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

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 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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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Masami Iijima

Masami Iijima

Director, Mitsui & Co Ltd
Biography
Masami Iijima joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 1974, initially working as a credit controller in the Osaka Office. Early in his career he spent three months in Johannesburg under the company’s overseas trainee program, gaining hands-on experience at the forefront of the African mining industry. His subsequent roles were mainly in the promotion of mineral and metal business, including a six-year assignment in London, until his appointment as General Manager of the Metals & Energy Administrative Division in 2005 to oversee the company’s operations in the metal and energy industries around the world.

He was promoted to President & CEO in April 2009, quickly gaining recognition within the company for his championing of Mitsui’s long-held spirit of “Challenge & Innovation” as a means of creating businesses that has genuine value for societies around the world. He strongly believes that “it’s people that matter the most” for companies aiming to achieve sustainable business success. He took up the post of Chairman of the Board of Directors in April 2015.

In his free time, Masami Iijima enjoys singing kouta (Japanese traditional ballads) accompanied by a samisen (a three-string Japanese banjo). He is also a passionate lifelong fan of baseball.