Discussions

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Opening of the Business Forum

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Auditorium, Level 1, EBRD Headquarters

 A Tale of Two Finance Ministers: Challenges Past and Present

A conversation with two finance ministers, one currently in office and the other formerly in office during the early days of the transition process. The event will help us recall the beginnings of the transition journey but also connect to the present day debate: while the “shock therapy” of the 1990s might not be all that different from the austerity of today, the wider political and institutional context has changed dramatically. This dialogue will therefore help set the scene for the discussions that follow.

 

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Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Leszek Balcerowicz

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Poland

Pier Carlo Padoan

Minister of Economy and Finance, EBRD Governor, Italy

Wednesday 11 May 2016

In the Wake of COP21

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Auditorium, Level 1, EBRD Headquarters

A Conversation with Lord Nicholas Stern, President of the British Academy

Following the historic Paris agreement on climate change, we consider the many challenges facing the global economy with Lord Stern, leading expert on the economics of climate change. We will look at the implications of the Paris agreement, the environmental and economic consequences of continued inaction, and the means by which national and global markets can be effectively harnessed to reduce carbon emissions.

 

 

Moderator

Josué Tanaka

Managing Director, OSP, EE & Climate Change, EBRD

Speakers

Lord Nicholas Stern

President, British Academy

Wednesday 11 May 2016

A New World for SMEs? The Next 25 Years

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Event Room 2, Level 2, EBRD Headquarters

A vibrant small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector is vital for a healthy market economy, yet achieving this ambitious target calls for new approaches and bold ideas.

In line with the priorities identified by the Chinese presidency of the Business 20 (B20), which iclude SME Finance: Diversified Financing Channels, this discussion will take a forward-looking perspective on the international SME financial inclusion agenda, bringing in experts from emerging markets to look at new developments globally, product innovations and the international structures needed to support the growth of the sector.

 

 

Moderator

Claudio Viezzoli

Managing Director, SME Finance & Development, EBRD

Speakers

Jeffrey Anderson

Senior Adviser, SME Finance Forum

John Didiuk

Director, International Project Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Korkmaz Ilkorur

Vice Chair of Finance Task Force, BIAC/OECD

Ahmed Moor

Co-founder, Liwwa

Charlotte Ruhe

Head of SME F & D, ASB, EBRD

Wednesday 11 May 2016

The Process of Change in the SEMED Region

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Auditorium, Level 1, EBRD Headquarters

A Conversation with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ouided Bouchamaoui of Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet 

The process of political and economic change in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region since events in 2011 has been challenging and unpredictable. Entrenched institutions and mind-sets have proven difficult to transform. To further complicate matters, the SEMED region has experienced a dramatic rise in violence, instability and polarisation. Although many risks and challenges remain, there are glimmers of hope that the region will be able to capitalise on its vast potential to build strong and sustainable marketoriented democracies.

A discussion with representatives of the civil society group National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for its role in democratic transition in Tunisia, will reflect on the experience of the first five years of transition in the Arab world and set out the main challenges for policymakers, businesses and civil society organisations going forward.

 

Watch it on our livestream page  (in English, French and Original)

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Moderator

Francis Malige

Managing Director, Eastern Europe & Caucasus, EBRD

Speakers

Ouided Bouchamaoui

President, Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA)

Thursday 12 May 2016

Forum Partner Session: Unicredit

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Event Room 3, Level 2, EBRD Headquarters

Sustainable financing across Central and Eastern Europe. EU Funds as a means of innovation

Drawing from the background and development of Central and Eastern Europe, the discussion will investigate EU Funds mechanisms and business opportunities, as well as the role of Financial Institutions. Special focus will be devoted to innovation in financial Instruments while challenging the expectations for the upcoming years.

Moderator

Enrico Minniti

Head of CEE Corporate & Investment Banking, UniCredit

Speakers

Paolo Bozzolo

Head of Project and Commodity Finance - Central and Eastern Europe, UniCredit

Zsuzsanna Hargitai

Director, EU Funds Co-Finacing&Finan Eng, EBRD

Lubomir Mitov

Chief Economist for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), UNICREDIT

Thursday 12 May 2016

Sustainability Event

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Event Room 2, Level 2, EBRD Headquarters

Networking breakfast will be served from 08:30.

The Environment and Sustainability Department will hold a Sustainability Event, to include:

09:00 - 09:15

Launch of EBRD’s Sustainability Report 2015

This annual publication provides a dynamic overview of the Bank's impact. We will walk the audience through the key features of the report focusing on the main stories of interest and highlighting the achievements of the EBRD and its clients during the previous year.

09:15 – 10:05

Discussion, “Tomorrow’s Sustainable World … a Future Vision”

2015 saw the release of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We will explore how the SDGs are of relevance to the Bank’s countries of operations and what will be the Bank’s contribution to promoting the SDGs including implementation of the Green Economy Transition approach over the next 25 years. This will be a highly interactive session with active audience participation.

10:05 – 10:35

Environmental and Social Awards 2016

Awards will be presented to the winners in four categories: Sustainable Energy; Climate Change Adaptation; Environmental and Social Best Practice, and; Environmental and Social  Innovation.

Sustainability Awards judges

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Keynote

Dmitry Pankin

Chairman of the Management Board, Eurasian Development Bank

Speakers

Samuel Fankhauser

Co-Director, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change, LSE

Jacqueline McGlade

Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme

Thursday 12 May 2016

Forum Partner Session: Raiffeisen Bank International

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Event Room 3, Level 2, EBRD Headquarters

Banks in CEE - What are the Benefits of EBRD as a Shareholder?

- Influence on Corporate Governance

- Impact on Credit Standing

- How does EBRD Shareholding facilitate Cross Border Business?

- How does it affect Fixed Income and Syndicated Lending Business?

Moderator

Harald Kreuzmair

Managing Director, Head of Institutional Clients, Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Speakers

Holger Kautzky

Head of Financial Institutions, Commerzbank AG

Natalia Loginova

Head of Investor Relations, Promsvyazbank

Rolf Reichardt

Executive Director, Finance/Treasury, AccessBank Azerbaijan

Nick Tesseyman

MD, Financial Institutions, EBRD

Thursday 12 May 2016

Looking into the Future

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Auditorium, Level 1, EBRD Headquarters

The World in the Next 25 Years

Professor Ian Goldin is Director of the Oxford Martin School. As a former Vice-President of the World Bank, Professor Goldin led collaborations with the UN on global development strategy and was an adviser to the late President Nelson Mandela. Through the Oxford Martin School’s programme of research, collaboration and education, he is powering new, cross-disciplinary thinking about global problems from the near and far future. During his audio-visual session, Professor Goldin will be looking ahead to the challenges that the EBRD countries and the world face in the next 25 years. What will they look like a quarter of a century from now and what will that mean for doing business? After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

 

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Speakers

Ian Goldin

Director, Oxford Martin School

Thursday 12 May 2016

The Road to an Energy Union

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Event Room 2, Level 2, EBRD Headquarters

This discussion on energy security will focus on the current efforts by the European Commission to promote the Energy Union and achieve a sustainable diversification of routes and supplies with both transit and supply countries. The panel will discuss the actions to be undertaken to reach an efficient energy union and what are the political, economic and technical trends that can impact this effort.

 

Moderator

Riccardo Puliti

Managing Director, Energy, EBRD

Speakers

Marc Benayoun

Chief Executive Officer, Edison Spa

Peter Mather

Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country, UK, BP

Maroš Šefčovič

Vice-President, European Commission

Thursday 12 May 2016

Gender Equality

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Event Room 1, Level 2, EBRD Headquarters

Why it Matters?

In this 25th anniversary year of the EBRD and the year of the introduction of the Bank’s first gender strategy, this discussion will look at how gender equality has fared over the past 25 years in the EBRD’s countries of operations, and what still needs to be done to achieve more in the next 25 years. Why is progress on this issue so important? What policies are needed? What can be done at the corporate level to ensure improved opportunities and equality for women and men?

The discussion will be followed by a ceremony to present the Awards for the Promotion of Gender Equality.

Agenda:

14:00-15:30 Discussion
15:30-16:00 Awards Ceremony and Reception

 

 

 

Moderator

Sally Bundock

Presenter, World Business Report, BBC World News

Speakers

Mariana Gheorghe

Chief Executive Officer, OMV Petrom S.A.

Olena Nizalova

Research Fellow PSSRU & CHSS, University of Kent

Serena Romano

President, Corrente Rosa