Georgy Toloraya
Russian Federation

Executive Director of Russian National Committee on BRICS research; Director of the Asian strategy center at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences 

Diplomat (rank of Minister-Councelor). Professor of oriental studies at Moscow MGIMO University (from 2008). Scholar with decades-long experience on East Asian and global issues. Since 2008 he has been working for the Russkiy Mir Presidential Foundation in Moscow as chair of regional programmes, coordinating, inter alia, Asian and African programmes.

He served two postings in North Korea at the USSR trade mission (1977-1980; 1984-1987), worked for trade promotion agencies related to Asia.

Georgy Toloraya served at Russian Foreign Ministry, was minister counselor of the Russian Embassy in South Korea (1993–1998), First Asian Department Deputy Director-General (1998–2003) and Consul General of Russia in Sydney (2003–2007). He collaborated with a number of academic institutes (among them IMEMO and Institute of Economics) as a full-time and part-time researcher and was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (2007–2008).

Author of more than 200 articles and 7 books on East Asia and global governance issues.