Event is by invitation only. We are hosting an Expert Lunch with Dr. Masha Vorontsova, the Regional Director, Russia & CIS of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) on Friday, February 6, 2015. Dr. Vorontsova will discuss:
- What does it take to try to protect the environment in the world’s largest country by land mass?
- What are the latest developments with the Siberian tigers released by Putin in 2014 and with polar bears in the arctic? What are the other large campaigns affecting animals in Russia?
- How does IFAW engage with large Russian and Global companies operating in the regions where animals are at risk?
- What is the relationship between Russia and its bordering countries like China, when it comes to animals that don’t understand national boundaries?
- How is the drop in oil prices and the ruble reflected in the public sentiment? Does the majority of the Russian public seem to be blaming the West or its own government more for the economic pain? What can be possible outcomes of the current situation? What is the likelihood of a big change in policy or even a change in government vs a muddle-through?