16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club ‘The Dawn of the East and the World Political Order’. Speakers

The 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club will be held from September 30 until October 3 in Sochi. This year’s topic is “The Dawn of the East and the World Political Order.”

  1. Maxim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

  2. Alexandra Arkhangelskaya, Research Fellow, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

  3. Mustafa Aydin, President, International Relations Council of Turkey

  4. Andrey Baklanov, Assistant to the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation; Vice-Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats

  5. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

  6. Kayhan Barzegar, Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS) in Tehran  

  7. Timofey Bordachev, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Academic Supervisor, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  8. Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

  9. Marc Champion, Senior Reporter for International Affairs, Bloomberg

  10. Damdin Tsogtbaatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia

  11. Piotr Dutkiewicz, Director and Professor, Center for Governance and Public Policy, Carleton University    

  12. Mohamed Elbadri, Assistant Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt for Arab Affairs

  13. Mohamed-Chérif Ferjani, Professor Emeritus, University of Lyon 2

  14. Andrey Filatov, General Director, SAP CIS

  15. Fu Ying, Vice-Chairperson, Foreign Affairs Committee, National People’s Congress, People’s Republic of China

  16. Andrey Fursenko, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation 

  17. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations (2000-2008)

  18. William H. Hill, Global Fellow, Kennan Institute for Advance Russia Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

  19. Yuichi Hosoya, Professor of International Politics, Keio University

  20. Sergey Karaganov, Academic Supervisor – Dean, Faculty of World Economics and International Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  21. Vasily Kashin, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  22. Radiy Khabirov, Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan

  23. Ulugbek Khasanov, Head, Department of International Relations, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

  24. Tigran Khudaverdyan, Deputy CEO, Yandex N.V.

  25. Andrei Kortunov, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council

  26. Anicet Gabriel Kotchofa, Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to the Russian Federation and CIS Countries (2012 – 2016); Assistant Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University

  27. Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies (Sofia); Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna)

  28. Charles A. Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

  29. Vasily Kuznetsov, Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences

  30. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

  31. Lee Jae-Young, President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

  32. Vladimir Legoyda, Chairman, Department for Church Society and Mass Media Relations, Russian Orthodox Church

  33. Anatol Lieven, Professor, Georgetown University in Qatar

  34. Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club

  35. Bruno Maçães, Senior Advisor, Flint Global (London), Minister of European Affairs of the Portuguese Republic (2013-2015)

  36. Igor Makarov, Head, School of World Economy, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  37. Robert Malley, President, Chief Executive Officer, International Crisis Group

  38. Gulnara Mammadzade, Deputy Director, Expert Council of Baku Network International Policy and Security

  39. Prakash Menon, Lieutenant General (Retd), Director, Strategic Studies Program, Takshashila Institution

  40. C Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

  41. Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa, Chairman, Chief Executive, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (Malaysia)

  42. Vitaly Naumkin, President, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science; Full Member, Russian Academy of Sciences

  43. Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation

  44. Askar Nursha, Dean, Public Policy and Law School, Almaty Management University

  45. Maxim Oreshkin, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation

  46. Alan Ortiz, Executive Director, Center for Philippines Futuristics

  47. Alexander Rahr, Research Director, German-Russian Forum

  48. Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, Deputy Special Envoy for Syria of the United Nation (2014 – 2019)

  49. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs 

  50. Leonid Sykiainen, Professor, School of General and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  51. Nathalie Tocci, Director, Institute of International Affairs (IAI); Special Advisor to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission

  52. Yevgeni Varshaver, Director, Group for Migration and Ethnicity Research, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

  53. Vladimir Vasilyev, Head of the Republic of Dagestan

  54. Güney Yildiz, Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute (Washington D.C.)

  55. Wang Yiwei, Director, Institute of International Affairs and Centre for European Union Studies, Renmin University of China

  56. Wong Nelson, Vice Chairman, Shanghai Centre for RimPac Strategic and International Studies

  57. Xu Sitao Chief Economist, Partner Deloitte China

  58. Hasan Basri Yalçın, Director of Strategic Studies, SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research

  59. Yan Xuetong, Dean, Institute of International Studies, Tsinghua University

  60. Nathalia Zaiser, Chair of the Board/Founder, Africa Business Initiative UNION