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Экспертно-наблюдательный Совет МИУБ НИУ ВШЭ


Executive secretary of the board

Jean-Luc Pipon

 

Sberbank CIB

Managing Director, Head of Legal Division


 

Interview with Jean-Luc Pipon

How does the latest political situation with Russia, Ukraine and the world affect foreign business companies? Do sanctions have any impact on them? In general how does foreign business feel itself in Russia today?

“I am currently working for a Russian bank so 90% of my work is with Russian clients. So, I would say that I am seeing more the Russian side than the foreign one and my impression is done to feel that Russia fears a little bit of Europe - they feel that they are not welcome anymore, which is not true. But this is the first impression. On the foreign side, it is exactly the opposite. Due to political pressure, mainly from America, all investors might wonder, ‘Can we go to Russia?’ or even, ‘Do we need, or can we go to Russia?’ Going to Crimea? I’m quite sure that if investors say ‘Let’s go to Crimea, it is fun!’, the French authorities will not be very happy with that.  So it’s probably better to avoid Crimea but we are all sad about the Ukrainian situation. For me, as I’ve said a lot of times, including to the French authorities, for me Russia has nothing to do with Ukraine. Crimea is another matter but it is very sensitive yet for people to invest there. But if we just speak about business between France, between foreign investors and Russia, for me there`s a lot of emotions right now but everything should come back to normal quite soon”.

Are international businessmen still ready to invest in the Russian market? Is Russia still the place to be or has the situation changed?

“To be honest, as a businessman when you make investments, you make them on a long term basis, especially in oil or in some related industries. So, even if there will be a third world war I’m quite sure that Gaz de France and EDF will continue to invest in Russia. You know, when you have long term investment plans, you are sad again, you may stop, you may freeze, but I think big foreign companies can’t see themselves out of Russia. In any case you have to come there. You may postpone some investments. But it’s a key market. If you take for instance the car industry in France, I can’t imagine Renault saying, ‘Goodbye, I give you the key back”.

What about business relationships between Russia and the European Union. How will they develop, and is the strategic partnership still on the agenda?

“I can’t speak about strategic partners in Russia as a European because the problem is not Russia, the problem is Europe, we don’t have a strategic policy in Europe. So before seeking a partner, it would be better to have common approach between Germany, France and England. So you see I really am a real European. I really believe in it, but the first step is to try to find unity in Europe. As a neighbor, and a big neighbor, for me Russia is close to Europe, inside Europe, even geographically part of Europe. So you know, one day or another there will be one big strategic relationship with Russia”.

In your opinion, what is the future for international business in Russia?

“Due to the nature of your GDP - 56% is oil - everyone is a bit misled about growth. There are some companies growing up. We don’t see them yet. But there is an internal market and it can grow and this growth can be sustainable. But due to the nature of the GDP in general, I think they still need a lot of trade. Russia still needs to make big investments in agriculture. All the oligarchs were playing, were more raiders than developers so now a lot of this money should be made in the real industry. I’m sure that Russians are already doing it but some of them, due to size - I think about petrol and this joint venture with Total for the gas - have to find partners. So there will still be some big flows of investments. I can’t imagine Russia living on itself, by itself, ignoring everyone else”.

 

Jean-Luc Pipon,

Specifically for the HSE portal www.hse.ru

Задачи Совета :
  • бизнес оценивает качество подготовки выпускников;
  • бизнес вносит предложения по содержанию программ;
  • бизнес предоставляет кейсы для учебных курсов;
  • бизнес может принимать на стажировки от 3 до 6 месяцев слушателей программы МЕВ; 
  • бизнес предоставляет кейсы для консалтинговых проектов, которые реализуются в международной команде слушателей под руководством преподавателей МИУБ;
  • бизнес проводит мастер-классы;
  • бизнес ежегодно может обучать одного-двух слушателей на программе Master in International Business;
  • бизнес заказывает краткосрочные программы, тренинги и семинары для повышения квалификации персонала;
  • бизнес может бесплатно участвовать в семинарах и конференциях, проводимых в НИУ ВШЭ;
  • бизнес может принимать на работу высококвалифицированных  управленцев, умеющих работать в международной команде и быстроменяющейся кросскультурной среде;
  • участвовать в семинарах и конференциях, проводимых в НИУ ВШЭ.
 Членами Совета стали:
  • FMCG-сектор (Danone, A.Korkunov, Lactalis Vostok, L’Oréal);
  • топливно-энергетического сектора (GDF Suez, Schneider Electric, Air Liquide, EDF, Total, Severstal);
  • промышленного сектора (Alstom, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Tales);
  • банковского сектора и сферы услуг (BNP Paribas, Sberbank CIB,  TPA Axis);
  • юридические и консалтинговые компании : Gide Loyrette Nouel Vostok, CMS, E&Y, Dentons
Слушатели программы AMIB смогут:
  1. выбирать компанию в различных секторах экономики для прохождения стажировки с возможностью последующего трудоустройства;
  2. посещать мастер-классы, предоставляемые компаниями;
  3. работать над кейсами, предоставленными бизнесом;
  4. работать над крупными консалтинговыми групповыми проектами по запросу компаний.
 


 


 

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