Conference agenda

KEF-2017: Foundations of the future 

November 2–3, 2017
Dipservice Hall, Minsk, Belarus 

Day 1

Welcoming coffee (8:30–10:00)

Conference opening (10:00–11:00)

Andrea Wiktorin, Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus

Dr. Satu Kähkönen, World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

Dr. Athanasios Arvanitis, Deputy Director, IMF European Department

Keynote speeches: Shaping the global context (11:00–12:30)

Chair Dr. Alexander Zaborovsky, Chief Advisor to the Governor of the National Bank of Belarus

The Economics of Globalization and Inequality 
Shamik Dhar
, Chief EconomistandDirector for Economics at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Sustaining growth. Focus on the transition region
Dr. Artur Radziwill
, Director for Country Economics and Policy, former Deputy Minister of Finance in Poland

Coffee (12:30–13:00)

Panel 1. In what we trust? Values and policies (13:00–15:00)

Moderator Dr. Viktor Khrul, associate professor at the Moscow State University

Trust in numbers: Values and impressions in a comparative European perspective
Dr. Paul Dekker
, Professor of civil society at Tilburg University, Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research

Dynamics of happiness and life satisfaction in post-soviet Russia: The role of value systems
Prof. Eduard Ponarin
, Head of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics

Cultural, economic, and financial “codes” of Belarusians: A sociological perspective
Dr. Irina Lashuk, Deputy director of the Institute of Sociology at the National Academy of Sciences

Lunch (15:00–16:00)

Discussion panel. Who will find Russia (at least on its way to sustainable growth)?

Moderator – Henry Foy, Financial Times correspondent in Moscow

Dr. Natalia Zubarevich, professor at the Moscow State University

Dr. Mikhail Krutikhin, partner in the independent consulting agency “RusEnergy”

Oleg Zasov, director of the Department of macroeconomic policy and cluster analysis of Vnesheconombank

Evening panel. The quest for reforms: 25 years of the IMF’s mission in Belarus (17:45–18:30)

Dr. Pavel Kallaur, Governor of the National Bank of Belarus

Dr. Bas Bakker, Senior Regional Resident Representative for Central and Eastern Europe of the IMF

Dr. Peter Dohlman, IMF Mission Chief for Belarus

Mutual reception of the IMF and KEF “25 years of the IMF mission in Belarus” (18:30)


Day 2

Welcoming coffee (8:30–9:30)

Welcoming addresses (9:30–10:30)

Fionna Gibb, British Ambassador to Belarus

Dr. Rashed Mustafa Sarwar, UNICEF Representative in Belarus

Viacheslav Shelegeiko, Head of Programme, UNDP in Belarus

Alexander Chubrik, Director of the IPM Research Center


Discussion panel. Minsk Consensus: Revision of the post-transition agenda (10:30–12:00)

Moderator – Balázs Jarábik, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, non-resident scholar

Dr. Karlis Smits, Senior Economist, Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management, Belarus and Ukraine

Dr. Ben Slay, Senior Advisor at the Regional Service Centre for Europe and CIS, UNPD

Dr. Bas Bakker, Senior Regional Resident Representative for Central and Eastern Europe of the IMF

Coffee (12:00–12:30)

Panel 2. The light in the darkness of ignorance: Secondary education for knowledge-based society (12:30–14:30)

Moderator Dmitry Bochkov, Deputy Chairman of the Board, ONT (All-National Television, Belarus)

Ways to make more efficient and equitable investments in education: Evidence from comparative research
Dr. Dominic Richardson
, Senior education officer at UNICEF Innocenti Research Center

The role of education in a knowledge-based society – Estonian case 
Birgit Lao
, CEO and Member of the Board of the Foundation Innove, Estonia

Secondary education in Belarus: The main challenges
Dr. Ihar Marzaliuk, Professor, MP, Head of the Standing Commission on Education, Culture and Science of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus

Coffee (14:30–15:00)

Panel 3. The rule of what? How to reconcile law and economy (15:00–17:00)

Moderator Dr. Timur Sysouev, SBH Law Office

The impact of law enforcement practice on economic situation and business development in Belarus
Viktor Chaychits
, MP, Chair of the Belarusian Republican Attorneys’ Bar Association

The rule of law as a driver of economic growth
Dr. Birgit Grundmann
, former State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Justice, Attorney at Law

Rule of law and access to justice in the age of the internet and social media
Amitabha Mukherjee
, Lead Public Sector Specialist in the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice



Elena Grushetskaya

KEF Coordinator
Pavel Beresnev
Communication manager