Prof. Georgy Toloraya is a former diplomat (rank of Minister) and a scholar with decades-long experience on Asian and global issues. Since 2008 he has been working for the "Russkiy Mir" (Russian World) Presidential Foundation in Moscow as chair of Project and Analysis, coordinating, inter alia, Asian and African programs. He is concurrently Director of Asian strategy center at the Institute of Economy of Russian Academy of Science and serves as CEO of Russian National Committee on BRICS Research. Professor Toloraya also teaches at MGIMO (Moscow University of International Relations).
Prof. Toloraya served two postings in North Korea (1977-1980 and 1984-1987), worked for trade promotion agencies related to Asia, served at Russian Foreign Ministry, was Deputy Chief 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 in 2007-2008 was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.
He has published many articles and books on East Asia and global governance issues.
President, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Management Committee, LUKOIL