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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Victoria Panova

Victoria Panova

Vice Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Russian Sherpa, The Women 20 (W20)

Dr. Victoria V. Panova is the Vice-President for International Relations of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and Advisor to the Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. During the Russian Chairmanship in BRICS in 2020 she also held the post of the Scientific Supervisor of the BRICS Expert Council and Managing Director of the National Committee of BRICS Research. For the period of March 2016 – March 2017 she was the Dean of the Oriental Studies Institute of the FEFU. Prior to that she occupied the position of the Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University MFA Russia). She holds a PhD in history of IR from MGIMO-University. Her research focuses on the club governance (G8/G7, G20, BRICS), new technologies and internet governance, sustainable development as well as global governance.

For her community activities she acts as Women 20 (W20) sherpa for Russia (since 2015) and head of the Primorsky Region Women Union of Russia (since 2018). She is member of the governing board of the Russian International Studies Association, expert of the Russian International Affairs Council and member of the CyberBRICS Advisory Board.

For the period of 2003 - 2014 she served as Regional Director for Russia of the G8 Research Group based at the University of Toronto (Canada). She was member of the National Working Group of the Advisory Council of the Civil G8 project, led by Ella A. Pamfilova in 2005-2007; part of the Common European Security project initiated by High Commissioner J.Solana in 2009. Since the Russian BRICS Chairmanship in 2015 she is also co-chair for the Civil BRICS process initiated by the Russian civil society; member of the BRICS Think Tank Council.

Dr. Panova publishes in variety of national and international journals. She was visiting fellow (and now life member) at University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, BRICS Policy Center, PUC-Rio. Dr. Panova is also an alumna of the Asian Forum on Global Governance organized by ORF (India) and Bucerius School/Zeit Stiftung (Germany).