Program 2018

Below you will find the lecture topics and speakers of RUSummit 2018


September 21, 2018

Yandex: Trends in Digital Advertising




Maria is an online marketing expert and a Senior Account Manager at Yandex, responsible for a number of top-tier advertisers and leading Italian, French and Spanish markets.

Trust in Time: SEO & SEM in Russia


trust in time UG


Marcel Schrepel is a leading expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and managing partner of the Berlin-based online marketing agency “trust in time”.

Hungry Boys: Advertising in Russia


Possible / Hungry Boys


Vladilen Sitnikov is a creative director of POSSIBLE in Moscow and general director of creative agency Hungry Boys, which was founded in 2012. He is also involved in the actions of the Russian advertising agency Grape. All three projects belong to the British multibillion-dollar group WPP. In addition, Sitnikov is the owner of the cloud provider AnyWhere App and the news portal Advertising campaigns under his leadership received international awards, including several Cannes Lions. Challenges for Foreign Media



Thorsten Gutmann is the co-founder of RUSummit and chief editor & general director of German-language news site which is based in Moscow. In addition, he is an author for numerous German-language media platforms focusing on the subject of Russia.

Ivi.Ru: Online Video Streaming in Russia



Ivan Grinin has been the Director of Strategic Analysis for the Russian video streaming provider since 2017. Previously, he held senior positions at KPMG International and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Artax Rufil Consulting: Finance, Controlling & ERP in Russia


Artax Rufil Consulting GmbH


As a tax consultant and consultant for international tax law, Jürgen Bächle, Managing Director of Artax Rufil Consulting, primarily advises for small and medium-sized companies on all tax-related matters from a foreign perspective. His work focuses on cross-border issues of the relationship between Germany, Russia and China.

Smart ERP Projects: ERP in Russia, Part 2


Smart ERP Projects


Aleksey Nazarov is the founder and CEO of Smart ERP Projects LLC – the first IT-consulting company offering to a market best-of-breed 1C: ERP 2 software for CIS states with Russian/English user interface and a possibility to have transparent double accounting: according to Russian standards and also corporate (IFRS).

Rödl & Partner: Data Protection in Europe and Russia


Rödl & Partner


As a Senior Lawyer and Associate Partner at Rödl & Partner in Moscow, Dr. Tatiana Vukolova advises on commercial and distribution law as well as intellectual property and data protection law for international companies.

Delcreda: Credit Management for SME




Andreas Steinborn is an expert in Account Receivables Management and currently the Executive Partner at DELCREDA. For many years, he has worked for a leading company in the trade credit insurance business field.

Beiten Burkhardt: Usage of Foreign Cloud Services




Andrey Slepov is a Partner and the Head of the Employment and Migration Law Practice Group BEITEN BURKHARDT’s Moscow office. He is also a Deputy Chairman of the Migration Committee of the Association of European Businesses. Andrey’s core activities include consulting on employment and migration law, and also legislation on personal data.

DB Cargo: Future Visions for Eurasia


DB Cargo AG


Uwe Leuschner is the Senior Vice President of DB Cargo AG and responsible for the company’s business development in Eurasia. Furthermore, he is the General Manager of DB Cargo Russia. He has been active in the logistics market in Russia for more than 20 years. Previously, he held senior positions in numerous logistics companies operating in Eastern Europe and Asia. Uwe Leuschner is also a member of the Executive Board of the “Business Club Russia” since 2011.

RoboCV: Robotics & Warehouse Technology




Sergey Maltsev is the founder and CEO of RoboCV, a Russian robot manufacturer focused on logistics. At the same time, he teaches robotics at the Moscow State University in Moscow.

Stulz: German Engineering for Russian Success




Mark Belenki is the Senior Area Sales Manager of the air conditioning company STULZ based in Hamburg. He is responsible for Russia and countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

OAOEV: German-Russian Initiative on Digitization (GRID)


Ost-Ausschuss – Osteuropaverein der Deutschen Wirtschaft


Stefan Kägebein works in the “Regional Directorate Eastern Europe” of the “Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations” . His task includes the coordination of the working group for “Digitization”.

ID Finance: Big Data & Risk Management


ID Finance


Kate Kazak is the chief risk officer for developing countries in the fintech company ID Finance. Previously, she led the CIS Markets Analysis Division of leading information service provider Experian.

GTAI: Digital Economy & National Technology Initiative


Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)


Edda Wolf is the head of the CIS/Southeastern Europe Division of Germany Trade & Invest, the German state company for Foreign Trade Promotion and Location Marketing. She has many-year consulting experience specializing in Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union. Her task is to provide German companies with information on economic development, sectors, regions and business practice.

ThiNKT Digital: Digital Transformation in Russia


ThiNKT Digital


Veaceslav Driglov is the CEO of the IT company
ThiNKT Digital based in Berlin. Previously, he worked as Business Innovation Manager at Daimler.

Stanton Chase: Recruiting in the Digital Age


Stanton Chase International


Dr. Karin von Bismarck is a recruiter with more than 15-year experience in listed small and medium-sized companies. Prior to joining Stanton Chase in 2016, she worked for international HR companies and led her own recruiting firm in the UK focusing on the CEE markets. In addition, Dr. Karin von Bismarck is the founder and board member of the Business Club Russia.

Swiss Re: Insurance 2.0 in Russia


Swiss Re


Gepa Jansen-Klaus is Senior Client Manager at Swiss Re Europe, a leading company in the reinsurance segment. Since 7 years, she is responsible for business development in Russia/CIS. The company with its main office in Zürich cooperates closely with Russian insurance firms, FinTechs, airlines and tour operators.

FM Logistic: Customs Clearance in Russia


FM Logistic


Alexey Misailov is Head of the Global Supply Chain of FM Logistic Russia since 2015. Previously, he was CEO of a leading company in the Russian market in the field of customs brokerage services.

FM Logistic is an international family company, that has started in Russia over 20 years ago and has become one of the top 3PL operators focused on innovations and providing full set of services on supply chain management: Warehousing, Co-Packing, Domestic Transport and Global Forwarding. More than 8000 people work in FM Logistic Russia at present.

Otto Group: Trends in Russian E-Commerce


Otto Group


Since 2012, Martin Schierer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Otto Group Russia. Previously, Schierer was CEO of a leading company in Russian market in the field of mail order trade, which was a part of the Otto Group Russia since 2008.

Shipping Point: E-Commerce & Fashion


Shipping Point GmbH


Since 2016, Olesja Becker has been the CEO of the e-commerce company ShippingPoint GmbH based in Stuttgart, Germany.

ShippingPoint offers German and European brands as well as retailers in the e-commerce sector an innovative opportunity to open up risk-free non-EU markets such as Russia.

GTAI: Overview on E-Commerce in Russia


Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI)


Hans-Jürgen Wittmann has been working as a correspondent for Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) in Moscow since 2017 and writing reports on current economic situation as well as important industries and regions in Russia. He accompanies German entrepreneurs on delegation trips and now is available for inquires.

bne IntelliNews: Retail in Moscow


bne IntelliNews


Ben Aris is the founder and editor-in-chief of business new europe (bne) based in Berlin. Prior to that, he was the head of the Berlin office of the British newspaper The Guardian and the Moscow office of Daily Telegraph.

The English-language news portal bne IntelliNews specializes in business and politics in countries of the former Soviet Union, Central and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia.

2b AHEAD ThinkTank: Life and Business in 2030


2b AHEAD ThinkTank


Jan Berger is the first contact person of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank for all customers and cooperation partners. As Chairman of the Management Board, he is responsible for the company’s growth strategy, new business and marketing. Jan Berger is also Managing Director of the affiliated incubator and Company Builder 2b AHEAD Ventures.

RSPP: Digital Economy in the German-Russian Context




Alisa Prokhorova is a consultant of the President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) and represents the association in Germany. Her main focus is the development and strengthening of the “digital” cooperation betweeen the RSPP-members and the German partners. Alisa Prokhorova is also the coordinator of the German Russian Initiative for Digitalization (GRID) at RSPP.

Mail.Ru: How Maps.Me Stands Out from Big Players


MAPS.ME / Mail.Ru Group


Eugene Lisovsky is the head of the Russian cartographic service He has worked in the marketing department of various Russian companies and startups for over ten years.

Aviasales: Mobile First & Travel Market



As PR Director in metasearch engine, Janis Dzenis is responsible for all tasks that represent the company in Russian market. He has more than 10-year experience in communication strategies, digital narratives and reputation management.

East-West Digital News: Startups in Russia


East-West Digital News


Adrien Henni is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the English-language news portal East-West Digital News (EWDN), an international platform for the digital industry and e-commerce in Eastern Europe. After 15-year experience in online and venture business in France, Russia and Ukraine, Adrien Henni advises for a variety of startups, funds and other organizations.

Endurance: Chatbots & Artificial Intelligence




George Fomitchev is the founder and CEO of the Russian startup Endurance, which specializes in chatbots and robotic & laser technologies. Prior to that, he worked in senior positions at AlfaBank, Housing Finance Bank and UniCredit Bank.

Med.Me: Blockchain in the Healthcare Segment



Alexander Naslednikov is the CEO and founder of the Israeli-Russian e-health platform, based in Tel Aviv. He also leads the Russian online comparison portal

Onetrak: Telemedicine & Big Data




Michael Prepelitskiy is the founder of the Russian e-health company Onetrak. In addition, he is the head of the Special Committee on Digitization of Medicine in a national industry association called “Business Russia”.

LATOKEN: Blockchain in Economy and Politics




Valentin Proebrazhenskiy is the founder and CEO of LATOKEN, a platform for multi-asset-trading and tokenization. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Blockchain Economic Forum. Previously, Valentin
Proebrazhenskiy was a managing partner of the hedge fund Avega Capital.

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