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 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Desmond Tay

Desmond Tay

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, vCargo Cloud Pte
Biography
Mr. Desmond Tay co-founded vCargo Cloud (VCC) in 2013 and was subsequently appointed its CEO. A visionary technopreneur, he leads VCC to be one of the fastest growing local companies on a global stage, establishing VCC’s footprint in South East Asia, China, Central Asia, Russia, and Africa. Prior to this, he was Managing Director at Visiflex Pte. Ltd. and BizLabs Pte. Ltd., where he played an instrumental role in driving strategic business plans and partnerships. His previous appointments include Director of Technology at Genii Incorporated Pte. Ltd. and Vice President of Technology at 3rd Frontier Pte. Ltd. A technologist, Mr. Tay started his career as a software engineer at CrimsonLogic Pte. Ltd. and Advanced Systems Automation Ltd.

As an industry veteran, Mr. Tay provides leadership and direction in driving the evolution of trade facilitation and cargo community platforms. He also pioneered the implementation of the e-freight solution for Singapore. A pragmatic architect, Mr. Tay leads the industry in adopting innovative technologies, including the implementation of the world’s first electronic Certificate of Origin solution using Blockchain.

Mr. Tay is a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Digital Economy Task Force. Mr Tay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Open University, UK, and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.