HSE Becomes Analytical Partner of the Global Impact Conference
How can we achieve balanced growth of the global economy? What is a human-centred approach for economic growth? How can we measure the contribution of corporations to sustainable development? On December 1- 2, visionaries of sustainable development — more than 50 international experts from 23 countries, including representatives of government organizations and businesses, non-profit organizations, and civil society activists — will answer these questions at the Global Impact Conference.
Conference participants will discuss new challenges for business; the future of the labour market and conditions for creating a prosperous society; environmental protections; the transition to a cyclical economy and ‘green’ thinking; the ethics of artificial intelligence; and other issues. Everyone can participate in the discussion of these issues by registering for the event.
The Global Impact Conference is co-organized by Rosatom, HSE University, and Forbes magazine. Key speakers include: William Magwood IV, Director General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency; Tatiana Valovaya, Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva; Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan; Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman/CEO at Electricite de France; Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom; and other leading experts in the field of sustainable development and corporate governance.
On December 2, as part of the conference, HSE University and Rosatom will launch an initiative aimed at studying the human-centred approach in corporate strategies and its quality measurement. The expert Council of the Human CorpMission initiative, which will include Russian and international experts in sustainable development, will discuss what factors of talent development affect sustainable economic growth. The Expert Council will focus on creating a ranking for evaluating companies in management strategy transformation according to the priorities of the UN sustainable development goals.
Expert Council members include:
Leonid Gokhberg, HSE First Vice Rector;
Gary Bolles, Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, an organization that brings together universities, a business incubators, and a venture capital funds;
Nicholas Vonortas, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University and a specialist in strategic innovation;
Dr. Steven Griffiths, Senior Vice President for Research and Development, Professor of Practice at Khalifa University of Science and Technology, elected member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee;
Barbara Igel, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Skolkovo Moscow School of Management and consultant to the World Bank International Development Association.
The speakers also include: Paul Polman, co-founder and Chairman of IMAGINE, an organization that develops business leadership for achieving the UN sustainable development goals, and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact, the largest international initiative for business in corporate social responsibility; Vicky Colbert , Founder and Director of Fundación Escuela Nueva and laureate of the first edition of the Yidan Prize for Education Development (2017) and the 2013 WISE Prize; Ira Ehrenpreis, member of the Board of Directors of Tesla Motors and an expert in venture capital and energy innovation; Nic Marks, author of the Happy Planet Index and founder of Happiness Works; and others.
A number of other partner events of non-governmental organizations will be held at the conference site on December 2. Tatyana Terentyeva, Deputy Director General at Rosatom, will chair the first meeting of the Council for Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation. Representatives of corporations, small and medium businesses, leading universities and mass media will gather on one platform to share their experience and discuss issues related to improving the sustainability of companies, as well as to suggest solutions and draft laws that will contribute to the development of this sector.
Mentoring meetings on the development of women's leadership will be held in partnership with the Eurasian Women's Forum, which is headed by Valentina Matvienko, Chair of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The foundation for support and development of women's initiatives, Women in Nuclear Global, and Eurasia Kids are organizing an inter-generational dialogue on motivation in choosing a future profession.
To participate in the conference discussions for free, please register on the conference website. Participants will be able to communicate with the speakers and each other and participate in quizzes and surveys. The broadcast will be in English and Russian.
Times of Crisis and Opportunity is the title of the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Outlook published in January. The document focuses on STI responses to the pandemic while assessing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on science and technology. Mikhail Gershman, Deputy Director of the Centre of Science, Technology, Innovation and Information Policy, discusses the contribution of the Institute of Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) to the Outlook and discusses some aspects of ISSEK’s long-standing partnership with OECD.
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Professor Oleg Melnikov is among the international professors invited to work remotely with HSE University’s students this academic year. He lives in California, runs the Data Science department at a company in Palo Alto, and teaches at Stanford and other universities in the United States. At HSE University he teaches a course on machine learning for the students of the Faculty of Computer Science and the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF), as well as a university-wide optional course, ‘Machine Learning in Python’. He spoke about his work in an interview with the HSE News Service.
Pasha Andreyanov, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theoretical Economics at HSE University and Tomasz Sadzik, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of California, have described a mechanism that allows the stock market to remain relatively calm despite the growing influence of retail investors. Their joint article, 'Robust Mechanism Design of Exchange', was published in the Review of Economic Studies, one of the top 5 academic journals in economics and finance.
Dean Fantazzini, Deputy Head of the Department of Econometrics and Mathematical Methods in Economics at Moscow School of Economics in Moscow State University and Visiting Scholar at the HSE ICEF, was the first foreigner to defend his DSc thesis at HSE University. We spoke with Dean Fantazzini about his research and cooperation with HSE.
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Representatives of governmental bodies and international organizations joined BRICS experts to discuss anti-corruption education at a roundtable that took place on December 1 as a videoconference. Representatives of HSE university participated in the event organization and the discussion itself.
The 2020 eSTARS conference, organized by HSE University in partnership with the global educational platform Coursera, has commenced. For the first time in its history, the event is being held entirely online. At the plenary session and the first panel session, representatives of the world's leading universities, their associations, and educational platforms spoke about the role of digitalization in the development of higher education, the impact of the pandemic on education, and new approaches to how teachers and students can interact.
Edmond W.H. Lee, a full professor at the Department of Mathematics, Nova Southeastern University, USA, has recently defended his Doctor of Sciences (DSc) thesis at the Dissertation Council in Mathematics, HSE University. The DSc in Russia is a higher doctoral degree that can be earned after the PhD. Professor Lee’s defence was held over Zoom, with the candidate and his dissertation committee members participating remotely from 5 cities in Brazil, Israel, Russia, and the USA. Lee became the first international recipient of a DSc degree in Mathematics from HSE University.