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, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives, and supports the development of the Friends for Leadership international youth movement, which is working to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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 163 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 76 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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Nikolai  Varma

Nikolai Varma

Independent Financial Services Advisor
Biography
Nikolai Varma advises businesses in the financial services sector with a focus on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.

His current positions include:
Independent Non-Executive Director at Sovcombank, Independent Non-Executive Director at First Collection Bureau, Industrial Advisor to Nordic Capital, and Board Member at Balance Platform. Nikolai spent most of his 20+ year career in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. He was most recently a Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group responsible for the coverage of banks in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia.

Education

Nikolai holds a Master of Arts degree in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (Washington, D.C.) and a Bachelor of Ar