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Developing the Digital Economy in Russia
December 20, 2016World Bank Country Office, Moscow, Russia


Developing the Digital Economy in Russia is the initiative of the World Bank and Russian partner organizations aimed at establishing multi-stakeholder collaboration to foster the Digital Economy development in the Russian Federation.

Watch live on December 20: English | Russian

The Working Group on Developing the Digital Economy in Russia, comprised of the World Bank staff, international experts and Russian stakeholders, working through a series of international and local seminars and online discussions in social media will jointly articulate key findings, policy recommendations and guiding principles to help Russia unlock digital dividends such as inclusive economic growth, job creation and better services to improve the lives of its citizens and position Russia as an emerging leading digital economy. One of the outputs of the initiative will be the preparation of the Analytical Note titled ‘Digital Economy: Prospects for Russia’ that is planned to be completed by June 2017 by drawing on these discussions and learning from countries such as UK, US, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Estonia, Germany, China, India, Israel et al.  

The initiative will be officially launched during the first International Seminar that will be held at the World Bank office in Moscow on December 20, 2016.

The purpose of the first International Seminar will be to discuss a vision and conceptual framework, key trends and drivers, key lessons and success factors for Digital Economy development jointly with international experts from the High-Level Experts, Leaders, and Practitioners (H.E.L.P.) Group and their Russian counterparts.  Key questions to be discussed during the International Seminar on December 20, 2016:

  • What is Digital Economy? What are the key elements and guiding principles?
  • What are the key trends, business and technology drivers for the Digital Economy among leading countries?
  • What are the key lessons and success factors for developing the Digital Economy?
  • What is the role of governments in developing the Digital Economy?

Additional questions:

  • What are the most disruptive technologies that will fuel Digital Economy of the future?
  • What are the new policies/regulations that the countries will need to put in place?
  • What are the institutions and the governance structures that the governments need to put in place to take full advantage of the Digital Economy?
  • What are the risks that the countries need to be aware of?
  • What skills need to be developed by countries to remain competitive in the Digital economy? 
  • How do we measure the impact of Digital Economy? 

16.00  |  Welcome remarks by Andras Horvai, Country Director and Resident Representative for the Russian Federation and Jane Treadwell, Global Practice Manager, Digital Platforms and Services, World Bank (moderator)

16.10  |  Opening remarks by Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications

16.20  |  Introduction of “Developing the Digital Economy in Russia” initiative by the World Bank ICT team: Juan Navas Sabater, Lead ICT Policy Specialist, Oleg Petrov, Program Coordinator, Mikhail Bunchuk, Operations Officer and Aynura Djoroeva, Consultant

16.30  |  Developing the Digital Economy in Russia – A summary of local expert discussions from the Russian partners: Yuri Hohlov, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of the Information Society and Vasiliy Pushkin, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation   

16.35  |  Global Policy Dialogue on Developing the Digital Economy with HELP Thought Leaders from Around the World (Lightning Talks, 5-7 min each followed by Open Discussion):

  • Australia/World Bank - Jane Treadwell, Practice Manager, Digital Services and Platforms (moderator)
  • Russian Federation - Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications
  • Republic of Korea - Wonki Min, Deputy Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning (Chair, OECD Committee for Digital Economy Policy)
  • India -  Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communication and Information Technology (invited)
  • USA - Robert Atkinson, President of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 
  • EC – Francisco Garcia Moran, Chief IT Advisor, European Commission
  • UK – Andrew Stott, former Chief Technology Officer
  • France – Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD

17:15  |  Panel Discussion with the international experts        

18:00  | Open Discussion

19:00  |  Refreshments

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    Nikolai Nikiforov

    Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications, The Russian Federation
    Nikolay Nikiforov took position of Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation on May 21, 2012. Earlier he took position of Executive Director in the Information Technology Centre in the Republic of Tatarstan, and later assumed position of Deputy Prime Minister of Communications in the Republic of Tatarstan. Nikolay Nikiforov successfully completed a large-scale project on development and integration of e-government in the Republic of Tatarstan.
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    Karine Minasyan

    ICT Minister of the Eurasian Economic Commission
    Karine Minasyan was born on August 29, 1965, in Yerevan, Armenian SSR. In 1987 she graduated S. Ordzhonikidze Moscow institute of management, with specialization engineer-economist, organizer of management in mechanical engineering industry. She started her career in industrial enterprise in 1987, and continued in commercial and non-commercial organizations and then in the Central bank of RA up to 2002. From 2002 to 2009 she was a Member of the Board of the Central Bank of RA. Her main area of practice were regulation of financial markets, introduction of institutions for provision of stable functioning of banking sector. From 2009 to 2010 she held the position of the First Deputy Chairman of State Revenue Committee of RA. Minasyan was heavily involved in improvement of tax administration, including transition to the risk based assesment supervision system. From 2010 to 2014 she was appointed to the position of the First Deputy Minister of Economy of the RA. The main area of practice were improvement of business environment, introduction of system of regulatory impact assesment, improvement of state supervision system, development of SME and information technologies. From 2014 to 2015 she was the Adviser to the President of RA on integration issues. Since January 2015 she is the Member of the Board (Minister) of the Eurasian Economic Commission for integration of Armenia into EEC. Karine Minasyan was awarded the commemorative gold medal by the Prime Minister of RA in 2011, the "Anania Shirakatsi" medal by the President of RA in 2013 , the Order of Friendship by the President of RF in 2014.
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    Wonki Min

    Deputy Minister, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning Republic of Korea
    Mr. Wonki Min has been serving as Deputy Minister at the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) since 2014, where he heads the Office of Planning and Coordination, responsible for the organization’s policy coordination, budgeting, legal and regulatory affairs, and international cooperation activities. He was also the first Spokesperson of MSIP when the ministry was established in 2013. In his 28 years of career, Mr. Min has held many key positions in the Korean government. Serving at the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC), the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and now at the MSIP, Mr. Min worked on extensive ICT issues, including radio regulation (Head, Central Radio Management Office, 2007–2009), information society and digital economy (Director General, National Information Society Agency, 2007), ICT policy coordination (Director, MIC, 2005–2006), software policy (Director, MIC, 2002–2003), and telecommunications competition policy (Director, MIC, 2002). Mr. Min’s career has not been limited to dealing with domestic affairs. He also leveraged his wide-ranging expertise in ICT at major international organizations. He is currently serving as Chair of the OECD Committee on Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) where he was Vice-Chair in 2016. He also served as Chair (2003–2004) and Vice-Chair (2002–2003) of the OECD Telecommunications and Information Service Working Party(TISP). At ITU, he was the Chair of the 2015 ITU Council and the Chair of the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, held in Busan, Korea. He also worked as Senior ICT Policy Specialist at the World Bank (2010-2013), as Senior ICT Expert (2006-2007) at the UN-APCICT/ESCAP and as Project Manager at the OECD (1998-2000). In recognition of his outstanding service both in government and for the international ICT community, he was awarded a Red Stripes Order of Service Merit in 2015 by the government of Korea. Mr. Min also was an adjunct professor (2005) at Seoul National University and co-authored four books, including “Digital Convergence Strategy” (2005), and published several articles, including “Broadband and Job Creation” (2012, World Bank). He earned an M.B.A from the University of Washington, an M.A. in public administration from Seoul National University, and a B.A. in history from Yonsei University.
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    Andras Horvai

    Country Director and Resident Representative for the Russian Federation, World Bank
    Andras Horvai is the Country Director and Resident Representative for the Russian Federation. Until September 2015, he served as Manager of Operations and Portfolio, managing the World Bank Group's Office in Vienna and the portfolio of World Bank-financed projects in the countries of Southeast Europe. Since joining the World Bank in 1993, Mr. Horvai has worked extensively on Europe and Central Asia, including the countries of Southeast Europe, Turkey and Poland, as well as South Asia. He also served as the World Bank's Country Manager for Croatia. Prior to his World Bank career, Mr. Horvai held senior positions in the National Bank of Hungary, including that of General Manager, and also served as Alternate Executive Director of EBRD. Mr. Horvai is a graduate of the University of Economics, Budapest.
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    Jane Treadwell

    Practice Manager, Digital Services and Platforms, ICT Global Practice, World Bank
    Jane Treadwell has enjoyed a long career in government and in consulting, spanning the areas of government transformation, service delivery and IT management in many policy portfolios. She has held senior executive roles in national and state governments in Australia. She now works for the World Bank, as the Practice Manager in Digital Services and Platforms, in the Transport and ICT Practice, having also been an adviser to other international organisations in the areas of collaborative governance, innovation, and design. She was the first CIO and Deputy CEO of Digital Business in Centrelink, pioneering a range of citizen-driven services and cross-sector collaboration; was the Government CIO of the State of Victoria; the initiator of Random Hacks of Kindness – Melbourne and in 2012, the CEO of DesignGov for the Australian Government, applying design thinking and innovative outside-in methods to wicked complex problems. The iAwards Woman of the Year in 2011, Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and National CIO of the year in 2005 have recognized Jane’s contribution to the public sector and leadership in achieving public policy outcomes.
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    Robert Atkinson

    President of Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, USA
    Dr. Robert D. Atkinson is one of the country’s foremost thinkers on innovation economics. With an extensive background in technology policy, he has conducted ground-breaking research projects on technology and innovation, is a valued adviser to state and national policy makers, and a popular speaker on innovation policy nationally and internationally. Before founding ITIF, Atkinson was Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of PPI’s Technology & New Economy Project. He received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2014. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.
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    Francisco Garcia Moran

    Chief IT Advisor at European Commission
    Francisco García Morán is Chief IT Advisor at the European Commission and as such he advises the European Commission, other EU Institutions and Member States on Digital Policies, eGovernment, Interoperability, IT Governance, IT Management, and IT Security. He joined the European Commission in 1986 and was appointed Director General of Informatics, the Directorate General he helped to create, in 2005. He has been member representative of the European Commission in the Management Board of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) , member of World Bank's HLEG (High Level E Transformation Group) and External member of the IT Architecture Committee of the European Central Bank. He supervised the CERT-EU since October 1st 2012 until he moved to his current position. During the Academic Year 2014-2015 he was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley where he was doing research on "The Future of Digital Public Services". He has been awarded the Order of Civil merit by the King of Spain for his successful professional career in public administration.
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    Bruno Lanvin

    Executive Director of Global Indices, INSEAD
    Bruno Lanvin is the Executive Director of Global Indices at INSEAD. From 2007 to 2012, he was the Executive Director of INSEAD’s eLab, managing INSEAD’s teams in Paris, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. From 2000 to 2007, Bruno Lanvin worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies, and Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICT and e-government issues. He was also heading the Capacity Building Practice of the World Bank’s Global ICT Department, and Chairman of the Bank’s e‐ Thematic Group.
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    Andrew Stott

    Former Deputy CIO, United Kingdom
    Andrew Stott was the UK’s first Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement. He led the work to open government data and create "data.gov.uk", one of the world’s first open data portals. Between 2004 and 2009 Andrew Stott was UK Government’s Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chair of its Chief Technology Officers' Council of the United Kingdom. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where he studied both Mathematics and Law. Following his formal retirement from the UK Civil Service in December 2010 he was appointed to the UK Transparency Board. He also advises other governments both bilaterally and as a senior consultant to the World Bank. In addition he is an expert adviser on Open Data strategy to the EU Citadel On The Move programme and a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation and of Open Corporates, the Open Database Of The Corporate World.
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    Juan Navas Sabater

    Lead ICT Specialist, Program Leader in European Union Member states, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
    Juan Navas-Sabater is presently Lead ICT Specialist in the Brussels office of the World Bank, and member of the Transport and ICT Global Practice. He is in charge of ICT operations in the Europe and Central Asia region, including those implemented with support of the European Commission, and working at the intersection between ICT and transport, as well as other sectors. Prior to this assignment, Juan was the World Bank’s Program Leader for Sustainable Development in the Russian Federation, based in Moscow. Before that, he was Lead ICT Policy Specialist in the ICT Sector Unit of the World Bank, based in Washington DC, where worked since joining the Bank in 1998. Prior to the World Bank, in addition to broad experience in the private sector, he held a position at the State Secretariat for Telecommunications and Information Society, in Spain. Juan holds a Master's Degree in Telecommunications Policy, Economics, and Regulation, from The George Washington University and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Madrid Polytechnic University. He speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, French and German.
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    Oleg Petrov

    Senior Program Officer, ICT Global Practice, World Bank
    Oleg Petrov has been working on digital development and knowledge sharing at the World Bank since 1996. Currently, Oleg coordinates the Smart Nations program, Open Data program, ICT programs in Russia, Kazakhstan and Serbia, and high profile knowledge sharing activities of the Bank's ICT Unit at the Transport and ICT Global Practice, including the High-level Experts, Leaders, and Practitioners (HELP) for Transformation, Open Data Innovations Network, Open Government Data working group and Digital Development Community. He was the first team leader for Moldova Governance e-Transformation program, the pioneering World Bank funded project to support Open Data, mobile e-ID and cloud computing infrastructure. Oleg conceived the Global Development Gateway (1999), coordinated about 20 Country Gateway programs in Europe and Asia (1999-2001) and global knowledge portals on ICT4D and Afghanistan Reconstruction (2002-2003). He also worked with the EU Public Sector Institutional Reform project in Russia on catalyzing multifunctional public service centers program and national e-government strategy (2007). Oleg holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and Diplomas from the Plekhanov Russian Economics University and Moscow International University.
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    Yuri Hohlov

    Chairman of the Board of the Institute of the Information Society
    Yuri Hohlov is a founder and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of the Information Society (Russia) since 1998. Strategic consultant and practitioner in the field of ICT for socio-economic development. Hundreds of the Information Society development projects carried out under his supervision at the global, national, regional and local levels. Author of several books and more than 200 articles. Chairman or member of the international (United Nations, World Bank, World Economic Forum, etc.) and national (the High Level Expert and Advisory Group of the Council on the Information Society Development under the President of the Russian Federation, the Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation, and others) expert councils. Academician of the Russian Academy of Engineering.
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    Vasily Pushkin

    Deputy Head of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation
    Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) in 2002, with a degree in Finance and Credit. 2006-2009 – held different positions at the Administration of the Krasnodar Territory; 2009-2013 – worked in commercial companies; 2013-present – employed with the Federal State Budgetary Institution “Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation”, held the position of Advisor; since January 2014 – Deputy Director General.
  • Digital Economy Concept, Trends and Visions: Towards a Future-Proof Strategy
    Discussion Paper For International Seminar #1
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Event details
  • Date: December 20, 2016
  • Time: 16:00-19:00 (Moscow time)
  • Location: World Bank Country Office, Moscow