Appendix 1

Appendix № 1



Oct 13, 2021

Parliamentary Centre, Hall 216

Scientific and practical session

A Space for Friendship and International Cooperation

Cross-border cooperation between Russia and other countries has proven to be exceptionally effective. It has been an important factor behind the strengthening of humanitarian, economic, and political ties. At its heart lies mutual respect, the protection of good neighbourly relations, the preservation of a shared cultural heritage, and the creation of good living and working conditions in border regions. There is considerable potential to foster cross border cooperation between Russia and EU nations. Previous successful joint initiatives involving women have demonstrated how much more effective a joint approach can be in efforts to tackle common challenges across a wide range of areas.

What forms of cross-border cooperation are most effective? What are the most promising areas and opportunities in relation to the development of joint cross border initiatives aimed at increasing female participation? Which of these initiatives could be implemented in the near future? What proposals to improve the legal framework could help boost cooperation?

YELENA KALININA — Rector, St. Petersburg Social and Economic Institute; President, Women’s Alliance Association


SERGEY BALANEV — Representative, Information Manager, Estonia–Russia Cross-border Cooperation

ELENA BELOVA — Head, Development Department, Leontief Centre; Russian National Sub-Committee Member, Interreg Baltic Sea Region

JUKKA-PEKKA BERGMAN — Director, South-East Finland–Russia CBC Programme

IRINA DSHAJANI — Chief Executive Officer, PROGRESS IV Management GmbH

IRUMA KRAVALE — Head, Development Instruments Department, Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Republic of Latvia

IRINA PETERSONE — President, Latvian Business Women Association (LBWA)

SVETLANA SEDUNOVA — Director, IntellCap; Project Partner, Latvia–Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme

VALENTINA CHAPLINSKAYA — Expert, South-East Finland–Russia CBC Programme

IRINA SHCHUKINA — Vice-Rector, St. Petersburg Social and Economic Institute

Parliamentary Centre, Hall 315

Pitch session

A Space for Concepts and Solutions

In Europe, around 65–80% of all businesses are family-owned. Together, they account for up to half of all jobs. In Russia, family enterprise has powerful historic roots, and once played a defining role in the country’s economic development. Today, however, the institution of family enterprise is only at the early stages of development. According to experts, around 10 million people are employed at family enterprises. Many of these developed out of women-led entrepreneurial projects, which often lie at the heart of these businesses.

What conclusions can be drawn from Russia’s experience, both historically and in the present? Do special measures need to be taken to support the development of female entrepreneurship? What changes could be made to legislation to help boost family enterprise? Should family enterprise come under a separate legal category? What best practices exist in the field of family and female enterprise?



TATIANA BYKOVA — President, XXI Vek (‘21st Century’); Partner, Opera Vsem (‘Opera for All’); General Director, Stroikonsult

ZOYA VINNICHENKO — President, Delovaya Peterburzhenka (‘Petersburg Businesswoman’)

IRINA GALAY — General Director, BIG5

IRINA KOROLKOVA — Founder, Director, Delovaya Volna (‘Business Wave’)

NADEZHDA KOROTOVSKIKH — Public Representatives for Social Projects, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

VALENTINA MIRONOVA — Founder, Ledi Sharm

VICTORIA NESTEROVA — General Director, Isoterm Firm


MARINA SEDOVA — Head, Marina Sedova Millinery

MARINA SEDOVA-BAHENSKAYA — General Director, Success Consulting Center; President, Junior Chamber International St. Petersburg; Head, Biznes dlya menya! (‘Business for Me!’)

EKATERINA TÄHKÄPÄÄ — Chairman of the Board, Business Women Union of North Countries, Finland

NATALIYA CHEPEL — General Director, Chamber of Crafts

Parliamentary Centre, Multifunctional Hall

Culinary show

A Space for Hospitality


IRINA SAFRONOVA — Head, Women’s Business Guild


IRINA SMOLINA — Merited Artist of the Russian Federation; President, Novaya Vysota (‘New Height’) Foundation for the Support of Social and Cultural Initiatives


NATALIA BARSUKOVA — Associate Professor, Graduate School of Biotechnology and Food Technology, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University


ALEXANDER MARKOV — Director, St. Petersburg Office, Federal Restaurant and Hotel Association

OLGA ORLOVA — Head Digitalization of Food Technologies Group

VIKTOR SHABALIN — Chairman of the Board, St. Petersburg Culinary Association

ANNA SHNIDER — Chief Executive Officer, M-Tour LLC

Parliamentary Centre, Multifunctional Hall

Digital exhibition

St. Petersburg for Women, and Women for St. Petersburg

An exhibition of video clips demonstrating the most significant women’s projects implemented by non-profit organizations with the support of the administration of St. Petersburg.
Parliamentary Centre, Multifunctional Hall

Photo exhibition by Valery Plotnikov

To Women with Love

An exhibition dedicated to outstanding women of the 20th century, including actors, writers, and public figures. Their personality and talent have been captured by the famous Soviet and Russian photographer Valery Plotnikov, whom Yury Rost described as “a singer for the cultural class”.

Plotnikov is an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts. He studied at the Russian State University of Cinematography.
Exhibition Director:

NADEZHDA KOROTOVSKIKH — Public Representatives for Social Projects, Agency for Strategic Initiatives

Exhibition Creator:

VALERY PLOTNIKOV — Exhibition Creator; Soviet and Russian photographer

Parliamentary Centre, Hall 216

Master class

Personal Antifragility of Female Leaders in the 2020s

The pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty. In addition, working conditions have changed, and new requirements are emerging on the labour market. All this is making it essential to mobilize the resources offered by female leaders. International research has shown that the risk of burnout, psychological damage, and depression among women is higher than it once was. Employing methods to prevent stress can help female leaders protect their health, work more effectively, and enjoy a better family life.

What constitutes resilience? What can be done to minimize fear and anxiety in the face of uncertainty and external pressure? What is the secret to constructing a system to counter stress at work? What steps can female executives take to prevent professional burnout?

YULIA LAVROVA — Author; Host, ‘Grazhdanskoye obschestvo’ (Civil Society), RTR ‘Rossiya 1’


OKSANA PIKULYOVA-KHARGEL — Professor, Executive MBA Program, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg State University; St. Petersburg State University of Economics