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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Antti Helantera

Antti Helantera

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland in the Russian Federation
BORN 11.4.1971, Helsinki

MARITAL STATUS Married, two children

LANGUAGE SKILLS Finnish, English, Russian, Swedish


2001 Lic.Phil. (Economic Geography). University of Helsinki

1998 M.Sc (Economic Geography). University of Helsinki


2020 - Head of Mission. Embassy of Finland in Moscow

2019 - 2020 Head of the Host Country Secretariat of the Consultative Party to the Antarctic Treaty.

Unit for Northern Europe, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

2016 - 2019 Minister/Deputy Head of Mission. Embassy of Finland in Moscow

2013 - 2016 Counsellor/COEST Delegate. Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU

2010 - 2013 Deputy Director and Director. Unit for Policy Planning. Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

2008 - 2010 Advisor. East Office of Finnish Industries

2005 - 2008 Second Secretary. The Embassy of Finland in Moscow. Unit for Trade Policy and Economic Affairs

2004 - 2005 Attaché. Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

1998 - 2004 Various research positions at the University of Helsinki (Department of Geography and the Aleksanteri Institute), Helsinki School of Economics and IIASA


Russia’s unavoidable geography. (orig. Maantieteelle Venäjä ei voi mitään) Finlandia literary prize for the best non-fiction book published in Finland 2002.

Why they, why not we. Antti Helanterä & Simon-Erik Ollus: An analysis of the competitiveness of Finland and Russia. 2005.

Published also in Russian: Антти Хелантера, Симон-Эрик Оллус. «Почему Россия не Финляндия. Сравнительный анализ конкурентоспособности». (Авторизованный перевод с английского под ред. Л. Тодорова). Серия «Межстрановые социально-экономические исследования». - М.: Издательство Института экономики переходного периода. 2004.

Editor of the Finnish edition of the biography of Anatoli Chubais: Taustalla ja tulilinjalla (orig. Анатолий Чубайс. Биография, Andrei Kolesnikov. 2008)