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 179 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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Mikhail Orlov

Mikhail Orlov

Chairman, Russian-Egyptian Business Council
At a crossroad of very different cultures, half Russian, half Egyptian, Mikhail Orlov was born and grew up in Switzerland. He speaks five languages and holds a Master degree in Economics from the St-Gall School of Economics, Law, Business & Public Administrationin Switzerland.

After few years spent in the office of the General Director of the UN World Health Organization dealing with the consequences of the breakdown of the former USSR on healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry, he worked first as corporate banker with Credit Suisse setting up a large correspondent banking network throughout Russia before becoming the head of the Moscow office of INVESCO as managing director. In charge of finding private equity investment opportunities, he mainly supervised the management of portfolio companies usually with a strong turn around scenario supporting the creation of value to investors. He then became Managing Director – International with The Carlyle Group in charge of private equity investments in the former USSR.

In 2005, he created Black Earth Farming Ltd, one of Russia’s largest agricultural companies. It acquired approximately 330’000 hectares of prime agricultural land, the majority of which had been fallow for several years as a result of the breakdown of the USSR and of the lack of adequate agricultural legislation and policies in the country, and put it back into production with modern agricultural principles. This project had a serious social impact from a point of view of employment and upgrade in professional qualifications.

After a successful IPO on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, he left the company and dealt with different agricultural projects in Russia, Zambia, Ethiopia and other parts of the world. He developed a strong franchise in the seed segment and became a recognized expert on the entire food value chain advising different governments and corporates/investors. He served 3 years on the Board of PETKUS Ltd, the world’s leading company in equipment and integrated solutions for the seed industry.

He currently chairs the Russian-Egyptian Business Council (since 2014). He is also a Mentor at the SKOLKOVO Innovation Center and a Member of the Advisory Board of the “AgroFinMost” project with the HSE – Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development.

He got awarded the Stolypin Award in 2008 from the Minister of Agriculture of Russia for the most efficient investment into Russian agriculture and received in May 2013 the Anders Wall Award from the renowned Swedish Anders Wall Foundation for the rural project “Danilovka”.