Rakhamim Yashayevich Emanuilov was born in 1949. He graduated from Azerbaijan
State University in 1972 with a degree in Oriental Studies, and for many years
worked in Iran and Afghanistan.
He is the Director of the Civilizations Interaction Foundation as part of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and has a Ph.D. in History.
Currently he serves as an Advisor to the Chairman of the Council of the Federation, of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, on relations between Russia and countries of the Middle East and Central Asia.
Co-chairman of the tutorial committee of the CIS Interreligious Council since 2010.