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 162 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 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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Michael  Yakushev

Michael Yakushev

Executive Vice President for Government Relations, VimpelCom

A graduate of the International Law Department of MGIMO under the MFA of the USSR, Mr. Yakushev served as diplomat of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later as an official of the Russian Ministry of Information and Telecommunications. From the mid-1990s, he was one of the most prominent experts in Russia and the CIS in information law, Internet administration and information security. He represented the Russian Federation on the G8 DOT-Force Workgroup (2000–2001), the Workgroup under the UN General Secretary for Internet Administration (2004–2005) and the Special Commission of the Council of Europe on Problems of Transboarder Data Flows (2010–2011). He spearheaded the legal services of Russian representatives in Global One / Equant, Microsoft and SAP; in 2010–2012, he was Vice-President of the Mail.ru Group. In 2014, Mr. Yakushev was appointed Vice-President of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has written numerous research works on the theory of law, information law and Internet administration.