The Gaidar Forum 2017 “Russia and the World: Setting Priorities” took place from 12 to 14 January at RANEPA, opening the business season in the first working week of the new year.

GF 2017 Experts

  • Dmitry Medvedev
  • Prokopis Pavlopoulos
  • Tarja Halonen
  • Vaclav Klaus
  • Igor Shuvalov
  • Vladimir Mau
  • Marek Belka
  • Kevin Michael Rudd
  • Rustam Minnikhanov
  • Aleksey Kudrin
  • Esko Aho
  • Olga Golodets
  • Jean-Claude Trichet
  • Maksim Oreshkin
  • Jacob Frenkel
  • Anton Siluanov
  • Christopher A. Pissarides
  • Tatyana Golikova
  • Kristalina Georgieva
  • Sergey Gorkov
  • Martin Wolf
  • Olga Vasilyeva
  • Herman Gref
  • David Lipton
  • Paul Polman
  • Justin Yifu Lin
  • Oleg Belozerov
  • Maksim Akimov
  • Jane Griffiths
  • Clyde Tuggle

GF 2017 Key themes

The program of the Forum traditionally included the following themes: economic situation in Russia and in the world, social development, priority goals for the development of healthcare, education, innovation, public administration, small and medium-sized businesses, tax policy, development of territories (for more details see the program of the Forum).

The program also traditionally included discussions and debates on challenges of the new reality: Europe after BREXIT, Investment Attraction under Sanctions, the Global Energy Market in New Conditions, Ecology, Priority Projects as a Factor of Economic Growth, Banking Sector Sustainability, and New Regional Policy.

GF 2017 Key themes

online audience


Discussions at the Forum are traditionally focused on current challenging issues. Particular importance is attached to topics related to comprehension of the position Russia is taking in the world and its strategic role.

The Forum is a meeting point for theorists and practitioners, world leading scientists and politicians and influential representatives of global financial and business elites.

Special events

A characteristic feature of the Forum is the inclusion of “special” events in its architecture. Within the Forum 2017, several events of the type were held.

The Forum was opened with the Expert Discussion - Business Breakfast “25 Years: Foreign Investments in Russia's Social and Economic Development”. The discussion brought together participants unique for such format: CEOs of global companies, heads of Russian regions and the heads of the federal ministries of the Russian Federation. The experts examined how the work realities have changed for investors in Russia in 25 years, what is the secret of the growth formula and sustainability of the business.

The Panel Discussion of the second day of the Gaidar Forum 2017 “Sustainable Economic Growth: The Russian Model” was held in a new format. The expert discussion on the key report by Alexey Kudrin, Chairman of the Board, the Center for Strategic Research Foundation (CSR), was held. The key report was devoted to the perspectives for economic growth in the Russian Federation in 2018-2024 and essentially was the first public presentation of the work on the key CSR project.

A panel discussion on the best innovation cluster management practices in Russia took place on 12 January. Oleg Fomichev, the State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, and executive officials from 11 Russian constituent regions joined the panel. Representatives from the Republic of Mordovia, the Republic of Tatarstan, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Kaluga Oblast, Lipetsk Oblast, Novosibirsk Oblast, Tomsk Oblast, and Ulyanovsk Oblast shared super cluster development practices. Pavel Rudnik, a project manager with Association of Innovative Regions of Russia, revealed the upcoming training program on developing advanced clusters in AIRR regions.

At the Gaidar Forum 2017 “Russia and the World: Setting Priorities”, a series of lectures by the eminent experts to guests of the Forum and students of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) was held. In 2017 among the speakers were: Peter Gourevitch (Professor, University of California, San Diego), Mitchell Dean (Professor, Copenhagen Business School; Professor, Macquarie University), John Zysman (Professor, University of California, Berkeley), Branko Milanović (Professor, City University of New York), Spyridon Flogaitis (Director, European Public Law Organization), etc.

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In 2017 AMBA celebrates its 50th anniversary. Its celebration was opened by an Expert Discussion at the Gaidar Forum 2017 “Russia and the World: Setting Priorities”, dedicated to the most topical problems of business education.


Geography of participants of the Forum


representatives of Russian and foreign media
TV studios covering the work of the Forum
publications in foreign media
posts following the results of the Forum

41 mass media organizations became media partners of the Forum in 2017, which is an absolute record for all Russian forums.

The Gaidar Forum 2017 was attended by 3 leading TV channels (Russia-24, Russia Today and VGTRK), Business FM Radio, and TASS, Gazeta.RU and Snob studios, RIA Novosti, Rambler News Service,, Rg.RU,, and RBC, Business Lounge.

RUSSIA-24 was broadcasting the Forum on the first and second days, including stand-ups on the eve, on all the days of the Forum and following its results. TV channels, radio stations, news agencies and online media held broadcasts and live stand-ups from their studios at the Gaidar Forum on all the days of the Forum.



  • General partner
  • Gazprom
  • Financial partner
  • Otkritie Bank
  • Strategic partners
  • Gazprombank
  • Russian Railways
  • Unilever
  • Yegor Gaidar Foundation
  • Masterсard
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • MSD
  • ACIG Group of Companies
  • О1Group
  • Official partners
  • Microsoft
  • RVC
  • Partners
  • EY
  • Cotton Way
  • The Russian Brewers' Union
  • Tomsk region
  • Insurance partner
  • Rosgosstrakh
  • General media partners
  • Russia’s main news channel "Russia 24"
  • PH «Kommersant»
  • General Internet media
  • Strategic media partners
  • «Kommersant»
  • TASS
  • RT
  • Main media partners
  • Prime Business News Agency CJSC
  • Interfax Information Services Group
  • Media partners
  • «Rossiyskaya Gazeta»
  • Izvestia
  • Snob
  • Xinhua News Agency
  • Rambler News Service
  • The Moscow Times
  • Phoenix Satellite Television
  • China Radio International
  • PR Newswire
  • "STRANA"
  • The magazine “Region of development”
  • FederalPress
  • The Finmarket Information Agency
  • Radio "Echo of Moscow"
  • The magazine “Moscow – Beijing. Two Countries – One Thing”
  • RNS
  • BRICS Business Magazine
  • Russian Nationwide Newspaper Ekonomika I Zhizn’
  • Thomson Reuters
  • AK&M
  • Italian Radio television
  • Strategy Journal
  • Expert RA
  • Agencia EFE
  • Business Excellence
  • Financial One
  • The National Banking Journal
  • Magazine BANKING
  • The Banking Review
  • RIA Standards & Quality
  • Gosudarstvennaya Sluzba