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The SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies (SIEMS)

Founded in 2008, SIEMS conducts cutting-edge research and provides advisory services focused on globalization, innovation, institutional development, “soft power” and sustainable development. The experts of SIEMS draw upon a vast array of competences encompassing strategic analysis and scenario planning in order to solve today’s problems and challenges facing politicians and businesspeople in emerging markets.


  • To promote the full-scale and efficient integration of Russia into the global economy through consultation to international business partners on Russian market specifics and the country’s features as a world player, as well as by developing Russia’s business capacities to attract the maximum foreign investment and quickly deliver Russian companies to the international market.


  • Over 50 research briefs on topics in economics, finance, strategic planning and operational management, intended to help modernize businesses and economic policy in Russia and fast-growing markets across the world.
  • Numerous consulting projects for both public and private sector organizations.
  • In-house research reports have featured in top-tier academic journals.
  • Publication of a book highlighting examples of well-managed firms in BRICS.
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Interviews and other materials

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Ruben Vardanyan
Laying the bricks for the new world
BRICS Business Magazine (Premier issue), 20.10.2012
Diversity – the word that may end up best capturing the essence of the 21st century, an era that will be defined by multipolarity and multiculturalism, believes Ruben Vardanyan, chairman of the editorial board of BRICS Business Magazine, Co-head of Sberbank CIB*. He outlined his view of the economic and geopolitical changes that the world may be facing over the next thirty years. It’s a view in which Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will figure prominently.