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Axios-Sponsored StrategEast “State & IT Eurasian Forum” Kicks Off Today

Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of announcing that Axios Holding partnered with StrategEast under the Global Minds Initiative (GMI). 

The partnership’s goal was to infuse life into the IT development of post-Soviet countries by organising local industry events and institutionally aimed initiatives. 

Today, we are happy to report that the annual StrategEast State and IT Eurasian Forum kicks off today at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel Tbilisi. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic measures, the event has a hybrid format with both online and offline presentations. Online content will be streamed through Facebook and YouTube

The forum will gather professionals of the global and Georgian IT industry, high-rank US, EU, and Eurasian country officials, international financial institutions, think tanks as well as regional and global tech entrepreneurs.

Besides Axios Holding, some of the most notable partners helping put this event together include:

  • The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia
  • The Ministry of Finance of Georgia
  • Microsoft
  • The World Bank
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia
  • And more

The forum is becoming a reference point for the IT space in the Eurasian region, giving businesses and entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn, network and develop.

The lineup of speakers will feature some distinguished professionals and acclaimed executives, elevating the quality of content and information delivered at the Forum. Here are some of the most noteworthy speakers: 

  • Professor Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Key speaker)
  • Arkady Dobkin, President of EPAM Systems (USA)
  • Dr. Kaush Arha, Senior Adviser for Strategic Engagement to USAID Administrator
  • Dr. Gregory Asmolov, King’s College London (UK)
  • Sebastian Molineus, Regional Director for the South Caucasus at the World Bank (USA)
  • Alexander Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation (Ukraine)
  • Vitalie Tarlev, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure (Moldova)
  • Rashad Azizov, Head of Innovations and Digital Development Department, Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (Azerbaijan)
  • Pavel Koktyshev, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Zerde National Infocommunication Holding (Kazakhstan)
  • Irakli Nadareishvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development (Georgia)
  • Nikoloz Gagua, Deputy Minister of Finance (Georgia)
  • Tamar Kitiashvili, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (Georgia)
  • Avtandil Kasradze, Chairman, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency

In terms of what will be covered at the event, the main topic will be “Technology as a remedy”, touching on how technology can be the lubricant needed for businesses and economies across the world when there is a crisis like the one we just went through. 

Apart from the main topic, the Forum will cover a other IT and tech-related subjects: 

  • The future of the tech labor market
  • Startups & IT
  • Digital transformation of public services
  • Digital resilience
  • Tech education
  • Digitalization of small and middle enterprises
  • Artificial intelligence
  • IT industry in Georgia
  • Central Asia as a new IT hub

The schedule of the event will look like this: 

  • Opening Ceremony – September 15th, at 18:00.
  • Plenary Day – September 16th, between 9:30 and 18:30.

Learn more about the Forum agenda here.

This is just one of many initiatives between Axios Holding and StrategEast. We are proud to be involved in this partnership as we really feel we’re helping an entire region develop and fulfill its tech potential.