16 October 2006Nine New Alfa Fellows arrive in Russia, meet with Alfa-Bank CEO Peter Smida — Moscow, Russia

The fourth group of young professionals from the United States arrived in Moscow and met with Petr Smida, CEO of Alfa-Bank and William Burns, the US Ambassador to Russia. After three months of intensive language training at the Higher School of economics, two weeks in seminars and meetings with government and private sector leaders, they visited Irkutsk and begin six months professional work at leading Russian and international organizations in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, finance and government.

The program would not be possible without the excellent cooperation of the following institutions who have agreed to host Alfa Fellows for full-time professional work assignments: TNK-BP, Microsoft Moscow Office, Union of Journalists of Russia, Alfa-Bank, Russian Union for SME OPORA, Institute of Law and Public Policy, Institute of the City economics.

Alfa-Bank CEO  P. Smida noted that, “This is exciting time of growth in Russia. There are a lot of opportunities for young professionals both Russian and foreign to develop their business career and build their future in fast growing companies, both local and global market leaders investing in Russia. Alfa fellows have a great chance to travel and witness the country’s fast growth and development.”

The Fellows Program will help these young professionals to develop a more accurate and realistic view of life and business in Russia. Over time, these Fellows, and those that follow them in subsequent years, will move on to senior decision-making positions in the public and private sector, and put their new knowledge of Russia to use for the good of Russian — American relations.