The Sochi Dialogue is a platform for establishing and developing direct contacts between representatives of civil society in Russia and Austria.
About the Dialogue
On February 28, 2018, in Moscow, within the framework of the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria Sebastian Kurz, the initiative to form the Russian-Austrian civil society forum "Sochi Dialogue" was approved in principle.
On June 5, 2018, during the talks between the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Alexander van der Bellen, an agreement was reached in Vienna to start work on the creation of the Russian-Austrian public forum "Sochi Dialogue".
The co-chair of the Sochi Dialogue from the Austrian side is Christoph Leitl, President of the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry "Eurochambres", President of the Austrian Chamber of Economics from 2000 to 2018.
On the Russian side, the Sochi Dialogue is headed by Andrey Fursenko, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation from 2004 to 2012.
Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Co-Chairman of the Forum Coordination Committee
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alfa-Bank JSC
rector of the O. E. Kutafin Moscow State Law University
First Deputy General Director
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Perm Financial and Industrial Group LLC
Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Chairman of the Council of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research
Member of the Russian-Austrian Commission of Historians
Member of the Expert Committee for International Cooperation of the National Youth Council of Russia
Artistic Director of Saint Petersburg House of Music
Rector of Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University
Honorary President of The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
President of the Salzburg Festival
General Director of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (Art History Museum)
Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Member of The Constitutional Court
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Owner and managing partner of Bertsch Holding, Vice-President of the Federation of Austrian Industries
Austrian politician, member of the Austrian People's Party
Co-chair of the Russian-Austrian Commission of Historians
Chairman of the Board of The Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE)
Rector of the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (MUK)