On October 29, MGIMO completed the ninth 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. 32 students received certificates of advanced training.

As part of the course, students studied lobbying principles and functions, methods and ways of lobbying, lobbying tools, GR-technologies for building business-government communications on the example of companies from various economy sectors. A special feature of this season program was a workshop on legal expertise of regulatory legal acts draft.

Anti-crisis GR, GR department functioning amid the crisis, corporate GR tools, GR role in global food security, GR department budget formation, GR-support of companies in business owners changing conditions and GR and lobbying specifics in China and Kazakhstan are only part of a rich course program.

26 experts spoke to the audience, including Eduard Voytenko, CEO of Baikal Communications Group, Andrey Lian, Acting President of AB InBev Efes Oraz Durdiyev, Head of the GR-Department of PJSC Cherkizovo Group Natalia Klepikova, 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 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 “Vkusno i tochka” 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 Lyudmila Zimina, 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, Council Chairman of the First SRO of Russian Bookmakers Nikolay Oganezov,founder of the Corphacker project Sergey Chernenko, 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 Ekaterina Terentyeva, Project Manager of the Lake Baikal Foundation.

The participants represented the following commercial and non-profit organizations, as well as supranational governing bodies: Roche, Ascensia Diabetes Care LLC, Geropharm LLC, British American Tobacco, EVRAZ LLC, NLMK PJSC, UC RUSAL, Stentex LLC, Apatit JSC, SPHERE JSC, CCI of the Republic Tatarstan, PPK “Russian Environmental Operator”, ANO “Dialog”, the Eurasian Economic Commission and other organizations.

Registration for the tenth course of training is open. The course duration is 60 academic hours.

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