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 159 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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Oliver Hughes

Oliver Hughes

Chief Executive Officer, Tinkoff Group
Quotes
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
A Shot in the Arm for Capital Markets in Russia
It was 2016 or so, I guess, when [the founder of Tinkoff Bank, Ed.] Oleg Tinkov was wandering the office, there was a spontaneous meeting. And Oleg literally said: ‘Why can’t I just click in the app and buy shares?’ It was just a typical conversation with Oleg. At that time, our yellow banking app was already pretty good. There was no super app, but we had an advanced financial app. ‘Why can’t I also buy shares [in the app, Ed.]?’ Very few people asked such questions back then. The team dug into this solution. First, it was our front on a partner’s backend, and then <...> we transferred it to our own platform. It was around 2018. If I remember correctly, we got something like 100,000 investor clients <...> over six months,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
A Shot in the Arm for Capital Markets in Russia
Russia is no different [from other countries, Ed.]. The retail investment boom is coming here. <...> Why? There are macrofactors that Yuriy [Chairman of the Management Board of Moscow Exchange Yuriy Denisov, Ed.] was talking about. As for the product, the technologies were in place, it was the creation of a very intuitive and simple interface. <...> It was the first step. <...> But [there are, Ed.] many things around it that also contributed to these changes. It was the possibility to add a Tinkoff card, and then a card of any other bank to the account. This means that you could buy shares directly from the debit card. Now it seems pretty normal, but back then it was a revolution. Those who had brokerage accounts in Russia remember how it used to be. Such a headache,
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Super-Apps Versus Super-Services
[A joint venture] does not work well in Russia, as we all know here. Many of us have tried different JVs, and they didn’t work either. As a cumbersome legal structure, it’s generally a bad thing in Russia. But there are other forms of partnership, and they work very well. They may not be as well developed as we would like if we compare a partnership here with other markets, in particular, in Europe [...] Of course, there are many different partners with varying degrees of depth, and you can partner with anyone. It’s easier [...] But it’s developing in Russia, and here the existing players and numerous others need to partner up, I believe, because you can’t be good everywhere [...], so you have to choose who to partner with, and you have to develop these partnerships
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Super-Apps Versus Super-Services
We realized that, naturally, we can’t be good everywhere. Because if you try really hard to do it, it doesn’t work and it’s simply impossible. We have chosen some areas where we want to be, which are complementary to our business and the core of financial services – entertainment, travel, content in a sense […], mobile communications, and some other areas. These are the verticals where we should be and should develop our own services, and we have built a kind of super-app around this, [consolidating] these services in a single place
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Retail Investors as Stock Market Drivers
Today we are announcing the launch of Tinkoff Capital. It is a management company. By the end of the year we will launch easy, transparent and very advanced solutions for the Tinkoff Capital management company.
They will allow to buy exchange-traded funds at any moment, monitor them in the mobile app, use the card to buy them or send [funds] to the card
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Retail Investors as Stock Market Drivers
There is a common trend of deposit rate decline, increasing literacy [of the population], there are some regulatory changes; however, the main, revolutionary, factor is the emergence of technological platforms that democratize access to financial instruments
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Retail Investors as Stock Market Drivers
We have nine million clients. Half a million of them came for investments <…> We have 100,000 active users daily <…> Almost half of those new 700,000 retail investors that opened brokerage accounts at the Moscow Exchange were ours. <…> We believe that this trend is going to become stronger, it is just the beginning. <…> It significantly contributes to the capital market development in Russia
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Banking or Financial Ecosystem: Which Will Outlive the Other?
The client needs an interface, a client experience, a whole range and set of processes, mainly online, that provides a comprehensive approach,
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Banking or Financial Ecosystem: Which Will Outlive the Other?
The biggest battle and fight is the battle for personnel
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Banking or Financial Ecosystem: Which Will Outlive the Other?
An ecosystem is technologies, a common brand, the use of data, rapid scaling, the lowering of the cost of attraction through the ecosystem effect and scale. It is a lot of services and not only in one area
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
Revolutionary Management Approaches Redefining the Organization of the Future
Initially, we were a small springy company. We, of course, grew up. We now have more than 20 thousand employees. We are an IT company with a banking license. Accordingly, we hire IT-staff: developers, designers, testers. Without them we will not get anywhere. For them to stay with us, we must be very flexible
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The Digital Future in Finance: Battle of the Ecosystems
Ecosystems are built from financial platforms. It is at the intersection of these two players that something interesting emerges. And here we will compete in the sphere of various services, including financial ones, but there will also be competition among us because, if you are a client, you participate in not just a single ecosystem but in many. Accordingly, this is an opportunity to cooperate and do services together. This is unfortunate for banks that failed to understand this two years ago and that also failed to use the advantages that Russia has today and has always had: you are already done with, you no longer exist
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The Digital Future in Finance: Battle of the Ecosystems
In Russia, there are and have always been advantages, such as a very strong development platform, the world’s best IT specialists and analysts, a huge online population – indeed, the biggest in Europe, with almost 80 million people and 40 million smartphones
24.05.2018
SPIEF 2018
The Digital Future in Finance: Battle of the Ecosystems
We began as some sort of digital bank but we are expanding our sphere of service. We have already penetrated into other areas: travel, investment products and content creation (all kinds of lifestyle tips, assistance that improves the lives of our clients). Accordingly, these are financial services and other services, also bearing in mind mobile communication, which are all represented on one and the same interface, with compatible user experience in one place. This is what an ecosystem is all about. It is the only way to compete in the future with Big Tech