Alexandra Koval, Candidate of Economic Science (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor at the World Economy department of Saint Petersburg State University. She has authored or co-authored nearly 80 articles and book chapters. Her main research interests include trade policy developments in Russia and Latin America and Russian-Latin American economic relations. She was a visiting researcher at various universities and think tanks in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Dr. Koval has participated in the WTO Chair programme and coordinated the EU Marie Curie programme ‘Power and Region in a Multipolar Order’ at St. Petersburg State University.