About Council


Russian – Italian Coordination Council «The Ethical Business» is an initiative of the Moscow Patriarchate (His Holiness Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia) and the Foundation of Cardinal Paul Poupard.

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

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

Council member, founder

President of the “Life Line” Charitable Fund

Cavalier of the state award of the Russian Federation, distinction "For blessing".

The goal of the “Life Line” Fund is decreasing the figures of child mortality from severe diseases curable at the current level of development in the medical field. The Fund is nationwide since it finances the treatment of children throughout the entire country and keeps up the development of high technologies which become available to each Russian family.The mission of the “Life Line” Charitable Fund is saving severely ill children and nurturing the culture of philanthropy in the society. We want that our fund was perceived as one of the most effective organizations in Russia which are engaged in rescue of severely ill children and supporting high technologies.

The fund inspires and unites people who want to rescue children together. We want that every time when speaking about rescue of severely ill children, people remembered our fund. We want our fund to become the leader and serve as a starting point in the solution of problems of health of severely ill children.

So far the “Life Line” Fund has saved more than 7736 children all over Russia. In all, more than 1,6 billion roubles was raised for surgeries. All money received by “Life Line” are used only for treating children.

Galina Fomina

President of Russian-Italian coordination council "The Ethical Enterprise", 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.


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:


He has his own legal practice in Milan and in Rome; 

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


Andrey EvgenyevichPodenok

Council member, founder, president of IPO "MAP"

Podenok 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.