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Event Agenda

16:30 Registration, Tea & Coffee 17:05 Welcome Address 17:15 On-Stage Interview: “My Path” - Tara Cemlyn-Jones, Founder & Principal Advisor, TCJ Fintech Advisory - interviewed by Matthew Townsend, Partner, Allen & Overy 17:50 Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Equality = Profitability: The UK-Russia Experience” This discussion will examine the differing experience of senior Russian and British business women and what we can learn from each other Moderator: Ayuna Nechaeva, Head of Europe, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group Emily Olson, Vice President, BP Russia Alisa Grafton, Partner, Cheeswrights Alya Samokhvalova, Deputy CEO, Petropavlovsk Yulia Chekunaeva, Director, Capital Markets & Strategic Initiatives, En+ Tara Cemlyn-Jones, Founder & Principal Advisor, TCJ Fintech Advisory Anna Rudakova, CEO & Founder, Woman Who Matters Forum and Award; President, D&I Association “Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities” 18:45

Networking Drinks & Canapés Reception


Speeches & Raffle


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Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Equality = Profitability: The UK-Russia Experience” Panel Moderator: Ayuna Nechaeva Head of Europe, Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group Ayuna runs London Stock Exchange’s deal origination team across all of Europe, including Ireland, Russia and the CIS. In the course of 10 years at LSEG, Ayuna has worked on dozens of high-profile IPOs and listings across all sectors. Ayuna’s team manages a portfolio of over 240 listed companies with the total market value of over $1 trillion. In September 2019, Ayuna was elected Co-Chair of LSEG’s Women Inspired Network UK Chapter and Treasurer at Spectrum, LSEG’s LGBT+ Network. Ayuna holds a Master’s in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School of Business and MA in Linguistics & Intercultural Communications from the Moscow State University. Ayuna was shortlisted for the 2018 Asian Women of Achievement Award in Business Category; and featured in Management Today’s 35 under 35 Women in Management in 2017.

Emily Olson Vice President, BP Russia Emily is accountable for government relations, communications and corporate affairs. She is responsible for managing key political and business relationships in Moscow, London, Berlin, Washington D.C. and Brussels. In addition, Emily supports the BP executive team and BP board on matters related to our Russia business. Emily joined BP in 2009 and has held senior roles in Washington D.C, Houston and London. Most recently, Emily was the vice president of communications and external affairs for the Southern Gas Corridor, where she held accountability for the political and external relations in the delivery of Shah Deniz and the Southern Gas Corridor. Additionally, she served as Chief of Staff to the deputy group chief executive as well as the Chairman of the Board.


Prior to BP, Emily spent over a decade in Washington D.C. working for the US Congress focusing on developing energy and transportation policy.

Alisa Grafton Partner, Cheeswrights LLP Alisa is a Partner at Cheeswrights LLP, a reputable firm of Scrivener Notaries, legal professionals specialising in cross-border transactions. Being only the second female partner in the 240 years’ history of the firm, she credits her professional success to her proactive approach to business development and networking. Formerly an active member of the Board and the Director of Marketing & Communications at City Women Network, she has a passion for establishing and nurturing connections with a wide range of professionals inside and outside of the law and on creating a positive personal brand. In 2015-2018 she ran the City Blog for BBC Russian Service where she spoke candidly about the challenges of being a busy City parent. She frequently speaks on the practical aspects of effective networking and the effective use of empathy, creativity and emotional intelligence as career and business tools.

Alya Samokhvalova Deputy CEO, Petropavlovsk Alya Samokhvalova is Deputy Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Safety, Sustainability and Workforce Committee of the Board of Directors. In addition, Dr Samokhvalova joined the Company in 2002 and is now Head of the Company’s Corporate Office. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the RBCC and a member of the Global Advisory Board of Cass Business School.


Panel Discussion and Q&A: “Equality = Profitability: The UK-Russia Experience”

Yulia Chekunaeva Director, Capital Markets & Strategic Initiatives, En+ Yulia is responsible for overseeing ad executing the Group’s strategic initiatives in renewable energy strategy, international JVs, stakeholder management, activities at public capital markets: full-suite of investor relations: development of positioning and investment thesis, communications strategy and engagement, fundraising activities via ECM and DCM transactions, as well as Sustainability strategy and non-financial (ESG) reporting.

Anna Rudakova CEO and Founder, Woman Who Matters Forum and Awards; President of the D&I Association “Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities” Key topics for statements, interviews and columns

Anna founded the Woman Who Matters Forum and Awards in 2017. She is also an Entrepreneur and Social Projects Fundraiser, as well as a Founder and Consultant of several charitable Foundations.

General: • What is Diversity & Inclusion? Stereotypes and reality • D&I: how did it become a global trend? Why is it crucial for both business and the society?

Finance and administration: • How the D&I ideas influence the company's value on the market? • D&I as a way to manage the company's risks • The best Russian and foreign companies' cases and practices on the implementation of D&I • How to implement the D&I practices without harming the company? • Implementing D&I in the company: where to start from?

Anna attended the National Research University HSE, Institute of Business Studies RANEPA , and is also a Dijon School of Economics graduate IWF Russia Member. Career and management: • D&I for CEO: do not hire the ones like you – find a different one • How D&I help companies to attract and retain the best human resources? • How D&I influence the corporate culture and the atmosphere in the company? • How to encourage the employees to participate in the company's D&I programs? • D&I and ageism. The basic stereotypes and ways to overcome them in the dialogue between millennials and employees 45+

Gender equality: • Why did the gender equality topic become the key one in Russia and abroad? • The companies' cases and the best practices on the implementation of the women-oriented corporate social responsibility programs • How D&I influence the company's financial performance? • How women on Boards influence the growth of the company's performance and cost-effectiveness? • Mentoring programs for women • Educational projects for women • Foreign and Russian cases on gender equality • Life-and-work balance for women • Female occupations in the new business environment

Anna’s key topics for statements, interviews and columns include “Diversity & Inclusion” and “Gender Equality” and their relationships with comAnna Rudakova panies’ finance and administration as well as career and management.


CEO and Founder of the Woman Who Matters Forum and Award (est. 2017) President of the Association “Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities” Entrepreneur and Social Projects Fundraiser Founder and Consultant of several Charitable Foundations National Research University HSE, Institute of Business Studies RANEPA, Dijon School of Economics graduate IWF Russia Member

Other: • D&I in start-ups • D&I in fashion and design • How to explain children what D&I is through a game? • Accessible environment: how D&I change the city. Examples of the Russian and foreign practices

On-stage Interview with Tara Cemlyn-Jones interviewed by Matthew Townsend Tara Cemlyn-Jones Founder & Principal Advisor, TCJ Tintech Advisory Tara Cemlyn-Jones has over 27 years’ experience in financial services, across capital markets, M&A advisory and tech including Schroders/Citigroup and Espirito Santo Investment Bank/Haitong Securities (China) where she was Head of International Capital Markets, as Head of M&A/Strategy and now her own fintech advisory practice. Tara has worked with government and corporates, financial institutions and regulators across the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, CEE, Middle East, India, Hong Kong and Japan, Latin America and Southern Africa, and now, after 17 years with overseas coverage, has returned to London, where she is also active on various diversity & inclusion initiatives, having founded the women’s networking group for senior women executives in finance and tech, across private and public sectors.

Interviewer Matthew Townsend Senior Partner, Allen & Overy Matt is a Senior Partner at Allen & Overy LLP and based in their London office. He is Global Co-Head of A&O’s International Trade and Regulatory Law Group and has spent over 25 years working with large multinational corporates and financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory issues. Matt advises on matters such as international sanctions, trade and export controls; WTO/FTA restrictions; anti-bribery and anti-money laundering compliance; supply chain risks; ESG and corporate risk governance. He has extensive experience advising on compliance and regulatory matters in Russia (for both Russian clients and inward investors). Matt also forms part of a core group of A&O Partners advising clients on the implications of Brexit and associated contingency planning. He is recognised as a leading regulatory lawyer and is a regular commentator on sanctions, trade, Brexit and other issues. Clients comment that “If I was putting together a dream team, it would have him in it.” (Chambers 2018).

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