ESMT Annual Forum 2008

ESMT Annual Forum

Corporate Russia on the Rise

June 25 – 26, 2008, in Berlin

The 2008 ESMT Annual Forum focused on the topic of “Corporate Russia on the Rise”.

The program explored the rapid growth of Russian corporations and their relationship to the West, with particular attention paid to the many opportunities, hopes, threats and uncertainties associated with these developments. Relevant aspects pertaining to EU-Russian energy relations, differences in leadership and management styles as well as techniques with which executive education can address these changes in Russia’s relationship to the West are also key points of debate.

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Program, June 25

Program, June 25

Afternoon Program

4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction
Lars-Hendrik Röller, ESMT President

Opening of the Forum
Michael Diekmann, CEO, Allianz SE

Launching the Dialogue:
The Russian Perspective
Stanislav Tsygankov, Director of International, Business, OAO GAZPROM

Launching the Dialogue:
The German Perspective
Klaus Mangold, Chairman, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, Federation of  German Industry (BDI)

Launching the Dialogue:
The European Perspective
Mario Monti, President, Bocconi University

5:30 p.m.    Coffee Break

5:45 – 7:00 p.m.    

Cornerstone Panel
The Rise of Russian Corporations – Opportunities and Hopes; Threats and Uncertainties

Moderator: Karen Horn, Head of Berlin Office, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln


  • Josef Ackermann, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Wulf Bernotat, CEO and Chairman of the, Board of Management, E.ON AG
  • Andrei Sharonov, Managing Director, Troika Dialog Group
  • Georg Graf Waldersee, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Matthias Warnig, Managing Director, Nord Stream AG

7:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Video Collage: Enjoy Business II
Marina Landia, Audiovisual Artist

Evening Program

7:30 – 8:45 p.m.    GAZPROM Germania Reception

Hans-Joachim Gornig, Managing Director, GAZPROM Germania GmbH

Introduction of Guest Speaker
Clemens Börsig, Chairman of the Supervisory, Board, Deutsche Bank AG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, ESMT

Potential and Prospects of our Economic Relations
Jochen Homann, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany

8:45 p.m.    End of Day One Program

Program, June 26

Program, June 26

8:30 a.m.    Networking Breakfast

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Main Panel

The Fast Track of Russian Corporations – The Research Agenda

Moderator: Lars-Hendrik Röller, ESMT President


  • Elena Evgrafova, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review Russia
  • Konstantin Korotov, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, ESMT
  • Sheila M. Puffer, Professor of International Business, Northeastern University
  • Stefan J. Reichelstein, Professor of Accounting, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Stanislav Shekshnia; Professor, Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, INSEAD

10:45 a.m.    Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15 p.m.

Parallel Panel I

EU-Russia Energy Relations: Regulatory Challenges

Moderator. Michal Grajek, ESMT Professor


  • Antonio Borges, Chairman, European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)
  • Martin Hellwig, Professor of Economics, Bonn Graduate School of Economics
  • Franz Hubert, Professor for Management Science (Heinz-Nixdorf Chair), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Evgeniy Pogrebnyak, Head of Economic Research, Russian Development Bank (VEB)

Parallel Panel II

Leadership Lessons for and from Russia

Moderator: Konstantin Korotov, ESMT Professor


  • Carl Fey, Professor, Institute of International Business at Stockholm School of Economics
  • Svetlana Khapova, Professor, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Daniel McCarthy, Professor of Global Management & Innovation, Northeastern University
  • Olga Suhomlinova, Lecturer in Management, Leicester University
  • Valery Yakubovich, Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Parallel Panel III

A Learning and Teaching Revolution? – New Tasks for Executive Education

Moderator: Christoph Burger, ESMT Faculty


  • Olga Golyshenkova, Executive Director, MAKO-International Association for Corporate Education
  • Joachim Kayser, Executive Vice President, Corporate Executives, Deutsche Post World Net
  • Dawid Louw, HR Director, British American Tobacco, Central and Eastern Europe
  • Wilfried R. Vanhonacker, Dean, The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
  • Volker Wiegmann, Senior Vice President, E.ON AG

12:15 p.m.    Coffee Break

12:30 p.m.    Closing Address
Alexander Landia, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Siberian Coal Energy Company

1:00 p.m.    Garden Barbeque

2:00 p.m.    End of the ESMT Annual Forum