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.
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 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.
Ying Xia is a third year S.J.D student at Harvard Law School, writing her thesis on the development of Chinese multi-national corporations in Africa. Her areas of interest include business-government relations, international law and legal anthropology. Ying has a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Law and B.S. in Economics from Peking University.
Julia Cadaval Martins
Julia Cadaval Martins is doctoral candidate at Georgetown focusing on comparative water governance and development. Previously, she worked as a Governance and Institutions Specialist at the World Bank, and acted as a consultant on industry regulation and public-private partnerships in Brazil. She holds an LL.M. (master’s) degree from Harvard Law School, where she was also a Summer Academic Fellow and Research Assistant at the Harvard Environmental Law and Policy Program. Julia has a law degree from Rio de Janeiro State University. Her research interests include cooperative governance, water management and federalism.
Yunnan Chen is a second-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.
Henry Tugendhat is a 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 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.
Zhenkun Xu is a second-year M.A. student of the ERE concentration at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His research interests cover energy geopolitics and Chinese state-owned enterprises’ overseas upstream oil and gas investments. He previously interned with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Sinopec, and Unipec America. Zhenkun holds a B.A. from Renmin University of China.
Hao Zhang is a second-year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS in International Political Economy. He spent his first year in the Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University as a dual degree seeker. Previously he worked as a Research Assistant at the Development Research Center of China’s State Council, and Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, focusing on China’s international economic strategy. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Politics from Renmin University of China.
Yujin Zhang is a first-year M.A. student in International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins SAIS and pursuing a specialization in Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory. His interests include Political economy and regional integration in Southeast Asia. He graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Business Administration.
Siqi Zhou is a first-year M.A. student in International Development and International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Her interests are in development in Africa and Latin America, especially in areas of international investment and finance. She holds a B.A. in Finance from Renmin University in China.
Jingchen Yang is a second-year M.A. student in International Development at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Her research interests cover infrastructure finance and development in Africa and South Asia. She previously interned at a microfinance bank in India. Jingchen holds a B.A. from China Foreign Affairs University.
Yuting Chen is a first year MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS concentrating in International Political Economy with a specialization in International Finance. Before coming to SAIS, she studied International Politics at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Her interests are in investments in emerging markets, and global technology and natural resources markets.
Yanning Chen is a first-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.
Jonathan Hall-Eastman is a first-year M.A. student in China Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS and pursuing a specialization in Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory. His interests lie in the nexus between China’s international policies and the development of its interior provinces. He triple majored in History, Economics, and Political Science at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. He spent the year prior to SAIS DC studying at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
Shen Peng is a first-year M.A. student in Energy, Resource and Environment and International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His interests include development in Inner Asia and Chinese foreign investments. He holds a B.A. in Communication Science from Fudan University in China.
Taili Zhou is a first-year M.A. student in African studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS. He is interested in investments by Chinese private companies in Africa as well as in their engagements with the African market. He holds a B.A. in accounting from Sun Yat-sen University in China
Tao is a second year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, concentrating on China Studies and International Economics. Now, she is pursuing a specialization in quantitative methods of economic theory. She has accumulated experience and strong interest in conducting research on China’s trade and monetary policy. This summer, Tao interned at Control Risks Shanghai office and conducted research of risk-related Chinese inbound and outbound investments around the world. She holds a B.A in Economics from Renmin University of China.
Zhao Liu is a first-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.
Jinxin Wu is a second year M.A. student in International Relations at Johns Hopkins SAIS and she is pursuing a specialization in International Finance. Her interests include the financing structure behind China’s overseas investment in infrastructure. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Fudan University in China.