BRICS Business Magazine English Edition No.3

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Those who return home after an extensive residence abroad can be invaluable sources of insight into a foreign country. More often than not, they are able to provide an altogether more thorough and well-rounded account of a place than what is typically found on TV or in the pages of newspapers. After all, the sum total of relationships and interaction, understanding of a country’s inner workings, as well as experiences of success and failure all bring forth a deeper understanding of a nation, where it has been and where it may be going.


While a sojourn abroad may not be practical for everyone, it is our aim to foster a curiosity for the authentic and a willingness to look beyond the common clichés and stereotypes. Nothing can be as frustrating as encountering the same unfortunate misconceptions of a place you know well, trotted out time and again. As much as anything, such superficiality stunts opportunity for collaboration and growth. My experience has shown that both at home and abroad, the five BRICS nations are often perceived through the lens of an array of clichés. The time has come to shatter this deeply-entrenched, if rather useless tradition. In our newest issue, the task at hand is to present Russia not as the “riddle wrapped up in an enigma” it has been said to be, but as an approachable and understandable country whose future development can be–in fact must be–influenced.

Authors & Experts

Charles Wyplosz
Charles Wyplosz

Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva

Michael Calvey
Michael Calvey

Senior partner and co-founder, Baring Vostok Capital Partners

Masha Gordon
Masha Gordon

Executive Vice President, PIMCO Europe

Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Harvard Law School Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, Ex-Minister of Strategic Affairs of Brazil

Evgeny Gavrilenkov
Evgeny Gavrilenkov

Chief Economist of Sberbank CIB

Kirill Dmitriev
Kirill Dmitriev

CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and a member of the BRICS Business Council

Artem Konstandyan
Artem Konstandyan

President and Chairman of the Board at Promsvyazbank

Oleg Preksin
Oleg Preksin

Executive Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), Russia’s Sherpa in the B20

Manish Kejriwal
Manish Kejriwal

Founder and managing partner of Kedaara Capital

Elizabeth Sadova
Elizabeth Sadova

Academic Director of Executive Education Programmes, SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management

Nikolai Nikolaichuk
Nikolai Nikolaichuk

Head of the Tomsk City Administration

Georgy Toloraya
Georgy Toloraya

Executive Director of the National Committee on BRICS Research, Russia

Sergey Shestakov
Sergey Shestakov

Deputy Business Development Director at Prognoz

Vsevolod Rozanov
Vsevolod Rozanov

President and CEO of Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

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