The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) was established in 1997. Since 2006, SPIEF has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation. Over the past several years, the Forum has transformed into a leading global business event, attracting over 5,000 Russian and international participants, representing government and business leaders from around the world, joined by leading voices from academia. The media, and civil society. SPIEF gathers the world's leading decision makers to identify and deliberate the key challenges facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world.