The Kennan Institute is pleased to bring to your attention the annual meeting of the U.S.-Russian Business Council. The Kennan Institute is proud to support this important event.



USRBC Annual Meeting 2011

October 3-5, 2011

Chicago, IL


October 3-5, 2011:  The U.S.-Russia Business Council's 19th Annual Meeting "Russia on the Cusp”  will take place in downtown Chicago, kicking off with a Gala Dinner on Monday, October 3, at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Conference Program on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4-5 at the Swissotel. 

This year's meeting will feature panels exploring Russia's investment attractiveness and market opportunities on the cusp of national elections, the country's leadership of APEC, and its long-awaited WTO accession, as well as energy and healthy workforce issues, and how the country's planned privatization, financial services reforms and industrial policies may impact its competitiveness.

Confirmed keynote and panel speakers include William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister, RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO of Alcoa and Chairman of USRBC; Ian Read, President and CEO of Pfizer; Ed Verona, President and CEO of USRBC; Neil Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Development Company; Joshua Floum, General Counsel, VISA, Inc.; Mark von Pentz, President, Agriculture and Turf Division of Deere & Company; Charles E. Ryan, Chairman of UFG Asset Management; Dmitry Mezentsev, Governor of the Irkutsk Region; Andrei Sharonov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow; and Mikhail Yurevich, Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region.

A full list of speakers and a detailed agenda are available on the USRBC website:

Cost: $995 for USRBC Members; $1695 for Non-Members. 

NOTE: The USRBC has agreed to offer discounts on Annual Meeting registration fees to members and friends of partner organizations, including the Kennan Institute.  To register at a discounted rate, please visit:

and indicate KENNAN INSTITUTE, WOODROW WILSON CENTER as the organization that sent you this invitation.

Questions? Please contact Candice Pareshnev at the USRBC at (202) 739-9180.