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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Florence Verzelen

Florence Verzelen

Executive Vice-President for Industry Solutions, Marketing, Global Affairs and Communications, Dassault Systemes SE
Biography
Florence Verzelen started her career as a financial analyst in investment banking in New York. She then acquired more than 5-year experience in the public sector: she worked in the European Commission in Brussels where she has been responsible for the trade relationships between EU and China,

and thereafter of the antitrust case against Microsoft. She joined the team of the French Minister of European Affairs, as his advisor on trade and industry issue in 2007. From 2008 to 2017, she worked at Engie, a world leader in the energy sector. She was first in charge of Business Development for the Group, then became CEO of Engie in Qatar and later VP for the group procurement performance plan. She finally was appointed COO of Engie Europe and Russia. She is also an experienced board member, with board position at PSA and currently at Air France. Florence has been nominated Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013. Florence is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique / Corps des Mines.