Professor Marietta Stepanyants is a Chief Research Fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Philosophy. Professor Stepanyants joined the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1959, and from 1980-2012 headed the Centre for Research into Oriental Philosophies. She founded and chairs the UNESCO Philosophy in the Dialogue of Cultures. Her writings have been published in about 30 countries, and include 15 monographs and about 30 books edited by her. Professor Stepanyants has directed a number of international conferences including the East & West Philosophers’ Conference in Honolulu (1995, 2000). She was elected First Vice President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP), a position she held from 2008 to 2013.