A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, 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, 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 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Lars-Otto Reiersen

Lars-Otto Reiersen

Senior Advisor to the Rector at the University of Tromsо, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Biography
Educated in marine biology, University of Oslo, Norway in 1978.

Research position at the University of Oslo (1979–1984), analyzing basic physiological processes in marine fishes and effects due to oil and dispersants on fish and marine ecosystems.

Senior engineer and head of section at the Norwegian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (1985–1992), regulating operation and handling acute discharges from shipping and oil and gas exploration and exploitation in the seas around Norway and at Svalbard. National delegate to expert groups under the Oslo and Paris Convention (OSPAR) and the London Dumping Convention (LDC).

Chair of the Scientific Assessment Group assessing pollution of the North Sea under the North Sea Task Force (1988–1993). Member of the Norwegian delegation (1989–1991) preparing the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), signed by Arctic ministers of Environment in 1991 and reorganized into the Arctic Council (1996).

Served as the Executive Secretary for Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) (1992–2017), assessing and reporting trends and effects due to pollution and climate change on Arctic ecosystems and humans, and proposed policy relevant actions based on science.

Evaluated and contributed to monitoring, research and assessment programs in Canada, Denmark, EU, India, Russia, UNEP and the USA.

Senior Advisor to the Rector of the University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway, with priority focus on Arctic science and international cooperation (2017 – present).