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.

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.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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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Paula Kankaanpaa

Paula Kankaanpaa

Vice President, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC); Director, Marine Research Centre, Finnish Environment Institute
Biography
Professor Paula Kankaanpää is the Director of the Marine Research Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute (SKYE) that operates the Finnish ice-strengthened Research Vessel Aranda. Currently Kankaanpää is also leading a multi-sectoral project on the Finnish Marine Information Portal. She acted as Director of the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland from 2000–2015. She was a visiting fellow at Dartmouth College in 2010. Kankaanpää worked as a Senior Advisor for the Arctic, Barents and Antarctic co-operation in the Ministry of the Environment in 1991–1999. She acted as the Deputy Executive Secretary of Arctic Council’s CAFF Working Group in Iceland, 1998. Kankaanpää's PhD focused on sea ice pressure ridges at the University of Helsinki while working as a scientist in the Finnish Marine Research Institute. She also studied in the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kankaanpää is a Vice President of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), a Finnish Delegate of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), a member of the Arctic Team of the Ministry of the Environment and chair of the Finnish National Committee of Arctic and Antarctic Research.