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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Alexander Zharov

Alexander Zharov

Chief Executive Officer, Gazprom-Media Holding
Biography
Alexander Zharov was born on August 11, 1964 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. In 1987 he graduated from Chelyabinsk State Medical University, and worked in his specialty area from 1987 through 1996. From 1998 to 1999, he served as advisor to the Chairman of the Board of RIA Vesti. From 1999 to 2004, he was the press-secretary of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

In January 2004 he defended his thesis, titled “Promotion of a healthy lifestyle”. From 2004 to 2006, he was the assistant and later press-secretary to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov. In 2006 he graduated from the law faculty of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. From 2006 to 2007, he worked as the deputy general manager of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK). From 2007 to 2008, he was the director of the press service, information and protocol department in the Russian Government. In 2008, he was appointed deputy minister of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation. On May 3, 2012, by decree of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin No. 702-p Alexander Zharov was appointed head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor). As of March 24, 2020, he is the CEO of Gazprom-Media Holding. Acting State Advisor of the Russian Federation, 1st Class. Awarded the Order of Honour, the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” IV degree, and the Order of Alexander Nevsky. He is proficient in English and French. Married, has six children.