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 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 122 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Maria Drokova

Maria Drokova

Founder, General Partner, Day One Ventures
Biography
Maria Drokova is the Founder of Day One Ventures, a venture fund that invests in startups and leads their communications. Day One Ventures has invested in companies such as Superhuman, FutureFamily, DigitalGenius, Domuso, Atoms, CatalogDNA, and Nebia. In 2019, Masha made it onto the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.



Maria entered the tech industry at Russian Quantum Center, where she worked with Nobel Prize winners and prominent quantum physicists. She later joined Runa Capital as their PR Director and then served as Vice President of Communications at Acronis. Afterwards, Maria launched M&A PR Studio which has worked with companies like WeWork, Houzz, HotelTonight, Gett, and Toptal.