The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced an impressive, buyer-focused speaker line-up for its events in Moscow and St Petersburg at the beginning of October.

Speakers at the Moscow event, which will include English-Russian translation, include:

Ekaterina Biriukova             Purchasing Manager, Servier

Tatiana Poplavskaya           Head of Corporate Services, Otkritie

Philip Andreopoulos             Vice President, Global Sales Europe, Marriott Intl

Melvin Ng                         General Manager Russia, Singapore Airlines

Michael Tangney                 Senior manager, Global Travel & Expense at Google Inc

Alla Ruchkina                     Director of Sales and Program Management, Russia, Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Angelika Kagan                  Travel & Transport Manager, KPMG

Gayane Kocharyan             Travel Category Manager, OJSC MobileTeleSystems

Marianna Uspenskaja          Regional Commodity Manager, Siemens LLC


Speakers at the St Petersburg event, which will feature simultaneous Finnish-Russian translation, include:


Natalia Smyslina                 Office Manager, Quintiles

Slobodan Stamenkovic        Head of Sales for Russian Federation, Lufthansa Group

Elena Veselova                   Director Global Sales Russia, Marriott Intl

Yulia Deyvis                       General Affairs Leading Coordinator, NISSAN Manufacturing Rus, LLC

Galina Polischuk                 Director of Sales and Account Management, Continent Express

Eija Kurttila                       Global Travel Manager, TeliaSonera

The Moscow event on 2nd October will feature a help clinic for those seeking guidance and tools to assist in the RFP process. The St Petersburg event will feature a help clinic for Russian and Finnish travel professionals seeking to better understand Russian travel management practices.  Each of the “Help Clinic” desks will be manned by Russian travel managers.

Full details of all events and training can be located at