEMIA; Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Council France-Uzbekistan, France-Tajikistan and France-Kyrgyzstan, MEDEF International
  • Yurij ABRAMOV, General Director, Agency for Technological Development (Russia)
  • Jean-Louis CHAUSSADE, General Director, Suez

12:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sessione 6 - Infrastructure from Atlantic to the Pacific Auditorium

China, the EU and EEU promote large-scale infrastructure development programs. The greatest results and efficiencies will be achieved if their efforts are combined.
Goods need to be produced and delivered to the markets. This creates new challenges in the use and development of transport, which becomes especially relevant in the case of Greater Eurasia.

Moderator: Marcello SORGI, journalist e writer (Italy)

  • Marco ALVERÀ, CEO, SNAM (Italy)
  • Gregorio DE FELICE, Chief Economist Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy)
  • JEONG Young Kyoon, CEO, Heerim Architects & Planners (South Korea)
  • Sergey KHRAMAGIN, General Director, GTLK (State Transport Leasing Company)
  • Mehmet ÖĞÜTÇÜ, Chairman Bosphorus Energy Club (Turkey)
  • Giovanni TOTI, President Liguria region (Italy)
  • Arpad VASARHELYI, Managing director, Rail Cargo Logistics Austria

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 7 - Innovations in agriculture and the agro-industrial sectorAuditorium

Achieving sustainable development in the agricultural sector is possible with the assimilation of modern information and communication technologies. The ways the sector has embraced digitalization, its transition to the model of land economies 4.0, and finally, an assimilation of the sectors latest achievements will be discussed by the speakers of this session.

Moderator: Eugenia SEROVA, Representative in Russia, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO 2016-2018)

  • Oded SHOSEYOV, Full Professor, The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture (Israel)
  • Margaret ZEIGLER, Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative (USA)

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Session 8 - Innovation technologies as a vector of sustainable social and economic development Auditorium

Technological developments in a variety of areas – digitalization, fintech in the banking sector, pharmacology, cybersecurity, etc. – lead to revolutionary changes in the economy and everyday life. The assimilation of such innovations becomes a necessity, but also creates new risks.

  • Chiara APPENDINO, Mayor, Turin (Italy)
  • Vartan DILANIAN, Country Managing Director, Accenture in Russia (Russia)
  • Alessandro PROFUMO, CEO, Leonardo (Italy)
  • Vladimir SHIPKOV, Executive Director, AIPM – Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Andrey SYCHEV, First Deputy Director of the Information Security Department of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Political perspectives for cooperation from the Atlantic to the PacificAuditorium

Moderator: Max FERRARI, independent journalist (Italy)

  • Matteo SALVINI, Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Closing remarksAuditorium

Moderator: Luciano LARIVERA, Economist

  • Delgermaa BANZRAGCH, Ambassador of Mongolia to Russia
  • John ZHANG, Secretary General International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN)
  • Pasquale TERRACCIANO, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the Russian Federation
  • Antonio FALLICO, President, Banca Intesa Russia; President, Association Conoscere Eurasia (Italy)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Special session - Uzbekistan and Italy: major joint projects
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Emerging Technologies for the Industrial Revolution: Hype Versus Reality

Today high technologies have an increasing impact on our daily lives and are reflected in almost all sectors of human activity — from medicine and education to agriculture, industry and services. Participants of the session will discuss what technologies are now at the peak of interest, and which can be dismissed.

  • Vyacheslav Makarov, Wargaming, Vice-president,
  • Oleg Artamonov, Unwired Devices LLC, General director, Russia
  • Dauren Toleuhanov, Digital Contracts Group, BrainPatch.io, Director, Kazakhstan
  • Stefanos Dimitriou, Wargaming, Lead VR/AR, Cyprus
  • Artyom Gavrichenkov, Qrator Labs, Technical Director, Russia

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Pharmaceutical market of EAEU - trends, opportunities, perspectives

Pharmaceutical market of the EAEU countries is a promising market due to the high demand in innovative and effective medical solutions and medicines, a set of government measures aimed at developing the pharmaceutical industry in the territory of the EAEU, health system reform to increase access to modern medical technologies and drugs. In recent years, the EAEU member countries have made a significant progress in the development of the pharmaceutical industry due to the implementation of numerous programs in the EAEU states. For example, in the Russian Federation due to program “PHARMA – 2020” production competencies and facilities covering a wide range of medicinal products has been developed. The international pharmaceutical industry made a major contribution to the implementation of this program, invested more than 5 billion euro in this sector, and contributed more than 30 billion in country economy. Currently the program “PHARMA – 2030” is being developed. It has the aim of the R&D sector development, export orientation, research competencies. An additional impetus to the development of the regional market as a whole and its national segments is provided by the creation of a single market for EAEU medicines, harmonized with international standards, including ICH and EU, and currently being implemented by member states.


  • Vladimir Shipkov, Executive Director, Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufactures (AIPM)
  • Koen Berden, Executive Director for International Affairs, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry & Associations (EFPIA)
  • Representative of the Eurasian Economic Commission (TBC)
  • Alexey Alekhin, Director, Department of the pharmaceutical & medical industry development, Ministry of Industry & Trade, Russian Federation
  • Gabriele Gori, Vice-President, Head of Audit and Quality, GSK Vaccines
  • Vladislav Shestakov, General Director, FSI “SID&GP”, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Russian Federation
  • Yury Litvishchenko, General Director, Chiesi Pharmaceuticals LLC (RF)
  • Tatiana Smirnova, Government & Public Affairs Director, Sanofi Group Russia

Representatives of industrial associations, pharmaceutical manufactures, developers, regulatory authorities, other stakeholders concerned.

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Connecting Europe and Asia - Challenges and Opportunities for Europe

The past five years have witnessed serious steps towards more integration, connectivity and economic cooperation both within, as well as in between regions of the Eurasian continent.
In 2013 China’s head of state Xi Jinping announced the revival in the 21st century of the ancient Silk Roads under Beijing’s epochal “Belt and Road” Initiative (BRI).
A year later, the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia signed a treaty on the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the first truly supranational organization in the post-Soviet space after the fall of the Soviet Union. After the accession of Armenia and Kyrgyzstan it is now second only to the EU in terms of integration depth. Over 50 countries from all over the world have voiced their interest in signing trade deals with the new union.
In 2016 Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev co-proposed a more extensive “Greater Eurasian Partnership” involving the EAEU, the CIS countries, China, India, Iran, and other interested countries and associations of the continent. Since then, the EAEU has been working on the creation of a network of free trade areas in the wider Eurasian space. The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) negotiated free trade areas with Vietnam and Iran (interim). More are planned with Singapore, India, South Korea, Cambodia and Serbia. As part of its conjunction with the Belt&Road Initiative, the EAEU signed a trade and economic cooperation agreement with China in May 2018.
At the same time, Brussels’s actions in wider Eurasia seemed less coherent, picking up pace only this year, when significant trade deals were finalized with Vietnam and signed with Japan and Singapore. Then, in September the European External Action Service (EEAS) finally presented a joint communiqué on the EU’s strategy for “Connecting Europe and Asia”.
India is also interested in playing an important part in the emerging “Eurasian concert”. As a major connectivity project it proposes the implementation of the international “North – South Transport Corridor” (NSTC). However, New Delhi, it seems, still has no clear cut vision for its engagement in the wider Eurasian continent.
In view of this, the participants of the panel session will discuss the EU’s strategy in Eurasia, as well as the challenges and opportunities that more integration, connectivity and economic cooperation in the wider Eurasian space could pose for Europe, in particular with such projects as the Eurasian Economic Union, the Belt and Road Initiative and the North – South Transport Corridor.
The results and recommendations of the panel discussion will be published in a short policy paper.

Elia Bescotti, Vice-President, European Society for Eurasian Cooperation (ESEC), Austria

  • Gregory Jullien, Advisor, European Parliament, EU
  • Victor Shakhmatov, Head, Consolidated Analytical Section, Eurasian Economic Commission, EAEU
  • Matvey Navdaev, Advisor to the Head of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, Russia
  • Ingo Mayr-Knoch, CEO, WeBuildEurope.eu, Austria
  • Yuri Kofner, Research Assistant, Advanced Systems Analysis, IIASA, Austria
  • Praket Arya, Senior Research Fellow, India Foundation, India