Professor Vitaly Naumkin is the President of the Institute of Oriental Studies, and a Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He serves as Professor and Chair at the Moscow State University, and Professor at the High School of Economy. He has previously been a Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (1991) and the University of California, Berkeley (2003). Professor Naumkin has authored more than 600 publications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Vostok-ORIENS Journal, and a Consultant Editor for the Journal of Islamic Studies, published by Oxford University Press. Professor Naumkin serves as a Member of the Scientific Committee for the Arabic Language under the UAE Ministry of Culture, the Scientific Council of the Valdai International Discussion Club and the Scientific Council under the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, and he is the Vice-President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Since 2016, he has also been a senior political advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria.