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Affiliated Researchers

CARI Affiliated Researchers


Girum Abebe
Research Associate (non-resident)

Girum Abebe is a researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). His main interests are in the application of field experiments in development economics to study constraints that enterprises face in developing countries. He is engaged in field experiment design, particularly in implementation of business and management skills training to young entrepreneurs and impact evaluation of job search assistance schemes to young unemployed job-seekers. He studies mechanisms that firms employ to learn new knowledge from technology leaders at home and abroad, and the roles of human capital and agglomerations in the learning process. More recently, he has worked on reviewing industrial polices in Ethiopia and the possible linkages between FDI and local enterprises. He obtained a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS).


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Bo Kong
Research Associate (non-resident)

Bo Kong is the ConocoPhillips Petroleum Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. He is also Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Senior Associate in the Energy and National Security Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), member of the Advisory Board for the Revenue Watch Institute, member of the International Editorial Board for the Universiti of Kebangsaan Malaysia’ journal—JEBAT: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics, and Strategic Studies, and member of the ChinaFAQs Expert Group. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is the author of China’s International Petroleum Policy (Santa Barbara, California: Praeger Security International, 2010).


Cheng Cheng

Cheng Cheng
Ph.D. Student Associate (non-resident)

Cheng Cheng is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Nanjing University, China. He graduated from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center before spending one year as a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins SAIS for his doctoral research. Cheng is currently working on his dissertation on China Africa Development Cooperation. His long term plan is to introduce disciplinary research on international development into China.


Sérgio Chichava
Research Associate (non-resident)

Sérgio Chichava is a senior researcher at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Económicos (IESE), Mozambique and Lecturer in Political Sociology and Political Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), also in Mozambique. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux, France and has held fellowships at Oxford University (2008) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (2013). He works on Mozambique’s relations with rising powers, particularly on China and Brazil. His most recent publication is China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists (Jacana 2014), co-edited with Chris Alden. Dr. Chichava has also written policy briefs for CARI and the Future Agriculture Consortium.


Janet Eom

Janet Eom

Research Associate (non-resident)

Janet Eom is a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. From 2015 to 2017, she served as the Research Manager at CARI, where she led efforts to connect research on loan finance, trade, and investment to policymakers by programming events and managing publications. Previously, she researched the social and environmental impact of Chinese activity in Africa at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Janet has worked on China-Africa issues in the Strategy and Policy Unit of the Office of the President in Rwanda, and she has conducted field research on the role of Chinese investment in Rwandan economic development. She holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University.


Josh Maiyo

Josh Maiyo
Research Associate (non-resident)

Josh Maiyo is adjunct lecturer in International Political Economy at Webster University, Leiden campus in the Netherlands and a Ph.D. Fellow at the VU University Amsterdam where he is a recipient of the Netherlands Scientific Council science for development (NWO-WOTRO) scholarship. His research examines transnational dimensions and local dynamics of large-scale land deals, agrarian change and rural development in central Uganda with case studies of Chinese, Indian and Norwegian owned farms. He has also carried out investigations of Chinese government and private engagement in Uganda’s agriculture sector. He holds an MSc degree in Political Science (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam and an MPhil in African Studies from the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. Previously, Josh was a lecturer of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where he taught politics of development and worked as a journalist in Kenya and the Netherlands.


Tabitha Grace Mallory
Research Associate (non-resident)

Tabitha Grace Mallory is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. She specializes in Chinese foreign and environmental policy, and is currently working on a book manuscript on China and global fisheries governance. Dr. Mallory also conducts research on China-Africa relations, with a focus on environmental aspects. Dr. Mallory completed her Ph.D. with distinction in international relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and previously worked as a research associate at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), an organization dedicated to informing and strengthening U.S. policy toward Asia.


Margaret McMillan
Research Associate (non-resident)

Margaret McMillan is a professor of economics at Tufts University and a Research Associate in the NBER’s program on International Trade and Investment. In 2009, she was appointed the Director of the Development Strategies and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute. McMillan holds a Ph.D. in economics (with distinction) from Columbia University, an MPA from Princeton University, and B.A. in mathematics and economics (summa cum laude) from Boston University. Her research covers international trade, investment, and development. In 2005, she was named the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is the principalinvestigator on a multi-million dollar project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the U.K. designed to enhance the understanding of economic growth and structural change in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Susana Moreira
Research Associate (non-resident)

Susana Moreira is an Extractive Industries Specialist at the World Bank’s Sustainable Energy, Oil, Gas, and Mining unit (SEGOM). She is also a contributing author to the Freedom of the World Index and is involved in several research projects looking at Chinese NOCs presence overseas, including the “Resource Diplomacy Under Hegemony” project, sponsored by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Dr. Moreira’s publications include “Learning from Failure: China’s Overseas Oil Investments” published by the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs in 2013 and “The Impact of Brazil’s expanding hydrocarbon reserves on its relations with the US and the PRC” published by Routledge in 2015.


Nama Ouattara

Nama Ouattara
Research Associate (non-resident)

Nama Ouattara is an expert in Development Economics with a concentration in South-South cooperation. She received her Masters from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris and her Ph.D. in Economics from University Paris-Sud. Her research focuses on how African countries can capitalize on their partnerships with China, with the aim of evaluating policies. She also has five years of experience teaching Macroeconomics, Sustainable Development and International Trade at the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Ouattara has experience working for national and international institutions including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mali, France’s Agence Française de Développement, and the International Monetary Fund. She is currently a professional lecturer at George Washington University and pursues research on China-Africa relations.


Ian Taylor
Research Associate (non-resident)

Ian Taylor is Professor in International Relations and African Political Economy at St Andrews and Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University, China – the highest rank a non-Chinese academic can hold at a Chinese university. He is also Professor Extraordinary in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and Honorary Professor at the Institute of African Studies, China. He was visiting professor at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Lee Hysan Visiting Professor, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Focusing on sub-Saharan Africa, he has authored nine and edited 11 academic books, and published over 140 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and chapters. He holds a DPhil from the University of Stellenbosch and an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong. Previously, he taught African politics and history, IR and development at the University of Botswana.


Tang Xiaoyang
Research Associate (non-resident)

Tang Xiaoyang is an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is the author of China-Africa Economic Diplomacy (2014) and has published extensively on Asia-Africa relations. His research focuses on the impact of Chinese engagement on Africa's modernization and on the construction of global value chains. Previously, Dr. Tang has worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC and as a consultant for the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various research institutes and consulting companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York.


Rex Uzonna Ukaejiofo
Research Associate (non-resident)

Rex Ukaejiofo holds a PhD in Rural development from the China Agricultural University, Beijing. He was recently a 2014 visiting scholar at the Centre for Chinese Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Rex is currently consulting short-term for the International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC. His research focuses on Chinese Investments in African Agriculture.


Yun Sun
Research Associate (non-resident)

Yun Sun is a senior associate with the East Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center and a non-resident fellow of the Brookings Institution. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. In the past, she has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, as well as the China Analyst for International Crisis Group based in Beijing. Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University and an M.A. in Asia Pacific studies from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins SAIS.


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