Director of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Special Representative of the President of Russia for Relations with African Heads of State. Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. President of the Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Member of the Foreign Policy Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. President of the International Foundation for Business and Cultural Cooperation with African and Asian countries. Editor-in-Chief of Asia and Africa Today magazine. Member of the editorial board of the international journal Social Evolution & History.