PhD in History, graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries (Moscow State University) in 1977. From 1977 to 1991 he worked as a researcher in the Institute for Oriental Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences) and from 1991 to 1995 he was Deputy Director of this Institute. Since 2003 to 2016 he was working in the Executive Committee of the World Public Forum (WPF) ‘Dialogue of Civilizations’ as the Executive Director and Head of the Scientific Department; he is also an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Political Science of Lomonosov Moscow State University and Co-author of the teaching course “Civilizational Dimension of State Policy”.
He served as project manager of several projects that resulted in publications (supported also by WPF), the most recent of which include Craig Calhoun and Georgi Derluguian (eds), Possible Futures, Volume I, Business As Usual: The Roots of the Global Financial Meltdown; Volume II, The Deepening Crisis: Governance Challenges after Neoliberalism; Volume III, Aftermath: A New Global Economic Order?; Piotr Dutkiewicz and Dmitri Trenin (eds), Russia: The Challenges of Transformation; and Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa (eds), 22 Ideas to Fix the World (2013). Author of the book "The Social History of Post-Communist Russia".