The 11th Middle East Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club. Speakers
Valdai Club Conference Hall, Tsvetnoy boulevard 16/1, Moscow, Russia

On February 21-22, the Valdai Discussion Club, with the support of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, will hold its eleventh Middle East Conference. This year's agenda is “Russia and the Middle East: Strategic Rapprochement and the Intertwinement of Interests”.

  1. Al-Husseini Sadad I., Founder and President, Husseini Energy Company (Saudi Arabia)

  2. Al-Qahtani Ayed S., Director, Research Division, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) (Saudi Arabia)

  3. Al-Ubaydli Omar, Director of Studies and Research, Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) (Bahrain) 

  4. Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti, Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

  5. Baklanov Andrei, Professor – Head of the Middle East and North African Studies Section, National Research University Higher School of Economics

  6. Balta Evren, Professor, International Relations Department Chair, Özyeğin University (Turkey)

  7. Barabanov Oleg, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Professor, MGIMO University; Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences

  8. Bell John, Director, The Conciliators Guild (Great Britain)

  9. Bogdanov Mikhail, Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 

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

  11. Dalay Galip, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy; Associate Fellow at the Chatham House; Doctoral Researcher at the History Faculty, University of Oxford (Turkey)

  12. Derushkin Denis, Deputy General Director of the FGFI REA

  13. Grandjean Romain, Regional Director, Middle East North Africa, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (Switzerland)

  14. Khalifa Dareen, Senior Analyst on Syria, International Crisis Group (Egypt)

  15. Kortunov Andrey, Director General, Russian International Affairs Council

  16. Kuznetsov Vasily, Head of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences;  Head of the Department of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Oriental Faculty of the State Academic University for the Humanities

  17. Lissovolik Yaroslav, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club

  18. Lukyanov Fyodor, Research Director of the Valdai Discussion Club

  19. Mekdad Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic

  20. Nakhle Carole, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Crystol Energy (Great Britain)

  21. Naumkin Vitaly, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Academic Director, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

  22. Poletaev Dmitry, Leading Researcher, Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  23. Simonov Konstantin, Director General of the National Energy Security Fund; Head of the Politology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences and Mass Communications, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation

  24. Sushentsov Andrey, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club; Dean of the School of International Relations, MGIMO University

  25. Syubaev Nurislam, Deputy General Director for Strategic Development, PJSC TATNEFT

  26. Vinokurov Evgeny, Chief Economist of the Eurasian Development Bank and the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development

  27. Vysotsky Alexander, Head of Government Relations Service, Yandex Go and Market

  28. Yousef Tarik M., Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy program, The Brookings Institution (Qatar)

  29. Zoubir Yahia H., Professor of International Studies, Director of Research in Geopolitics, KEDGE Business School (Algeria)