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 133 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 70 countries worldwide.

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Alexey Zhikharev

Alexey Zhikharev

Partner, Power Sector Practice, VYGON Consulting; Director, Russia Renewable Energy Development Association
Biography
Education: Graduate of the International Economic Relations Department of the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation, holds Ph. D. in Economics.



Professional Experience: Alexey has been working in the electricity sector since 2003.

He is a partner at advisory company VYGON Consulting and is responsible for the power sector practice.

2011 - 2016: worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank group, where occupied a position of the Deputy Head of Russia Renewable Energy Program and head of investors and government relations.

2008 - 2010: worked at advisory company Mercados EMI, responsible for coordination and expert support of power sector projects.

2003 - 2008: worked at RAO UES, of Russia,at the Market and Corporate Strategy department.