Vienna Alumni Symposium: Strategies for Russia’s Recovery

| November 18, 2010

More than 200 Webster alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University attended panelist  presentations at Webster Vienna’s third annual Alumni Symposium, titled: “Where do we go with Ruble and Co? – Strategies for Russia’s recovery.” The Nov. 15 panel was moderated by Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business, at the Palais Eschenbach in Vienna.

The event was organized by the Vienna alumni chapter under the leadership of its president, Stefano Cantini (M.A. 1994) and the Vienna Alumni office with the support of the local campus director, Arthur Hirsh.

Five Austrian and Russian experts discussed the state of the Russian economy, the role of the government, the pervasiveness of corruption, as well as ways of the current economic crisis.

The experts Dr. Maximilian Burger-Scheidlin, Mag. (FH) Anton Chirkovski, BBA, Dr. Mikhail Davydov, Dipl.-Kfm. Evgenij Minkin and  Dr. Sergey Shuklin were all aware of the difficult economic situation with multiple problems due to corruption and excessive bureaucracy in Russia, but at the same time some of them felt that the Russian government is on a good path leading in the direction of a positive economic development.

Following the official part of the event, the  200+ participants  of the symposium were invited to a networking reception with tasty Russian specialties  – enjoying blinis with caviar and Russian vodka.  In the beautiful atmosphere of the Palais Eschenbach, the discussions and networking lasted well into the evening.  Dr. Hirsh said this was the most successful Vienna alumni symposium yet.

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