John Thornhill ,
Innovation Editor, The Financial Times
Nicole Bricq ,
Minister for Foreign Trade of France
Leonid Kazinets ,
Chairman, Barkli Corporation
Edward Skyler ,
Executive Vice-President, Citi
Ron Huldai ,
Mayor of Tel-Aviv
Andrei Sharonov ,
Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
David Gray ,
Managing Partner, PwC Russia
Jean-Francois Cirelli ,
President, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, GDF Suez
The historic city centres should not become museums, they should remain vibrant cities.
More and more, it is not really competition between countries, it is really competition on the level of how effective your cities are.
Cities should not be afraid to “steal”, meaning to take the best ideas from other cities.
One of the most important things we did to create economic growth was to focus on innovation and creativity.
There's no real sense it developing transport routes around Moscow and St Petersburg. They should be built directly from the Baltic Sea ... connecting the Volga region, Siberia and the Urals with better road capacity. In turn, these routes will be centres of economic growth.
It is important to have a comprehensive vision of a number of aspects that are crucial to a city: the transportation system, the development of the suburbs, urbanism, housing, and, obviously, services.