UNEC Economic Forum, Baku 2021

Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) will host “UNEC Economic Forum Baku 2021” in partnership with The Ministry of Economy of the Republic Azerbaijan, The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other organizations that is expected to take place on December 01-03, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Forum will be dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the restoration of independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Forum will reflect on the path that Azerbaijan has gone through independence comprising a number of socio-economic transformations as well as on the milestones set for the post-pandemic era, such as facilitation of digital economy. Furthermore, it will bring together leading public and private organizations and industry practitioners and, as such, will provide a platform for participants to identify and discuss the most recent economic and social developments, challenges and opportunities. The major topics will be discussed in the Forum include how to be well-positioned under changing global economic system, key challenges to the global economic growth, high technology-oriented production ecosystem, digital transformation of the economy, green economy and sustainable development, social business, economic challenges of the post-pandemic era, post-pandemic business transformation and a look at the past and future of the Azerbaijan’s economy. There will be diverse speakers from academia including Nobel laureates Muhammad Yunus and Aziz Sancar and the senior executives of major public and private organizations, along with local and international professionals and other experts from the industry. Panel discussions will take place in Gulustan Palace and various other activities such as art exhibition, city tour, meeting with scholars etc. are planned within the Forum.


4 December, 2021


The forum has already started!


Nobel Laureate Aziz Sanjar’s meeting with scholars

Nobel laureate Aziz Sanjar will share his experience with scholars. What stages do you have to go through to become a scientist, what do you have to have to be a good researcher, and so on. will share such information with the audience.

Panel 1

Future development strategy of Azerbaijan: global trends and local factors.

December 1, 2021, 14:30-16:30 - Baku, Azerbaijan - Gulustan Palace

The speakers of the panel will discuss the development path of Azerbaijan during the 30 years of independence and plans for the future development strategy of Azerbaijan. The impact of global trends and local factors on the country's development strategy will be discussed and questions of interest to the audience will be answered.

Adalat Muradov

Chair of the Forum, Rector of Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC)

Neman Muradli - Moderator

Vice-rector of Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC)

Grzegorz W. Kolodko

Professor, Kozminiski University (Poland)

Massimiliano Castelli

Head of Strategy, UBS (Switzerland)

Gianvito Lanzolla

Professor of strategy and digital transformation. Bayes Business School (United Kingdom)

Yermolai Solzhenitsyn

Senior partner for McKinsey & Company in Moscow (Russia)

Meeting of scientists and researchers with economist Grzegorz W. KOLODKO

Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, an economist and former Minister of Finance of Poland, will share his research achievements with the audience at a meeting with scientists and researchers. Professor Kolokdo will answer questions from scientists and researchers in a question-and-answer session.

Panel 2

Science and education in post-pandemic era

December 2, 2021, 10:00-12:00 - Baku, Azerbaijan - Gulustan Palace

The post-pandemic situation in education, one of the most affected areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a major concern. In this panel, the speakers will analyze the state of science and education in the post-pandemic period and answer questions from the audience.

Adalat Muradov - Moderator

Chair of the Forum, Rector of Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC)

Emin Amrullayev

Minister of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Aziz Sanjar

Professor, Nobel Laureate (USA)

Erol Özvar

President of YÖK (Turkey)

Messoud Efendiyev

Professor, Helmholtz Zentrum München (Germany)

Isak Froumin

Director of the Institute of Education of the "Higher School of Economics" (Russia)

Media briefing, book presentation official contract signing sessions

Meeting of young researchers and heads of research centers with Christian Rauscher, Editorial Director in Economics,SPRINGER (Germany)

In recent years, the publication of articles by researchers in various indexed journals has become widespread. Christian Rauscher, SPRINGER's director of economic editing, will share his views with young researchers and research center executives.

Panel 3

Digital transformation of the economy: New challenges and opportunities

December 2, 2021, 16:00-18:00 - Baku, Azerbaijan - Gulustan Palace

In our digital world, the issues of digital transformation of the economy are in the center of attention. The speakers of the panel will discuss new challenges and new opportunities on this topic, and answer questions of interest to the audience.

Dr. Harel Menashri - Moderator

Head of Cyber at the Holon Institute of Technology (Israel)

Rashad Nabiyev

Minister of Digital Development and Transportof the Republic of Azerbaijan

Danil Kerimi

Co-founder, Chief operating officer. Edgelands Institute (Canada)

Lutfihak Alpkan

Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Turkey (Turkey)

Gareth Key

Head of Architecture, bp plc.


Panel 4

Business transformation in the post-pandemic period

December 3, 2021, 10:00-12:00 - Baku, Azerbaijan - Gulustan Palace

Businesses have suffered the most during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel's speakers will discuss business transformation models in the post-pandemic period in detail and answer questions from the audience.

George Held - Moderator

Vice President for Digital and New Business Development in the VEON (Russia)

Orkhan Mammadov

Chairman of the Management Board of the Small and Medium Business Development Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Jalal Gasimov

Chairman of Pasha Holding

Muhammed Yunus

Professor, Nobel Laureate (Bangladesh)

Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli

Vice President for the Caspian region, Communications and Advocacy

Media briefing, book presentation official contract signing sessions

Panel 5

Great return to Karabakh: Sustainable settlement and economic reintagation

December 3, 2021, 14:30-16:30 - Baku, Azerbaijan - Gulustan Palace

The planned return to Karabakh, which has been liberated from occupation, will be widely discussed by the speakers of the panel. The issues of sustainable settlement and economic reintegration and the importance of the infrastructure to be created in Karabakh will be touched upon and the questions of the audience will be answered.

Rahman Hajiyev - Moderator

Chairman of the Executive Board of Karabakh Revival Fund

Inam Karimov

Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Mukhtar Babayev

Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Jamal Yangin

Chairman of the Board of the ATBU

Tabriz Ammayev

Head of the State Agency for Renewable Energy Sources

Banquet dedicated to the 75th birthday of Nobel laureate Aziz Sanjar


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Visit To Karabakh

Organization of a visit to liberated territory of Karabakh. During the visit, participants will be given extensive information about Karabakh and its economic potential. The program of the visit to Karabakh will be prepared separately.