The USRBC 2018 Annual Meeting "Commercial Priorities in a Time of Complex Bilateral Relations" took place in New York on November 15-16. This year's agenda explored the business community's priorities for investment in Russia in an era of uncertainty and political tensions, the economic agenda for the next six years and how digitalization could become a catalyst for innovative growth, among other topics.
Similar to the 2017 Annual Meeting, the program started at noon on Thursday, November 15, with an Opening Keynote Luncheon and concluded mid-afternoon on Friday, November 16, after a Closing Luncheon. The Gala Dinner took take place on November 15 at Prince George’s Ballroom (15 East 27th Street, between 5th and Madison Avenues.)
Annual Meeting speakers included:
• Anatoly Aksakov, Chairman, RF State Duma Committee on Financial Markets; Chairman, Association of Banks of Russia • Anatoly Antonov, RF Ambassador to the United States • John Beyrle, Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia View presentation >> • Peter Charow, Vice President, BP Russia • Ian Colebourne, CEO, Deloitte CIS • Oleg Goshchansky, Chairman and Managing Partner, KPMG in Russia and the CIS • Thomas E. Graham, Managing Director, Kissinger Associates • Drew Guff, Managing Director and Founding Partner, Siguler Guff & Company, LP • Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations • Alexander Ivlev, CIS Managing Partner , EY • Selina Jackson, Vice President, Global Government Relations & Public Policy, Procter & Gamble • Sean Kane, Counsel, Dechert LLP, Former Deputy Assistant Director for Policy, OFAC,U.S. Department of the Treasury • Vladimir Kolychev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation • Yuri Korsun, Deputy Chairman, Vnesheconombank • Igor Kustarin, Director of Regional Development, Agency for Strategic Initiatives • Randi B. Levinas, Executive Vice President and COO, USRBC View presentation >> • Alexander Malakh, Deputy CEO, Russian Direct Investment Fund View presentation >> • David Mortlock, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Former Director for International Economic Affairs, White House National Security Council / Former Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, U.S. Department of State • Timothy Murphy, General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer, Mastercard • Natalia Porokhova, Head of Sovereign Rating and Forecasting, Analytical Credit Rating Agency View presentation >> • Alexis Rodzianko, President & CEO, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia • Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute • Dan Russell, President & CEO, USRBC • Charles Ryan, Chairman, UFG Asset Management • Matthew Sagers, Executive Director, Oil and Gas, IHS Markit • William M. Sheedy, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy, M&A, and Government Relations, Visa Inc. • Mark Sutton, Chairman & CEO, International Paper; Chairman, U.S.-Russia Business Council • Helen Teplitskaia, Advisor to the Chairman and CEO , Sberbank View presentation >> • Mark Von Pentz, President, Agriculture and Turf Division, Europe, CIS, Asia, Africa and Global Tractor Platform, Deere & Company