On April 16, MGIMO completed the eighth round of the advanced training program “GR and lobbying in Business and Nonprofit Sector”, implemented by Baikal Communications Group in cooperation with the School of Business and International Proficiency.
42 students received certificates of advanced training.

The course lasted six days (60 academic hours). As part of the course, the methods and principles of lobbying in Russia and the supranational space, GR tools and technologies for building communications between business and government bodies were studied using the example of companies from various sectors of the economy, including companies with state participation. The role of GR in the ESG agenda, lobbying projects in e-commerce, the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries, the risks and opportunities of GR during the pandemic and sanctions regimes are only the part of the rich program of the course. 

28 experts spoke to the audience, including Eduard Voitenko, CEO of Baikal Communications Group, Andrey Lian, Director of Public Relations and Government Relations at Cargill in Russia, Artem Belov, CEO of Soyuzmoloko, Director for Sustainable Development, member of the Executive Committee (of the Board) RUSAL Irina Bakhtina, Director of Government Relations, Olam International in Russia and the CIS Anton Eropkin, Director of Development of Relations with Government Authorities of X5 Retail Group Stanislav Bogdanov, General Director of the Research Center for Legal Expertise Anastasia Parfenchikova, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Dmitry Polikanov, President of NAPCA and Chairman of the Board of SRO “MiR” Elman Mekhtiev, Senior Director for Government Relations at McDonald’s in Russia Andrey Zyryanov, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications at BIOCAD Alexey Torgov, Executive Director of the Association of International Manufacturers of Medical Devices (IMEDA) Sergey Vanin, Irina Fedorova, Senior Director for Government Relations in the Eastern Europe Region of the Baltika Brewing Company, Yana Arzhanova, Director for Government Relations at BAT (Russia, Central Asia, Belarus); Communications Director of PJSC LUKOIL Vitalia Tsarik, Director for Government Relations of PJSC Fortum Alexander Pavlenko, Director for Government Relations of Novostal-M Nikita Ryblenkov, Oleg Kalinsky, Director for Government Relations at PJSC Uralkali; Nikita Pichugin, Director for Relations with Government Authorities and Public Organizations at USC JSC; Alibaba.com (ru) Sergey Lebedev, Vice President of Baring Vostok Capital Partners in Russia and the CIS Marina Amelina, Roman Kletskikh, GR Director of NAUMEN, Denis Stepantsev, Managing Director of the Digital Kazakhstan Association, Artem Yulegin, Head of the Entrepreneurship Advocacy Department of the Business Development Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), and Anastasia Tsvetkova, General Director of the Lake Baikal Foundation. 

The audience included representatives of the commercial and non-profit sectors, as well as employees of near-government structures and employees of supranational governments from the following organizations: ASI, ANO Tsifrovaya ekonomika, PJSC Sberbank, oil and gas company Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., OOO Novartis Pharma , Siemens Healthineers, ASNA LLC, Firma Avgust JSC, USC JSC, Novostal-M LLC, FGANU Research Institute Speсvuzavtomatika, Aeromax LLC (AFK Sistema), JSC PF SKB Kontur, Kaspersky Lab JSC, InfoWatch, Baltika Brewing Company LLC, Greenfields-Logistics LLC, JFood Kazakhstan, the Federal Fund for Social and Economic Support of Domestic Cinematography, the First Self-Regulatory Organization of Bookmakers Union, the Donor-Search Non-Profit Development Partnership for Donor Development, the Eurasian Economic Commission and other organizations. 

Registration for the ninth course of training is open.

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