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

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Raisa Polyakova

Raisa Polyakova

Chief Executive Officer, KFC in Russia and CIS
Biography
EDUCATION

Graduated with honours from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in Oriental Studies in 1992. In 2003, she received her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She also studied at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India and Capetown University in South Africa.

EEXPERIENCE

From her arrival at YUM! Brands (KFC) in 2011 and until April 2015, she held the position of HR Director and was responsible for human capital and organizational development in Russia and the CIS. Between April 2015 and January 2017, she served as Commercial Director, overseeing procurement, logistics, and quality, while continuing to supervise HR. Prior to this, between 2010 and 2011, she was employed in LG Electronics as Director of Personnel in Russia and the CIS. Between 1997–2019, she worked at Johnson & Johnson, advancing to the position of Personnel and Internal Communications Director. Teaches at the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.