Baku E-trade Forum will be 2018’s most exciting international gathering in the e-commerce world. This 2-day Forum will feature 30+ speakers, 60+ e-commerce platforms and fin tech, and 300+ attendees: international organizations, MSMEs, public organizations, government agencies, investors and startups. BEF2018 is an excellent opportunity for exchange of leading insights of industry development. Join us, be ready to be excited, informed, and lead the business!

E-commerce has been facing rapid changes in the recent years. Even the biggest companies are struggling to respond to multiple challenges when it comes to market intelligence and online growth.

Two-day senior level, highly interactive, tailor-made forum with a focus on what is needed to have the best E-Commerce strategies, bringing together the best minds from the international development agencies, consumer companies along with the top digital platforms.

Baku E-Trade Forum 2018

24-25 September, 2018

Fairmont Baku, Nizami Ganjavi Hall




DAY - 1

08:30 - 09:30 | Registration
09:30 - 10:15 | Plenary opening session
Welcome notes by high level officials
10:15 - 11:00 | Session 1: E-commerce strategy formulation
11.00 - 11.15 | Coffee-break
11:15 - 13.00 | Session 2: Legal and regulatory frameworks
13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 | Session 3: Innovative payment solutions
16:00 - 16:15 | Coffee-break
16:15 - 18.00 | Session 4: Trade logistics for development of e-commerce
19.30 - 22.00 | Reception



DAY - 2

09:30 - 11:00 | Session 5: E-commerce skills development
11.00 - 11.15 | Coffee-break
11:15 - 13.00 | Session 6: ICT infrastructure and services for development of e-commerce
13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 | Session 7: Access to financing
16:00 - 16:15 | Coffee-break
16:15 - 17.00 | Plenary closing session
17.00 - 20.00 | Baku Sightseeing Tour
20.00 - 22.30 | Official closure dinner


Susan Teltscher

Head of the Human Capacity Building Division of the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Bureau.

Robert Skidmore

Chief of Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness Section at the International Trade Centre

Ramin Guluzade

Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Marie Sicat

Coordinator of the ICT Policy Review (ICTPR) Programme and an Associate Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Sarah Carroll

Founder, Grow Global

Fredrick Omamo

Ecommerce Operational Integration Expert at the Universal Postal Union’s International Bureau

Nadezhda Shestakova

Senior Partners Relationships & Business Development Manager - Mail.Ru Group

Lee Tuthill

Counsellor (ICT & E-commerce), Trade in Services and Investment Division, World Trade Organization

Dmitry Karmishin

Head of sales department YandexMoney


Founder and Managing Director of TARCO International, a Swiss based startup focusing on launching projects in the Blockchain and other commodity trading activities.

Viktor Dostov

President of the Russian Electronic Money and Remittance Association / St Petersburg State University

Oluimo da Silva

Technical Attaché, Facilitation Sub-Directorate, World Customs Organization

Shaun Packiarajah

Researcher and Editor at Ecommerce Foundation

Luca Castellani

Legal officer in the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)

Olga Demian

Team Leader of EU Project on Enhancing development of e-Services and e-Commerce

David Campbell

eCommerce Manager in Retail Excellence

Zurab Zakariadze

Associate Director, Senior Banker of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Heiko Roßnagel

Head of the Team Identity Management at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

Udo Linauer

Expert of EU project on Enhancing development of E-services and E-commerce, Transtec

Kulthirath Pakawachkrilers

CEO & Managing Director at Thailand e-Business Center & Project Director, Electronic Transactions Development Agency

Michael Mehrzad Khoi

Co-founder and CEO at ZoodMall

Valery Virkovski

Founder of the EU4Digital Alliance and Principle Expert on international projects in the R&D institution of the Belarus Ministry of Communication and Informatization

Adalat Muradov

Rector, Azerbaijan State University of Economics

Teymur Heybatov

Financial Sector Specialist from IFC

Nigar Akhundova

Business Development Director at Akhundoff Group

Iqbal Rustamov

Director of Banks product department, KapitalBank

Alexander Novozhenov

Founding Partner of Crassula Company

Valeriya Ganiyeva


Tural Hajiyev

Risk Advisory Director at Deloitte Azerbaijan


Sarah Carroll

Founder, Grow Global

An important feature of Baku E-trade Forum will be a master class on How to sell online all over the digital world by Sarah Carroll author of 'Grow Fast, Grow Global: 6 steps to unstoppable international growth in the digital age'.



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Here you can find practical information

Visa and other travel information

Forum participants are kindly advised to apply for a visa (if required) at Azerbaijani Embassy/Consulate in their countries/cities. All participants must check entry requirements to Azerbaijan in accordance with the nationality and the type of passport they hold with the nearest consulate or the diplomatic mission of Azerbaijan in their home country. The list of Diplomatic Missions of the Republic of Azerbaijan abroad is as follows: Click link


Forum participants can receive Electronic Visa by using online electronic visa application system e-Visa is alternative to visas issued at the consulates and it is permitting entry into and travel in Republic of Azerbaijan. e-Visa ensures applicants to save time with giving them a chance to make their visa applications online. This is simple, easy and fast process. Citizens from one of eligible countries for e-Visa Azerbaijan can apply for visa online. When your e-Visa is ready, your document will be sent to you by email in PDF form. You only need to present your printed e-Visa with your passport at the ports of entry of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Hotel Accommodation

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. Baku has a full range of hotels of different categories. As many international meetings and events take place in Baku, it is important that hotel reservations be made as soon as possible.

Below is a list of hotels, where special rates are offered for the Forum participants. Please use #bef2018 while making your reservations.

Fairmont Hotel

1A, Mehdi Huseyn, Flame Towers

Tel: +994 12 565 4848

JW Marriott Hotel Absheron Baku

Azadlig Square. 674

Tel: +994 12 499 8888

Holiday Inn

Azadlig Ave. 1

Tel: +994 12 599 11 00

Staybridge Suites Baku

Pushkin Street 30, AZ1010 Baku, Azerbaijan

Tel: +994 12 493 01 93

Venue, Date and Time

Baku E-Trade Forum 2018 (BEF 2018) will be held at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers located on 1A, Mehdi Hüseyn Street, Bakı 1006, Azerbaijan.

BEF 2018 will take place on 24-25 September, 2018. Registration for the event will be open from 8:30 a.m.


Working languages of the Forum are: Azerbaijani, English and Russian

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Contact us if you want to be a partner or sponsor and in case of any inquiries

Contact Us

Tel: +994 12 539 17 97