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 188 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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Vinay Patrick Saldanha

Vinay Patrick Saldanha

Director, Regional Support Team for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNAIDS, Head of UN team in Russia
Biography
Mr. Vinay P. Saldanha is an international United Nations staff member
with more than two decades of professional experience in leadership
and implementation of AIDS programs, including more than 15 years
of work experience in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
In 1993 Mr. Saldanha pioneered one of the first HIV initiatives in St.
Petersburg, Russian Federation, to provide care and support to people
living with HIV. Later Mr. Saldanha became a political analyst for the
G8 Research Group, University of Toronto, focussing on the issue of HIV/AIDS and the role of the
Russian Federation during the G8 summit in Great Britain in 1998.
From 1998 to 2004 Mr. Saldanha served as Canadian project coordinator in the Canada AIDS Russia
Project (CARP) — an innovative interdisciplinary effort to unite leading Russian and Canadian
HIV/AIDS experts at the federal and regional level in training and research, as well as mobilising civil
society, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.
Starting 2009, Mr. Saldanha served at UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, first as Senior Executive
Officer to the Executive Director, and later as Deputy Chief of Staff of the EXO. Mr. Saldanha has been
engaged in planning the visits of UNAIDS Executive Director across the region of Eastern Europe and
Central Asia and accompanied Executive Director during his high-level visits all over the world.
Mr. Saldanha graduated with honours from the University of Toronto, majoring in political science and
English literature. Mr. Saldanha took postgraduate courses at the University of Toronto and the Institute
of World Politics in Washington, DC. He has also completed advanced training in HIV monitoring and
evaluation and global health. He is fluent in English and Russian.