The 2020 Gaidar Forum, R Russia and the World: Challenges of the New Decade, took place at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) from January 15 to 16.

GF 2020 Experts

  • Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Wolfgang Schüssel
  • Franco Frattini
  • Alexey Overchuk
  • Tatyana Chernigovskaya
  • Giulio Tremonti
  • Kenneth Rogoff
  • Maksim Oreshkin
  • James Galbraith
  • Tatyana Golikova
  • Rae Kwon Chung
  • Anton Siluanov
  • Jacob Frenkel
  • Aleksey Kudrin
  • Charles Calomiris
  • Konstantin Chuichenko
  • Alexandr Dyukov
  • Aleksandar Ruzevic
  • Maksim Topilin
  • Gila Gamliel
  • Herman Gref
  • Stephen Roach
  • Mikhail Kotyukov
  • Kseniya Yudaeva
  • Igor Shuvalov
  • Ruben Vardanyan
  • Andrei Fursenko
  • Alexander Sergeev
  • Ralph Gonsalves
  • Sergei Scherbov
  • Aleksandr Asmolov
  • Ben Nelson
  • Dmitry Peskov
  • Paul Polman
  • Sergey Kravtsov
  • Rustam Minnikhanov
  • Oleg Belozerov
  • Alexey Malinovsky
  • Irina Prokhorova
  • Aleksandr Ivlev
  • Mikhail Kovalchuk

GF 2020 Key themes

The main topics raised during the forum discussions included global trends, digitalization, labor market challenges, the future of education, healthcare and nuclear medicine, national economic and political goals, national projects, the new civil service and administration paradigm, innovation in Russia, evolutionary challenges and forecasting, leadership , EAEU, business and labor market, climate issues, socioeconomic inequality, economic growth, demographics, and sustainable development goals.

GF 2020 Key themes

> 12,300
over 197,000
online audience


Discussions at 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 theoreticians and practitioners, leading international academics and politicians, representatives of the financial community and the global business elite

Special events

This year’s forum featured expert discussions, panels and open dialogues, complemented by a number of special events.

The biggest number of Gaidar Forum events was held in the expert discussion format. Participants discussed social projects, development institutions, the financial system and financial literacy, the Russian economy, (responsible) management education for business, macroeconomic stability, modern pension systems, digitalization and digital technologies, achieving sustainable development goals, agricultural export, geopolitics , EAEU, cellular and genetic technologies, preventive immunization, environmental issues, VUCA world leadership, economic policy, management quality, international cooperation and others.

The 2020 Gaidar Forum included 20 panel discussions, where speakers talked about the

modern monetary theory; inequality and poverty; independence of central banks; innovations in Russia; modern public administration; cooperation between the government and business in the digital race; digital revolution in education and new educational technologies; the civil service image; taxes in a digital world; climate policy and political climate; trust as a factor and tool for economic development; SMEs in the procurement system; nuclear technology in medicine; national technology policy; education export development; new laws on regulatory and supervisory authorities; a new image of the state inspector; balance of the healthcare budget in the future; the elite schools bubble; and technological challenges for the labor market.

The business dinner, Through Investment Attractiveness to an Economy of Trust, was organized with the support of the Foreign Investment Advisory Council in Russia. The participants included Deputy Minister of Finance Andrei Ivanov, VEB.RF Chairman Igor Shuvalov, First Vice President of Gazprombank Alexei Chichkanov and other experts.

The business breakfast, Climate Agenda: What is Going to Change Everything? was moderated by Mikhail Kovalchuk, President of the Kurchatov Institute. First Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Denis Khramov, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mikhail Rasstrigin, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University Jeffrey Sachs, and other speakers took part in the session. Rae Kwon Chung, Nobel Prize winner for a Sustainable Development project, said climate change can be a new driver of economic growth. In September 2019, Russia acceded to the Paris Climate Agreement.

RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy had an open dialogue on Global Agenda: Challenges, Opportunities, Risks. They focused on key trends and challenges of the coming decade for the world and for Europe and examined the challenges, opportunities and risks on the global agenda.

The Dialogue of Civil Dialogues took more than four hours and included two parts: “Role and Perspectives of Civil Societies Forums in Russia and European Countries” and “Civil Society Forums for University Collaboration.” The participants examined formats of international cooperation that can help improve mutual understanding and build trust. The speakers included Vladimir Dmitriyev, Co-Chairman of the Russian-Italian Forum-Dialogue, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to Russia Pasquale Terracciano; Abdo Malac, Counsellor for Science and Technologies to the French Embassy in Russia; Johannes Eigner, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Austria to the Russian Federation; Dominique Kuhling, Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Russia; Raffaele Marchetti, Vice Rector, Guido Carli Free International University of Social Studies (LUISS), Italy; and Nadine Tournois, Dean, IAE Nice Graduate School of Management, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France.

Another open dialogue addressed Changing the Global Landscape: Prospects for US-China Relations.

The trade war between China and the United States has affected many international processes.

Head of International Communications at VEB.RF Development Corporation Mikhail Korostikov moderated the dialogue between Senior Researcher at RAS Institute of the Far East Vasily Kashin and Senior Fellow at Yale Institute for Global Relations Stephen Roach.

This science salon and open dialogue Anthropology of the Future: Evolutionary Challenges was hosted by RANEPA Director for Humanitarian Policy Alexander Asmolov and

Editor-in-Chief of the New Literary Review magazine and publishing house Irina Prokhorova. Our concept of the future influences our present and past: utopias and anti-utopias, both being products of social imagination, nevertheless change world outlooks and behavioral patterns in everyday life. The paradox of the 21st century is a mass market for uniqueness.

The meeting was devoted to training personnel for public administration and moderated by RANEPA Vice-Rector, Director of the Institute of Finance and Sustainable Development, Andrei Margolin.

The Public Council members attending included Lutfiya Abdulkholiqzoda, Head of Department of Science and Education of the Executive Apparatus of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan; Erlan Abil, Rector, the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Almazbek Akmataliev, Rector, the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic ; Gor Chatinyan, Vice-Rector, the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia; Abdukhalil Gafurzoda, Rector, the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan; Andrei Margolin, RANEPA Vice-Rector, Director of the Institute of Finance and Sustainable Development; Gennady Palchik, Rector of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Belarus; Alexei Sazonov, Director of the Department of Humanitarian Cooperation, General Political and Social Problems of the CIS Executive Committee; and Vladimir Shamakhov, Director, North-West Institute of Management, RANEPA.

The session featured tips on leadership, personal growth and effective management from the winners of the Leaders of Russia contest, the flagship project of the Russia – Land of Opportunity presidential platform, which is being implemented in partnership with RANEPA. The speakers discussed various aspects of professional and personal development.

The speakers included Dmitry Afanasyev, Director General, Pervyy IT Alyans LLC; Dmitry Atamanov, Deputy CEO, Ava-Peter LLC; Denis Irinich, Head, Cross-Functional Interaction Section, MGTS PJSC; Andrei Karabanov, Business Partner, Severstal Management JSC; Anzhelika Kuminova, Deputy Minister of Resorts, Tourism and Olympic Heritage of the Krasnodar Territory; Mariya Litovko, Deputy Governor – Head of Government, Sevastopol; Andrei Protopopov, Deputy Director General for General Affairs, Elektroshchit JSC; Ilya Shtokman, Director General, Vektor Group; Sergei Strigunenko, Director, Municipal Enterprise Khimki Urban District Architectural Planning Department; Daniil Zhilkin, Project Manager, Natsionalnaya SIM-Karta LLC; and Maksim Zotov, Director General, Zakupochnye i Marketingovye Sistemy LLC.

The participants discussed the development prospects of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Russia. SDSN is a network of organizations that promote practical problem solving for sustainable development. The work of SDSN Russia is supervised by RANEPA. The meeting was moderated by SDSN Russia manager Vera Barinova, Deputy Head of the Center for Economic Modelling of Energy and Environment at RANEPA.

The Population Projection in Russia: Regional Perspective report was delivered by Sergei Shcherbov, Deputy Director of the World Population Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Head of RANEPA International Laboratory for Demography and Human Capital.

In the first part of the report, he presented a comparative analysis of Russian regions by their main demographic indicators, and their places on the demographic map of the world based on the most recent UN demographic data. The second part of the report was a stochastic forecast of the Russian population for the period until 2050, drawn up in the regional context for the first time.

The participants summarized the results of 2019 and discussed the new horizons for public-private partnerships in assessing the quality of business and management education. The keynote speaker was First Deputy State Duma Speaker Alexander Zhukov.

The participants included State Secretary of Rosobrnadzor Sergei Rukavishnikovi; Vadim Kovalyov, First Deputy Executive Director, the Association of Managers of Russia; Alexander Murychev, Executive Vice President, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; Sergei Myasoyedov, Vice-Rector of RANEPA, Director of the Institute of Business Studies; Dmitry Nesvetov, member of the Council of the Moscow City Branch of the All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business OPORA RUSSIA; Sergei Raevsky, Deputy Head of the Department of Management at RANEPA IBS; and Natalya Yevtikhiyeva, Director General, National Board of Business Education Quality Assessment, NASDOBR.

The forum featured the presentation of two books of the Russian Finance Ministers series.

“Global Wealth and National Economy” by Georg F. Cancrin, Moscow, Delo Publishing House, 2018.

Georg F. Cancrin served as Russia’s Minister of Finance from 1823 to 1844 and reformed the country’s fiscal system; he established the so-called silver monometallism and introduced state credit notes.

“On Improvement of the Financial and Economic Situation in Russia” by Michael von Reutern, Moscow, Delo Publishing House, 2020

Michael von Reutern, was Minister of Finance of Russia from 1862 to 1878, and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers from 1881 to 1886. The book includes von Reutern’s main works and previously unpublished articles written while he was still developing his views.

Two other books were presented at the 2020 Gaidar Forum.

“Russia – Austria: Common history milestones” edited by S. Karner, A. Chubaryan. Moscow, Aspekt Press Publishing House, 2019.

The keynote report was delivered by Stefan Karner, Professor, founder and the first director of Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on War’s Consequences; co-chairman of the Russian-Austrian Commission of Historians.

The Russian edition of “Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China,” by Stephen Roach, Senior Research Fellow, the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and School of Management, Yale University, Former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia Banking Holding.

Moscow: Gaidar Institute Publishing House, 2019.


Geography of participants of the Forum


> 1,300
accredited representatives of Russian and foreign media
studios covered the Forum
more than 500
reports in foreign media
reports about the forum

2020 Gaidar Forum information partners: 35 media outlets.

Major media outlets covering 2020 Gaidar Forum:

  • Leading television networks’ compounds: Rossiya 24, RT and RBC TV;
  • Radio Sputnik broadcasting studio;
  • TASS, Interfax, Anews compounds, Invest Foresight magazine, SNOB magazine.

Rossiya 24 provided live coverage on both days of the forum, ran stories during the forum and later reported on its results. Television channels, radio stations, news agencies and online media outlets reported and provided live streams from their compounds at the forum venue throughout the event.

Hundreds of journalists watched the online streaming at the press center, which offered live streams from 11 events simultaneously.

Reports about the forum were published in all 85 regions of the Russian Federation, in the Russian-language media in 10 countries of the CIS and more than 20 other countries, as well as in hundreds of world media.



  • General partners
  • Gazprom
  • Gazprombank
  • VEB.RF
  • Strategic partners
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Masterсard
  • Russian Railways
  • Pharmstandard
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Sanofi
  • Novartis Group in Russia
  • MSD
  • ACIG Group of Companies
  • EF
  • Partners
  • EY
  • Huawei
  • RVC
  • Russian Agricultural Bank
  • EdCrunch
  • General media partners
  • Russian information channel "Russia 24"
  • TASS
  • RBC
  • Business FM
  • Strategic media partners
  • «Kommersant»
  • Interfax
  • «Rossiyskaya Gazeta»
  • Invest Foresight
  • FederalPress Russian News & Information Agency
  • Main media partners
  • Anews
  • News.Ru
  • Profile
  • International media partners
  • RT
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Sputnik
  • Agencia EFE
  • Pan Pacific Agency
  • Cision
  • Media partners
  • Snob
  • Prime Business News Agency
  • RNS
  • Radio Echo of Moscow
  • TV channel «Pro Business»
  • Strategy Journal
  • Russian Nationwide Newspaper Ekonomika I Zhizn’
  • Gosudarstvennaya Sluzba