14.11.2019 Open seminar: Networking in digitalized era

How to gain new contacts and maintain networks across the border? What are the business communication ethics in Russia and in cross-border cooperation? Has the availability of digital tools changed the cross-border interaction?

The seminar focuses on Finnish-Russian cooperation, especially from the perspective of networks and interaction/communication.


NETWORKING IN DIGITALIZED ERA - Prospects of Finnish-Russian cooperation

14 November 2019, 8:30-16:00



Joensuu Science Park, Temple of Challenge (Länsikatu 15, Joensuu, Building 3A, 4th floor)



8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Opening words

Director of training Sanna Iskanius, Aducate, University of Eastern Finland and Project manager Elena Kharcheva, Karelian Education Development Fund

9:15 I failed and I learned - Stories from a young Finn working with Russians

Joona Kotilainen, Marketing Agency Tovari Oy

11:00 Panel discussion: Networking across the border in digitalized era

Chairperson: Professor Saara Julkunen, Business School, University of Eastern Finland


  • Dmitry Kislov, Ex-Deputy Minister for economic development of the Republic of Karelia
  • Ekaterina Miettinen, Business Joensuu Ltd
  • Sanna Iskanius, Director of training, Aducate, University of Eastern Finland
  • Sergey Balandin, General Chair, Fruct Ltd

12:15 Lunchbreak

13:15 Business communication ethics in the Russian business culture

Associate professor Olga Sizova, Karelian Branch of the Russian presidental academy of national economy and public administration

14:15 Coffee

14:45 Intercultural communication

Michal Frackowiak, Management Institute of Finland MIF Oy

15:15 Instruments of cross-border cooperation: experience of the Republic of Karelia

Dmitry Kislov, Ex-Deputy Minister for economic development of the Republic of Karelia

15:45 Conclusions


Anyone interested in Finnish-Russian cooperation - warmly welcome!

Language of the seminar is English.

Participation is free of charge. For catering purposes please register.

Seats are limited to 80 people.


More information: Project Coordinator Sonja Kortelainen, sonja.kortelainen@uef.fi, 050 433 9254.


Please register online by 11 November 2019
Participation is free of charge.

Download leaflet here


The event is organized by SpeakBusiness, a Karelia CBC Programme project funded by the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Finland.

Project website