The Post Covid Era: Redefining and

Redesigning the Global Economy

February 9-10, 2021



In less than a year the Covid-19 crisis has transformed the world. Indeed, the impact of the pandemic is already monumental; and its social, economic, and geopolitical implications will linger for years to come. While the global economy is poised to face the deepest recession in peacetime history, Covid-19 has magnified global trends that were already brewing.

As countries around the world are focused on crises relief efforts, we believe that a parallel intellectual initiative should be underway for the transition to a post-virus order. We hope that convening this symposium with multistakeholders, will help to strengthen our collective commitment to creating a better future. Although we will miss the conviviality of our past face-to-face events, we hope to make up for this loss with stimulating online discussions that help free our imagination!

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 Openning Remarks

  • Igor Maksimtsev, Rector, Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON)
  • Marc Uzan, Executive Director, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee (RBWC)
  • Henning Voepel, Director, Hamburg Institute for International Economics (HWWI)
  • Jacob Frenkel, Chairman, Frenkel-Zuckerman Institute for Global Economics, Chairman Board of Trustees G30

How Covid-19 is changing the World Economy?

  • Chair: Jacob Frenkel, Chairman, Frenkel-Zuckerman Institute for Global Economics, Chairman Board of Trustees G30
  • Andrei Klepach, Chief Economist, State Development Corporation “VEB.RF”
  • Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Director of the Cañada Blanch Center, the Princess of Asturias Chair, London School of Economics and Political Sciences
  • Richard Koo, Chief Economist, Nomura Research Institute
  • Qiao Yide, President, Shanghai Development Research Foundation
  • Jacques Sapir, Research Supervisor, The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Director, CEMI

BRICS Сountries at 20- Prospects for Acceleration?

  • Chair: Sofia Rekord, Professor, Head of the Department of World Economy and International Economic Relations, Saint- Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON)
  • Michael Buchanan, Head Portfolio Strategy&Risk Group, Macro Strategy, Temasek International Private Limited
  • Yaroslav Lisovolik, Head of Research, Sberbank
  • David Daokui Li, Mansfield Freeman Professor of Economics, Director, Center for China in the World Economy, Tsinghua University
  • Logan Rangasamy, Academic Director and Adjunct Professor, Wits Business School
  • Alexander Losev, Director General, JSC “Management company Sputnik – capital management”

Eurasia: Economic Outlook and Accelerating Regional Integration

  • Chair: Stefan Fule, Former European Commissionner for Enlargement
  • Jihad Azour, Director Central Asia and Middle East Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Igor Maksimtsev, Rector, UNECON, Chairman of the IPA CIS Economic Expert Council
  • Kairat Kelimbetov, Governor, Astana International Financial Centre, Chairman of the Agency for Strategic Planning and Reforms of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Aleksander Liberov, the President of Siemens AG to the Russian Federation
  • Mengya Li, Director of Global Affairs, Shenzhen Thousand Cities Strategic Algorithms Cloud Technology Co., Ltd (TCSA)
  • Qi Wenhai, Professor, Director of Eurasian Scientific Research Institute of Development, Heilongjiang University, China
  • Natalya Volchkova, Senior Lecturer, New Economic School; Director, Center for Economic and Financial Research, Vice-rector, Russian Foreign Trade Academy

The Future of International Finance and Trade Architecture Post-COVID 19

  • Chair: Carsten Mumm, CFA, is chief economist at DONNER & REUSCHEL AG
  • Yakov Mirkin, Doctor of Economics, Head of Department of International Capital Markets, Institute of World Economy and International relations RAS
  • Erik Berglof, Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Elina Ribakova, Deputy Chief Economist, Institute for International Finance
  • Oleg Solntsev, Head of the division for analysis and forecasting of macroeconomic process, Center for macroeconomic analysis and short-term forecasting
  • Alfonso Iozzo , Vice Chairman, Triffin Foundation

Central Bank Digital Currencies, The Digitalisation of Money and its Meaning for the International Monetary System

  • Chair: Ousmene Mandeng, Senior Advisor, Accenture
  • Elina Sidorenko, Head of the Working Group on Estimated Risk of Cryptocurrency, State Duma of the Russian Federation
  • Chuanwei David Zou, Chief Economist of Wanxiang Blockchain, China
  • Binur Zhalenov, Advisor to the Governor of National Bank of Kazakhstan
  • Mikhail Khazin, Economic Research Foundation MH

Global Connectivity Agenda

  • Chair: Ekaterina Kozyreva , President, IEC International
  • Xavier Wanderpepen, Director of Development, The New Silk Road for Railway Freight Forwarding activities of Forwardis, the subsidiary of SNCF Group
  • Leslie Maasdorp, Chief Financial Officer, New Development Bank
  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Honorary Director General, International Union of Railways (UIC)
  • Richard Morton, Secretary General, International Port Community Systems Association
  • Gennady Bessonov, Secretary General, CCTT – Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation

Livable Cities

  • Chair: Dmitry Vasilenko, Vice-rector for International Relations, UNECON

Keynote Speech

  • Carlos Moreno, Chair “ETI, Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation” at IAE-Paris, University Panthéon Sorbonne


  • Nigel Jollands, Associate Director, EBRD
  • Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, European Green Capital 2021
  • Anjes Tjarks, Senator of Ministry of Transport, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Xuejin Zuo, Research Professor, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
  • Rudiger Ahrend, Head of Economic Analysis, Data and Statistics Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities

Pathways to a Low Carbon and Sustainable Economies

Keynote Speech

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute


  • Chair: Henning Voepel, Director, Hamburg Institute for International Economics(HWWI)
  • Ding Yifan, Associate Dean, Hainan Green Finance Research Institute
  • Rae Kwon Chung, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Chairman of the International Award Committee of Global Energy Prize; Professor Emeritus, Incheon National University
  • Cheng Lin, Deputy Director, Research Center of Green Finance Development, PBC School of Finance, Tsinghua University
  • Andy Calitz, FutureEnergy/ Secretary General Elect, the International Gas Union
  • Boris Porfiriev, Scientific Director, the Institute of Economic Forecasting, the Russian Academy of Sciences

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