A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Amani Abou-Zeid

Amani Abou-Zeid

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission
Biography
Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid is the African Union Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT and Tourism. For more than 30 years, Dr. Abou-Zeid has held leadership positions in international organizations and has amassed a remarkable mix of experience from multiple continents and stakeholders.

She has managed AfDB’s biggest operational portfolio and implemented national and continental multi-sectoral development programmes. In 2018, she launched the Single African Air Transport Market, delivering on the first flagship project for African Integration under the African Union Agenda 2063, as well as other continental initiatives and projects.

An Egyptian citizen, Dr. Abou-Zeid has a multi-disciplinary education: Electrical Engineering, Cairo University; MBA, Université Senghor; MPA, Harvard University; and PhD in Social and Economic Development, University of Manchester.

Dr. Abou-Zeid has received numerous international awards and recognitions: the Wissam Alaouite from Morocco, “Personalité d'avenir" from France, one of "The 50 Most Influential Women in Africa"; and the "Outstanding Alumni Award" from the University of Manchester, UK.

She is also member of the prestigious Global Leaders Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and of the Stewardship Board for System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy.

Dr. Abou-Zeid sets an example for women in STEM and in leadership and decision-making positions and has long been named and recognized as a champion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Dr. Abou-Zeid is passionate about classical music, plays the piano, is a certified alpinist and achieves top positions in desert car rallies – among other interests and activities.