Russian entrepreneur and philanthropist Ruben Vardanyan, founding partner and deputy chairman of the international advisory board of the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO and co-founder of the RVVZ family foundation has become the latest Board member of the Endowment for the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” foundation. Founded in Geneva in 2013, The Endowment for the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” (the Foundation) raises funds that are allocated to World Public Forum, Dialogue of Civilizations (WPF, DofC) programs. The Foundation supports research in the spheres of political and social science, religion and culture and aims to develop dialogue between countries on political and economic matters and seek peaceful resolution of international disputes and cases of social unrest.
At the 2015 Rhodes Forum, a forthcoming annual event held by WPF, DofC Ruben Vardanyan will moderate a plenary session on the “Future of International Development Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities”. The 2015 Rhodes Forum, the theme of which is “The World Beyond Global Disorder”, will take place on the island of Rhodes in Greece from the 8 – 12 of October 2015.
WPF, DofC is an international nongovernmental organization based in Europe established in 2003, which, since 2013 has had United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Consultative Status. It aims to promote economic development based on cross-cultural dialogue.
The co-founder of the organization is Russian public thinker and philanthropist Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways and Head of the Lomonsov Moscow State University Department of State Politics, Faculty of Political Sciences.
Ruben Vardanyan commented: “Of great importance for me is the topic of developing relationships and building dialogue between peoples in a multipolar world, as well as intercultural communication. This is one of the principles underpinning all of my initiatives – both in the sphere of education and in the sphere of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. For example, both the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies, where I head the Supervisory board, and BRICS Business Magazine, where I chair the Editorial board, help stimulate international exchange of knowledge and experience. And so I have made the decision to join the Board of the Endowment of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, the goals of which I share”.