Director of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, member of the Presidium of the RAS, corresponding member of the RAS, Professor at the Department of African Studies and Arabic Studies, RUDN University, leading researcher at St. Petersburg State University, Dr. Sc. (Economics). Author of more than 250 academic papers, including 11 monographs: “The New Role of Africa in World Economy of the 21st Century”, “Islam, Global Governance and New World Order” (coauthor), “An Arab City at the Turn of the Millennium”, “«Originating» and «Failed» States in Global Economy and Politics” (coauthor), “African Migration: The Experience in Systemic Analysis”, “The African Population in the New Global Economy”, etc. Member of editorial boards of academic journals Asia and Africa Today, Proceedings of the Institute for African Studies of the RAS, Conflictology, Profiles of Global Transformations.