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 – 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 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 131 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Pavel  Novikov

Pavel Novikov

Director of Fintech & Blockchain Centre, Skolkovo Foundation
Biography
In 2017-2018, as Director of the Fintech & Blockchain Centre, Pavel has been leading the commercialization of innovative startup development for the financial sector, and also helps corporations and venture funds identify and invest in unique Russian projects. In 2017, Pavel was responsible for the signing of an agreement with Tinkoff Bank and the opening of an R&D laboratory focused on blockchain in Skolkovo. In 2017, the Centre had 33 Fintech projects with an annual turnover of 3.5 billion roubles, and 22 blockchain projects which attracted more than 15 million dollars. In 2018, the Skolkovo Foundation was given an award for the «Best Blockchain Technology Centre of Excellence» by the Russian Association of Cryptoindustry and Blockchain (RACIB).
In 2015-2016, as head of Cloud, Fintech & Edtech, he led initiatives to commercialise innovative developments produced by the Foundation’s startups, created the Education Club involving 20 EdTech startups, organized Vitalik Buterin’s visit to Russia, and launched the Blockchain Centre and a joint fintech accelerator with the Internet Initiatives Development Fund and Sberbank, which was recognized as the best Fintech accelerator of 2016 by Banking Review.
In 2013-2014, Pavel worked as Cloud & Mobility Business Development Director at Softline International in LATAM. In 2014, Softline was named one of the top five partners of VMware in Argentina, and became the fastest growing partner in LATAM, opening offices in Brazil, Chili, Colombia, and Peru.
In 2010, Pavel built up an affiliate sales channel for the leading cloud providers in Russia and the CIS from scratch, using VMware and Citrix rental models, for the leading cloud providers in Russia and the CIS. Softline was recognized as VMWare and Citrix’s best partner for six years running.
In 2006-2013, he led the virtualization and cloud business at Softline Russia, in close collaboration with sector leaders such as Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Parallels, Dell, Netapp, EMC, Veam, with annual revenues of 50 million dollars.