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

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 126 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Andrei Bystritsky

Andrei Bystritsky

Chairman of the Board, Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club
Biography
Professor; Dean of the Faculty Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics.
PhD (Candidate of Sciences) – education (1989).
Previous positions: research officer at the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences (1985–1991); since 1991 – in the media industry: head of the audience research department of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (RTR), author and host of a number of radio and television programs; head of the Society department at Itogi magazine (1996–1997); deputy of director general in charge of information at the TV-Center television company (1997–1998); producer for the BBC Russian service (1998–1999); co-chairman of the organizing committee for the Unofficial Moscow festival and a member of the editorial board for the Moscow Alternative newspaper (1999); chairman at the Mayak State Radio Broadcasting Company (1999); director general of the Vesti State Television Company (2000); deputy director general of RTR and the chairman of the Council of the Heads of Government and Public Television and Radio Organizations of the CIS countries (2000–2008); member of the Board of Directors and the vice-president of international broadcasting company Euronews (2000–2013); editor-in-chief of the monthly humanitarian magazine Apologia (2005-2007); chairperson of the Voice of Russia State Radio Company (2008–2013).
Research interests: problems of the modernization of the Russian society, the current social and political situation, informal youth associations, the psychology of personal development, etc.
Selected publications: author of two books – The youth’s subcultures and Russia’s intelligentsia during the time of collapse of the Soviet system (1991), of many articles published in different newspapers and magazines.
Awards: Order of Merit.