Apart from being a major economic and political event, where you bump into a minister, CEO, or celebrity journalist every way you turn, the SPIEF is a unique get-together for more than a hundred interpreters who work simultaneously and consecutively at panel discussions and closed-door meetings, and accompany high-level delegations. This year, as before, a few alumni from the MIIS Russian TI program were spotted in the diverse crowd of excellent interpreters invited to the event, as well as a current faculty member.