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Panel Discussion Two

ESG: A Balancing Act for The Future of Sustainable Business

The pandemic has afforded business the opportunity to take a look at the concept of sustainable growth whilst at the same time raising people’s awareness of the importance of effective environmental management and the need for better social and corporate governance. However, as a country blessed by abundant and cheap natural resources, convincing the Russian business community of the need to implement ESG measures that come with a price tag is not always straightforward. This panel will look at what approaches Russian and British companies are adopting to implement ESG principles whilst pursuing their business aims. What can be considered best practice and what we can learn from each other.


Panel Moderator


Panel Moderator

Guy Eames

Director, Planet 2030


Panel Speakers

David Campbell (TBC)

President, BP Russia

In January 2013, David Campbell was appointed Head of the Group Chief Executive’s Office in BP corporate headquarters in London. In this role, he was responsible for supporting the Chief Executive in the planning and execution of his duties.

David was appointed President, BP Russia reporting directly to the Group Chief Executive and based in Moscow, effective from 31 March 2014. In this role Campbell is accountable for the leadership and integration of BP’s activities and investments in the Russian Federation including its 19.75% shareholding in Rosneft and several joint venture businesses in oil and gas production, exploration and technology development.





Vadim Kulikov


The International Fund for Technological Development

Graduated from the energy department of Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School, honoured inventor of Russia (2009).

Responsible for the selection of projects in the Agency, responsible for interaction with public development institutions, technology parks, foundations.

Has successful experience with incubators and accelerators leading engineering schools of Russia (MIPT, Moscow State Technical University, Moscow State University, MIIT, MEI, etc.), the US (GeorgiaTech, MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU POLY, FAU, and others), Israel (Technion) and Europe (University of Technology of Lausanne, Stockholm University of Technology, etc.), development institutions in Russia (RUSNANO, Russian Venture Company, Skolkovo), USA (NYSEDRA / NY, DOE).


Vadim is actively involved in projects for the reconstruction of engineering competencies and practices of commercialization of innovative technologies in Russia, in cooperation with the committees and commissions of the RSPP (Working Group Skolkovo, on Innovation Board), Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation, Commission of Engineering of the Government and the President of the Russian Federation.

Elena Belevtseva

Marketing & Communications Director O1 Properties

Elena has over 13 years’ background in marketing & communications primary in financial and real estate companies. During her career, she has managed various projects including marketing communications, media relations, reputation management, branding, event management, CSR. Currently, she leads marketing and communications in O1 Properties group (commercial and residential real estate, flexible offices, facility management). MBA degree (marketing & sales) from WU Executive Academy (Vienna).






Ekaterina Trofimova

CIS FSI & Corporate Governance Leader, CIS Head of Deloitte Insights

AO Deloitte & Touche CIS

Ekaterina heads the rating advisory and corporate governance practice in Russia and the CIS. She is also the leader of Deloitte Insights in the region.

Ekaterina has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector in Russia and abroad, most recently as the CEO of the Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA) since its foundation in 2015, where she was responsible for establishing and developing the agency.


From 2011 to 2015, she served as a First Vice President and a board member at Gazprombank and had worked at S&P’s Paris office for 11 years before that. 

Ekaterina received a degree in Global Economics from St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance as well as a degree in Tax Management from the Sorbonne in Paris.