Era of Protectionism: Challenges in Global and Regional Economy

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

May 16-17, 2019



Today, there is a transition from the dominant liberal order, on which the modern world economy was founded, to a more populist, protectionist and nationalist platform. In economic terms, this is largely characterized by the rebalancing of global trade policy, after a nearly thirty-year hyper-globalization cycle, the driver of which was the world trade. The WTO and the global trading system were severely hit, the future of the WTO as an effective coordinator and arbiter of world trade does not look promising at the present time and trade wars and protectionism will impede its functioning. 



  • Alexey GROM: President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company, ERA
  • Anton MUSIN: Managing Director, Accenture, Russia
  • Armen SARKISSIAN: President of the Republic of Armenia
  • Bandid NIJATHAWORN: Chairman of the Foundation for Public Policy and Good Governance, Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Thailand
  • Bruno BALVANERA: Managing Director for Central Asia, EBRD
  • Carlo MONTICELLI: Vice Governor, Council of Europe Development Bank, Author of the Book “Reforming Global Economic Governance: An Unsettled Order”
  • Chatib BASRI: Director, Mandiri Institute, Former Minister of Finance of Indonesia
  • Dmitry PANKIN: President Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
  • Erbolat DOSSAEV: Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Eugene SEAH: COO of the Port of Baku
  • Giorgi KVIRIKASHVILI: Former Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Henning VÖPEL: Director, Hamburg Institute of International Economics
  • James BACCHUS: Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida, Former Chairman of the Congress of the United States
  • John DEFTERIOS: Anchor, CNN Business Emerging Markets Editor
  • Jose Antonio O CAMPO: Member of the Board of Central Bank, Former Minister of Finance of Columbia, Former UN Undersecretary General for Economic and Social Affairs
  • Justin LIN: Professor, National School of Development, Peking University, People’s Republic of China
  • Konstantin LIMITOVSKIY: Chief Programming Officer and Senior Advisor to the President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Lilia BURUNCIUC: Regional Director for Central Asia, The World Bank
  • Luc DEVIGNE: Director, European External Action Service
  • Marc UZAN: Executive Director, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee
  • Massimiliano CASTELLI: Managing Director, Head of Strategy, Global Sovereign Markets, UBS Global Asset Management
  • Massimo DEANDREIS: General Manager, SRM Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists
  • Mattia ROMANI: Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
  • Maurice OBSTFELD: Professor of Economics, University of California at Berkeley, Former Chief Economist at the IMF
  • Mehmet SIMSEK: Former Deputy Prime Minister, Former Minister of Finance of Turkey
  • Montek SINGH AHLUWALIA: Professor, Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India
  • Peter FRANKOPAN: Professor of Global History at Oxford University, Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research
  • Riaz KHOKAR: Ambassador, Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan
  • Risto SIILASMAA: Chair of the Board of Directors, Nokia Corporation
  • Roza OTUNBAYEVA: President of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Stanley FISCHER: Former Vice Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Thomas LAMNIDIS: Principal – Legal Advisor Savvy Business
  • Vazil HUDAK: Vice President, European Investment Bank
  • Vladimir YAKUNIN: Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, Former Chairman of Russian Railroads
  • Xavier SALA I MARTIN: Professor of Economics, Columbia University, The Founder of Global Competitiveness Index
  • Yanging YANG: Deputy Editor in Chief, China Business News
  • Yaroslav LISSOVOLIK: Senior Managing Director, Head of Research at Sberbank Investment Research
  • Yerlan ABSATOV: General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan Kazlogistics

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