The Monaco Economic Board (MEB), which held a three-day economic mission to Moscow on October 4, is hosting a working breakfast on Friday, February 9, on the topic of doing business in Russia. The speaker will be Igor Yurgens, the Consul of Monaco in Moscow, an entrepreneur and Vice-President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP). Exceptionally qualified to lead the event, Mr Yurgens will help Monaco’s entrepreneurs and investors to better understand a country that is 30 times the size of France. After his address, Mr Yurgens will answer questions. According to the European Parliament, Igor Yurgens graduated with a degree in economics from Moscow State University in 1974, when he began working in various positions with the international departments of the Professional Unions Central Council of the USSR and the UNESCO Secretariat. From 1992 to 1997, he was the First Deputy Chairman of the CIS Trade Union Confederation. He later served as Co-Chairman of the Foundation for the Development of Parliamentarism in Russia (1997-1998). In 1998 he became President of the All-Russian Insurance Association (1998-2002). Other positions held in recent years include Chairman of the Financial Markets Committee of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2000-2009), member of Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (2007-2009) and First Vice President of the investment bank Renaissance Capital (2005-2010). Mr Yurgens has served on the Board of Directors of numerous commercial and nonprofit organisations, including the EastWest Institute, OGK-4, National Association of Securities Market Participants (NAUFOR), New Eurasia Foundation and Sandvik – MKTC. He is a professor at the Higher School of Economics, where he regularly holds seminars on the Particularities of Government-Business Relations in Russia. Under the editorship of Igor Yurgens, a Risk Management textbook was published in 2003. The MEB breakfast is being held in close collaboration with HE Mireille Pettiti, Monaco’s Ambassador to Russia, who organised MEB’s fall mission to Russia with Mr Yurgens. Participants will be welcomed at the Salon Théâtre of Hôtel Métropole from 8:15 am, and Mr Yurgens will start his presentation at 8:30 am. Those interested in attending should contact the MEB at +377 97 98 68 68 before February 2. Places are limited.