The 2018 Gaidar Forum “Russia and the World: Values and Virtues” took place at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) from January 16 to 18.

GF 2018 Experts

  • Dmitry Medvedev
  • Ivan Krastev
  • Kristalina Georgieva
  • Vladimir Mau
  • Herman Van Rompuy
  • Jacob Frenkel
  • Kai Mykkänen
  • Tatyana Golikova
  • Luis María Linde de Castro
  • Esko Aho
  • Giuliano Amato
  • Dmitriy Kozak
  • Aleksey Kudrin
  • Elvira Nabiullina
  • Denis Manturov
  • Sergey Gorkov
  • Anton Siluanov
  • Maksim Oreshkin
  • Veronika Skvortsova
  • Herman Gref
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick
  • José Antonio Vera
  • Anne Krueger
  • Alexander Sergeev
  • Tatyana Chernigovskaya
  • Aleksandr Shokhin
  • Rustam Minnikhanov
  • Maksim Akimov
  • Oleg Belozerov
  • Francis Anthony Aylmer Maude, Baron Maude of Horsham
  • Victor Vekselberg
  • Kseniya Yudaeva
  • Anatoliy Chubays
  • Jean-François Manzoni
  • Gregory Clark

GF 2018 Key themes

The 2018 Gaidar Forum participants discussed contemporary challenges for public administration; implementation of project management in the public authorities; drivers of innovation development; new challenges for central banks; digital society; the centenary of the Russian revolution; barriers and success factors for entrepreneurship in Russia and cluster-based approach in the age of digital production.

GF 2018 Key themes

> 8,750
online audience


Discussions of the Forum traditionally focus on the most acute problems of our time. Particular importance is given to interpretations of the current situation and Russia’s strategic role in the world.

The Forum brings together theorists and practitioners, leading international academics and politicians, representatives of financial community and global business elite.

Special events

This year’s Forum was held in the format of expert discussions, complemented by a number of special events.

As usual, the key event of the Gaidar Forum was the Plenary Discussion “Values and Virtues”, attended by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau moderated the session, also attended by Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International, Chairman of the Bank of Israel (1991-2000), and member of RANEPA International Advisory Board Jacob Frenkel; Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva; President of the European Policy Center, President Emeritus of the European Council (2009-2014), Prime Minister of Belgium (2008-2009) Herman Van Rompuy; Political Analyst, Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Permanent Fellow with the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna Ivan Krastev; and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland Kai Mykkanen.

The Business Breakfast, Investment in Public Health, opened the Forum. The participants discussed the level of development of human capital, on which the main components of economic growth depend. Particular attention was paid to Russia's long-term strategy and the social capital contribution to sustainable economic development.

The Forum featured seven Open Dialogues. The first one was devoted to Efficient Budget Expenditure as a Mirror of Efficient Public Administration.

A multi-step public administration system gives rise to challenges within the system, reduces the control over the use of budgetary resources, and blurs responsibility for functions entrusted. The participants discussed what should be changed for the public administration system to operate efficiently. Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov and Chairwoman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova delivered keynote reports.

IMD President Jean-François Manzoni, AACSB International President Tom Robinson and RANEPA Vice-Rector, Director of RANEPA Institute of Business Studies, President of RABE Sergei Myasoyedov and others discussed Business School Model for the 21st Century LeadersIMD President Jean-François Manzoni, AACSB International President Tom Robinson and RANEPA Vice-Rector, Director of RANEPA Institute of Business Studies, President of RABE Sergei Myasoyedov and others discussed Business School Model for the 21st Century Leaders during another Open Dialogue.

Other Open Discussions focused on the following topics: Law and Economics; Reflections On Central Banking, Protectionism and Globalization; Contemporary Challenges for Public Administration; Trends In Education: Challenges, Expectations, Reality; and Forecasting the Future of Education.

The Meeting of the Presidium of the National Board of Business Education Quality Assessment focused on the results of NASDOBR work in 2017 and its new tasks for 2018. First Deputy State Duma Speaker, Chairman of the NASDOBR Presidium Alexander Zhukov delivered the keynote report.

One of the Panel Discussions was devoted to Business and State: Models of Partnership in a Digital Age. Digital technologies have long become the basis for a profound transformation of all aspects of life in the society: the economic system, public policy, social relations and interpersonal communications. The world community is now embracing this new reality. The speakers examined the realities of the transformation of the economy through digital technologies, the role of the state in the age of the digital economy and its prospects. The participants included Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak.

The participants of another Panel “The Sustainability of Economic Growth in Russia and in the World” considered the factors of economic growth recovery in 2017 and the necessary conditions for growth in 2018-2019; they discussed whether Russia has fully embraced the new growth model and global risks have transformed into a threat to Russia’s growth. Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Maxim Oreshkin and Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov attended the session.

During the “Borderlines in the World Economy” Session, experts spoke about the future of globalization and new trends in integration agreements. The uneven distribution of the benefits from globalization and its economic, financial, social, cultural and other consequences are too daunting. Even in developed countries, the majority of the population has not received significant benefits from economic globalization.

The rating of innovative regions of Russia, presented at the Gaidar Forum, had been developed by the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia in 2012 in cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Economic Development for the purposes of monitoring and management. The rating is based on quantitative indicators rather than on expert assessments, which makes it unbiased and well-founded. The rating makes it possible to identify leaders in each component and show strengths and weaknesses in the development of each region.

RANEPA and AIRR together with Interfax Group were the first to develop and present the national report on the development of high-tech business in Russian regions. The report is based on the rating of Innovative Business in Russian Regions presented at the 2017 Gaidar Forum. The report makes it possible to monitor the annual dynamics of high-tech economical sector development in regions, which is important for informed political decisions.

The interim results of the study “Macroeconomic Review of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for Russia” have been presented at the Gaidar Forum. The participants considered the possible points of growth for the Russian economy and gave recommendations to Russia for economic development.

Several books were presented at the 2018 Gaidar Forum “Russia and the World: Values and Virtues”. The Russian Revolution series presentation featured several books: “Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction” by Jack Goldstone, Professor at George Mason University; “Revolution: Mechanisms, Premises, and Consequences of Radical Social Transformations” by RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau; “The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921” by Mark Steinberg, Professor of History, University of Illinois; and “The Russian Revolution” by Sheila Fitzpatrick, Professor at the University of Sydney.

Separate presentations featured Russian-language editions of “After Europe” by Ivan Krastev, Political Analyst, Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Permanent Fellow with the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna; and “The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility” by Gregory Clark, Professor of Economics at University of California.

The Open Lecture “Artificial Intelligence – A Challenge For Mankind”, aroused great attention. The speaker was Tatyana Chernigovskaya, Professor, Head of Department of Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities, Head of the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, Doctor of Science in Human Physiology, Member of the Council of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program at Saint Petersburg State University. Chairman of the Management Board of Rusnano Management Company Anatoly Chubais moderated the session.


Geography of participants of the Forum


> 1,760
accredited representatives of Russian and foreign media
TV channels
publications in foreign media
reports in the wake of the forum

Information partners of 2018 Gaidar Forum included 37 media outlets; they published 1,523 reports.

Five more TV channels and radio stations than in 2017 covered this year’s forum:

  • four leading channels (Rossiya-24, RT, RBC TV and Pro Business)
  • radio Business FM, radio Sputnik
  • TASS, Interfax, RIA Novosti, Vedomosti's lounge, Gazeta.RU, Russian planet-Smart Russia portal

Rossiya-24 broadcast the first and second days of the Forum, and ran announcements the day before. The stories were broadcast throughout the Forum and in its wake. TV channels, radio stations, news agencies and online media ran coverages and live shows from their studios at the Forum during all three days

Hundreds of journalists watched the online broadcast of the Forum. In the press center, seven events were shown live at the same time.

Reports on the Forum were published in all 85 constituent regions of the Russian Federation, in the Russian-language media in 16 countries and 17 CIS countries, as well as in hundreds of world media.



  • General partner
  • Gazprom
  • Gazprombank
  • Strategic partners
  • Russian Railways
  • AstraZeneca
  • Masterсard
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Pharmstandard
  • Microsoft
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Novartis Group in Russia
  • MSD
  • ACIG Group of Companies
  • Russian Agricultural Bank
  • Partners
  • O1 Group
  • Unilever
  • EY
  • The Russian Brewers' Union
  • Russian Direct Investment Fund
  • RVC
  • General media partners
  • Russia’s main news channel "Russia 24"
  • TASS
  • RBC
  • General Internet media
  • Strategic media partners
  • PH «Kommersant»
  • «Kommersant»
  • RT
  • Interfax Information Services Group
  • Official news agency
  • RIA Novosti
  • Main media partners
  • RG.RU - web portal
  • Vedomosti
  • FederalPress
  • Media partners
  • Rambler News Service
  • Prime Business News Agency CJSC
  • Radio "Echo of Moscow"
  • TV channel «Pro Business»
  • BRICS Business Magazine
  • Russian Nationwide Newspaper Ekonomika I Zhizn’
  • AK&M
  • Strategy Journal
  • Expert RA
  • Agencia EFE
  • Business magazine «Invest Foresight»
  • Business Excellence
  • Financial One
  • The National Banking Journal
  • Magazine BANKING
  • The Banking Review
  • RIA Standards & Quality
  • Cision
  • Gosudarstvennaya Sluzba
  • Budget magazine