The Valdai Club Academy is the Award’s expert body. It consists of the most authoritative and prominent Club experts who took an active part in Club meetings six or more times and have publications in their name on the websites and print publications of the Club at the time of the Award's founding. The Valdai Club Academy is the Award's highest expert body
President of TTG Global LLC, an international strategic advisory company
Mrs. Gati was Senior International Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where she focused primarily on Russian foreign and economic policy, US foreign policy, US-Russian relations, and the global challenges facing both countries in an increasingly turbulent international system (1997–2016).
She served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and the Eurasian States at the National Security Council in the White House (1993) and then as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (INR) until 1997. Before joining government, she was Senior Vice President for Policy Studies at the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), where she worked for over two decades.
Mrs. Gati received her Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Literature from Pennsylvania State University. She received her Master’s degree in Russian Language and Literature, as well as her Master’s in International Affairs (MIA) and a Harriman Institute Certificate in Russian Studies from Columbia University.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Board member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), and a member of the Board of Directors of PJSC “LUKOIL”.She has frequently provided commentary for major networks and newspapers on American foreign policy and US-Russian relations.
Director, French Institute of International Relations (Ifri)
He previously was Ifri Vice President for Strategic Development and the Director of its Russia/NIS Centre.
His academic and professional background has been closely related to post-Soviet space, but also to wider international issues (security, energy, and digital governance). As Lavoisier Fellow at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies (European Union – Paris) and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies (King’s College – London), Gomart has acquired a diversified international experience.He is currently working on Russia, digital governance, country risk, and think tanks. He recently published The Return of Geopolitical Risk - Russia, China and the United States (2016), Notre intérêt national. Quelle politique étrangère pour la France? (ed., with Thierry de Montbrial, 2017), as well as Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next French President (ed., with Marc Hecker, 2017).
His work focuses on Russia and Eurasia, the Middle East, and global macro issues. Clifford Kupchan has published numerous articles and essays on Russia, Iran, and U.S. foreign policy. He frequently lectures on U.S. relations with Russia and Iran, and on global trends. He is a frequent commentator on television news programs and in many major U.S. and European newspapers.
Before joining Eurasia Group, he served as Vice President and Senior Fellow at The Center for the National Interest. He lived in Moscow where he was Vice President of the Eurasia Foundation (2000–2002). During the Clinton Administration, Clifford Kupchan served as a senior official at the US Department of State. Before that, he worked for many years for the House International Relations Committee. He served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for Eurasia, North Africa and foreign assistance.
Senior Fellow and Research Professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES), School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
He has previously held senior positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as well as teaching and research positions at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.He is the author and editor of 6 books including The Russia Balance Sheet (with Anders Aslund, 2009) and Russia after the Fall (2002) and more than 100 academic articles, book chapters, reports, and op-eds. His most recent publication is Elevation and Calibration: A New Russia Policy for America (2016).
Professor, European University at St. Petersburg
Recurrent visiting professor, Central European University, Budapest. Main research interests: history of empires and nationalism, memory politics, history of ideas. He gave lectures in many universities: Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, Stanford, Maryland, West Point, Penn, Munich, Berlin (Humboldt and Free), Cologne, Paris (EHESS), Aix-en-Provence, London (SSEES), Manchester, Edinburgh, Geneva, Basel, Warsaw, Cracow Universities, and many universities in Russia and the post-Soviet countries, including Vilnius, Tartu, Kiev, Lviv, Almaty, Bishkek. Over 200 publications. Author of 8 monographs and editor of 20 collective volumes. Recent books: Nationalizing Empires (2015); Nation or the Might of the Myth (2016).
Head of Foreign Affairs and New Europe Department, Askanews multimedia agency
Previous positions: correspondent in Moscow for the Italian daily Il Messaggero (1990–1995); Special correspondent, coordinator, Analysis programme, Euronews – Great Britain, France (1997–2001); Diplomatic correspondent, Apcom News Agency (2001–2005); Head, New Europe desk, TM-News press agency.
Research interests: Russia and the Caucasus; Russia and Ukraine; geopolitics.Selected publications: Chechnya, the words to understand; Ukraine, anatomy of an earthquake; essays about Russia and former USSR for geo-political magazine Limes.
Director General of the Centre for Political Information
Member of a Board of Trustees of Russian State University for humanities, Aide to a rector. He is an author of over 100 scientific papers, including monographs in the field of political science and history of Russia. Alexey Mukhin issued an Internet- magazine FEC (Facts, Events, Comments) as the editor-in-chief (2002). Spheres of his professional interests include: political analysis (analysis of political processes); formation, behavior, and psychology of elites; the military reform and the reform of the Russian intelligence services; state agencies and the administrative reform in the Russian Federation; national security; economic risks; organized crime.Alexey Mukhin’s comments on current political and economic developments are regularly cited by the leading national and international media, such as Spiegel, The New York Times, Le Figaro, France 24, Deutsche Welle, Kommersant, Vedomosti, RBC-daily, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Expert, Profile, Izvestia, Channel One, Russia today, Channel 5, Business FM, Finam FM, Kommersant FM, Echo of Moscow etc.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation
Director, Russian Studies Group, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran; Member, Parliament of IRI since 2008. Visiting professor, Political Sciences Faculty Moscow
Humanitarian University since 1999; Member, Kazakhstan Academy of Social Sciences since 1997; Editor-in-chief, Journal of World Studies, University of Tehran from 2011.
Previous positions: Cultural attaché, Embassy of IRI in Kazakhstan (1995–1998) and Russia (1999–2003); Editor-in-chief of “Persia” magazine, Institute of the Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1999–2003); Deputy Head for Research and Education, Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (2003–2005); Head, Institute of Culture, ECO Regional Organization (2005–2006). Selected publications: Bilateral relations of Iran and Central Asia (2011); Iran and Russia’s Relations (2008); Russia in Search of Identity, written by James Billington, translated and edited by Mehdi Sanaei (2006); Souvenir from Central Asia (1999); Iran’s Position in Central Asia (1997). Authored many other books and numerous articles in English, Farsi and Russian.
Professor, Hosei University (Japan)
Honorary research fellow of Birmingham University (UK) (1983–1985). Professor of Seikei from 1985 and Hosei University from 1988. Visiting fellow of Harvard Research Center (1992–1994), LSE Cold War Research Center (2009), Institute of the Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2009). Chairperson of Japanese Research Association of International Relations. Member of Russian-Japanese Emeritus Club (2004–2006). Has participated in the Valdai Discussion Club meetings since 2007.His research interests include Soviet and Russian political history, History of Cold War in Asia. Recent publications include books on Kim Il Sung and Moscow, Old Believers and Russian pivot to Asia. Coedited Russian-Japanese Parallel History. The latest book published: God and Revolution (Ivanovo-Voznesensk history from 1905 until 1956), paying special attention to Old Believers.
Director of the Institute of Chinese Borderland Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
He is also professor at Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Research interests: relations between China and the Central Asian countries; relations between China and Russia; relations between Chinese neighboring countries and Chinese borderland.Books: The strategic decisions of the high-ranking top leaders of the Soviet Union in 70 years - from Lenin to Gorbachev (1998); The relations between China and the new independent Central Asian countries (1996); The rise of the Central Asia (1993); Medvedev and Putin - the combination of the sovereign power (2009).ranking leaders of the Soviet Union for 70 years: from Lenin to Gorbachev (1998); China and Central Asia: Towards a New Relationship; Security Issues in China with Central Asian States (1998); The relations between China and new independent central Asian countries (1996); Rising Central Asia (1993).
Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Deputy Director at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Dmitry Suslov conducts research on various issues of international relations, including US foreign and domestic policy and Russia-US relations, Russian foreign policy, Russia-EU relations. He regularly consults the Russian government institutions and business enterprises on these and other issues. He is also a Senior lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics since 2006, as well as Deputy Director for Research at the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy since 2004. Dmitry Suslov has co-authored several books (incl. The U.S. Policy in Asia Pacific (2014), Non-Military Instruments of the Russian Foreign Policy: Regional and Global Mechanisms (2012); Russia: a Strategy for the New World (2011); Russia vs. Europe. Confrontation or Alliance? (2009); Russia and the World. A New Epoch (2008); The World Politics (2008); The World Around Russia: 2017 (2007). At the Higher School of Economics (School of World Economy and International Affairs) he teaches courses on the US Domestic and Foreign Policy, Introduction to International Relations, Global Governance, US-Russia Relations, and Russia-EU Relations.
Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic (1991–1992); Member, Board of Directors, Paneuropean University, Bratislava
Lawyer. Member of dissident movement in Czechoslovakia in communist time. After Velvet revolution - Deputy Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia, later Prime Minister of Slovakia, Member of Parliament of Slovakia, Chairman of the Cristian-Democratic party of Slovakia (KDH), Minister of justice of Slovakia. Publications: Seen from the Danube, Diaries 1994 – 2007; Yes and Not of Jan Carnogursky.
Foreign policy senior analyst at Hungarian conservative daily Magyar Nemzet
He is also media teacher at Budapest College of Communication. His areas of expertise are the countries of the post-soviet space, Central Europe and Central Asia. He consequently publishes works, analyzing the main problems of world politics, geopolitics, and also the following themes in his area of expertise: Russia’s development, Russia’s role in the world, relationships within the post-soviet region, Central Europe caught in between East and West.He published a book about Russia called The Putin Mystery (2000). His analysis, columns and interviews are published in Czech, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian and Polish press. He is the recipient of many Hungarian journalist awards, and received the Republic of Poland Knight’s Cross for his contribution to strengthening ties between the two countries. Has participated in the Valdai Discussion Club meetings since 2009.
Senior Research Fellow, Global Challenges Studies, Xinhua News Agency
He is Researcher and Director of Russian Internal Affairs Office, Euro-Asia Social Development Research Institute; Executive Member of Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies.
Between 1978 and 2000 Sheng Shiliang served three terms (14 years in total) at the Moscow Branch of Xinhua News Agency, first as a reporter and then the Deputy Branch Chief. Has participated in the Valdai Discussion Club meetings since 2007.
His main works include: A Guide to Journalism Translation; Witnessing the Unexpected; Around the Globe; China's Neighboring Countries; Putin in my opinion. Author of more than 1000 articles and essays on Russia, the CIS and international relations.