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 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 160 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

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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Claude Schimper

Claude Schimper

Senior Vice President for Russia Operations, Kinross Gold Corporation
Biography
Claude Schimper has over 30 years of gold mining industry experience. He joined Kinross Gold Corporation as Vice President & General Manager, Kupol Gold Mine, in April 2010, and assumed the position of the company's Regional Vice President for the Russian region in July 2014. Before Kinross, Claude was COO of Balkan Resources Inc., and had earlier worked at Placer Dome, Canada, and several South African mines including AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng gold mine.

Claude received a South African National Higher Diploma in Metalliferous Mining at the Technikon Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa).