The keynote speakers of Forum 2017 are:


Manuel Alcantara Saez

Spanish political scientist, professor at the University of Salamanca. He studies the political parties, political systems and the parliamentary elites of Latin America.





Jussi Pakkasvirta

Professor of Area and Cultural Studies Department of World Cultures, President of European Council of Social Investigations of Latin America




Ignacio Ramonet

Spanish journalist and writer. He was the editor-in-chief of Le Monde diplomatique from 1991 until March 2008.An editorial published by Ramonet on December 1997 in this magazine resulted in the launching of ATTAC. In addition, Ramonet is one of the founders of the NGO Media Watch Global, and currently he is president of this organization. Ramonet also frequently contributes to El País and participates in an advisory council to TeleSUR.




  Fyodor Lukyanov

Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and Research Director of the Valdai International Discussion Club.





Dr. Vladimir Davydov


Ph.D. in Economics, professor, head of Institute of Latin America of RAS, the member-correspondent of RAS, president of Russian Association of Researchers of Iberoamerican world.



 Dr. Serguei Brilev


 Member of Presidium of Council for foreign and defence policy, deputy-head of “Russia” TV-channel on special information projects, president of Institute of Bering-Bellingshausen for the Americas



 Dr. Liudmila Okuneva


 Ph.D. in History, professor of Department of history and politics of European and American countries of MGIMO University, head of BRICS Center, MGIMO..




Dr. René González Barrios


 Lawyer, politician, participant of revolutionary movement in Cuba, participant of the armed movement in Angola, president of Institute of history, Cuba



  Dr. Felipe de Jesús Pérez Cruz


 Teacher, Ph.D. in pedagogical sciences, historian, member of the Union of writers and artists of Cuba, president of the Union of historians, Cuba.



 Dr. Carlos Quenan


Economist, professor of economy of Institute of perspective researches of Latin America (Paris, University of Sorbonne). Master of economy and social sciences (1982), Ph.D. in Economics in "Currency, finance, bank" (1984). Employee of Center of researches and documentation on Latin America (CREDAL), member of a working group of Research Institute of North and South America. .




Dr. Andrés Serbin


 Director of Center for global and regional researches (Argentina), head of the Regional Coordination Center of economic and social researches of Latin America and the Caribbean, professor of Central University of Venezuela, invited professor of Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, universities of Europe and Latin America, ex-adviser of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela.


     Dr. Gonzalo Sebastian Paz


 Professor of Georgetown University (Washington, USA), employee of the Center of Latin American researches. Researcher of the relations between Latin America and countries of Southeast Asia, foreign policy of Argentina.



 Dr.  Hernán Camarero


 Professor of University of Buenos Aires and University Torcuato di Tella, Palermo University. Author and co-author of articles about history of labor movement in Argentina, Soviet-Argentina relations, history of Komintern in Argentina. Member of editorial council of the magazine "Herramienta y de Taller, revista de Sociedad, Cultura y Política". Editor-in-chief of “Archivos” magazine.



 Isaac Minian Laniado

Mexican economist, professor of Autonomous University of Mexico City. Researcher of economic history of Mexico and Latin America, history of technology and production.





José Antonio Ocampo

Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Prior to his appointment, Ocampo served in a number of positions in the United Nations and the Government of Colombia, most notably in the United Nations as Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Executive Secretary for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Colombia as Minister of Finance and Public Credit and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.


 Jorge Castañeda Gutman

is a Mexican politician and academic who served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs (2000–2003). He also authored more than a dozen books, including a biography of Che Guevara, and he regularly contributes to newspapers such as Reforma (Mexico), El País (Spain), Los Angeles Times (USA) and Newsweek magazine.




Ernesto Samper

Colombian politician. He served as the President of Colombia from 1994 to 1998, representing the Liberal Party. He currently serves as the Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).






Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian economist and politician who was the 36th President of Brazil from 2011 until her impeachment and removal from office on 31 August 2016





Maite Mola

Vice-President of the Party of the European Left, member of the leadership of Izquierda Unida and of the Communist Party of Spain, teacher of physical sciences. She works especially on international and feminism topics.






 Lucas Carvajal

Member of the Peace Delegation FARC-EP.





Gerardo Caetano

historian and Uruguayan political scientist. He is a researcher in the area of social sciences: the Faculty of Social Sciences of UdelaR, the UNESCO Center of Montevideo, and several other institutions, among which the National Academy of Letters of Uruguay.

Doctorate in history at the National University of La Plata.


 Pablo Gentili

He holds a PhD in Education from the University of Buenos Aires. Since 1992 he has been living in Brazil, where he teaches at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Currently, he is Deputy Executive Secretary of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and Director of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Brazil. He has published more than twenty books on educational reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean, some of which are reference works to study privatization processes and analyze the dynamics of exclusion that affect contemporary Latin American education



 Aldo Panfichi Huaman

Aldo Panfichi Huamán is professor of sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) and president of the Centennial Commission of that institution. He has a doctorate in sociology from the New School for Social Research and an MA and BA in social sciences with a concentration in sociology from PUCP.





 Jeifets Lazar S.

Doctor in history, professor at the Faculty of International Relations of the University of St. Petersburg. He is the specialist in the history of the left movement and the Comintern in Latin America. The author of the biographical dictionary "Latin America and the Comintern".