Masha Gordon is an experienced board executive, an avid
alpinist, and a mother-of-two. She started her career as a
journalist for the Washington Post in Moscow and later
studied in the United States; gaining a BA in political
science from the University of Wisconsin and MALD from
the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Masha spent the next 16 years of her career working in
finance. She spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs where she was
a Managing Director in the Investment Management
Division and most recently led the emerging markets
portfolio management team at PIMCO.
She moved to a portfolio career of non-executive board roles
in 2014 and currently serves as a Chairwoman of the board
of directors of Detsky Mir, Russia’s largest retail chain of
children’s goods, an independent director of Alrosa, world’s
largest diamond company, Moscow Stock Exchange, Tinkoff
Credit Services and Polyus Gold. Her portfolio of non-profit
roles includes being a member of the Board of Advisors for
the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a trustee of the
Girls Day School Trust, UK’s largest network of private girlsonly
In October 2015, Masha embarked on a journey to set a
women’s world record in Explorers Grand Slam, an
endurance challenge that features climbing highest peaks on
every continent, including Everest and skiing to the North
and South Poles. On June 11, 2016 she set a new Guinness
record at 7 months and 19 days. She has since climbed
Makalu and Lhotse, world’s 3 and 5th highest peaks. Masha
is a founder of GRIT&ROCK, a charity that administers a
largest pool of expedition grants focused exclusively on
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.
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