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CARI Staff


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Deborah Bräutigam, Ph.D.
CARI Director and Professor of Comparative Politics and Director, International Development Program (IDEV), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

A leading expert on China in Africa, Professor Bräutigam is the author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010; Chinese version published by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press) and Chinese Aid and African Development: Exporting Green Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 1998). She is also co-editor of Taxation and State-Building: Capacity and Consent (Cambridge University Press, 2008) as well as numerous articles published in academic journals and public affairs media. Professor Brautigam regularly advises international agencies and governments on China-Africa economic engagement. Her latest book, Will Africa Feed China?, was published in October 2015 by Oxford University Press.

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Jyhjong Hwang
Senior Research Assistant

Jyhjong Hwang is responsible for leading the China-Africa finance database research team and conducting quantitative and qualitative studies of China-Africa trade and finance. Jyhjong graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS with a M.A. in International Economics and International Development. From 2010 to 2012, she was a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Namibia. Her research focuses on Chinese official subsidized loans to African countries and Sino-Africa trade, particularly of agricultural products. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University in English and International Relations.

Marie Foster

Marie Foster
Program Coordinator

Marie Foster is a French national with a Master’s degree in European affairs from Sciences Po Lille. She started her career in Brussels as a legislative assistant for the European Parliament, and then worked in international public affairs for the pharmaceutical sector. Before joining CARI, she spent time coordinating major conferences at the German Marshall Fund and worked as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of the Atlantic Council. 

Yunnan Chen

Yunnan Chen
Research Assistant

Yunnan Chen is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Development and China Studies. She previously worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University. She has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.

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Henry Tugendhat
Research Assistant

Henry Tugendhat is a third-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, working on Chinese finance in Africa. He was previously a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies for three years, looking at Chinese and Brazilian agricultural engagements in Africa. He has also lived and worked in China for three years and holds a M.Sc. from SOAS (University of London) and a Joint Honours B.A. from the University of Leeds. He speaks French, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese.

Winslow Robertson

Winslow Robertson
Communications Assistant

Winslow Robertson is the Managing Member of Cowries and Rice, a China-Africa strategy consultancy. Mr. Robertson's academic focus is on China-Nigeria diplomatic history, having received his M.A. from Syracuse University and his B.A. from James Madison University.

Yanning Chen

Yanning Chen
Research Assistant

Yanning Chen is a second-year Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Development. Her research focuses on role of investment in the diffusion of renewable energy in Africa. She holds a M.A. from Boston University. She received a B.S. in International Political Economy from Georgetown University.

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Jiwoon (June) Choi
Research Assistant

June Choi is a second-year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating on Energy, Resources, and Environment with a minor in International Development. Prior to SAIS, she was at the Hopkins Nanjing Center and interned with the Energy Division at the UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. Her interests include climate and energy finance, disaster risk mitigation, and climate adaptation in Small Island States. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Asian Civilizations and Languages from Amherst College.

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Yufan Huang
Research Assistant

Yufan Huang is a first year M.A. student of International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS, with a concentration on China Studies. From 2014 to 2017, he was a researcher for the New York Times Beijing Bureau, focusing on China-related foreign and defense affairs. He has an B.A. in International Politics from Renmin University of China.

Zhao Liu

Zhao Liu
Research Assistant

Zhao Liu is a second-year M.A. student of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Her previous research focused on the impact of Chinese investment on poverty reduction in Kenya. Zhao holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

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Yi Ren
Research Assistant 

Yi Ren is a second-year M.A. student in International Political Economy at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she was an editor at Caixin Media in China and the co-founder of International Sino-Africa Watch, a media platform focused on China-Africa relations. She got her Master of Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.

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Yingjiao Shen
Research Assistant 

Yingjiao Shen is a second-year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, dual concentrating in African Studies and Energy, Resources and Environment. Her interests are in China’s financial and political engagement in the MENA region. Prior to SAIS, Yingjiao lived in Morocco for six months and worked with the Interfaith Alliance at Al Akhawayn University. She holds a B.A. degree in Arabic, French, and Comparative Literature from State University of New York at Binghamton.

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Po-Kuan Wu
Research Assistant 

Po-Kuan Wu is a first-year M.A. student in Energy, Resources and Environment at SAIS. His interests lie in global energy market and infrastructure investment in East Asia. Previously, he worked as a reporter at CTV news in Taiwan, covering international news and Chinese affairs. He earned his B.A. in Diplomacy from National Chengchi University in Taipei.

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Kun Zhang
Research Assistant 

Kun Zhang is a second-year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins-SAIS, concentrating in International Development. Her interest and studies focus on sustainable and holistic human development in Sub-Saharan Africa, where she also spent the past summer working. She graduated from Truman State University with B.S. degrees in Economics and History.

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