The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is an international, non-profit, independent organization which unites international and Russian companies that share SPIBA's mission and principles.

SPIBA's mission is to facilitate business development for its members in Northwest Russia, providing

  • A platform for open dialog, lobbying and collaboration with the government
  • Networking opportunities and the exchange of information with other organizations
  • Promotion and public relations for our members and partners

Our members about us

The SPIBA events always implicate diversity, creativity, usefulness and welcoming atmosphere. It is not only the possibility to know something new but also the occasion to meet your collegues or meet new interesting people.>>>>

Ksenia Kolesnikova, Head of Alumni Communications, Graduate School of Management about SPIBA seminar



Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400

Results of SPIBA Legislation and Lobbying Committee elections!

Results of the Legislation and Lobbying Commitee election! Dear SPIBA members! The election of the ...
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0400

SPIBA announces candidates for the co-chairs positions of Legislation and Lobbying Committee

Dear SPIBA Members! Please see the attached profile of the candidate who has been nominated for the...
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0400

SPIBA announces election of one co-chairperson to the SPIBA Legislation and Lobbying Committee!

We would like to announce the upcoming election of one co-chairperson to the SPIBA Legislation and ...

Members' News

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400

New from BIOCAD company

Dmitry Medvedev presented BIOCAD the first national "Industry" award On July 9 Prime Minister of the Russian Federation...
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400

"Effective Business Communication" Workshop

The Vedomosti newspaper and SPIBA would like to invite you to participate in workshop « Effective Business Communicatio...
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400

Forenom Special Summer Offer

Forenom company will be happy to make a special summer offer for their corporate clients and friends: 15% for all studi...
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400

SWISSAM Charity Pop-up Restaurants Day

Swissam Business School is happy to invite you to Swissam Charity Pop-up Restaurants Day – a graduation project of Swis...
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0400

The practical seminar "How can network analysis be used by globally operating practitioners?"

We have a pleasure to invite you to the practical seminar on the topic of "How can network analysis be used by globally ...
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0400

24/06 - Business Breakfast "The perspectives of development of the entrepreneurship in Russia"

We invite SPIBA members to participate in the Business Breakfast with the lecturer of Executive MBA GSOM SPbGU, assista...
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0400

25/06 - Vlerick Business School Webinar “Are you a Giver or a Taker?”

On 25 June 2014 Vlerick Business School will hold a webinar “Are you a Giver or a Taker?”. Date : 25 June 2014 Starting...

Regional News

Events Calendar

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0400

Trip to SOS Children's Village - 7/24/2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Saint-Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) have the pleasure to invite you to take part in the trip to SOS Children's Village.

Date: Thursday, July, 24th, 2014

Time: 15.00 – 17.00

Venue: SOS Children's Village, St. Petersburg, Pushkin, pos. Gummolosary, 34 ul.Zheleznodorozhnaya (see map attached)

For more information about this event please see the attached program in Russian.

The meeting will be held in Russian. 

Please, confirm your participation by July 23 via email office@spiba.ru or by phone +7(812)3259091  

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0400

Business Breakfast “Russian economy. Economic and political prospects for 2014” - 7/25/2014 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Bank Saint- Petersburg and SPIBA would like to invite you to participate in Business Breakfast “Russian economy. Economic and political prospects for 2014”.

Date: Friday, July 25th, 2014

Time: 09:30 – 13:00

Venue: Bank Saint-Petersburg, 64 Malookhtinsky pr.

Questions for discussion:
  • Ukrainian political situation development prospects until the year end
  • Russian economy development forecast and expectations for the fluctuations of the Russian ruble value
  • Currency risk hedging instruments

For more information about this event please see the attached file in Russian.

The meeting will be held in Russian. 

Please, confirm your participation by July 23rd by registering via email FM_Sales@bspb.ru or by phone: /812/329-50-76.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:30:00 +0400

Art-Breakfast in Erarta Museum - 7/28/2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The SPIBA Quality of life Committee and PapaMarketing are pleased to invite you to Art-Breakfast which will be held in Erarta museum – world of contemporary art.

Erarta Museum is the most widescale international project in the sphere of Russian contemporary art (Saint-Petersburg, London, New York, Zurich, Hong-Kong). Throughout Art-Breakfast you will find out how art is able to help in building a strong brand and the image of your company, including the corporate one.

Date: Monday, July 28th, 2014

Time: 10:30 – 12:00

Venue: Erarta Museum, 29th line V.O., 2, gallery hall (1st floor, hall 1A)


Moderators: Yana Zyablina and Ali Mamedov, Papa Marketing

10:00 – 10:15 – Participants gathering, coffee-break

10:15 – 11:30 – Support of contemporary art as an instrument of marketing and PR campaigns:

·        Vadim Varvarin, president of the Erarta contemporary art support fund

·        Evgeniya Antonova, Erarta contemporary art museum and galleries External Relations Director

11:30 – Museum and exhibits excursion

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Please, confirm your participation by July 25th by registering via email office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812)3259091  

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0400

Look@GORKI Golf Club - 7/30/2014

SPIBA continues a series of Look@It tours which focus on success stories of major brands in the market of St. Petersburg. We invite you to participate in Look@GORKI Golf Club.

Date: Wednesday, July, 30th, 2014

Venue: GORKI Golf Club, 6, Gorky village 
Lomonosovksiy district,  Leningrad reg.

Details are coming soon..

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0400

English Speaking Club. - 7/30/2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Saint-Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is pleased to announce the renewal of its weekly English Speaking Club.

Date: every Wednesday at 7 p.m.(1,5 hours) starting 18 June until 30 July 2014
Venue: 21 Nevsky pr., business center Mertens House, office 506
Leader: Hannah Brenneman 

Topics to be discussed:

June 18th  Interviews

o  crazy (but real/authentic) interview questions

o  what (not) to say at a job interview

o  how to "buy time" or "stall" when trying to think of a good answer to an interview question

25 June    Talking about yourself to/with others

o  "small talk" or mingling with new people or co-workers at business event

o  how to discuss your accomplishments politely (without seeming conceited)

o  polite/impolite questions 

o  how to politely decline and/or "skirt around" (i.e. avoid answering) an uncomfortable question

2 July"     Diplomatic" language

o  how to "soften" your language to make polite requests

o  how to use this kind of language in teamwork settings to "steer" a project

o  what word/phrases to avoid

9 July     Office problems

o  how to politely complain

o  how to describe problems

o  how to reach a compromise 

16 July    The "art" of negotiating

o  general format/structure of a negotiation

o  when is it okay to ask for/negotiate a promotion at work? How do you do this?

o  common idioms used in negotiating

23 July   Business ideas/inventions for the future

o  think of something you want to invent or wish you would have invented

o  make a "sales pitch" to the rest of the class to sell your idea

o  examples: space tourism (like a vacation to the moon), time travel, being in two places at once

30 July     Telephone English / Email etiquette

o  cultural differences in expectations

o  confusing phrases/idioms

o  how to gauge the formality of the situation and reply accordingly

*Topics may be changed

Join us for a cup of tea and speak English in an informal relaxed environment. The goal of the English Club is to give you an opportunity to practice your English skills and help you feel comfortable with the language.  One or two native English speakers facilitate the conversation for an authentic experience. 

Registration is not needed.

Participation for SPIBA members is free of charge.

If you have any questions, please, contact SPIBA office by email office@spiba.ru or by phone +7 (812) 3259091

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0400

Conference - 10/16/2014 - 10/17/2014

We invite you to participate in the International Research Conference “GSOM Emerging Markets Conference: Business and Government Perspectives”.

International Research Conference “GSOM Emerging Markets Conference: Business and Government Perspectives” will be held on October 16-17, 2014 at St. Petersburg University Graduate School of Management, at the address: Volkhovsky per., 3.

The key conference topics include as well the following:

  • Corporate Governance in Emerging Economies: from Theory to Practice
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice
  • Human Resource Management in Emerging Market Firms
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • International Business and Emerging Multinational Enterprises
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Emerging Economies: Challenges, Opportunities and New Theory Development. Globalization and World Production
  • Marketing in Emerging Economies
  • Public administration
  • Strategic Finance in Emerging Economies, Venture Funds and Private Equity

Sessions of XVI of International Conferences “Public Sector Transition”, devoted to the issues of economic policy in emerging market economies and public economics, public management, public procurement and anti-corruption policy, will be held as a sub-conference.

If you are interested in participation in the conference, please, fill in the registration form of the participant at the web-site of Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University (including the abstract of the paper (up to 2500 words) including the main issues, goals, methodology and results of the research) by June 10, 2014

Please, inform us if you have an opportunity to receive travel grant for the conference at your home university, and you will be informed of the acceptance of your paper by June 20, 2014.

The Organizing Committee has the opportunity to provide a limited number of grants for travel and accommodation to nonresident participants in case of the abstract acceptance and paper submission of the full text by the deadline.