Dr Andrey Kortunov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1979 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute for U.S. and Canada Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1982. He holds a PhD in History. Dr Kortunov completed internships at the Soviet embassies in London and Washington, and at the Permanent Delegation of the USSR to the UN.
From 1982–1995, Dr Kortunov held various positions in the Institute for US and Canada Studies, including Deputy Director. He has taught at universities around the world and has led several public organisations involved in higher education, social sciences and social development.
From 2011 to 2023, Andrey Kortunov was the Director-General of the Russian International Affairs Council. He is a member of several expert supervisory committees and boards of trustees of Russian and international organisations. His academic interests include contemporary international relations and Russian foreign policy.