BRICS Academic Forum: Stability, Security & Prosperity
BRICS Think Tanks Symposium in Beijing
The BRICS and the Reform of Global Economic Governance
BRICS Think Tanks Seminar in Brasilia
BRIC Track 2 Meeting 2009
BRIC Think Tanks Meeting in Russia
Delegates representing the five BRICS countries at 4th BRICS Academic Forum: Stability, Security & Prosperity
LUCIANA ACIOLY DA SILVA is currently the Chief Technical Advisor of the Presidency of the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA). She is a member of Working Group recently established by the Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil in order to identify strategic opportunities for Chinese investment in Brazil. Her areas of expertise include international economics, foreign investment in Brazil, China and India and Brazil- China bilateral relations
PAULO G. FAGUNDES VISENTINI is a Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Economics, at Rio Grande do Sul Federal University. He is also the head of International Strategic Studies Doctoral Program. He is a Researcher at the Brazilian Centre of Strategy and International Relations. Mr. Visentini has been a Visiting Professor at Leiden University, Netherlands in 2009. He completed his Post-Doctoral Studies in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1997.
OLIVER STUENKEL is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo. His work experience includes teaching assistantships at Harvard University, projects with the United Nations in Brazil and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Fiji. He was also a Visiting Professor at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, and a school teacher in rural Rajasthan in India.
ANDRE PINELI Is on the editorial board of "Desafios do desenvolvimento" published by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA). He is a member of the technical planning and research team at the IPEA, the Board of studies and international economic and political relations.
JOAO P. NOGUEIRA is a Professor of International Relations at the International Relations Institute at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is currently Director of IRI/PUC-Rio and Coordinator of the BRICS Policy Center. He was one of the founders of the Brazilian International Relations Association and was the general secretary for 2 years. He is also the co-Editor of the journal International Political Sociology (IPS), from the International Studies Association (ISA).
PAULSEN SILVA SANDRA is an Economist and Researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA). She has been the Vice-Chairman of the Natural Environment Research Evaluation Panel, The Swedish Research Council Formas since April 2010. Ms. Sandra was a Lecturer for the International Training Program on Environmental Governance and Management in the Public Sector from 2008 to 2010. She has a PhD in Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
FABIANO MIELNICZUK is a Research Coordinator at the BRICS Policy Centre at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is also an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of International Relations (IRI/PUC-Rio). He is a member of the Consultative Council of Journal Contexto Internacional and ad hoc reviewer for the journals Brazilian Political Science Review, Fronteira (PUC-MG) and Perspectiva (UFRGS). He has a PhD in International Relations from IRI/PUC-Rio and a Master's degree in International Relations from the same university.
CLAUDIO ROBERTO AMITRANO is a Planning and Research Assistant at Applied Economic Research Institute (IPEA). He currently holds the post of Associate Director of Department of Macroeconomic Studies and Policies. He was research fellow at The Center for Studies in Economic Conjuncture and Economic Policy (CECON-UNICAMP) as well as at Brazilian Centre for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP). He has also been a visiting fellow at Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at University of Sussex, UK.
BRUNO CESAR OLIVEIRA DE ARAÚJO is presently a Researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA). His area of focus involves innovation policies, innovation metrics and its impacts, foreign trade and micro econometrics. He was a foreign trade Analyst at the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade from 2003 to 2004. He has an MSc Degree on Economics of the Public Sector from the University of Brasilia.
RENATO FLORES is Professor at the Graduate School of Economics (EPGE) in Rio de Janeiro. He is also the president of the Management Committee of programme (PEP), a Canadian based initiative for funding research on poverty and sustainable economic growth in less developed economies. Mr. Flores is a member of the Consulting Board of EUBRASIL, a business association to foster relations between the EU and Brazil.
VLADIMIR DAVYDOV is presently the Director of the Institute of Latin America Studies, Russian Academy of Science (RAS).
ALEXEI VASILIEV was the Russian President's Special Representative on relations with African leaders till 2011. From 2006-10 he participated as an expert in the G8 summit and in 2006 he was the Co-chairman of' the Africa Partnership Forum. From 1990-1991 Mr. Vasiliev served as the adviser to the committee for Foreign Relations of USSR Supreme Soviet (parliament). He also acted as the Middle East expert in President Gorbachev's team for the Malta Summit with President Bush in 1989. He was awarded the Russian Academy of Sciences E.V. Tarle Prize for best studies in History and International Relations in 2003.
ANDREI VINOGRADOV is the Head of the Center for Political Research and Prognosis, Institute of far Eastern Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has also been the Head of the Department of Asian studies, Russian Institute of Strategic Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in History in 1989. His area of specialization is political systems and socio-political development, civilization, modernization. His publications include some 150 articles and papers including two individual monographs.
GEORGY TOLORAYA is the Director of Korean Research programs at the Institute of Economy in the Russian Academy of Science. In 2012, Mr. Toloraya became the Executive Director at Russian National Committee on BRICS Research. A diplomat (rank of Minister) with decades-long experience in Korean affairs, he served two postings one in North Korea (1977-80 and 1984-7) and the other in South Korea as a Deputy Chief of the Russian Embassy (1993-8). Later he also served as the senior Russian Foreign Ministry official (Deputy Director-General) in charge of the Korean Peninsula (1998-2003). During 2007-08 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings
Institution, Washington, DC.
TATIANA SHAUMYAN is the Director at the Centre for Indian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS.
IGOR USHAKOV is the leading researcher, head of Academic Publications Department, RAS Institute of Far Eastern Studies (RASIFES). From 1998-2005 he was the Chief Editor for 'Mysl' Publishers. Ushakov completed his Ph.D. (Economics) in 2010 from RASIFES. In the past he has held the post of Senior Economist-Central Statistical Agency under the USSR Council of Ministers. He has written over fifty articles in Far Eastern Affairs and other academic journals. One of the three monographs that he worked on addressed 'Socio-economic Aspects of Nature Management in China'.
ELENA ROGATNYKH is presently the Director of World and National Economy Department at the Russian Academy for Foreign Trade.
VICTORIA PANOVA is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO - University MFA Russia). She holds a PhD in history of IR from MGIMO. Her research focused on the club governance (G8, G20, and BRICS), energy security and sustainability, regional conflicts, non-proliferation, terrorism, and global governance (notably the G8) in relation to the Russian civil society. Since 2003, she has served as the Regional Director for Russia in the G8 Research Group based at the University of Toronto (Canada). During 2008-09 she was the Chief of
Strategic Planning and Partnerships in ISEDC (International Sustainable Energy Development
Centre under the auspices of UNESCO).
MARK ENTIN is the Director, Professor of International Law and European Law at European Studies Institute at MGIMO-University. From 1998–2002 he served as the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe. He was the first deputy director (1992–1998) in the Directorate of European Cooperation at the Russian Ministry of Foreign affairs. Entin also headed the Russian delegation preparatory committee of "Helsinki-II" Conference. Currently, he is the Editor-in-chief of the "All Europe" analytic magazine and a member of the editing boards of the Moscow Journal of International Law.
TATIANA ALEXEEVA is the Dean at Law Faculty, Saint-Petersburg Branch of Higher School of Economics.
RUSLAN GRINBERG is the Director of the Institute of Economical Studies, at the Russian Academy of Science.
ALEXANDRA MOROZKINA is an expert on Financial and Energy Markets at Russian Energy Agency.
IVAN SAFRANCHUK was appointed Deputy Director at the Institute of Contemporary International Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Russian MFA in 2011. He graduated in 1998 from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He also received the degree of candidate of sciences (Russian equivalent of Ph.D) from the Academy of Military Sciences where he conducted a thesis on post-cold war nuclear strategy. In July 2001, Safranchuk joined the Washington-based think-tank, Center for Defense Information to open a branch office in Russia. In 2006 CDI was renamed into World Security Institute (WSI). In the recent years Dr.
Safranchuk has focused on private consulting on foreign policy, security and energy issues.
H.H.S. VISWANATHAN is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Relations, Observer Research Foundation. He was the Head of Mission (Ambassador/ High Commissioner) in Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Niger, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Benin, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. He has represented India in the African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).
RAVNI THAKUR is currently Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the dept. of East Asian Studies, Delhi University. She has a Ph.D. from the Sinology Institute, University of Leiden, Netherlands (1993) and an M.A. in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Previously, she has taught and worked at the Institute of Social Studies, INALCO, Paris. She has been Director, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts 1999-2001, hon Director of the Euro Asia Institute, Jamia Millia Islamia (2005-2010). Dr. Thakur has lectured and published widely on Sino-Indian relations and the internal dynamics of China's transformation of Chinese society.
MUKUL SANWAL is a Former Coordinator at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He is a Former Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Environment & Forests. He co-chaired the negotiation group that developed the Rio Declaration, in 1992. He subsequently moved to the United Nations, in 1993, as Policy Adviser, first to the Executive Director of UNEP and later to the Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, and retired from the UN in 2007.
AMITABH KUNDU is a Professor of Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has undertaken International Consultancies for UNDP, UNESCO, UNCHS, ILO, Government of Netherlands, University of Toronto, Sasakawa Foundation etc. He has worked as Director at various institutes such as National Institute of Urban Affairs, Indian Council of Social Science research and Gujarat Institute of Development Research. Currently he is in the Editorial Board of Manpower Journal, Urban India and Journal of Educational Planning and Administration.
BISWAJIT DHAR is the Director- General of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). He has been intimately involved in the policy making process for more than a decade and a half. He has been on the official Indian delegations to WTO Ministerial Conferences. The Ministry of Environment and Forests has also nominated him as an expert in negotiations conducted under the aegis of the Convention on Biological Diversity. In 2007, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) appointed him on their panel of international experts.
JAYSHREE SENGUPTA is a Senior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India. She was a consultant for World Bank Washington D.C. from 1985-1990 and in OECD (Paris) in 1991. She coauthored a book with Professor S. Sideri of ISS (Hague) on ‘The 1992 Single European Market and the third World(Frank Cass, London) in 1992. From 1994-1998 she was a Consulting Editor at the Obeserver of Business and Politics, an economic news daily. She was a Senior Editor in Hindustan Times (1998-2004).
RAKESH BASANT is the Professor of Economics and Chairperson, Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) at IIM, Ahmedabad. In the past he was a member of the Indian Prime Minister's High- Level Committee (also known as Sachar Committee) to write a report on the Social, Economic and Educational Conditions of Muslims in India. He has also been a recipient of the of the Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Economics and has spent two years at the Economic Growth Center, Yale University, USA as a Visiting Research Fellow.
ALOK SHEEL is a Joint Secretary at the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Prior to this, he was the Secretary of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council. He has also been the Principal Secretary to Government of Kerala at the Planning and Economic Affairs Department and a Member-Secretary at the State Planning Board, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.
SUNIL MANI is Planning Commission Chair, Professor in Development Economics at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. Formerly, he was a member of the faculty at the United Nations University- Institute for New Technologies (now known as UNU- MERIT) at Maastricht in the Netherlands He obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has done postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford on a fellowship from the Ford Foundation, New York. Currently, he is visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Economics,
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, an Honorary Fellow of National Institute of Science,
Technology and Development Studies (CSIR), New Delhi and also a Visiting Professor at the
Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad.
N. RAVI retired from the Indian Foreign Service in December 2009 after working for nearly 37 years in different positions in India and abroad. His last assignment was Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs looking after the conduct of all aspects of bilateral relations with as many as 60 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, East Asia, South East Asia, Australasia, the Gulf, West Asia and North Africa. He was also in charge of Economic Relations of India with all countries of the world, particularly through multilateral and regional organizations of which India is a member. These included ASEM, ASEAN, ARF, BIMSTEC, EAS, GCC and SAARC.
ARVIND GUPTA assumed charge as Director General at the Institute for Defence Studies (IDSA) in January 2012. Prior to joining the IDSA, he was Joint Secretary at the National Security Council Secretariat from 1999 to 2007. He has worked at the Ministry of External Affairs in different capacities and served in diplomatic missions in Moscow, London and Ankara.
HUANG HUAGUANG is currently the Director-General of Policy Planning Office, International Department of Central Committee of CPC and Managing Director of China Center for Contemporary World Studies. He was the Director- General of Western European Affairs Bureau of International Department of the Central Committee of CPC since 2007 and the Deputy Director- General of the same bureau prior to that. He was the First Secretary of Embassy of the People’s of Republic of China in the Republic of Italy from 1996 to 1998.
YUNYUN ZHOU is presently the Deputy Director- General, Policy Planning Office of International Department of Central Committee of CPC. He is also a part-time Professor of China Foreign Affairs University and the Executive Chief Editor of “Overview of Contemporary Foreign Political Parties”. Mr. Zhou has been a Senior Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford from October 2005 to September 2006.
LIU YOUFA is the Vice President of China Institute of International Studies. He Liu joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in 1980. He has been posted in Chinese Embassy in Australia (1988-1989), Papua New Guinea (1989-1993), Tanzania (1999-2001), Ethiopia (2001-2005) and US (2003-2007). He is visiting research fellow at Fudan University. He has published extensively on international trade and world economy.
GAO SHIXIAN is the Director of division of Research Management and International Collaboration at Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission in China. He is a member of International Energy Economics Association (IEEA). He has also worked at Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (APERC) as a Chinese government representative in Tokyo during 2001-2002.
YAO ZHIZHONG is the Assistant Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a professor of the Graduate School at the Academy. He received his Doctor’s degree, in 2002, in Economics from the Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Dr.Yao is one of the most active young economists in China. His fields of interest include international economics, Chinese macro-economy. He has authored numerous papers in professional economics journals.
YU DEZHI is the Director-General of China National Health Development Research Center, Ministry of Health in China. Since 2009, Mr. YU Dezhi has presided over China’s rural health development project sponsored by World Bank and UK government. He organized the Policy Research Committee of Experts on the China Health Economics Network in 2006, presiding over the study of “China Health Reform and Development Blueprint”(2006-2020) and was the first to propose the concept of universal access to basic health services.
DENG ZEMIN is the Vice President of the State Research Institute on V&T Education at the Beijing Normal University. He is also a Professor at the Central Institute of V&T Education, MOE and Secretary-general at China Academy of V&T Education. Dr. Zemin is a member of the new V&T Education Law drafting group and the State Education Blueprint of China (2010-2020). He has researched extensively in the field of policy making, curriculum development, learning design, teacher training on V&T education.
LIXING ZOU is the Vice-President and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Research, China Development Bank. He is a member of World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Construction and a Senior economic adviser for Central and local governments on some key projects as well. His area of focus includes in-depth study of some challenging topics including the ongoing transformation strategy and sustainable development in China. Mr. Zou is a Visiting Scholar and a Consultant at the World Bank.
LI ZHE is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Industrial Science and Technology at the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED). He is currently directing several important research projects such as Improvement S&T resource allocation by coordinating S&T plan and projects, the method and mechanism formulating S&T plan for its implementation, the support system of industrial generic technology, and the method for coping with technical barriers to trade (TBT) and the relative standards development.
YANG LEI is the Deputy Division Chief at the Policy Planning Office of International Department of the Central Committee of CPC. She is also an Associate Research fellow at the China Centre for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS). She worked as the Third Secretary in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia from 2007 to 2009. She began her research career in 2002, with a focus on current international situation. She has obtained double Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture and Science of Diplomacy.
GAO LIANJIA has been employed by China Center for Contemporary World Studies since 2002. As a Research Fellow, Mr. Gao has a wide-ranging academic interest in regional cooperation in southern Africa, relations between major powers, the shift and diffusion of power, periphery security, non-state actors and the interaction between emerging economies. Mr. Gao received his Master’s degree in 2002 from the University of International Relations.
WANG HONGTAO is the Deputy Division Chief at the Policy Planning Office of International Department of the Central Committee of CPC. He is also an Associate Research fellow at the China Centre for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS). He graduated from Party School of the Central Committee of CPC and earned his doctor’s degree in 2010 with a major in International Politics. His research career has focused mainly on current international situation and relations among big powers.
AZIZ PAHAD is the Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has served on the Transitional Executive Council’s Sub-Council on Foreign Affairs. He started working full-time for the ANC, developing the Anti- Apartheid Movement in the UK and Europe in 1966. Mr. Pahad has earned his Master’s Degree in International Relations form the University of Sussex.
FRANCIS KORNEGAY is a Senior Research Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs. Prior to this, he has been the Director of the South African Office of the African- American Institute. He has earned his MSc degree from John Hopkins University.
ELIZABETH SIDIROPOULOS is the national director of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). She has headed the Institute since 2005. Before her current appointment she was director of studies at SAIIA from 1999 to April 2005. She was previously research director at the South African Institute of Race Relations and editor of the highly acclaimed Race Relations Survey (now the South Africa Survey) an annual publication documenting political and constitutional developments, and socio- economic disparities in South Africa. She is also the editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of International Affairs.
CHERYL HENDRICKS is a Senior Research Fellow in the Conflict Management and Peace building Division of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). She has worked at the ISS since 2005 engaged in research on human security, security sector governance, post- conflict reconstruction, regional economic communities (SADC) and gender, peace and security. She holds a doctorate in Government and International Relations from the University of South Carolina.
ANTHONY TURTON is the Vice President of the International Water Resource Association, and Editor of Water Policy, the official journal of the World Water Council. He is a Professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of Free State. Mr. Turton is a founding Trustee of the Water Stewardship Council Trust and a founding member of the South African Water and Energy Forum as well. He has a Doctorate in the strategic management of international rivers in South Africa from Pretoria University.
TANDEKA NKIWANE is Director of the Development Research Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has worked with a number of regional and international organisations including the African Union, the United Nations, the African Development Bank, and the Southern African Development Community. Her areas of expertise include international political economy, regional integration, gender and politics, as well as peace and security in Africa.
RAMNEEK AHLUWALIA is a Physician with more than 10 years of clinical and allied health care management experience. In his most recent position, he is currently heading a National Health programme-Higher Education HIV/AIDS Programme (HEAIDS) which is an initiative of the Department of Higher Education and is undertaken by Higher Education South Africa (HESA). He is also a registered Medical Practitioner with the three National Medical Councils of India, Mauritius and South Africa.
DAVID MONYAE is an independent political analyst based in Johannesburg.
JONATHAN S. YOUNGLESON is the head at the National Intellectual Property Management Office in the Department of Science & Technology. Mr. Jonathan is also holder of the UNESCO/NRF Chair in Technological Entrepreneurship at Tshwane University of Technology, where he served as Professor for seven years in the TUT Business School. He has been instrumental in establishing Technology Transfer Offices at both the Tshwane University of Technology in 2004 and the University of Pretoria in 2008. He has extensive experience in strategic and technology management consulting, and has established a number of successful
technology based business enterprises.
MEMORY DUBE is a researcher and project manager in the Economic Diplomacy Programme at South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). While at SAIIA, she has been exposed to work in areas such as trade policy reform, the WTO, international financial institutions, global economic governance, regional economic integration, and trade and sustainable development. Ms. Dube holds an LLM in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Pretoria and an LLM from Rhodes University.
BRENDAN VICKERS Chief Director: Research and Policy, Department of Trade and Industry.