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

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

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 126 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Nonna Materkova

Nonna Materkova

Founder of the Research Centres "Creative Practices" and "Calvert 22"; Russian representative to the International Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation
Biography
Born in Russia. Masters in Economics and Finance from St Petersburg University. Awarded Yeltsin and British Council Scholarships. Studied at the London School of Economics.

Headed the Department of Major Investment Projects within the St Petersburg Finance Committee. Worked on the First City of St Petersburg Eurobond Issue and EBRD Financial Creditability Program. Has worked with numerous international financial institutions. Has worked for the last 10 years with the Russian Finance Ministry, Russian Regions and the World Bank Office in Russia on investment and acquisition strategies. She holds a portfolio of investments in real estate, oil and gas, leisure and financial services internationally.

In 2009 launched Calvert22 Foundation, a charity organization promoting contemporary culture, innovative and creative projects from Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The foundation runs a space in London, and award-winning online magazine The Calvert Journal, and a number of research projects on the role of creative industries in regional development. Organises workshops and professional acceleration programmes for young entrepreneurs in creative industries.