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[BizInsight@HKUST - OBOR Talk Series] Impact of One Belt One Road on Central Asia

The One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative that crosses Central Asia states by so-far imaginary infrastructure, is promising a positive change to the region. At the same time, despite multiple similarities and links between the countries, Central Asia is far from being unified. The region is diverse and its dynamics could facilitate or impede implementation of this ambitious transcontinental initiative. HKUST Business School join hands with Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO to discuss OBOR's impact on Central Asia.

Impact of One Belt One Road on Central Asia

In this talk, Mr Alexey A. Kalinin, Director of SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Markets Studies (IEMS), will discuss the geo-economics of the Eurasian heartland with us. Mr Vladimir Korovkin, Head of Innovations and Digital Research of SKOLKOVO IEMS, will talk about Migration: strategic management of opportunities for economic growth. The presentations will follow by a panel discussion with speakers including Ms Ashley Galina Dudarenok, Founder of Alarice International & ChoZan and Head of Russian Business Club in Hong Kong. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Steven J. DeKrey, Associate Dean of HKUST Business School.

Speaker Profile

Alexey A. Kalinin runs SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Markets Studies since 2013. He leads research in geoeconomics, global strategies, sustainable development, digital and innovation. His previous experience includes running industrial consulting practice at the Institute for Complex Strategic Studies for four years in parallel with teaching strategy in Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School. Alexey also has over 15 years of industrial experience in strategy and international business in Russian energy, engineering, and ICT sectors. Alexey holds Oxford Diploma in Global Business, MBA, and MSc in Engineering.

Vladimir Korovkin is the Head of Research in Growth and Innovations with SKOLKOVO IEMS. He holds degrees in systems engineering and international business, and has over 20 years of experience in the international and Russian private companies in marketing, Internet, retail banking and management consulting. Since 2014 Vladimir pursues an academic career being the Head of Research in Innovations and Digital at SKOLKOVO IEMS. In his writing and teaching he focuses on the issues of innovations and growth in the emerging markets with special focus on Russia, CIS, India, Iran. He co-authored report “Emerging Markets Decoded” and authored reports “Iran: the Business Opportunity of the Decade” and “Digital Life of Russian Megapolices” published by SKOLKOVO IEMS.

Ashley Galina Dudarenok is the Founder of Alarice International and ChoZan. She worked in China for 5 years before moving to Hong Kong in 2010. For over 10 years she worked with Chinese social media, opinion leader marketing and creative campaigns. In 2011, Ashley established Alarice International, a marketing agency with a focus on Chinese social media. In 2013, she co-founded the Russian Business Club in Hong Kong, which unites entrepreneurs and professionals from Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Hong Kong and South China. In 2016, she launched ChoZan, a resources platform for China-focused marketers.

Steven J. DeKrey is Associate Dean and Adjunct Professor of Management at HKUST Business School. He is the founding director of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA Program and continues to direct this world #1 ranked program. Under his past leadership, the MBA program of HKUST was twice ranked in the top 10 in the world by the financial times and is currently in the top 15. He is also Director of the Saudi Arabia MBA Program which he initiated in 2012 with Saudi Aramco. His role also includes an assignment to the HKUST-Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO Partnership where he will represent HKUST as the Chairman of the SKOLKOVO Academic Council in Moscow.

Mr Alexey A. Kalinin
Mr Vladimir Korovkin
Ms Ashley Galina Dudarenok
Professor Steven J. DeKrey (moderator)

Event Details

Date 20 July 2017 (Thursday)
Time 12:00 nn (Registration)
12:15 - 2:00 pm (Presentations and Q&As)
Venue HKUST Business School Central,
Rm 1501-02, 15/F Hong Kong Club Building,
3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong (MTR J3 Exit)
Admission Open to public
Fee HK$100 per participant
HK$80 for HKUST Business School alumni and students
(Light refreshments will be provided)
Language English


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