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 160 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.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, the Roscongress Foundation
Alexander Stuglev graduated from the Baltic State Technical University
(St. Petersburg) in 1996. He began his career in conventions and conferences
at Exhibitions-Seminars-Business, where he rapidly rose to the position of
general director. In 2006 he became head of Restec Congress, which was the
operator of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. It was in
this position that he contributed to the event’s rebranding under the
leadership of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the
Russian Federation. In 2007 he became executive director of the St.
Petersburg International Economic Forum Foundation, and was appointed
director two years later. In December 2015 the SPIEF Foundation was renamed
the Roscongress Foundation. In 2018 Stuglev was appointed chairman of
the board. At the same time, he was also appointed chairman of the board
of the Russian Convention Bureau. In 2019 he completed the managerial
personnel reserve programme at the RANEPA Graduate School of Public Management.
In 2020 Stuglev joined the organizing committee of the Masters of Hospitality competition – a nationwide initiative that aims to unlock people’s professional potential, build new traditions, improve standards of service, and raise the level of prestige across all professions in the hospitality industry. In February 2021 he was also appointed head of the Russian Automobile Federation’s Committee for the Development of Digital Platforms, Conventions, and Exhibitions.
Under Alexander Stuglev’s leadership, the Roscongress Foundation has organized and held dozens of major conventions and exhibitions in Russia and across the world. These have been attended by heads of state and government, heads of corporations, business leaders, journalists, and members of the scientific and artistic communities. Examples include the following:
- The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
- The Eastern Economic Forum (Vladivostok)
- Russian Energy Week (Moscow)
- Russia House in Davos (Russia’s official residence at the World Economic Forum)
- The Russian Investment Forum (Sochi)
- The 21st annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (Vladivostok)
- The 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (St. Petersburg)
- Business forums in Uruguay, Iran, the UK, Cuba, and other countries
- Events held in conjunction with Russia’s chairmanship of APEC, G20, SCO, and BRICS (various regions across Russia)
- The inaugural Russia–Africa Summit and Economic Forum – a groundbreaking event held in 2019 that brought together leaders from all 54 African nations. The event was unprecedented in Russia’s modern history, with nothing of the kind attempted before in the history of Russian-African relations (Sochi)
- Russian Creativity Week (Moscow)
Stuglev was awarded the Order for Service to the Fatherland (2nd class)
for his work in organizing the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic
Forum. He holds a letter of gratitude from the President of the Russian
Federation for his major contribution to organizing the St. Petersburg
International Economic Forum and meetings of heads of CIS member states.
He holds letters of gratitude from the Federation Council of the Federal
Assembly of the Russian Federation for his involvement in organizing the
21st annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, and for his
major contribution to organizing the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union
Assembly. He holds a letter of gratitude from the Government of the Russian
Federation for his major contribution to organizing the Russian Investment
Forum in Sochi. He also holds a letter of gratitude and certificate of merit
from the Federal Agency for Tourism, as well as several letters of gratitude
from the governors of St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk Region, Krasnodar Territory,
and Kemerovo Region.