Case Zone Programme

February 15
08:30–09:00
Case Zone, 2nd Floor, Exhibition Area
Series of meetings Open Dialogue with a Governor of Bashkortostan Republic The ‘Open Dialogue’ format is an informal talk between the head of a federal subject and the moderator on the prospects of regional business develo...
The ‘Open Dialogue’ format is an informal talk between the head of a federal subject and the moderator on the prospects of regional business development, the investment ecosystem, and plans for the future. All Case Zone visitors can participate in the meeting, including entrepreneurs, representatives of government entities, investment companies, and media organizations.
Experts:
Ravil
Vatolin
Artem
Kovalenko
Radiy
Khabirov
Acting Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan
Acting Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan
09:00–09:45
Case Zone, 2nd Floor, Exhibition Area
Jam Session “Good Morning, Country!” Russian Congress Bureau A music term, “jam session” refers to joint consecutive individual and group improvisation on a given topic. During an informal discussion, the par...
A music term, “jam session” refers to joint consecutive individual and group improvisation on a given topic. During an informal discussion, the participants will be asked to respond to the questions of the moderator and the audience, and, like musicians, come up with their own variant of applying unique tools to creating a successful regional development program.

Discussion Topics:
- The event potential rating of different regions: Should everyone be aiming for a leading position?
- International events in the region: A fashionable trend or necessity?
- What do the attracted events give the regions?
- How can international congresses be used to develop local expertise?
- Will large-scale events help further successful development of investment projects in the region?
- Infrastructure development: How to create and guarantee capacity utilization?
- How to build partnerships with major development institutions and organizers to achieve the best possible results?
Presenter:
Alexander
Eliseev
Experts:
Victoria
Kazakova
Pavel
Mayorov
Director, Krasnodar Krai Development Corporation
Director, Krasnodar Krai Development Corporation
Daria
Ostrovskaya
Andrei
Tolmachev
Expert:
Anton
Fedorov
10:00–11:30
Case Zone, 2nd Floor, Exhibition Area
Investment debate Trends of 2019 and Results of 2018 This session aims to analyse the evolution of global economic trends in order to determine promising areas of investment. Leading figures from the ...
This session aims to analyse the evolution of global economic trends in order to determine promising areas of investment. Leading figures from the investment community will discuss ways to change asset structures to achieve maximum diversification, adapting to changes in regulation, the key to effective management, and how to build a profitable business in the current environment.
Presenter:
Anna
Ermakova
Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital
Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital
Since 2003 in Investments and Private Equity, top management positions since 2005,
Worked with Alfa-Bank, Investment group Russian Funds, RAO EUS. Previously was managing director at Russian Venture Company (sovereign wealth fund-of-funds and development institution).
Extensive investment banking and private equity experience in deal origination and structuring, corporate finance, and financial management. Joint projects with top global investments banks including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Renaissance Capital and top Russian PE.
Has closed M&A transactions in retail, oil & gas machinery, internet projects, and greenfield facility construction and real estate
Experts:
Alexander
Lupachev
Director, Russia Partners
Director, Russia Partners
Alexander Lupachev is a Director specializing in information technology investments. Prior to joining Russia Partners in January 2013, Mr. Lupachev was the Chief Investment Officer at Skolkovo Foundation, a leading development agency in the advanced technology space in Russia. Previously, Mr. Lupachev was a Director at FINAM Capital Partners, one of the largest investors in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors in Russia. Earlier in his career, he was a senior investment professional at Delta Private Equity Partners and Access Industries.

In his prior positions, Mr. Lupachev played a key role in a number of private equity transactions involving companies in the TMT sectors including Amedia, the largest television series production company in Russia; Netville, a multimedia content delivery network; Banki.ru, the leading consumer finance portal in Russia; and Familyspace.ru, a genealogy-based social network. Mr. Lupachev also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Endowment Fund and is a board member of the Harvard Club of Russia.

Mr. Lupachev holds a B.A. with high honors in International Commerce from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Alexey
Milevskiy
Investment Director, Mail.Ru Group
Investment Director, Mail.Ru Group
Alexey has extensive experience in technology investments in Russia. He manages investments and M&A division at Mail.Ru Group, the largest internet company by audience in Russia. Before joining Mail.Ru Group Alexey had worked in UFG Private Equity in consumer and internet sectors, and also worked for Belgian investment fund GIMV. Alexey participated in more than 20 deals with total sum of more than $400 million, and was involved in all the latest major investments of Mail.ru Group: Delivery Club, ESForce, ZakaZaka, Pixonic, Geekbrains, 33Slona, Citymobil.
Andrey
Smirnov
Head of Russian Distribution, Renaissance Capital
Head of Russian Distribution, Renaissance Capital
Andrey joined Renaissance Capital in 2005 to focus on equity and depositary receipts trading, derivatives and structuring, financing and REPO operations. Today, he oversees Russian distribution across Renaissance Capital’s product range.
Prior to joining Renaissance Capital, Andrey worked for Bank Zenit as an equity trader and was involved in trading and portfolio management of equities, derivatives and structured products.

Graduated from MGIMO’s international economic relations department in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Alexey
Soloviev
Venture capital investor, Partner at iTech Capital
Venture capital investor, Partner at iTech Capital
Mr. Solovyov has been a professional in investment since 2011, when he became involved in the venture capital market as head and one of the partners at Prostor Capital. Today, Alexey as partner at iTech Capital, is in charge of two funds under iTech management: Prostor Capital and Skolkovo Digital, which is a joint project with the Skolkovo Foundation. Mr. Solovyov serves on the boards in several companies of the iTech Family funds. In addition, Alexey is the co-founder of several tech projects in various fields. Mr. Solovyov takes an active part in the development of the venture capital investment in the Russian Federation, being a member of the Market Council at the Russian Venture Company. Prior to joining the venture capital industry, for more than 7 years he worked in leading IT companies, such as Optima and IBS Group, and was Director of IT practice at Leonid Boguslavsky’s investment company ru-Net.
Mr. Solovyov has a degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University. He studied venture capital investment at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He authored the annual researches of technology entrepreneurship and venture capital investment markets Startup and Venture Barometer. His hobbies include amateur sports, such as running a marathon.
12:00–13:30
Case Zone, 2nd Floor, Exhibition Area
Case study Investing in the Transport of the Future Transportation is one of the largest industries in the world (5.8% of Russia's GDP). In the consumer segment, transport ranks second among househol...
Transportation is one of the largest industries in the world (5.8% of Russia's GDP). In the consumer segment, transport ranks second among household expenditures in Russia with a 16% share. The significant changes that have taken place in the transport sector occurred quickly and impressively. Electric scooters and technologies for autonomous cars have become undisputed trends in the industry. Companies such as Bird and Lime in the United States have boosted investment to an estimated USD 2–3 billion in record time (less than 2 years since their inception). Similar services are coming soon in Europe. Several large companies are going to all hold IPOs at the same time. Russian venture capital funds have been investing much more actively in the mobility market than in previous years. In the first half of 2018 alone, roughly RUB 2.4 billion was invested in the transport industry in Russia. During the discussion, we will discuss which projects are worth investing in, how transport will change in the cities, how the investment strategy should look now, and how mobility market trends will change the lives of ordinary people.
Presenter:
Alexey
Milevskiy
Investment Director, Mail.Ru Group
Investment Director, Mail.Ru Group
Alexey has extensive experience in technology investments in Russia. He manages investments and M&A division at Mail.Ru Group, the largest internet company by audience in Russia. Before joining Mail.Ru Group Alexey had worked in UFG Private Equity in consumer and internet sectors, and also worked for Belgian investment fund GIMV. Alexey participated in more than 20 deals with total sum of more than $400 million, and was involved in all the latest major investments of Mail.ru Group: Delivery Club, ESForce, ZakaZaka, Pixonic, Geekbrains, 33Slona, Citymobil.
Experts:
Alexander
Borodich
Russian serial entrepreneur and venture investor. The founder of Universa Blockchain
Russian serial entrepreneur and venture investor. The founder of Universa Blockchain
Graduated from Moscow State University of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) in 1999, completed post-graduate studies at the same University in 2003. Received an MBA at Stockholm School of Economics in 2008.
Finalist of MobileBeat 2012 competition (San Francisco). Holds a US patent on evaluating the efficiency of information distribution in social media.
Founder of FutureLabs crowd investment platform and VentureClub.ru venture investors’ club. Managed marketing for Mail.ru Group and Acronis USA. Continues active teaching career (National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University).
An author of the Territory of Innovations program, part of Eastern Economic Forum, presented by RosCongress Foundation in Vladivostok for the first time this year. Universa was also a strategic partner in the program.
Reference use cases for Universa Blockchain include: logistics and digital product passports, smart cities (utilities, land register, tendering platforms, smart taxes, healthcare), intellectual property, banking and financial services, smart money, etc.
Anna
Ermakova
Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital
Managing Director, Da Vinci Capital
Since 2003 in Investments and Private Equity, top management positions since 2005,
Worked with Alfa-Bank, Investment group Russian Funds, RAO EUS. Previously was managing director at Russian Venture Company (sovereign wealth fund-of-funds and development institution).
Extensive investment banking and private equity experience in deal origination and structuring, corporate finance, and financial management. Joint projects with top global investments banks including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Renaissance Capital and top Russian PE.
Has closed M&A transactions in retail, oil & gas machinery, internet projects, and greenfield facility construction and real estate
Denis
Kasimov
Alfia
Kaumova
Vice President, Cognitive Technologies
Vice President, Cognitive Technologies
Alfiya Kayumova graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation specialising in Investments and Innovations, simultaneously studying Enterprise Finance at Universita del Salento, a leading European university.
Currently, Alfiya holds the office of Vice President of Corporate Development and Investment at Cognitive Technologies, managing corporate strategy, marketing, core investment operations and strategic alliances of the group. In this capacity Alfiya brought the company’s innovative products to the Chinese and Japanese markets, strengthening Cognitive Technologies’ positions in Europe and the USA.
Before joining Cognitive Technologies, Alfiya Kayumova worked in leading international and national companies heading investment departments.
She is an expert in artificial intelligence for ground transportation.
Andrei
Kolesnik
Head of UrentBike
Head of UrentBike
I Created a software platform and company operators of the largest in the South of Russia parks for sharing cars, e-scooters and bicycles without stations I have a Successful Experience Integrating electric vehicles into car sharing and taxis, b2b network of charging stations
I am a private pilot, regular flights to Cessna-172, Flaying time was more the 100 ours in 2018
1998 – I worked from agent to sales director at the tobaco industry – Tander, Philip Morris, JTI
2002 - We Created and Launched of an automation system for an agent Van Selling on the basis of a Palm handheld
2008 – I founded network of vending chairs, music and coffee machines in resort South of Russia- more than 1000 units for 2015
2016 - I invested in a team to develop a carsharing platform UrentCar
Alexander
Lupachev
Director, Russia Partners
Director, Russia Partners
Alexander Lupachev is a Director specializing in information technology investments. Prior to joining Russia Partners in January 2013, Mr. Lupachev was the Chief Investment Officer at Skolkovo Foundation, a leading development agency in the advanced technology space in Russia. Previously, Mr. Lupachev was a Director at FINAM Capital Partners, one of the largest investors in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors in Russia. Earlier in his career, he was a senior investment professional at Delta Private Equity Partners and Access Industries.

In his prior positions, Mr. Lupachev played a key role in a number of private equity transactions involving companies in the TMT sectors including Amedia, the largest television series production company in Russia; Netville, a multimedia content delivery network; Banki.ru, the leading consumer finance portal in Russia; and Familyspace.ru, a genealogy-based social network. Mr. Lupachev also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Endowment Fund and is a board member of the Harvard Club of Russia.

Mr. Lupachev holds a B.A. with high honors in International Commerce from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
14:00–15:30
Case Zone, 2nd Floor, Exhibition Area
Meeting of the regions Magnet for Investors: How to Create New Regional Centres of Gravity Questions for discussion:
- Key regional drivers for attracting investment;
- Review of priority industries and areas for investment in t...
Questions for discussion:
- Key regional drivers for attracting investment;
- Review of priority industries and areas for investment in the regions;
- Interregional competition for investment. Confrontation or cooperation;
- Business climate and development of entrepreneurship in the region;
- Improvement of regional resource potential.
Presenter:
Pavel
Stroev
Director, Center of the regional economy and inter-budgetary relations, The Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Higher Education "Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation"
Director, Center of the regional economy and inter-budgetary relations, The Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Higher Education "Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation"
Born on May 25, 1988 in Lipetsk.
Higher education. PhD in Economics.
2010 – graduated from MIRBIS International Higher School of Business in Moscow majoring in Credit and Finance.
In 2015 – got a PhD in Economics and Public Administration at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Authored and co-authored over 35 research papers on regional economics, spatial development, as well as state and municipal administration that were published both in Russia and overseas.
Editor-in-Chief for Scientific Notes of Young Scholars Journal.
Career:
2008-2001 – specialist, Marketing Department, Center for Economic Development.
2011-2015 – junior fellow, Institute of Regional Studies and Spatial Development Problems, University of Finance under the Government of the Russian Federation.
November 2015 – presently – Director, Center for Regional Economics and Interbudgetary Relations, University of Finance under the Government of the Russian Federation.
September 2013 – presently – Associate Professor, Department of Macroeconomic Regulation, University of Finance under the Government of the Russian Federation.
Married, with a daughter.
Experts:
Gulnaz
Galiyeva
Regional Rating Director, Expert RA
Regional Rating Director, Expert RA
Alexander
Lupachev
Director, Russia Partners
Director, Russia Partners
Alexander Lupachev is a Director specializing in information technology investments. Prior to joining Russia Partners in January 2013, Mr. Lupachev was the Chief Investment Officer at Skolkovo Foundation, a leading development agency in the advanced technology space in Russia. Previously, Mr. Lupachev was a Director at FINAM Capital Partners, one of the largest investors in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors in Russia. Earlier in his career, he was a senior investment professional at Delta Private Equity Partners and Access Industries.

In his prior positions, Mr. Lupachev played a key role in a number of private equity transactions involving companies in the TMT sectors including Amedia, the largest television series production company in Russia; Netville, a multimedia content delivery network; Banki.ru, the leading consumer finance portal in Russia; and Familyspace.ru, a genealogy-based social network. Mr. Lupachev also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Endowment Fund and is a board member of the Harvard Club of Russia.

Mr. Lupachev holds a B.A. with high honors in International Commerce from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Andrei
Tolmachev
Konstantin
Shestakov