April 2021

XII Northern Dimension Forum

Connectivity now- boosting flows of people, information, energy, goods and services
  • 1
    day, 12:00 — 17:00
  • 8
  • Russian, English

About the conference

The Northern Dimension (ND) is a joint policy between EU, Russia, Norway and Iceland. The ND Policy was initiated in 1999 and renewed in 2006.

The policy aims at providing a framework to:

  • promote dialogue and concrete cooperation;
  • strengthen stability, well-being and intensified economic cooperation;
  • promote economic integration, competitiveness and sustainable development in Northern Europe.

The policy covers a broad geographic area, from the European Arctic and Sub-Arctic to the southern shores of the Baltic Sea, countries in the vicinity and from north-west Russia in the east, to Iceland and Greenland in the west.

The Northern Dimension Business Forum is organised on a yearly basis and traditionally gathers participants representing Russian and European ministries, agencies, regional authorities as well as business community and civil society from the Northern Dimension area.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 12th edition of the Northern Dimension Business Forum, organized by the Northern Dimension Business Council in cooperation with the Association of European Businesses, the St Petersburg Graduate School of Management and the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management.

This time, the Forum focuses on "Connectivity now. Boosting flows of people, information, energy, goods and services." The speakers include representatives from the Northern Dimension Member States and top-level Russian and European businesses.

This year's Forum will also feature six different parallel sessions:

  1. Creative Industries “Connecting the Unconnected: the Role of Creative Industries within the Cross-Sectoral Cooperation”
  2. Ecology & Circular Еconomy
  3. Energy & Energy Efficiency
  4. Health & Lifestyle “Digitalisation of Healthcare: Trends and Challenges”
  5. Mobility “New Forms оf Mobility and Connectivity”
  6. Transport & Logistics


  • Tadzio Schilling
    Tadzio Schilling

    CEO, Association of European Businesses (AEB)

  • Andrey Sharonov
    Andrey Sharonov

    Professor, President of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO


  • Markus Ederer
    Markus Ederer

    Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation

  • Alexander Grushko
    Alexander Grushko

    Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

  • Rolf Jansson
    Rolf Jansson

    President and CEO, VR Group, co-chairman of the Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC)

  • Konstantin Krotov
    Konstantin Krotov

    First Deputy Director of the Higher School of Management of St. Petersburg State University

  • Alexey Mordashov
    Alexey Mordashov

    Chairman of the Board of Directors, PAO Severstal, co-chairman of the Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC)

  • Sergey Pavlov
    Sergey Pavlov

    First Deputy General Director, JSC Russian Railways (Russian Railways)

  • Sebastian Tolstoy
    Sebastian Tolstoy

    President Ericsson Eastern Europe and Central Asia

  • Johan Vanderplaetse
    Johan Vanderplaetse

    Chairman of the Board, AEB, Senior Vice-President - President for Russia and CIS, Schneider Electric


  • Plenary Session

    Moderator: Tadzio Schilling


    Markus Ederer, Alexander Grushko, Rolf Jansson, Alexey Mordashov, Sergey Pavlov, Sebastian Tolstoy, Johan Vanderplaetse

  • Parallel Sessions of the working groups


    Creative Industries

    Ecology and circular economy

    Energy and energy efficiency

    Health and lifestyle


    Transport and logistics

  • Wrap-up and vision of the future

    Moderator: Andrey Sharonov


    Rolf Jansson, Konstantin Krotov, Alexey Mordashov

Working groups

  • Creative Industries


    • Dace Resele, Head of Secretariat, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture
    • Olga Vasilyeva, Chairperson of the Tourism and Foreign Relations Committee of Velikiy Novgorod Administration
    «Connecting the Unconnected: the Role of Creative Industries in Cross-Sectoral Cooperation»

    With the support of the Graduate School of Management represented by represented by Ekaterina Vladimirovna Sokolova, Associate Professor of the Department of State and Municipal Administration, Academic Director of the Master's program "Management and Development of Urban Agglomerations"




    Natalia Beneslavskaya, IKEA, Head of the Sustainability Department



    Paweł Miechowski, 11 bit studios

    KONIGTIVITY: Branding of regions through creative industries

    Valeria Gusejnova, Creative Industries Fund of Kaliningrad region “Krespektiva”


Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Michael Akim
    Michael Akim

    Member of the AEB Board, Chairman of the AEB WG on Modernization & Innovation; Professor of Graduate School of Business, HSE University

  • Evgeny Charkin
    Evgeny Charkin

    Deputy Managing Director Russian Railways

  • Ernesto Ferlenghi
    Ernesto Ferlenghi

    Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Association of European Businesses (AEB); General Director of Eni Energy LLC; Head of Eni Representative Office, Head of Market Development Business Unit in Russia and Central Asia

  • Tatiana Gorovaya
    Tatiana Gorovaya

    Director for Government and Government Relations, Nissan Manufacturing RUS LLC

  • Ilkka Heiskanen
    Ilkka Heiskanen

    Senior vice-president, strategy & corporate development and acting chief digital officer, VRgroup (finnish railways)

  • Yana Kotukhova
    Yana Kotukhova

    Director for Government Relations and External Communications in Russia and the EAEU countries of the international pharmaceutical company Servier. Chairman of the Health and Pharmaceuticals Committee of the Association of European Businesses

  • Maxim Kozlov
    Maxim Kozlov

    Director of Foreign Government Relations at Yandex. Go

  • Stanislav Naumov
    Stanislav Naumov

    Chairman of the Board of the Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of the Eurasian Economic Union

  • Mari Pantsar
    Mari Pantsar

    Director, Sustainability solutions, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

  • Dace Resele
    Dace Resele

    Senior Consultant, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture

  • Dmitry Troshchenko
    Dmitry Troshchenko

    Deputy Director of the Information and Educational Center, SUE «Vodokanal of St. Petersburg»

  • Olga Vasilyeva
    Olga Vasilyeva

    Chairman of the Tourism and Foreign Relations Committee of Veliky Novgorod Administration

Working group speakers

  • Patrik Antoni
    Patrik Antoni

    Chairman of the Board, Ingka Group Russia

  • Laurent Bardon
    Laurent Bardon

    Head of the Economics and Trade Section, Delegation of the European Union to Russia

  • Irina Efimenko
    Irina Efimenko

    Founder and CEO of Semantic Hub

  • Inna Elisanova
    Inna Elisanova

    Director, Customs Regulation and Global Trade Practice, EY

  • Jani ERKKILÄ
    Jani ERKKILÄ

    Policy Officer - European Commission, DG Mobility & Transport B4 – Sustainable & Intelligent Transport

  • Lera Guseinova
    Lera Guseinova

    Director of Creative Industries Fund «Krespektiva», Kalinigrad

  • Kari Herlevi
    Kari Herlevi

    Project Director, Sitra

  • Alexey Kalinin
    Alexey Kalinin

    Professor of Business Practice. Director of the Institute for Emerging Market Studies

  • Sergey Kirillov
    Sergey Kirillov

    Director of Partner Relations at Yandex Self Driving Group

  • Petya Koleva
    Petya Koleva

    Culture and Creativity expert, founder of Intercultura Consult

  • Tero Kosonen
    Tero Kosonen

    Vice President of Marketing and Sales of VR Group

  • Ilya Kryuchkov
    Ilya Kryuchkov

    5G RAN Regional Portfolio Manager, Market Area Europe & Latin America, Ericsson

  • Maria Kulakhmetova
    Maria Kulakhmetova

    Director of Corporate Relations and Academic Programs at Dassault Systemes

  • Kai Lehikoinen
    Kai Lehikoinen

    Director of the Centre for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts CERADA

  • Jérôme Lepeintre
    Jérôme Lepeintre

    Minister Counsellor for Agriculture and Health at the EU Delegation to Russia

  • Ewa Manik
    Ewa Manik

    Principal Manager, NDEP; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

  • Pawel Miechowski
    Pawel Miechowski

    11 bit studios

  • Yulia Mikhailova
    Yulia Mikhailova

    Head of the Center for Coordination and Monitoring of Cooperation of the Russian Federation in the Northern Dimension Partnership in the field of Health and Social Well-being, MD, Professor, Chief researcher-project manager of the TSNIIOI

  • Thomas Morris
    Thomas Morris

    Head of OMV Russia

  • Ülla-Karin Nurm
    Ülla-Karin Nurm

    Director at the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)

  • Laurent Paganon
    Laurent Paganon

    Head of EDF Representative office in Russia and CIS

  • Pavel Popov
    Pavel Popov

    Deputy General Director of JSC “NIIAS”, Technical Manager of the project for the development of autonomous trains

  • Larisa Popovich
    Larisa Popovich

    Director of the HSE Institute of Health Economics

  • Edgars Puzo
    Edgars Puzo

    General Director of Atos IT Solutions and Services LLC and Unify Communications LLC

  • Olga Rublevskaya
    Olga Rublevskaya

    Director of the Department of Analysis and Technological Development of Water Supply and Sanitation Systems, State Unitary Enterprise «Vodokanal of St. Petersburg»

  • Georgy Safonov
    Georgy Safonov

    Director of Center for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics National Research University Higher School of Economics

  • Natalia Sarakhanova
    Natalia Sarakhanova

    Ph. D. in Economics, Associate Professor of the Department of Economics and Management of Enterprises of Production Complexes, St. Petersburg State University of Economics

  • Vera Suldenko
    Vera Suldenko

    Senior Advisor, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Bayer

  • Chris Weafer
    Chris Weafer

    General Director, Macro-Advisory Ltd.


  • Northern Dimension Business Council (NDBC)

    The initiative of creating NDBC and its concept was approved at the Northern Dimension Senior officials’ meeting in Stockholm on November 12, 2009.

    The Co-Chairmen of the NDBC are Alexey Mordashov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of PAO “Severstal” on the Russian side and Rolf Jansson, President and CEO, VR Group, from the European side.

    The purpose of NDBC is to involve and integrate companies be a part of the Northern Dimension policy, so that these companies could achieve competitive advantage through their active participation in NDBC work.

    It is important that both the companies as well as authorities at all levels share the view that the business organizations can bring value added to the Northern Dimension policy, and that their viewpoints are notified. The fundamental idea of NDBC is that the competitiveness of any region in the world is based on trust between government and business; with a clear division of tasks, rights and responsibilities between business and government.

    The goals of NDBC could be summarized as follows:

    NDBC is a platform for interaction, experience-sharing and networking between companies.
    NDBC ensures that the view of business community will be taken into account in developing the Northern Dimension policy.
    NDBC is a platform for the dialogue between business and government structures.
    The practical work of the NDBC is carried out in working groups, which all have co-chairmen representing European and Russian companies.

    NDBC collaborates closely with other organizations aiming at improving business climate in the Northern Dimension area, such as EU-Russia industrialists’ Roundtable and the Association of

    European Businesses (AEB).

    All companies regardless of the country of origin are welcome to join the NDBC meetings – the only criterion is interest towards participating in efforts improving the investment climate in the Northern Dimension area.

  • The Association of European Businesses (AEB)

    The Association of European Businesses is the main representative body of foreign investors in Russia. Founded in 1995, the AEB is an independent non-profit organisation of over 500 European and Russian companies. The AEB members are multinational corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises. They all share a commitment to boosting cooperation between the EU and Russia, as well as the desire to improve the investment climate of the Russian Federation.
    The AEB includes 60 committees, subcommittees and working groups that are engaged in lobbying on a wide range of issues in various business areas including energy, transport and customs, agriculture, air travel, passenger cars and commercial vehicles production, legislation, taxation, banking, real estate, crop protection products and many others. These committees work closely with the European and Russian authorities, and provide comments and suggested changes to the draft laws of the Russian Federation.

    AEB Mission

    • Identifying the principal business and legislative issues through the AEB committees and working groups;
    • Addressing the issues raised by AEB members, both to the relevant European Union authorities and to Russia’s business and political leaders;
    • Existing as an independent organisation, whose position is recognised at the highest levels within the European and Russian authorities.

    The AEB provides information support for its members through its website, social networks, printed publications, open events, and distributes reviews and releases about the current events in the legal and business fields.

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