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U.S. - Russia Business Today
Tuesday, February 3, 2015; 5:30-8:30pm


Downtown Harvard Club; One Federal Street, 38th Floor, Boston

Event cost:

Members: $40

Non-Members: $45

“U.S. - Russia Business Today”

Panel Discussion



Information Sponsor: UN Association of Greater Boston


Event Date:   Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Event Time:  5.30 pm – 8.30 pm (registration starts at 5.30 pm)

Location:       Downtown Harvard Club

                        One Federal Street, 38th Floor

                        Boston, MA 02110


During the 25 years between the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the crisis in Ukraine, Russia was continually integrating into the world economy and U.S. – Russia business ties continued to grow. In the midst of the political/military conflict between Russia, the U.S. and the EU, all of the assumptions about business prospects are under question. In the last months of 2014, Russians saw the purchasing power of their savings cut in half due to drastic decline in the exchange rate of the ruble caused by the rapid plunge in oil prices and the increasing bite of economic sanctions. Despite political conflicts and Russian economic problems, business activities and citizen exchange programs are still operating.  Going forward, what kind of business collaboration can we expect? Have the last 25 years been an historical aberration or will economic ties lead to better political relations? What will be the future of U.S. – Russia business and citizen exchanges?


The USRCCNE, with support of the UNAGB, has assembled a distinguished panel to address these critical questions. The panel is composed of people with deep personal and professional experience in U.S.-Russia business. Join us for a lively and informed exchange of views among our panel composed of:

  • Bruce I. Turner, former U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Adrian Erlinger,  Program Manager, Innovation and Capacity Building, American Councils for International Education.
  • Richard Golob, Head, Life Sciences Business Unit, EPAM Systems Inc.


Advance registration required! Click here to Register

Price per person:  $40 (member) or $45(non-member) includes presentation and appetizers. Cash bar.


Speaker Bios:

Bruce I. Turner

Bruce Turner, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, assumed his duties as Director of the Human Resources Bureau’s Office of Recruitment, Examination, and Employment in September 2014, following a three-year assignment as U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg.  He came to Russia in 2011 from Afghanistan, where he had served as Director of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, managing major programs in justice, corrections, and counter narcotics. 


Previously Mr. Turner served in Washington as Director of the European and Eurasian Bureau’s Office of Security and Political Affairs (EUR/RPM), where he was responsible for NATO, the OSCE, NATO-Russia relations, and conventional arms control.  Other previous assignments included tours abroad in Paris, Moscow, Vienna at the U.S. Mission to the OSCE, Brussels at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and Ankara.   In Washington he worked on North Korean as well as German and Turkish affairs.  His work has earned him numerous Superior Honor and other awards. 


Mr. Turner speaks German, French, and Russian and  holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in German literature from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and a B.A. from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 


Adrian Erlinger 

Adrian Erlinger serves as Program Manager for innovation and capacity building at American Councils for International Education, a Washington-based non-profit organization. In this role, he designs initiatives to support translational research, technology transfer, commercialization, and innovation-based economic development between U.S. and Russian higher education institutions. In previous roles, Adrian provided public relations, strategic advisory, and market research services for U.S. and Eurasian clients in IT, oil & gas, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and consumer goods. As a Fulbright scholar in Poland, he conducted research on eastern European energy policy, and has published articles on innovation, business, politics, and policy. Adrian graduated from the University of Kansas in 2004 with a master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies.


Richard Golob

Richard Golob was president, chief executive officer, and co-founder of GGA Software Services, the leading Russian provider of scientific software engineering, algorithm development, and data curation services, especially for the life sciences industry. With its headquarters in Cambridge, GGA established a 600-person development center in St. Petersburg.  In June 2014, EPAM Systems, a publicly traded global outsourcing company, acquired GGA, and now Richard serves as head of EPAM’s Life Sciences Business Unit.


Mr. Golob is president of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston and vice president and board member of the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England. He has presented lectures on innovation and entrepreneurship at numerous CIS conferences sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and has served as a business consultant to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, assisting innovative energy and environmental technology companies develop their business strategies. He graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in biochemical sciences.

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