International Conference “Priorities for Global Economic Governance in the Post-Covid-19 Digital World”

07 October
International Conference “Priorities for Global Economic Governance in the Post-Covid-19 Digital World”

7 October 2020

Working languages: Russian and English

The fifth annual RANEPA conference on the future of global governance is organized by the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) with expert support of the G20 Research Group of the University of Toronto, Italian Institute for International Political Studies and BRICS Research Group.

The Conference brings together representatives of academic community, think tanks and government structures of the G20 and the BRICS member countries.

Questions for discussion

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and cooperate. The global governance environment transformed radically due to digital technologies and the obvious failure to produce a timely, coordinated international response from the major multilateral organizations. However, in the current highly uncertain outlook for the global economic recovery, the focus on national concerns and preference for unilateral and bilateral, rather than multilateral actions, more than ever we need global cooperation and coordination to deal with the double-pronged crisis and restore global economic stability. Will the G20 deliver on its emergency summit commitment to protect human life and lay out solid foundations for strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth? Will international cooperation move to new levels “to deliver the global public goods urgently needed by a world beginning to understand that it is both far more interdependent and far more fragile than ever.” What are the immediate priorities for the major international institutions – the G20, BRICS, UN, IMF, World Bank, OECD, and regional groupings?   What should be the governance in the post COVID world? What international architecture is needed by the digital economy and society?

The participants of the conference will discuss the impact of COVID-19 and dramatic digitalization on international cooperation, emerging trends and approaches to digital economy regulation, key global governance institutions’ role in shaping the rules of the game for a new era, as well as the outlook of global governance in the digital world.




Welcome Statement Vladimir Mau, Rector, the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)



Opening session. Response to COVID-19 and Economic Crisis. Priorities for International Cooperation and Global Governance Institutions

Moderator:Svetlana Lukash, Russian G20 Sherpa, Deputy Head of the Presidential Experts’ Directorate


Maksim Oreshkin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation

Kseniya Yudaeva, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Russia

Franco Bruni, Vice President and Co-Head, Italian Institute for International Political Studies, Centre on Europe and Global Governance

Andreas Schaal, Director of OECD Global Relations

Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director-General (Policy), International Labour Organization (2016-2020)




Session 1. Policy coordination for overcoming global recession, restoring international trade and ensuring sustainable growth

Moderator: Natalia Volchkova, Vice-rector for scientific work, Russian Foreign Trade Academy of the Ministry for Economic Development of Russia, Assistant Professor, New Economic School (Moscow, Russia)


Natalia Stapran, Director, Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation and Special Projects, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

Dennis J. Snower, Founder and President, Global Solutions Initiative and the Global Economic Symposium, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (2004–2019)

Akshay Mathur, Director of the Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Evsey Gurvich, Head of the Economic Expert Group, member of the Public Council at the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation

Jiejin Zhu, Associate Professor, School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University







Session 2. Digitalization. Impact on the economy, society, international cooperation and global governance

Moderator: Paola Subacchi, Professor, Chair of Advisory Board, Global Policy Institute, Queen Mary University of London


Rohinton P. Medhora, President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Member of the Commission on Global Economic Transformation

Marat Berdyev, Russian G20 Sous-Sherpa, Deputy Director of the Department of Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Karoline Postel-Vinay, Director of Research, Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI), Sciences Po

Jonathan Luckhurst, Associate Professor, the Graduate School of International Peace Studies, Soka University, Tokyo

Vladimir Zuev, Professor, Institute of Trade Policy, Department of Trade Policy, National Research University Higher School of Economics 




Session 3. COVID-19, Digitalization and the Sustainable Development Goals

Moderator: Ella Kokotsis, Director of Accountability, G8 and G20 Research Groups, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


John Kirton, Co-Founder And Director, G7 Research Group, Founder And Co-Director, G20 Research Group, University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Leonid M. Grigoryev, Chief Advisor to the Head of the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation

Dries Lesage, Director, Ghent Institute of International Studies, Ghent University – Department of Political Studies

Marina Larionova, Head of the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)

Jan Wouters, Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Director of the Institute for International Law, Professor of International Law and International Organizations, KU Leuven

Dr. Noura Mansouri, Research Fellow, Energy Transitions and Electric Power, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Lead Chair of Climate Change and Environment Task Force, Saudi Arabia Think 20 Presidency 






Session 4. The outlook of global economic governance

Moderator: Victoria Panova, Managing Director, Russian National Committee on BRICS Research; Scientific Supervisor, BRICS Russia Expert Council; Vice President for International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University, Russia


Jonathan T. Fried, Prime Minister of Canada’s Personal Representative for the G20 and Coordinator, International Economic Relations (2017-2020)

Marek Rewizorski, associate professor, Gdansk University

Jose Eduardo Malta de Sa Brandao, Deputy Director, International Research on Political and Economic Affairs, Institute for Applied Economic Research

Daniel D. Bradlow, SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

Sang-Chul Park, Professor, Graduate School of Knowledge Based Technology and Energy, Korea Polytechnic University


18:00 GMT+3

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