Prof. Dr. Vitaly Naumkin

President of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Professor and Chair, Moscow State University and Professor, High School of Economy. Editor-in-Chief, “Vostok-Oriens” Journal. In 1991 – Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo. In 2003 – Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley. Ambassador of Good Will for the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations. Author of more than 500 publications on the History of the Middle East, International Relations, Islam, Linguistics, Conflict Management and Resolution etc. Member of the Scientific Council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Co-chairman of the Russia-US Dartmouth dialogue on bilateral relations and its Regional Task Force. Member of the Scientific Council under the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Moderator of inter-Syrian and inter-Palestinian talks in Moscow. From 2016 until now – senior political advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. President of the Academy of the Valdai International Discussion Club. Member of the Russian Council for International Affairs.