Shamik Dhar

Chief Economistand Director for Economics at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

He has had 30 years experience as a professional economist, alternating between private and public sectors. He started at HM Treasury in the late 1980s, moving on in the 1990s to Oxford Economic Forecasting and the Bank of England (where he ran the UK forecast team and was a senior manager in Monetary Analysis). In 2000, he moved to Morley Fund Management, then in 2004 co-founded Fathom Consulting, a leading economics consultancy, before moving back into asset management with Aviva Investors in 2009. Shamik has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London.


Dr. Artur Radziwill

Director for Country Economics and Policy EBRD

Prior to joining the EBRD, Artur Radziwill was Deputy Minister of Finance in Poland. He started his career at the Centre for Social and Economics Research CASE (Warsaw), where he progressed to become Vice-President. He then joined McKinsey, where he served both public and private sector clients globally. Before his appointment to the Polish Government, he spent 5 years at the OECD studying and promoting growth-enhancing reforms. Artur Radziwill holds a PhD in economics from University of London and has also studied at Columbia, Warsaw and Sussex universities.


Dr. Paul Dekker

Professor of civil society at Tilburg University, Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research

Dr. Paul Dekker studied Political Science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen and the Freie Universität Berlin. He is, among others, editor of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies of Springer, Vice President of the Psychopolitics Research Committee of the International Political Science Association, Secretary of the Active Citizenship Foundation and Member of the Editorial Board of the Market Research and Editorial Council of the Journal of Civil Society.


Prof. Eduard Ponarin

Head of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics

Prof. Eduard Ponarin is a Head of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics. Graduated from the Department of Psychology of the Leningrad State University in 1986. Worked as a lecturer at the Leningrad Institute of Culture in 1988—1989. From 1989 through 1996, Eduard Ponarin was a graduate student at the University of Michigan where he received his PhD in Sociology He has been at Higher School of Economics since 2007.


Dr. Sergey Glazyev

Advisor to the President of Russia, Full Member of Russian Academy of Science

Dr. Glazyev was a member of the State Duma in 1993-2007, a candidate for the Presidency of the Russian Federation in 2004, and one of the leaders of the electoral block Rodina in 2003-2004. In July 2012 he was appointed as presidential aide for the coordination of the work of federal agencies in developing the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Dr. Glazyev is an advisor to the president of the Russian Federation on regional economic integration, member of the National Financial Council of the Bank of Russia, and a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 2008.


Dr. Natalia Zubarevich

Professor at the Moscow State University, Director of the Regional Program at the Independent Institute for Social Policy

Dr. Natalia Zubarevich is Russia’s leading expert on social and economic development of regions, social and political geography, and urban development. She is a member of the Expert Board of the Russian government and has directed programs for several Russian ministries. In 1997-2012, she was an expert of the UN Development Program (Russia). She also authored a number of reports on the development of human resources in Russia for the International Labor Organization and research reports for the Social Development Foundation (World Bank).


Dr. Mikhail Krutikhin

partner in the independent RusEnergy consulting agency

Worked as military interpreter in Iran (1970–1972). Over 20 years worked in Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union, in the Middle East department and press centers in Cairo, Damascus, Teheran, Beirut; supervised the offices in Lebanon and Egypt. Since 1993, works as investment analyst in oil and gas sector in the FSU countries. Deputy General Director of the PR-agency ‘Alter Ego’ (since 1992), editor, later editor-in-chief in the Russian Petroleum Investor magazine (since 1993). Since 2002, he is a partner of RusEnergy consulting agency. Graduated from the Institute of Oriental Languages in Moscow State University. Dr. Mikhail Krutikhin holds a PhD in history from the Academy of Social Sciences of the CPSU Central Committee (1985).

Mr. Athanasios Thanos Arvanitis

Assistant Director in the European Department

Mr. Athanasios Thanos Arvanitis joined the IMF in 1994 and is currently Assistant Director in European Department. He is in charge of the Emerging Markets division, and is involved in the review of IMF-supported programs and the IMF’s lending policies. Prior to this appointment, Thanos worked in the European Department and was head of the IMF missions to Hungary, Ukraine, and Croatia. Thanos was born in Athens, Greece, and studied economics at the Athens School of Economics and University of Rochester where he received his Ph.D in 1994.


Satu Kahkonen

World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine

Satu Kahkonen is the World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, joining the position in July 2016 and is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ms. Kahkonen oversees the Bank’s program in the three countries and leads policy dialogue with government counterparts, civil society and other partners. Prior to this position, she was the Director of the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice at the World Bank Group. She also was a Sector Manager in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit. Preceding that, she worked as a Lead Economist in South Asia, East and South East Europe, and Africa in the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, Ms. Kahkonen was part of the faculty of the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS), a think tank affiliated with the Department of Economics and headed by the late Professor Mancur Olson. Ms. Kahkonen holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar, and an M.Sc. from the Helsinki School of Economics.


Pavel Kallaur

Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus

Pavel Kallaur has been Chairman of the Board of the National Bank since December 2014. Before Pavel Kallaur was Chairman of the Board of OJSC BelVEB Bank in 2010-2014. In 1999-2010 he was the First Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank, in 1993-1999 - Deputy Chairman of the Board. Pavel Kallaur also worked as a manager in Belagroprombank (1991-1993), Agroprombank of the USSR (1988-1991), Deputy Governor of the Berezinsky branch of the State Bank (1986-1987). Pavel Kallaur graduated from the Pinsk Accounting College. Then he studied finance and credit at the Belarusian State Economic University. He has PhD in Economics. Pavel Kallaur is a Honorary Worker of the banking system of the Republic of Belarus. He also was awarded by a Certificate of Merit of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus.


Alexander Zaborovsky

Chief advisor to the chairman of the National Bank

Education: 2004 - Belarusian National Technical University Scholastic degrees: 2007: PhD in Economic sciences 2004-2008 - junior researcher, researcher, senior researcher at the State Scientific Institution "Institute of Economics of NAS of Belarus" 2008-2011 - Assistant of the Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus 2011-2012 - First Deputy Head, Head of the Secretariat of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus - Head of the Secretariat of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus 2012-2014 - Head of the Secretariat of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus 2014-2017 – First Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus Since 2017 - Chief Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of the National Bank.


Andrea Wiktorin

Ambassador, the European Union Delegation to Belarus

Andrea Wiktorin is the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus. She is a German diplomat with the rank of Ambassador. She assumed her current post in September 2015. Her earlier overseas postings were as Germany's Ambassador to Latvia (2012-2015) and Germany's Ambassador to Armenia (2007-2009). She also held posts at the German Federal Foreign Office. Ms Wiktorin served as the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Belarus between 2000 and 2003. She joined the German Federal Foreign Office in 1989.


Henry Foy

Financial Times correspondent in Moscow

Henry Foe graduated from United World College of the Atlantic in 2006 and University of York in 2010. From 2006 to 2007 he worked as a reporter for the Businessworld Magazine. From 2010 to May,2013 Mr Foe worked as India Correspondent for Thomson Reuters, in 2013-2014 he was Automotive Correspondent at Financial Times. Henry Foe assumed his functions as Central Europe Correspondent at Financial Times in August, 2014.


Bas B. Bakker

Senior Regional Resident Representative for Central and Eastern Europe of the International Monetary Fund

Bas B. Bakker is the IMF’s Senior Regional Resident Representative for Central and Eastern Europe in Warsaw. He joined the IMF in 1993 and has held in four IMF departments, working on a range of countries, and policy and research issues. He has worked extensively on central and Eastern Europe, including as head of the Emerging Europe Regional Division and as mission chief for Bulgaria, and is the co-author of the book “How Emerging Europe Came Through the 2008/09 Crisis: An Account by the Staff of the IMF's European Department.” He is a national from the Netherlands and obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Groningen. He is married with three kids.


Khrul Victor

Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor of Mass Media Department, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Khrul Victor was a deputy of the chief editor of the scientific journal "Legislation and practice of mass media" during 1994-1997. In 2010 and 2011 he was an organizer and moderator of the round tables "Ethics of Journalism: Challenges of the 21st Century" and "Media Reporting" at the Economic Forum in Poland. Victor graduated from the Moscow College of Catholic Theology in1995. Khrul Victor actively engages in research of interaction between the media and religious institutions, he also studies the religious segment of consciousness of the audience. He was a chief editor of the politics of the Catholic newspaper "The Light of the Gospel." In 2006 Victor Khrull was an organizer of the international summer school of media researchers and Catholic journalists in Moscow, dedicated to the ethics of journalism. Victor was a member of the Pontifical Council for the Affairs of the laity (Vatican, 1996-2001). He cooperates with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and with a number of Russian and foreign media. In 2010 he was awarded "Excellence in Journalism" by the International Union of Catholic Journalists. He is a member of the International Association of Media and Communication Studies (IAMCR), co-chairman of the working group "Religion, Communication and Culture", participated in IAMCR conferences in Braga (2010), Istanbul (2011) and Dublin (2013), member of the National Association of Media Researchers NAMMI), a participant of the International Communications Association (ICA) conference in Seattle (2014). Khrul Victor is Laureate of the Nevskaya Premiya of St. Petersburg State University in studying journalism and mass communications (2013).


Alexander Chubrik

Director of the IPM Research Center

Alexander Chubrik graduated from the Belarusian State University (degree with honors in economic theory, 2000) and post-graduate studies of the Belarusian State University (2003). In December 1999, he entered as an economist to the IPM Research Center (director since September 2011). Between 2000 and 2004, he taught at the Belarusian State University and in 2009 at the European Humanities University in Lithuania. Since 2009, Alexander Chubrik is CASE Research Fellow; between 2007 and 2012, he was a Deputy Director of CASE Belarus in Poland; between December 2009 and January 2011 – Resident Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Development of Azerbaijan (project "Advisory Service for Macroeconomic Management and Institutional Reform" implemented by CASE), between February 2011 and January 2012 – Team Leader of this project.


Dr. Peter Dohlman

IMF Mission Chief for Belarus

Peter Dohlman joined the IMF in 2004. Before he worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1999-2004) as an advisor of the Executive Director’s Office and Deputy Director in Latin America Office. Peter Dohlman was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University during 2000-2002. He also worked as an economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission (1993-1999). In 2004 Peter Dohlman became a senior economist at the IMF and was involved in the policy work on credit guarantee mechanisms in Tanzania (PSI Program, 2004-06), Zimbabwe (2005). Then he worked at Strategy, Policy and Review Department till 2010: Emerging Markets Division (2009-10); Low Income Country Division and Strategy Unit (2007-08). His activity included country work on Iceland (SBA lending program, 2009), FYR Macedonia (SBA lending program, 2007-08), Kenya (EPE, 2007); policy work on crisis programs and of fragile states. In 2010 Peter Dohlman moved to European Department, where he worked with Ukraine (SBA and EFF lending programs: 2010-12, 2014-15) and Russia (2013-14) on fiscal, monetary, banking, and other sectors. In 2014-2015 he was the mission chief in Iceland. Since 2015 he has been the mission chief in Belarus. Peter A. Dohlman graduated from Bates College. Peter A. Dohlman has Ph.D in Economics (Duke University).