Alexandra Arkhangelskaya

Russian Federation

Leading researcher of Higher School of Economics, as well as Institute for African Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences; Member of the Scientific Council of the National Committee for Research on BRICS; Executive Secretary of Russia – South Africa Dialogue Forum; Senior Advisor of Kreab Gavin Anderson Holds a PhD in International Relations, as well as a degree in International Law.

She lived and studied in South Africa, has developed projects in EU, Latin America and Southern Africa. Alexandra is fluent in English, Spanish, French, with intermediate Portuguese, and basic Afrikaans knowledge. Currently studying Chinese. Previous positions: CEO of BRICS – Business Research and International Consulting Solutions, Head of the Centre for Information and International Relations at the Institute for African Studies, RAS, Director and Advisor for Leroy Merlin Vostok and Grandline Group.

Research interests: Russian foreign policy, BRICS, SA foreign policy, emerging powers – Africa relations, South-South cooperation, International mediation.


What Africa Needs
Given Africa’s recent strong growth figures, a perceptible shift has now moved in the direction of the continent’s “rise” opposed to the previous “hopeless continent” rhetoric.
Valdai Paper #5: What Africa Needs?
The fifth Valdai Paper researches the current problems faced by Africa, an issue which has long been on the sideway of the global politics as seen in Russia.


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