Join Russia Direct’s roundtable discussion on the future of the BRICS that will take place on Nov. 12 in Washington, D.C.

Live stream of the RD event 'BRICS 2.0 and the Metamorphosis of Globalization'

On Nov. 12, Russia Direct invites you to participate in its panel discussion aimed at analyzing how much further the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will go towards creating a more coherent grouping and what the implications for other nations might be. With Russia taking on a more active role on the global political scene, what should be expected with regard to its position in the world economy and its role in the BRICS?

In July 2015, Russia Direct released a report, "BRICS 2.0 and the Metamorphosis of Globalization," which focused on the future growth dynamics of the BRICS. While reviewing the policy choices available to Russia within the context of globalization, the report examined the types of institutions that were important for the development of the BRICS and provided a set of recommendations that should guide the thinking of Russia’s top policymakers as they work to form new economic partnerships with both the BRICS and the nations of the West.

Main speakers of our roundtable discussion will include:

Aleksei Mozhin, executive director for Russia at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At present, Mr. Mozhin is also the Dean of the IMF Executive Board, which means that he is the longest serving member of the Board. Before coming to the IMF in late 1991-92 he worked as the Director of Department for Cooperation with International Financial Institutions in the Russian Government Executive Office.

Drew J. Guff, managing director at Siguler& Guff Company, LP, a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $10 billion of assets under management and one of the largest footprints in private equity investing in the BRIC markets. Mr. Guff is a member of the President's Advisory Group at the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the Executive Board of the U.S.-Russia Business Council. Download the PDF presentation of Mr. Guff.

Marcos Troyjo, professor at Columbia University, co-founder and co-director of BRICLab. He is an op-ed columnist for Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil´s biggest circulation newspaper, and regular commentator for global media outlets such as CNN en Español and Financial Times. Professor Troyjo is also the president and founder of the Center for Business Diplomacy, a global advisory firm. He is a Visiting Professor at the Russian Presidential Academy (Ranepa).

David Dollar, senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. Prior to joining Brookings, he was the U.S. Treasury’s Economic and Financial Emissary to China, based in the U.S. embassy in Beijing (2009-2013). In that capacity he facilitated the macroeconomic and financial policy dialogue between U.S. and Chinese policy-makers. Prior to joining Treasury Dollar worked 20 years for the World Bank.

Cynthia Roberts, associate professor of Political Science at Hunter College, City University of New York and adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. She has held fellowships at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution. She is a member of the John J. McCloy Roundtable on Setting the National Security Agenda at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Moderated by Russia Direct Editor-In-Chief Ekaterina Zabrovskaya, the event will also feature opinions from prominent experts on BRICS in the U.S., diplomats and policy makers, and provide a good background for answering the following questions:

- What are the results of Russia's presidency of the BRICS?

- How are the BRICS adapting to the challenges of today’s world?

- To what extent will new institutions, such as the BRICS Development Bank, challenge the traditional financial system?

- How important are the BRICS for the future development of the global economy?

- What are the trends in investing in BRICS countries?

If you are interested in participating, email us at Please note that the number of places is limited and invitations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Watch live-stream of the event here.

Do you have any questions about the future of the BRICS? Submit them to before the discussion for a chance to have your question answered.

WhenNovember 12th, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

WhereEmbassy of the Russian Federation to the United States, 2650 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C.