A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation – a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; 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 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 122 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 69 countries worldwide.

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Nikolai Toivonen

Nikolai Toivonen

Vice Rector for Strategic Development, St. Petersburg State University of Economics
Biography
N.Toivonen graduated from Leningrad State University named after A.A.Zhdanov with degree in Physics. He is PhD holder in Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor. He has extensive experience working for different Russian Higher Educational Institutions, in particular, Petrozavodsk State University, St. Petersburg State University, ITMO University, St. Petersburg State University of Economics in various positions. From 2014 to 2016, he headed the International Department of the Russian Federation Ministry of Education and Science.

The competence of N.Toivonen - strategic, including international, development of scientific and educational organizations, development of project and innovation activities, R&D. He has extensive experience in fundraising.

Awarded the badge "Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of the Russian Federation."