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Speakers

Mikko Hautala, Ambassador of Finland in Moscow
Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, Co-chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Council
Heli Pellikka, Associate Partner, Russia desk, EY
Björn von Sivers, Investment Manager, Vostok New Ventures
Ilkka Salonen, Chairman of the Board of Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Directors East Office of Finnish Industries
Jaana Rekolainen, CEO, Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce​
Malena Mård, Ambassador of Sweden to Russia 
Carsten Søndergaard, Ambassador of Denmark to Russia 
Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, Ambassador of Iceland to Russia

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Arkady Dvorkovich

Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation, Co-chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Council

Since August of 2000 – Adviser of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
Since 2001 – Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
Since April of 2004 – Head of the Presidential Experts’ Directorate of the Presidential Executive Office.
Since May 13, 2008 – Aide to the President.
From May 13, 2008 to May, 21, 2012 served as an aide to the President of the Russian Federation.
On December 31, 2009 according to the decree of the President Dmitry Medvedev entered the working group for creation of a detached territorial complex for research and development and further commercialization of the results.
On May 21, 2012 he was appointed the Deputy Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation.
May 2018 – appointed co-chair of the Skolkovo Foundation council.
In September 2018, he was appointed to a government commission on modernising Russia’s economy and innovative development.The same month, he was appointed Chair of the Skolkovo Foundation. Photo CC BY 4.0

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Heli Pellikka

Associate Partner, Russia desk, EY

Heli Pellikka works as an Associate Partner at EY Finland with responsibility over the EY’s Russia Desk team and services in Finland. She has over 20 years’ of experience on Russian business environment and legislation and 12 years of audit experience at EY. Heli is fully dedicated to Russian and CIS specific audit and internal audit engagements.

Prior to joining EY, Heli worked for Finnish listed company as a General Director and Financial Director of Russian production company and Development Manager of Russian operations, as Business Controller in family-owned Finnish company with significant operations in Russia and CIS countries, and as Managing Director of the Russian subsidiary of Finnish accounting office.

Due to her background Heli has an extensive experience on Russian business environment, corporate governance and legislation. At EY, Heli has successfully led and executed consultation, external and internal audit projects for international companies in operating in Russia and CIS countries in various industries.

Heli is graduate of St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance.

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Björn von Sivers

Investment Manager and Head of Investor Relations at Vostok New Ventures Ltd.

Björn von Sivers is an Investment Manager and Head of Investor Relations at Vostok New Ventures Ltd. Björn has spent the last few years focusing on online marketplaces and businesses with strong network effects in Russia and across other frontier and emerging markets. Björn holds a M.Sc in Finance from the University of Edinburgh Business School and a B.Sc in Economics from Lund University in Sweden.

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Ilkka Salonen

Executive Chairman, East Office of Finnish Industries, Chairman of the Board, Finnish-Russian Сhamber of Сommerce

Ilkka Salonen has over 30 years of experience in the banking sector. In 1981-1994, he served in various positions in Kansallis-Osake-Pankki. In 1994-1997, he served as Deputy President at International Moscow Bank.
In 1997-1998 Salonen served as First Vice President of Merita Bank Ltd.
In 1998, he returned to International Moscow Bank as President of the Board of the Management. In 2007, he joined Renaissance Investment Management Group as President and Deputy CEO. In 2008-2009, he was Deputy Chairman of the Management Board in charge of the international business at Sberbank. In 2012-2015, he was Chairman of the Management Board of Bank Uralsib.

Since 2016 Ilkka Salonen is Chairman of the Supervisory Board’s Audit and Risk Committee of Credit Bank of Moscow and became a member of Supervisory Board’s Strategy and Capital Markets Committee. Mr Salonen has been CEO of East Office of Finnish Industries in 2017-2019 (till September), now he continues as Executive Chairman of Board of Directors. Since January 2018 he has been on the Board of the Lappeenranta University of Technology. On May 2019 Ilkka Salonen was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Finnish-Russian Сhamber of Сommerce.

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Jaana Rekolainen

CEO, Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce

Since April 2016 holds the position of CEO of the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC). Rekolainen has worked in FRCC  since 2009. Since 2013, she served as Deputy General Manager and was responsible for the development and implementation of commercial services of FRCC. Prior to that, she worked as director of international activities in FRCC. Before joining the Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce Rekolainen served as Head of Export in Finlayson Forssa Oy (2006-2008) and held various positions in construction company SRV Yhtiöt Oy. Rekolainen holds a Master´s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Joensuu.

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Mikko Hautala

Ambassador of Finland in Moscow

Mikko Hautala has served as the Finnish Ambassador to Moscow since 2016. Hautala, originally from Seinäjoki, has previously served as Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Finland and as a member of the Cabinet and as a diplomatic adviser to the Foreign Minister. Hautala has also worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Embassy in Brussels, as well as at the Embassy in Kiev. He has previously served as Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow. Hautala holds two bachelor’s degrees in social sciences and humanities. In addition to Finnish, he speaks English, Russian, Swedish, Ukrainian and Polish.

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Malena Mård

Ambassador of Sweden to Russia

Ambassador of Sweden to Russian Federation, embassy of Sweden in Russia since September 1st 2019. In 2017–2019 Malena Mård served as Inspector General at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and during 2013–2019 as Head of Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, European External Action Service (EEAS). From 2008 to 2013 Mård served as Deputy Director General, Head of department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (including Barents and Arctic Co-operation), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden.
Between 2005 and 2008 Mård worked as Deputy Director general, deputy head of department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and between 2002 and 2005 as Counsellor to the EU (Brussels) – delegate COEST Working Party.

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Carsten Søndergaard

Ambassador of Denmark to Russia

2018- Ambassador to the Russian Federation
2014-2018 Ambassador of Denmark to Ireland
2010-2014 Ambassador of Denmark to NATO
2005-2010 Ambassador of Denmark to Germany
2001-2005 State Secretary for Foreign and Security Policy & EU Policy,
1979 Master of Political Science, University of Aarhus.

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Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir

Ambassador of Iceland

Ambassador Ásgeirsdóttir has exceptionally broad civil service experience both in Iceland and internationally. She has held the highest civil servant position in the Ministries of Health and Social Affairs, served as Deputy Secretary General of the OECD and as Secretary General of the Nordic Council, and as Ambassador to France and at present Russia. During her career, spanning almost 40 years, she has worked successfully with civil society, local and national government and international organizations alike in building consensus and maximizing results.

Professional experience: 2016 – Ambassador of Iceland to Russia, Kazakstan, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbajan
2011 – 2016 Ambassador of Iceland to France, Italy, Spain, Andorra; accredited as Ambassador of Iceland to Algeria, Djibouti, Morocco, Lebanon and Tunisia; Permanent Representative to the OECD, Council of Europe and UNESCO.
2007 – 2011 Secretary General, Ministry of Health and Social Security.
2006 – 2007 Ambassador. Head of Trade and Economic Co-Operation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
2002 – 2006 Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris,
1999 – 2002 Secretary General in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Iceland.

Education: 1985 MA in International Relations, Boston University. 1978 Cand. Jur. degree (in Law) special emphasis on tax law, University of Iceland.

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