More than fifty Alfa Fellowship programme Fellows, alumni, and friends gathered on the evening of May 7 to celebrate the second annual Alfa Fellowship Alumni Event. Distinguished guests and speakers included Yuri Ushakov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States; Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Mikhail Fridman, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Alfa Group Consortium and Peter Aven, President of Alfa-Bank.
Yuri Ushakov delivered the keynote address on behalf of Sergey Lavrov, Russias Minister of Foreign Affairs. In his address Mr Lavrov gave the programme an exceptionally high assessment and acknowledged the contribution of the programmes participants to maintaining a constructive and positive bilateral dialogue between Russia and the USA. He further commented on the necessity to continue development of the programme in future. The Minister emphasised his belief that the Alfa fellows will continue to strengthen the Russian-American partnership throughout their careers.