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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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, 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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Kirill Babaev

Kirill Babaev

Director, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IFES RAS)
Kirill V. Babaev was born on 30 May 1978 in Moscow.


In 2000, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) with specializations in Eastern Studies and International Relations.

In 2005, he graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) with a specialization in Financial Management.

In 2008, he defended his candidate’s (PhD) dissertation in the specialization ‘Comparative-historical, Typological, and Comparative Linguistics’ at the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU).

Professional experience

From 1999, he has worked in Russian financial and industrial groups with a focus on international, public, and government relations. From 1999 to 2001, he worked at Sibirsky Aluminium Group (currently known as Basic Element). From 2001 to 2003, he worked at MDM Group.

From 2003 to 2004, he served as a Cabinet Member and Head of the Information Policy Department of the Government of Murmansk Region.

From 2004 to 2010 he served as the Vice President, and then later Senior Vice President of Alfa Group Consortium. He is one of the founders of the Altimo telecommunications holding and the Altimo Foundation.

Since 2008, he has worked as a docent at the RGGU Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies and an editor and Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Language Relationship.

From 2009 to 2011, he was a Researcher and Deputy Director of the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Since 2009, he has served as the Executive Director of the Foundation of Fundamental Linguistic Research and a Member of the Editorial Board of De Gruyter Versita (currently De Gruyter Open) publishing house.

In 2010, during a linguistic expedition to West Africa, he discovered the heretofore undescribed language of Zialo.

In 2011, he headed LRC Publishing House, which was formed as a result of the unification of the publishing houses Languages of Slavic Cultures, Manuscript Monuments of Ancient Rus, and Znak. He is currently the Executive Director of this unified publishing house.

In 2013, he headed the Moscow branch of the international communications corporation Kreab Gavin Anderson.

Since May 2018, he has been working as the PR Director of Sberbank.

Since 2020 — Deputy Director, since 2021 — Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IFES RAS). In 2021, he was also appointed professor at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation. Awards and honours

In 2016, he received the Enlightener Book Award in the Humanities category for his book What is Africa.

In February 2018, he won the first Leaders of Russian National Management Competition.