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 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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Irina Bokova

Irina Bokova

Independent Director, Chairman of the Sustainable Development Committee, PhosAgro; Director General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO (2009-2017)
Biography
Irina Bokova graduated with a degree in International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1976. In 1989 she was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and in 1999 completed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has held positions such as Bulgaria’s first Secretary of State for European Integration, Foreign Minister of Bulgaria a.i., twice an MP, Ambassador of Bulgaria to France and Monaco, and the Permanent Representative of the republic of Bulgaria to UNESCO. Irina Bokova also contributed to the new Bulgarian Constitution in 1991.

Irina Bokova was the Director-General of UNESCO for two four-year terms (2009 — 2017). She was the first woman and the first Eastern European leader of the Organisation.

She has received state honors from many countries and honorary doctorate from a number of universities, among them MGIMO, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University.