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Business opportunities in former Soviet bloc is focus of April 10
conference at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A high-ranking economic advisor to Czech President
Vaclav Havel, the vice chairman of Gallup Inc., and representatives of
American businesses operating in the former Soviet Union and its republics,
will gather Friday, April 10 at the University of Iowa College of Business
Administration to discuss the climate for business in Russia and Eastern
The conference, "The New Frontier: Business in Russia and Eastern
Europe," will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room W401 of the Pappajohn
The day-long session is designed for business people as well as for
faculty and students with an interest in the former Soviet bloc and in
business opportunities there.
The conference's first session will be a presentation by Jan Svejnar,
executive director of the William Davidson Institute and the Everett E.
Berg Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan.
Svejnar, the economic advisor to Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel,
will discuss "Transition to the Market in Central and Eastern Europe:
Accomplishments and Challenges for the Future" at 9:05 a.m.
Other speakers include:
-- Jim Krieger, vice chairman and chief financial officer of Gallup
Inc., speaking on "The Experience of Gallup Inc. in Eastern Europe,"
at 10 a.m.
-- Sarah Helmstadter, senior associate, Carana Corp., speaking on "Changes
in the Agribusiness Environment in the Former Soviet Union: Eyewitness
Testimony," at 11:20 a.m.
-- Nick Strange, freelance consultant and arbitrator, speaking on "The
Business Environment in the Russian Provinces," at 1:15 p.m.
-- Irina Kratko, visiting Fulbright scholar and assistant director of
the Department of Entrepreneurship at the State Academy of Management in
Moscow, speaking on "Entrepreneurship in Russia," at 2 p.m.
-- A panel discussion on "Perspectives on Conducting Business in
Russia and Eastern Europe" will be at 2:30 p.m., featuring Eugene
C. Machacek, director of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Programming
and Marketing for Rockwell Collins, Inc.; Anna Pouliaevskaya, former television
journalist and managing editor of the Russian media journal Sreda; Jeffrey
Walters, president of Walters Walnut Inc.; and Todd Woods, market development
manager for Europe, CIS and Canada for Farmland Foods Inc. The session
will be moderated by Steven Dickinson, an attorney with the law firm of
Dorsey and Whitney.
The session, sponsored by the UI Center for Russian, East European and
Eurasian Studies (CREEES), is open to the public but requires a $100 registration
fee. Lunch is included.
The conference is the first in a series funded in part from a grant
from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a resource center for
CREEES. The center provides international academic opportunities for students
and faculty and outreach activities, such as the conference.
For more information, or to register, contact Jane Van Voorhis, co-director,
International Programs, the University of Iowa College of Business Administration,
(319) 335-1379; or by email at email@example.com