October 3-5, 2011
U.S.-Russia Business Council
19th Annual Meeting
"Russia on the Cusp"
We are pleased to announce that the U.S.-Russia Business Council's 19th Annual Meeting "Russia on the Cusp" will take place in downtown Chicago, IL, on October 3-5, 2011, kicking off with a Gala Dinner on Monday, October 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Conference Program on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4-5 at the Swissotel.
This year's meeting will feature panels exploring Russia's investment attractiveness and market opportunities on the cusp of national elections, the country's leadership of APEC, and its long-awaited WTO accession, as well as energy and healthy workforce issues, and how the country's planned privatization, financial services reforms and industrial policies may impact its competitiveness.
Confirmed keynote and panel speakers include William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister, RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Alcoa and Chairman of USRBC; Ian Read, President and CEO of Pfizer; Ed Verona, President and CEO of USRBC; Neil Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Development Company; Joshua Floum, General Counsel, VISA, Inc.; Mark von Pentz, President, Agriculture and Turf Division of Deere & Company; Charles E. Ryan, Chairman of UFG Asset Management; Dmitry Mezentsev, Governor of the Irkutsk Region; Andrei Sharonov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow; and Mikhail Yurevich, Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region.
A full list of speakers and a detailed agenda are available on the USRBC website.
USRBC Members - $995
Non Members - $1,695
Gala Only Members - $400
Gala Only Non Members - $750
NOTE: The USRBC has agreed to offer discounts on Annual Meeting registration fees to members and friends of partner organizations, including USRCCNE. To register at a discounted rate, please visit registration page and indicate the USRCCNE as the organization that sent you this invitation. Questions? Please contact Candice Pareshnev at USRBC at (202) 739-9180.
Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States and a sister city to Moscow since 1997, is a leader in international business and is regarded as one of the top global financial centers. The development of Chicago as a commodities trading hub and then international commercial center provides useful parallels for Russia as it continues its efforts to integrate into international institutions and create a global financial center in Moscow.
We hope you can join us for our first Annual Meeting in Chicago in 13 years.
As a reminder to all traveling from Russia, it is important to begin the visa application process as soon as possible so that you receive it in time for the conference. All USRBC members are eligible for the Council's Expedited Visa Program, which allows members traveling from Russia to receive their visas in a shorter time period. For information on how to apply through the USRBC Expedited Visa Program, go to our website.
If you are not a USRBC member, you can find further information on the standard visa application process, as well as the visa application, on the U.S. Embassy's website.