Since February 2016, Macro-Advisory has been hosting quarterly breakfast briefings for select members of the international business and diplomatic community in Moscow. The briefings take place at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel, each featuring a prominent guest speaker who provides expert insight into Russia- and Eurasia-related matters.
Please find below short descriptions of each of the briefings. Due to the confidential nature of the event, only basic information can be made available to the public.
In September 2019, Dr Mark Galeotti spoke about his new book on the Russian criminal underworld. Dr Galeotti is an Honorary Professor at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, as well as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and previously head of its Centre for European Security. Please find a transcript of his speech here.
Andrey Klepach was the guest speaker in April 2019. Dr Klepach is Chief Economist at Vnesheconombank and previously served as Director of the Macroeconomic Forecasting Department of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. Dr Klepach spoke about trends and the growth of the Russian economy in the near future. A transcript of his speech can be found here.
In December 2018, Macro-Advisory welcomed E Wayne Merry, Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. Mr Merry spoke about the current and likely future states of US-Russian relations. Please find the full transcript of his speech here.
In September 2018, Sergey Belyakov was the guest speaker. Mr Belyakov is Chairman of the Management Board of the National Association of Investment and Development Agencies, President of the Association of Non-State Pension Funds and Chairman of the Presidium of The Retail Companies Association. He spoke about recent trends in Russian politics and economics.
In June 2018, Macro-Advisory hosted Vladimir Yakunin as its summer speaker. Mr Yakunin is co-founder and Chairman of the DOC Research Institute and formerly President of Russian Railways. He spoke about his book, The Treacherous Path, and provided insight into the realities of doing business in Russia in the current environment. Please find the full transcript of his speech here.
Andrei Kolesnikov spoke at the spring 2018 briefing. Mr Kolesnikov is Senior Fellow and Chair of Russian Domestic Politics at the Carnegie Moscow Center. He spoke about Russian elections and the various constituencies of voters involved. The full transcript of his speech can be found here.
In December 2017, Macro-Advisory hosted Baroness Catherine Ashton as its speaker. Lady Ashton is the Chancellor of the University of Warwick and former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. She spoke about the current foreign policy dialogue within the EU, relations with Russia, and relations between the EU and the US. Her speech can be found here.
In fall 2017, Dmitry Pankin, Chairman of the Management Board of the Eurasian Development Bank, spoke about developments in the Eurasian Economic Union; sanctions; and the One Belt, One Road project. A copy of his speech can be found here.
Wayne Merry gave his first of two guest speeches in June 2017. Merry discussed internal US dynamics regarding Russia policy, particularly following the 2016 election, and provided insight on US-Russian relations. The transcript of his speech can be found here.
In February 2017, Macro-Advisory welcomed Mikhail Zygar, author of All the Kremlin’s Men, as its speaker. Zygar discussed his book, in which he made a comparison between Russia in 1917 and that of 100 years later. He discussed intra-Kremlin dymanics, as well as Russian attitudes towards its leadership in different circles. A full transcript can be found here.
In September 2016, Alena Ledeneva from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College, London, was the speaker. In her speech, she described Described the “Sistema” network of governance in Russia, how it works, and the various advantages and disadvantages of it. She also described the potential implications of Sistema for investors. Her speech can be found here.
Dmitri Trenin from the Carnegie Institute served as speaker in May 2016. Mr Trenin shared his opinion on Russia’s current geopolitical leanings and also thoughts on implications for the economy and doing business in Russia in the near future. A transcript of his speech can be found here.