About Council


Russian – Italian Coordination Council «The Ethical Business» is an initiative of the Moscow Patriarchate (Russian Orthodox bishop Kirill) and the Foundation of Cardinal Paul Poupard (Pontifical Council for Culture and social policy, the Vatican).

The activities of Coordination Council «Ethical Business» is consistent with the plans of the International Standard ISO 26000, as well as plans to accede to the UN initiative PRME – Principles for Responsible Management Education, designed to implement the principles of corporate social responsibility in the training program!

The committee focused on the development and maintenance of charity, social and corporate principles in society, corporate social responsibility, ethics and culture of modern society.

Coordinating Council carries out activities aimed at charities, introduces the principles of ethics and social culture in educational institutions, corporate companies, banks, financial institutions, non-governmental organizations.

Strategic Partners Council became Presidential Scholar RANEPA, NBC ARB, leading banks and companies from both the Russian and the Italian side.

Council members and founders

Galina Fomina

President of Russian-Italian coordination council "The Ethical Enterprise", Director of the RANEPA center for Financial diplomacy, founder

Ph.D in Economics, Doctor of business administration, member of an academic council of RANEPA faculty of finance and banking. Vice-president of “Alfa-Bank” JSC, founder and vice-president of The Association of Russian Banks (ARB).

Director of RANEPA EMBA program "Private capital management and luxury industry". Member of the Board of trustees of The “LifeLine” Charitable Foundation. Vice-president and member of the board of trustees of Yury Rozum International Charitable Foundation. Cochairman of "Vienna Ball Moscow” Ball committee ".

Awards and diplomas:

EY 2014 award winner in the nomination "Master of Business", ARB awards of the 2nd and 3rd degree "For merits for bank community", the Bank crown "For sufficient personal contribution to development of banking in Russia", "Manager of year" award, the winner in the nominations "The Best Corporate and Investment Customer Service", awards of Alfa Bank "For fruitful work and merits for Alfa Bank", diplomas of the International public recognition "For personal contribution to development of national economy of the Russian Federation", "For professionalism and high level of management" (Great Britain, Israel, Finland, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, France, Morocco, Holland, Japan), the Imperial medal "Anniversary of a National Feat 1613-2013", the Romanovskaya award of 2013 for assistance in international celebration of the 400 anniversary of Romanov House.


Ferdinando Pelazzo

Council member, founder

Born on 31.07.1958 in Italy, since 1996 lives and works in Russia, has residence permit. Head of Representative office of Sanpaolo Bank in Russia and CIS from 1996 till 2007, chief representative of the Italian bank "UBI Banca" in Moscow since 2007, treasurer of the Italian school at Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Moscow. Has an extensive experience in trade financing. The majority of Russian banks have broad cooperation with Representation "UBI Banca" in this area. Winner of the VII Annual international award "Banking — 2011" in the nomination "The Best Chief Representative of Foreign Bank". Married, has two sons.

On December 3, 2010 in the presence of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the prime minister of the Republic of Italy Silvio Berlusconi "UBI Banca" and Vnesheconombank have signed an Agreement on financing of transactions in favor of medium and small enterprises interested in investment in Russia and Italy.


Seda Sarkisovna Nasibyan

Council member, founder

Doctor of Economics, professor.

The dean of faculty of finance and banking of RANEPA

Member of the RANEPA Academic council, member of editorial Council of magazines: "Finance, money, investments", "Pension money". The member of the international association of women – financiers (FWI). Member of Russian-Italian Coordinating Council "Ethical Enterprise" patronized by ROC and the Cardinal Paul Poupard Foundation (Vatican), member of Russian-Italian Council at "Economic Policy and Business" Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

RANEPA employee since 1994, director of UMC "Banking" of Institute of the highest executives in 1994-1997, deputy director of Institute of management and marketing in 1998-2001, Dean of the Department of Finance and Banking (DFB) of RANEPA from 2001 till present.

Trainee of George Washington University (1997, Washington, USA). Diplomas of the international public recognition of VII, VIII and IX international conferences of female leaders of financial and banking business (United Arab Emirates, Austria-Hungary, Switzerland); awarded with Diploma of Association of the Russian banks "For a Personal Contribution to Development of Ethical and Social Business in Russian Banking System".


Volkov Andrey Valentinovich

Council member, founder

Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. Head of the Subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the Agro-Industrial Complex.

He was born on August 21, 1960 in the city of Moscow. 1987 graduated from Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering; in 1991 - Institute of Advanced Engineering of the All-Union Academy of Foreign Trade of the USSR; in 1998 - Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. Specialty by education, academic degree: mechanical engineer, state and municipal management, candidate of economic sciences. At the beginning of his career, he took over positions in research institutes and enterprises of the city of Moscow. He was at Komsomol work, was elected first secretary of the Cheremushkinsky RK VLKSM of Moscow 1996-1997 - General Director of the Territorial Agency for the Development of Entrepreneurship of the South-Western District of Moscow;

1997-1998 - Deputy Head of the Department of Finance - Credit Relations; Head of the Department of Regional Cooperation of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Cooperation with Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States; 1998-2000 - First Deputy General Director of the State Unitary Enterprise "Federal Agency for the Regulation of the Food Market" at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Russian Federation; 2000-2000 - Deputy Head of the Department for Regulation of Food Markets and Product Quality of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; 2000-2009 - Vice-President of the Department for work with enterprises of agriculture and food industry Alfa-Bank OJSC;

2009-2011 - Vice-President of the Department for work with agricultural enterprises of AlfaStrakhovania OJSC: 2011-2014 - Managing Director of the Directorate "Trade, AIC and Pharmaceutics" of VTB Bank OJSC; 01.20.2014 - till now - Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. Awards: Medal "In memory of the 850th anniversary of Moscow"; Silver medal "For the contribution to the development of the agro-industrial complex of Russia" of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; Medal "In memory of the 200th anniversary of the Ministry of Justice of Russia" of the Ministry of Justice.


Faina Zakharova

Member of the Board, Founder

President of the Life Line Charity Foundation for saving seriously ill children

Holder of the Decoration For Beneficence, the highest government award of the Russian Federation (2013). In 2016 Faina Zakharova received the Commendation from the Federal Council for charitable work and major contribution to building social and economic programs aimed at the implementation of the decisions of the Eurasian Women’s Forum.

Faina Zakharova is a public figure, expert in the non-profit sector, member of the Public Council of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, author of strategies for charity organizations and of more than 50 marketing and fundraising programs.

She also organized and inspired the establishment of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Russia), managed the special programs of CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) in Russia, took part in organizing the first ‘Charity in Russia’ conference in 2005. The idea of organizing the Year of charity in Russia in 2006 also came from her. In 2005 she began to develop the program for saving seriously ill children called Life Line, which in 2008 was transformed into a charity fund.

The Life Line foundation is aimed at providing assistance to children under 18 whose lives are at risk due to serious diseases. The foundation funds high-technology surgeries, acquisition of medical equipment and provision of medical research. The mission of the foundation is to bring happiness to severely ill children and their parents.

Major programs of the Life Line Foundation include proton therapy, laser surgery, reconstructive treatment and endoprosthesis replacement of the elbow joints for children with congenital humeroradial synostosis.

During 16 years of active work, the Foundation has helped more than 11 100 severely ill children in Russia to improve their quality of life.

Faina Zakharova maintains extensive professional ties with various Russian and international charitable organizations. As a speaker, she actively participates in Russian and international conferences and roundtable discussions on charity issues: Russian Investment Forum, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, XIX World Youth and Student Festival in Sochi, Healthy Society forum in Sochi, Atlanta, Synergy and many other business forums.


Filaret, archimandrite (Bulekov Alexander Vladimirovich)

Vice-chairman of Department of external church relations of ROC.

In 2000 according to the decision of the Sacred Synod was inducted into a church, ordinated with a nameFilaret in honor of the prelate Filaret, the Metropolitan of Moscow.

In 2000-2004 ― the prior of the living in honor of the Reverend Sergey of Radonezh in Johannesburg, the Republic of South Africa. In 2002 by the decree of His Holiness Alexis IIwas elevatedto thehegumen. By the decision of the Sacred Synod of March 22, 2011 (magazine No. 19) was exempted from duties of the representative of the Moscow Patriarchy in the Council of Europe and the prior of the living of All sacred in Strasbourg and was appointed as the vice-chairman of Department of external church relations. By the decision of the Sacred Synod of June 6, 2012 (magazine No. 44) was appointed as secretary of the commission of Intercathedral presence concerning the relation to an unorthodoxy and to other religions.

On April 28, 2013was elevated to the archimandrite's dignity by His Holiness Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.


Giuseppe Musumeci

Council member, founder

Avv. Giuseppe Musumeci has a law degree cum laude from the State University of Milan and is a member of the Bar Association of Milan. He also has the following education and professional formation:

Master in Law and a Special Student at Harvard Law School
Stage in the Office of the Secretary General of the Commission of the
European Economic Community (the section for relations with the Council)
Concession of the Tributary Master and the qualification of Business Jurist at Luigi Bocconi Commercial University
He has his own legal practice in Milan and in Rome;

Since 2007 he has been the President of the Cardinal Paul Poupard Foundation.

Visiting Professor at Georgetown University (Washington DC) 2011-2012
Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Republic Democratic of Congo (2013-2014)
Has created a Mediation Center in Kinshasa (2014)
Has developed academic co-operation with the Pontifical Catholic
University of Rio (2013 – 2014)

Has developed academic cooperation with the Catholic Institute of Lille (2013-2014)


Andrey EvgenyevichPodenok

Council member, founder, president of IPO "MAP"

Поденок Андрей Евгеньевич родился в 1963 году в Москве.

ОPodenok Andrey Evgenyevich was born in 1963 in Moscow.

Graduated from the Moscow institute of radio engineering, electronics and automatic equipment (MIREA) in "Automatic equipment and telemechanics", Moscow State University of geodesy and cartography in "Finance and the credit", postgraduate study of the Moscow state academy of instrument making and informatics in "Economic sociology", "The International university (the USA, California) in "Business administration", "University of Saskatchewan (Canada) in "Municipal and state securities". The full member of the International academy of informatization, the Russian Academy of business, professor of Moscow State University of geodesy and cartography, Ph.D.

CEO of the diversified association "RHYTHM" since 1989. Association was transformed to "The Russian Investments Trade and Management — "RHYTHM" JSCin 2002. The vice-president of "The Moscow association of businessmen" since 1989, the Chairman of the board of the association since 1992. Since 1996 till present president of Interregional public organization "Moscow Association of Businessmen".

Now A.E. Podenok holds public positions:

  • Vice-president of NP "SUPPORT";
  • President of Interregional public organization "Moscow Association of Businessmen";
  • Vice-chairman of Committee on development of private, small and medium enterprises of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation;
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the NP Self-regulating organization "Interregional association construction and assembly organizations“Stroykorporacia”;
  • Museum of domestic businesshistoryBoard of trusteeschairman;
  • President of the International Association of Clubs "CLUB of CLUBS";
  • Vice-president ofCISeconomic development Business Centre;
  • Member of Moscow Public Council;
  • Other positions in various organizations.


Alexander Ageev

Council member, founder, president of “Association of Orthodox Business Leaders”

Prominent Russian scientist, professor of MSU, academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. CEO of Institute for Economic Strategies of the Social Sciences Division of the Russian Academy ofSciences, president of International Futures Research Academy (IFRA), head of the Department of Management of Business Projectsof National Research Nuclear University "MEPhI", CEO of the Sorokin-Kondratiev International institute (SKII). Editor-in-Chief of “Economic Strategies” academic business magazineand “Partnership of Civilizations” magazine.





Alexander Anatolyevich Marchenko

Council member, founder, president of “Business people” club.


Christoph Stückelberger, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.

Council member

Professor emeritus of Systematic Theology/Ethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland, Theological Faculty.

Visiting Professor of Ethics at the Godfrey Okoye University GOUNI , Enugu, Nigeria, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences.
Distinguished Professor of Ethics at Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute MEPhI, Moscow, Russia.
Visiting Professor of Ethics at Kingdom Business College KBC, Beijing, China.
Member of the Academic Committee of the Research Centre for Religions and Business, Minzu University, Beijing, China.
Visiting Professor of Minzu University, Centre for Religions and Business, Beijing, China
Advisory and Consultancy

Vice-President of the Prime Values Ethics Committee (Ethical Investments)
Member of the Board of Directors of Quadia Impact Investment, Geneva, Switzerland.
Independent Ethics Expert of the Scaling Up Nutrition SUN Movement, a global movement to end malnutrition.
Member of the Board of the Institut interdisciplinaire d’éthique et des droits de l’homme of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Member of the Advisory Board of Fokus Ethik. Forum Schweiz, Thun, Switzerland.
Member of the Rat für Wirtschafts- und Sozialpolitik Kontrapunktrat-kontrapunkt.ch (Council for Economic and Social Politics of Professors of Humanities of Switzerland)
Ethics Consultant for companies and projects on integrity, corruption, ethics.

Ethics Coach of entrepreneurs and leaders in universities and churches.


Lorenzo Sasso

Member of the Council

Professor of International commercial law at the MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) University, School of Management and Public Policy and a strategy consultant with extensive international professional experience.

He studied law and economics at the University of Bologna (UNIBO), the University College Dublin (UCD) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where he completed his PhD in Law.

Before joining MGIMO University, he covered several research positions in various universities. From 2014 until 2019 he was associate professor of International commercial law in Moscow at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE), Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, where he taught the courses of “Soft Law and Regulatory Governance” and “Law and the Global Economy” and at the Faculty of Law where he taught “International Commercial Law” and “International Commercial Contracts”. From 2012 until 2014, he was adjunct professor at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Economics and before one year teaching assistant at the LSE. He has been guest lecturer in courses organized by the School for certified public accountants in Forlì and by the Italian financial authority CONSOB in Milan and visiting professor at the faculty of law of the Financial University Under the Government of Russian Federation.

During his academic career, he has been involved in several joint-projects between universities. From 2009 and 2011, he was senior researcher in GREEN (Global Regulation, Ethics and Economics Network) a sustainable finance project involving LSE, Science Po Paris, LUISS University and European University in Rome. From 2005 and 2008 he was an active cell of SHARE, a Euro-Asian universities network including LSE, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Fudan University and IIT-Delhi. In 2010, he was among the selected participants invited in New York within the framework of the Atlas Agora Programme organized by the New York University (NYU), LSE and National University of Singapore (NUS) and in 2008 in Paris within the framework of the World Economic Forum.

In his professional career, he worked in Luxembourg for PwC and as a tax and legal consultant in the Financial Engineering Department of Société Européenne de Banque (Group Banca Commerciale Italiana). He is a qualified accountant and lawyer registered in Italy (2003) and Luxembourg (2004) where he also served as Honorary Consul of the Republic of San Marino (2006-2012). As a practicing international strategy consultant, he regularly advises on matters of taxation, commercial and contract law as well as corporate law and strategy. He seats in the boards of Goodmind Srl (Part of Pininfarina Group) and CAPP Plast Nederlands NV.

Since 2018 he is registered as a Chartered Arbitrator at the Russian Arbitrator Association in Moscow.


Bogomolov Alexey Vladimirovich

Member of the Council

He was born on April 23, 1956 in the City of Moscow. 1978 graduated from Moscow Land Reclamation Institute and worked from 1979 to 1993 as hydraulic engineer on major integrated water management projects in Soviet Union and abroad (Middle East, Latin America, Italy, including as expert of UNDP mission in Zambia. He holds degree of Hydraulic Engineer, Master of Science in Business Administration, LaSalle University, MBA, Antwerpen University, Diploma of English interpreter, patents in hydraulics. Alexey also speaks, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and French.
Alexey pioneered development of banking and investment banking services from 1993 working at Incombank as project manager for debut ADR, Eurocommercial paper programme and JV in asset management.
From 1997 to 2007 at ABN AMRO, Russia he was Corporate Director responsible for arranging Eurobonds, EMTN, ABS form major Russian corporates and later as Managing Director. Senior Banker for Financial Institutions and Public Sector in Russia and CIS and arranged many fixed income and equity transactions for Russian banks and public sector organizations. Represented ABN AMRO in AmCham and AEB in Russia.
From 2007 to 2018 at BNP Paribas, Russia he was Managing Director responsible for relations with major financial institutions and organizations in Russia and CIS which resulted in landmark transactions such as the first Russian rouble Euroclearable Eurobond, the first CHF, CNY Eurobonds for major Russian banks. USD7 bln 3 tranche sovereign Eurobond for the Russian Federation, partnerships with Russian banks in bank assurance and asset management.
Alexey Bogomolov works for RSHB Asset Management, as Director of Partnership programme development with Russian and international organizations. While at RSHB AM he worked out and implemented in June 2020 the first ESG ETF in Russia together with RSPP and Moscow exchange using Vector of Sustainable Development Index.
Alexey has teaching experience for EMBA students at Moscow Banking School of Finance Academy and the Academy of National Economy. He is expert of UNDP projects, member of Russian Geographic Society.


Фонд кардинала Поля Пупара
UBI банковская группа
Национальный банковский клуб Ассоциация российских банков
Российский союз промышленников и предпринимателей
Московская ассоциация предпринимателей
National Union of grain producers
Russian Orthodox Church