European Ministers to speak at Gaidar Forum at RANEPA

Current and former European ministers will speak at the 11th Gaidar Forum, Russia and the World: Challenges of the New Decade, to be held at RANEPA on January 15-16, 2020. The speakers will include Nenad Popovic, Serbia’s Minister without portfolio responsible for innovation and technological development, Anders Borg, Sweden’s Minister of Finance in 2006-2014, and Grzegorz Kolodko who served as Poland’s Minister of Finance in 1994-1997 and 2002-2003.

Nenad Popovic is a Minister without portfolio responsible for innovation and technological development of Serbia. Popovic started his civil service career in 2005 as head of the Economic Team for Kosovo-Metohija and deputy chairman of the Coordinating Body of the Serbian government for Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja. He was Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2012-2014. He led a parliamentary friendship group with the Russian Federation. He is the author of eight books and more than 120 scientific papers in various fields. Nenad Popovich is the holder of the Friendship Order for a special contribution to the development of economic and social ties between Serbia and Russia, awarded by the President of the Russian Federation.

Anders Borg served as Sweden's Minister of Finance in 2006-2014, and is a member of East Capital’s Advisory Committee. From 1991 to 1994 he held various positions at the Prime Minister's Office. From 1995 to 1998 he worked at the company Transferator Alfred Berg head of economic and political analysis; from 1998 to 1999, he was Chief Economist at ABN Amro Bank in Stockholm; and from 1999 to 2001, Head of the Economic Analysis Department at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) in Stockholm. From 2002 to 2006, Anders Borg served as chief economist and administrative director of the Moderate Party, and in 2001-2002, served as an Adviser on monetary policy issues to the Executive Board of the Swedish central bank Riksbanken. In 2011, the Financial Times recognized Anders Borg as the best finance minister in the EU.

Grzegorz Witold Kolodko served as Minister of Finance of Poland in 1994-1997 and 2002-2003. He is a professor and Director of TIGER – Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research at the Kozminski University in Warsaw, and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). As Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, he led the country to join the OECD, and also made a great contribution to Poland's accession to the EU. He is the author of New Pragmatism – an original paradigmatic and heterodox theory of economics that offers new approaches to modern problems of the development of civilization and the transformation of economic systems. He authored and edited 50 books and about 500 articles published in 25 languages. Nine of his books and several dozen articles have been published in Russian.

11th Gaidar Forum Organizers:

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

Forum partners:

General partners: Gazprom, Gazprombank. Strategic partners: Coca-Cola, Mastercard, Russian Railways, Pharmstandard group, Johnson & Johnson, ACIG Group, EF Education First. Partners: EY, Huawei, RVC, Russian Agricultural Bank.

General information partners: Rossiya 24 TV Chanel, TASS, RBC, Business FM; strategic information partners: Kommersant Publishing House, Interfax, RIA FederalPress; main information partners:, Profile, Invest Foresight online business magazine,; international partners: RT, Cision, Sputnik; information partners: Snob media project, PRIME economic news agency, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, RNS, Parlamentskaya Gazeta,, Radio Ekho Moskvy, PRO Business TV channel, Strategia magazine, ECONS.ONLINE website, FINAM.RU agency, Ekonomika i Zhizn newspaper, Gosudarstvennaya Sluzhba magazine.


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