Tucker Leads Global Dialogue on Innovation at 13th Annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

At this nationally-televised “Power of Innovation” session, Tucker led a panel about the crucial role that innovation now plays in the global market. The “Power of Innovation: When Will Tomorrow Begin?” forum included Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel, Jean-Philippe Courtois, president of Microsoft International, Joerg Reinhardt, COO, Novartis, Jan Kubis, executive secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe, and Anatoly Chubais, CEO of Rosnano.

“The model of economic growth has hit a wall,” said Tucker in his introductory remarks, “The world looks to the power of innovation to turn breakdown into breakthrough, recession into recovery, and stagnation into success. Throughout history, new discoveries, new technologies, and the creative ideas of entrepreneurs have powered new waves of growth. But does innovation have that capacity this time? What’s in that collective innovation pipeline?”

Relaxing after moderating “Strengthening the Role of International Cooperation and Opposing Protectionism” were Edventure Holdings CEO Esther Dyson and panel moderator and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas J. Friedman.

Maria Bartiromo, Anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” moderated a panel on “The Global Economic Crisis: First Lessons and the Way Forward” with Junichiro Koizumi, former prime minister of Japan, Gerhard Schroeder, former chancellor of Germany, and Nobel Prize economist Dr. Robert Mundell of Columbia University.

Intel chairman Craig Barrett and wife Barbara, hamming it up with Tucker at the opening reception at the Hermitage Museum, founded in 1762 by Catherine the Great.