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This event occurred on
November 30, 2013
3:00pm - 6:00pm FET
(UTC +3hrs)
Kaliningrad, KGD

It's time!
It’s time to value the present moment, to act, to realize the desirable, not to stop at the achieved, to cultivate within yourselves the seeds of a better tomorrow.

Sackheim Gate
Литовский Вал 63
Kaliningrad, KGD
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Soumabha Basu

He was born in Calcutta, eastern India. His childhood was spent travelling throughout different parts of India. Soumabha wanted to become an automobile engineer when he grew up; however he ended up completing Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication. After working as an engineer for 18 months, he could do it no more. Hence Soumabha ventured to Russia, trying his luck in finance. When he is not trying to convince people about how to invest their hard-earned money, Soumabha usually spend time reading, writing poems a bit and then there is cooking, only of the spicy Indian variety though. His future interest lies in writing a book about the social and cultural differences between India and Russia and apart from that, he dream about owing a car modification garage someday.

Matt Hall

Matt Hall is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Matt has been coming to Kaliningrad since 1997 to provide humanitarian aid to orphans. Through the many years of building relationships with children from orphanages, shelters, and boarding schools, Matt moved his family from the United States to Kaliningrad in June 2011. Why? He felt the urgent need to begin a program that will help the graduates of orphanages. This program is less than 2 years old and is already receiving the highest level of recommendations from the local Kaliningrad government. Matt and his wife, Jackie have adopted 3 children from Kaliningrad orphanages. He runs an internet-based company in the United States and enjoys his life here in Kaliningrad.

Olga Kovbasyuk

Olga Kovbasyuk has 3 degrees, including Specialist in Linguistics, PhD in Education, and MA in Strategic Management. She has been teaching and doing research for over 20 years in a wide range of academic institutions. She has also been consulting companies on how to manage cultural diversity, as a licensed Cultural Detective Trainer. Currently she is teaching Cross-Cultural Management at the European Business School, I. Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad. Dr. Kovbasyuk has set up one of the first private schools and one of the largest NGOs in the Russian Far East. She is co-founder and co-director of the Meaning Centered Institute, and First President, now a member of the Executive Board of the Higher Education International Association. She has an extensive record of professional publications (over 70) including Book Chapters and Books (Meaning Centered Education, Routledge, USA, 2013). Her work has been recognized through numerous awards and prizes, including a national medal “For Excellence in Work”, Teachers Excellence Award from the State Department, USA, Fulbright and DAAD (Germany) institutional fellowships.

Arte de Gingar

Philosophy of capoeira has always been attractive by ethic and rules, that are tacitly accepted by those who practice capoeira. This philosophy is evident from music and songs, fights and dances, flexibility and acrobatics, discipline and mutual support that makes special attitude to this Brazilian martial art. Capoeira teaches you be respectful to each other, teaches you to trust your opponent, but at the same time it teaches how to concentrate and pay attention what your opponent do. Kaliningrad branch of capoeira school was founded in 2006. Kaliningrad group of capoeira includes about 20 capoeiristas aged from 12 to 45 years old and 12 children aged from 5 to 12 years old. Lessons are held in several groups that are differ by ages and level of training.

Sasha Sku & Sofya Kravets

Sophie has been dancing since seven years old.For the last 4 years she performs trible dance and teachs dancing in the studio "Free Quarter Tribal". Being brought up within rough beauty of Vladivostok hills, rock vocalist Sasha is singing not only to guitar distortion and drums triplets. Everything from new age to trip-hop, from r’n’b to folk is tasted and arranged in EPs and albums for various local and distant projects. The ability to work in different genres is similar to ability of speaking different languages. And Sasha believes the best about her is to speak from the heart.

Alena Makova

Alena Makova is Deputy CEO at Yopolis, the platform for non-government initiatives. Before that Alena had been working for 4 and a half years as a Chief Marketing Officer at Odgers Berndtson, the international company of consulting and management recruitment. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, she led marketing efforts at the business literature publishing firm “Mann, Ivanov & Ferber”. In 2009 graduated from Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. In the period 2011–2013 she was included in the Managers Associationion with the rating “Top 1000 Russian Managers”.

Sergey Kachmar

As a musician in the past, I used to play the four-stringed instrument in local band “Est’ Nastroenie”. While in school, I developed a keen interest in computers. It was more than just a means of access towards MP3 and video games. It was then, that I made my first attempts towards becoming an entrepreneur: I bought recordable CD-ROM’s and began selling “WAV” records to classmates. Unfortunately, that business was not too successful and wasn’t being profitable either. So I decided to stop it. Apart from being an activist of the local cycling community and a novice vegetarian, I have been working as a lead specialist in the Department of Information-Communication for the Administration of Svetlogorsk. During my free time I work on several projects such as “Vorota” (“Gates”), “Kriticheskaya massa” (“Critical Mass”) etc. I recently joined the Global Shapers Hub also. Additionally, I am a creator of the media project “Ne Sutulsja Media” as well.

Sergey Rizhikov

In 1998, Sergey Rizhikov founded Bitrix and remains director to the present. Under his management, Bitrix has evolved from a website design outsourcing studio to a top Russian software development company, specializing in Internet applications. He has personally managed the development of the company’s software solutions. Today, Bitrix firmly holds the leading position in the Russian market among commercial content management systems. Since 2001, Mr. Rizhikov has been the director of Bitrix, Inc, a US-based company which sells Bitrix products internationally both directly and through a reseller network. In 2007, Mr. Rizhikov became director of OOO “1C-Bitrix”, a joint-venture between Bitrix and 1C, a very popular Russian ERP system. 1C-Bitrix participates in various social projects, professional associations, major tenders, and specialized conferences.

Tigran Hakobyan

Cardiovascular surgeon, PhD, Department of endovascular surgery Federal cardiovascular surgery center of Kaliningrad. Tigran is a Senior Associate in the Laboratory of Immunology and Cellular Bioengineering, Innovative Park of Baltic Federal University of Immanuel Kant. In 2007 became a holder of the Edmond Keosayan Award for Excellence in Cardiology in Yerevan, Armenia.

Olesya Novikova

When she was 16, she tried to work as a seller of video tapes, guide-interpreter, promoter, advertising-manager, chief of the advertising department. At the age of 23, left work and went on a solo trip to Asia with a backpack for half a year, from China to the island of Borneo. When Olesya was 25, she published the book “Asian attraction”. Then became a travel-blogger and a traveler across the expanses of her own soul and body in Nepal. After that she went to the island of Bali where she was the Russian representative in a five star hotel, then travel-journalist and copywriter. During the same period, she experienced a deep personal crisis with the deliverance of many illusions about herself and her own life, realized that fundamental changes were needed in all areas of her life, and it was possible to implement them only on her own steam, and only gradually, step by step. When she was 29 years old Olesya came back to her homeland and started to improve her life at all its levels under the mantra: “You can’t find yourself, you can only create yourself”. She is the author and the main promoter of the project “Remake yourself”.

Organizing team


Kaliningrad, Russian Federation
  • Anton Bessonov
    Tech guy
  • Natalya Meleschenko
    Speakers support
  • Liana Rasulova
  • Artiom Titov
    Tech guy