Director of the Institute for African Studies of the RAS, member of the Presidium of the RAS, corresponding member of the RAS, professor of the Department of African Studies and Arab Studies of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, leading researcher of the St. Petersburg State University, Dr. Sc. (Economics). Author of more than 250 scientific publications, including 11 monographs: “The New Role of Africa in the World Economy of the 21st Century”, “Islam, Global Governance and the New World Order” (co-authored), “Arab City at the Turn of the Millennium, Emerging and Failed States in the World Economy and Politics” (co-authored), “African Migration: Experience of Systemic Analysis, African Population in the New Global Economy”, and others. Member of the editorial boards of the scientific journals Asia and Africa Today, Scientific Notes of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Conflictology, and Contours of Global Transformation.