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

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, 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.

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 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 188 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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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Rainer Seele

Rainer Seele

Chairman of the Executive Board, Chief Executive Officer, OMV AG
Biography
In July 2015, became Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of OMV AG. October 2009 to June 2015: head of Wintershall Holding GmbH in Kassel. Since March 2012: President of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce. After graduating from the Chemistry Department of Gottingen University and defended his thesis, Reiner first tackled chemical research at BASF in Ludwigshafen. From 1987 to 1994, he held various positions and was then appointed Head of Research Planning and Controlling at BASF’s Main Laboratory. Later, Mr. Seele changed to Wintershall AG where, from 1996 to 2000, he worked first as Head of the Strategic Planning Office. In 2000, he was appointed a board member of Wingas in charges of sales. From 2002 to 2009, as Chairman of the Wingas Management Board, he often spoke to representatives of the general public, making the case specifically for the importance of cooperation with Russia and reliability of Europe’s gas supply. In addition, as a board member of Wintershall AG, Mr. Seele oversaw the Natural Gas Trading and, in October 2009, he stood at the helm of the company’s managing committee.