Ruben Vardanian — Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Ruben Vardanyan, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, is Advisor to the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sberbank of Russia.

Prior to the closure of the deal to merge Sberbank with Troika Dialog in January 2012, he held the position of CEO, Chairman of the Board at Troika Dialog, one of the oldest and largest investment banks in Russia and the CIS.

He serves on the boards of directors of KAMAZ, SIBUR Holding, Joule Unlimited, Inc (U.S.), Rosgosstrakh, Ameriabank (Armenia), and United Grain Company.

He is a member of the Economic Advisory Board at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group.

Mr. Vardanyan is a member of the Investment Committee of Avica Property Investors International.

He was Chairman of the Board at Sukhoi Civil Aircraft from 2005-2009, Chairman of the Board at Rosgosstrakh from 2004-2005 and from August 2011 through October 2013, and a board member at AvtoVAZ from 2008-2014.

Mr. Vardanyan is a member of the Investment Council under the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and a member of the Strategic Council for Investments in New Industries under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia.

He is a Founding Partner and Vice-Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, as well as Chairman of the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies and Chairman of the Expert Council of the school’s Wealth Transformation Center.

Mr. Vardanyan serves on the International Advisory Boards at the International Christian University (Japan) and at Fundação Dom Cabral business school (FDC, Brazil), as well as the Boards of Trustees of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and the Faculty of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

He is a member of the Supreme Religious Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Mr. Vardanyan graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University, and has completed post-graduate courses and programs at INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Yale University and Stanford University.


14 january 13:30–14:15
Expert Discussion


Fireplace Lounge

Languages: Russian, English
Moderator: Ruben Vardanian Panellists: Sergei Kravtsov, Valery Falkov
15 january 14:15–16:00
Dialogues in Three Acts


Fireplace Lounge

Languages: Russian, English
Deficit of Trust: Alexey Kudrin, Avdotya Smirnova Deficit of Understanding: Ruben Vardanian, Tatyana Chernigovskaya Deficit of Sense: Alexander Arkhangelsky, Lev Dodin Intermissions, Prologue and Epilogue: Alexander Asmolov