I welcome media engagement on the following topics:

Chinese economic and political engagement with Africa, African debt sustainability; China in Southeast Asia; Belt and Road Initiative; African politics and political economy, particularly on Angolan, Ethiopian, and Kenyan; Infrastructure; Corporate social responsibility and sustainable development

Conference Presentations


International Studies Association.


African Studies Association; Panel: African Understandings and Agency in China-Africa Engagements. Paper: Individual Agency and State Capacity: Comparing Sino-Africa railway development in Kenya and Ethiopia. Virtual conference, 19-21 November.

American Political Science Association; Panel: state-building in comparative perspective. Paper: Reconciling efficiency and accountability? Virtue conference, 9-13 September.


Shanghai Conference on Africa and Asia, Harvard Center for African Studies; Panel: Infrastructure, Trade, and Industrialization. Paper: Chinese-Funded and Constructed Railway Projects in Sub-Saharan African States. Shanghai.

Oxford University China Africa Network: Between Physical and Ideological Mobility; Panel: The Politics of Transport: Realpolitik, Elite Ideologies and the Role of Infrastructure. Paper: Politicization for Development: The politics of Sino-Africa railway cooperation. Oxford.

China Africa Research Initiative Annual Conference; Panel: China, Africa, and the West. Paper: The politics of Sino-Africa infrastructure development. Washington D.C.

Invited Seminars and Lectures


Heidelberg University, Seminar.

Oxford University China Africa Network, Seminar. 3 March 2021.


C. Hoare & Co. Winter Talks, Title: Staying on track: what drives success investing in Africa.


Development workshop. Politicization for Development: The politics of Sino-Africa railway cooperation. Angola, Luanda.

Beijing Administration College, Beijing.Beijing Administration College, 中国工程师遇上非洲政治:中非基础设施合作研究。Beijing, China.Beijing Administration College, Beijing.

Development Corridor Programme (DCP) Research Hub, Title: Clientelism at work? A case study of Kenyan Standard Gauge Railway project. 


Oxford University China Africa Network Seminar.

Service to the Profession

Reviewer for: South African Journal of International Affairs, Progress in Development Studies, China Quarterly, Policy Studies.


2019, Consultant, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on ‘Opportunities and Risks for Sustainable Development Linked to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.’ 

2018-2019, Consultant, UNDP China, 2019 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Private Enterprises Overseas. 

2015, Consultant, UNDP China, 2015 Report on the Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas. 

2014–2015, Consultant, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). ‘Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Outward Direct Investment.’

2015, Consultant, International Institute for Environment Development (IIED), ‘Chinese Businesses in Africa: Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility and the Role of Chinese Government Policies’.

Organised Conferences

Co-Convenor, Oxford University China Africa Network (OUCAN) 2019-2020.


St. Peter’s College Admission Interview, University of Oxford

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