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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Sofya Unru

Sofya Unru

Associate Professor at the Department of Ethnocultural Studies at the Institute of Northern Peoples, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Biography
Sofya Unruh, Candidate of Culturology, Associate Professor of the Department of Ethnocultural Studies at the Institute of the Peoples of the North of the Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University, Deputy Director for Regional Public Affairs and International Cooperation. Sofya Unruh participates in the development of curriculum for the basic bachelor’s degree programmes specializing in Primary Education (Nomadic School Teacher), Native Language and Literature, Cultural Education, and master’s programme Ethnophilology and Ethnocultural Studies in Northern Education, offered at Herzen University.

Areas of expertise are traditional knowledge and beliefs, problems of social adaptation, development of education of indigenous peoples of the North. She organized a number of expeditions to study shamanism, non-ritual folklore, and the current state of the Evenki culture. The results of field studies are used in lecturing and preparing publications on the development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation.

Sofya Unruh leads the development of youth projects that have won the Student Research Competition on shaping a tolerant environment in St. Petersburg and Student of the Year Contest. 2015–2018 – Chairwoman of the St. Petersburg branch of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East.