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Think Tanks Council

The establishment of the BRICS Think Tanks Council (BTTC) was proposed at a meeting of the five BRICS countries' think tanks in March 2013 and confirmed by the BRICS Leaders at the eThekwini Summit (Durban, South Africa) later that month.

The 5 Principles of BRICS

BRICS cooperation is built on the principles of:

MULTILATERALISM

INCLUSIVENESS

COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS

EQUAL SOVEREIGNTY

MUTUAL RESPECT

The main purposes of the establishment of the Council, as encapsulated in the Declaration on the Establishment of the BRICS Think Tanks Council, are to form a platform for the exchange of ideas among researchers, academia and think tanks, to convene the BRICS Academic Forum, and to present policy recommendations and guidance to the BRICS Leaders for consideration.

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The Five Think Tank Areas of Research 2023

BRICS Currencies

Global trade relies heavily on Swap mechanisms and currency exchanges that do not benefit the Global South. Research should be done on the use of national currencies in trade and investment among BRICS and its regional partners, trade swap mechanisms and the development of alternative currencies.

Expansion of BRICS

BRICS scholars and researchers should study the modalities, guiding principles, and implications of expansion, explore potential frameworks for partnering and working with others under an expanded BRICS.

New Technologies

Critical and emerging technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and language processing advancements, should be studied, and these studies must: analyse the dynamics of technology transfer and knowledge sharing, elevate the capacity for digital governance, and close digital and technological gaps.

BRICS Declarations

BRICS Think Tanks should establish a database of archival documents that would allow the production of monitoring reports on implementation timelines, progress, achievements, and challenges with every declaration undertaken since the establishment of the BRICS.

Sustainable Development Goals

BRICS scholars and researchers should conduct a comprehensive review of the performance of BRICS with respect to the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030.) with a view to informing innovative and cooperative measures to expedite the attainment of the SDGs.

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Leaders of the BRICS Think Tanks Council

The BTTC comprises the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA) (Brazil), the National Committee for BRICS Research (NRC/BRICS) (Russia), the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) (India), China Council for BRICS Think Tank Cooperation (CCBTC) (China), and the National Institute for the Humanities and the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT).

Fabio Soares

Brazil: IPEA

Dr Fabio Veras Soares holds a PhD in Economics from the University College London (UCL). He has recently been appointed Director of International Studies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), a government
of Brazil think-tank linked to the Ministry of Planning and Budget, that he joined in 1996. Until December 2022, he was IPEA focal point for the former International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) where he was in
charge of the coordination of research and advisory services projects mostly on labour market, poverty and inequality, and social protection policies and programmes. His research and advisory work include impact evaluation of
cash transfers programmes in Brazil, Mozambique, Paraguay and Yemen. His work has been published in the Journal of Development Effectiveness and the Latin American Research Review. He has also written book chapters on the
comparative analysis of cash transfer programmes.

Dr Jose Eduardo

Malta de Sa Brandão



Brazil
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Victoria Panova

Russia: HSE University

Dr. Victoria Panova is the Head of the BRICS Expert Council – Russia, Vice-Rector of HSE University, Russian W20 Sherpa and Co-Chair of the BRICS Civil Forum. Her research focuses on the club governance (G8/G7, G20, BRICS), new (digital) technologies and internet governance, sustainable development, global governance and security, and humanitarian cooperation. Dr. Panova holds her PhD in History of International Relations from the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO-University, MFA of Russia). She was a visiting fellow (now a life member) at the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), BRICS Policy Centre in Brazil (PUC-Rio). Dr. Panova is also an alumna of the Asian Forum on Global Governance organized by ORF, India and Bucerius School/Zeit Stiftung, Germany. Since the Russian BRICS Chairship in 2015, Dr. Panova has been Co-Founder of the BRICS Civil Forum and Co-Chair for the Civil BRICS process initiated by the Russian civil society. Since 2015, Dr. Panova is a member of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum.

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Samir Saran

India: ORF

Dr Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India’s premier think tank, headquartered in New Delhi. His research focuses on issues of global governance, climate change and energy policy, technology and media, and India’s foreign policy. Samir completed his doctoral studies at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK. He holds a Masters degree in Media Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. As ORF’s President and member of the Foundation’s Board, he provides strategic direction and leadership to the foundation’s multiple centres on fundraising, research projects, platform design and outreach initiatives
including stakeholder engagement. He curates the Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economics, and is the founder of CyFy, India’s annual conference on cybersecurity and internet governance. He spearheads the
foundation’s efforts to foster new international partnerships and incubate young leaders networks and youth led conversations globally.

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Jin Xin

China: CCBTC

Dr Jin Xin was appointed as Director-General of Research Office at the International Department of CPC Central Committee in 2020.
He was the Director-General of China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) and an Adjunct Professor. He graduated from Lanzhou University, Graduate School of China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Zhou Enlai School of Government of Nankai University (PhD), and China-EU Business School of Management (Master’s Degree). He was a Visiting Fellow at the Center of International Studies, University of Cambridge from 2003 to 2004. He held the posts of Deputy Director of the Information Center, Director of the General Office of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC), Deputy Director-General of the Contemporary World Press, Chief Editor of the Contemporary World Magazine. From 2014 to early 2016, he worked as Deputy Mayor of Chizhou City in Anhui Province. His research fields include China’s foreign strategies, great-power and
neighboring diplomacy, the “Belt and Road”, political party politics, social and political trends of thoughts, and world ethno-national study, etc.

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Sarah Mosoetsa

South Africa: SABTT

Prof Sarah Mosoetsa is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), an entity of the Department of Higher Education and Training. Sarah has also worked at various institutions in South Africa and currently serves on several governing Boards, university councils and higher education national task teams. She is the interim chairperson of the South African BRICS Think Tank and a member of the BRICS Think Tank Council. Sarah completed her PhD in Sociology in 2005 (Wits University) and has published on a range of research topics, including work, unemployment, inequality, poverty, and the humanities and social sciences in numerous international and local journals such as International Labour and Working-class History; Labour, Capital and Society, Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, Global Dialogue, Journal of International Development, and Journal of Southern African Studies. Her first book, “Eating from One pot: Dynamics of Survival in poor South African households,” was published in 2011 by Wits Press and she has co-edited the “Labour in the Global South: challenges and alternatives for workers” book, published by the International Labour Organisation.

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Fabio Soares

Brazil: IPEA

Dr Fabio Veras Soares holds a PhD in Economics from the University College London (UCL). He has recently been appointed Director of International Studies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA), a government
of Brazil think-tank linked to the Ministry of Planning and Budget, that he joined in 1996. Until December 2022, he was IPEA focal point for the former International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) where he was in
charge of the coordination of research and advisory services projects mostly on labour market, poverty and inequality, and social protection policies and programmes. His research and advisory work include impact evaluation of
cash transfers programmes in Brazil, Mozambique, Paraguay and Yemen. His work has been published in the Journal of Development Effectiveness and the Latin American Research Review. He has also written book chapters on the
comparative analysis of cash transfer programmes.

Dr Jose Eduardo

Malta de Sa Brandão



Brazil
DELEGATION

Victoria Panova

Russia: NRC/BRICS HSE University

Dr. Victoria Panova is the Head of the BRICS Expert Council – Russia, Vice-Rector of HSE University, Russian W20 Sherpa and Co-Chair of the BRICS Civil Forum. Her research focuses on the club governance (G8/G7, G20, BRICS), new (digital) technologies and internet governance, sustainable development, global governance and security, and humanitarian cooperation. Dr. Panova holds her PhD in History of International Relations from the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO-University, MFA of Russia). She was a visiting fellow (now a life member) at the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), BRICS Policy Centre in Brazil (PUC-Rio). Dr. Panova is also an alumna of the Asian Forum on Global Governance organized by ORF, India and Bucerius School/Zeit Stiftung, Germany. Since the Russian BRICS Chairship in 2015, Dr. Panova has been Co-Founder of the BRICS Civil Forum and Co-Chair for the Civil BRICS process initiated by the Russian civil society. Since 2015, Dr. Panova is a member of the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum.

Samir Saran

India: ORF

Dr Samir Saran is the President of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India’s premier think tank, headquartered in New Delhi. His research focuses on issues of global governance, climate change and energy policy, technology and media, and India’s foreign policy. Samir completed his doctoral studies at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK. He holds a Masters degree in Media Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and a Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India. As ORF’s President and member of the Foundation’s Board, he provides strategic direction and leadership to the foundation’s multiple centres on fundraising, research projects, platform design and outreach initiatives
including stakeholder engagement. He curates the Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economics, and is the founder of CyFy, India’s annual conference on cybersecurity and internet governance. He spearheads the
foundation’s efforts to foster new international partnerships and incubate young leaders networks and youth led conversations globally.

Jin Xin

China: CCBTC

Dr Jin Xin was appointed as Director-General of Research Office at the International Department of CPC Central Committee in 2020.
He was the Director-General of China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) and an Adjunct Professor. He graduated from Lanzhou University, Graduate School of China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Zhou Enlai School of Government of Nankai University (PhD), and China-EU Business School of Management (Master’s Degree). He was a Visiting Fellow at the Center of International Studies, University of Cambridge from 2003 to 2004. He held the posts of Deputy Director of the Information Center, Director of the General Office of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC), Deputy Director-General of the Contemporary World Press, Chief Editor of the Contemporary World Magazine. From 2014 to early 2016, he worked as Deputy Mayor of Chizhou City in Anhui Province. His research fields include China’s foreign strategies, great-power and
neighboring diplomacy, the “Belt and Road”, political party politics, social and political trends of thoughts, and world ethno-national study, etc.

Sarah Mosoetsa

South Africa: SABTT

Prof Sarah Mosoetsa is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), an entity of the Department of Higher Education and Training. Sarah has also worked at various institutions in South Africa and currently serves on several governing Boards, university councils and higher education national task teams. She is the interim chairperson of the South African BRICS Think Tank and a member of the BRICS Think Tank Council. Sarah completed her PhD in Sociology in 2005 (Wits University) and has published on a range of research topics, including work, unemployment, inequality, poverty, and the humanities and social sciences in numerous international and local journals such as International Labour and Working-class History; Labour, Capital and Society, Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa, Global Dialogue, Journal of International Development, and Journal of Southern African Studies. Her first book, “Eating from One pot: Dynamics of Survival in poor South African households,” was published in 2011 by Wits Press and she has co-edited the “Labour in the Global South: challenges and alternatives for workers” book, published by the International Labour Organisation.

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The Academic Forum is where some of the most innovative concepts for developing BRICS come from.

Date :

22 - 24 May 2024

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Moscow, Russia

BRICS stands as a beacon of hope for humanity's collective salvation and the realization of a brighter future for all.

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03 - 04 July 2024

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Moscow, Russia

Past Dialogues

ORF hosted a Book Discussion on ‘India's Moment: Changing Power Equations around the World’, authore...

Videos

Date Published: August 2023
Minister Dr Blade Nzimande extends warm greetings to the Diplomatic Corps, fellow panelists, heads of BRICS think tanks, and academic forum members. T...
Date Published: August 2023
A message welcoming the Diplomatic Corps, fellow panelists, heads of BRICS Think Tanks, and academic forum members to South Africa for the BRICS Acade...

BRICS Think Tanks Council Members

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Federative Republic of Brazil

IPEA

Address:
Seps – Setor de Ed. Públicos Sul 702/902, Bloco C
Torre B – Térreo
CEP 70390-025 – Asa Sul – Brasília – DF

Tel: (55-61) 2026-5353

Tel: (55-61) 2026-5427

Russian Federation

HSE University

Address:
11 Pokrovsky Bulvar,
Moscow,
109028

Tel: +7 495 772 95 90 *28866

Email: info@bricscouncil.ru

Republic of India

ORF

Address:
20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, (Near Bal Bhavan, ITO)
New Delhi
110002
India

Tel: + 91 011 353 3200

Email: contactus@orfonline.org

People’s Republic of China

CCBTC

Address:
No. 4,
Fuxing Road,
Haidian District,
Beijing

Tel: +86 10-83908089

Email: ccbtc_brics@163.com

Republic of South Africa

SABTT

Address:
2nd floor, 24 St Andrews, Johannesburg, Parktown
Gauteng
2193

Tel: +27 11 480 2300

Email: info@nihss.ac.za