President of the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Dr. Vitaly Naumkin is the President of the Institute of Oriental Studies and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1991 he was a visiting professor at the American University of Cairo and in 2003 was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also an Ambassador of Good Will for the U.N. Alliance of Civilisations. Dr. Naumkin is the author of more than 500 publications and a member of the Scientific Council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation. Since 2016, Dr. Naumkin has served as a senior political advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. He is currently the President of the Academy of the Valdai International Discussion Club.