• Huw is a postgraduate student at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Research Assistant for the Digital Ethics Lab. His research centres on the ethics of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on China. Huw holds a BA in Politics from Durham University and has also spent time studying at the University of Amsterdam and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He has professional experience working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in China and in the financial sector for Barclays.

Executive Director

Huw Roberts

  • Lukas is an MSc candidate in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He worked in Ethiopia to observe China’s increasingly complex engagement with African economies, politics and societies and focuses on China’s role in UN-peacekeeping and the security impact of Chinese investments in African political economies. Lukas has conducted research with a regional focus on the wider Horn of Africa and is interested in advancing the conceptual understanding of the Africa-China relationship by drawing on International Relations theory.

Director, London

Lukas Fiala

  • Ingrid Høegh is an MPhil in Development Studies candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID). She previously studied Chinese and African history at Durham University, and specialised in East Asian studies at the National University of Singapore. Her previous research focused on women’s political leadership in South and Southeast Asia, and she is currently studying the role of women in student politics in Delhi, India.

Secretary and Project Analyst

Ingrid Høegh

  • Jihane Benamar is an MPhil candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) and is a committee member of the Oxford University China Africa Network (OUCAN). Her previous research has focused on water security in the Gulf, the opportunities for youth in the MENA region after the Arab Spring, and the challenges facing Morocco's development model. She is currently researching security sector reforms and post-conflict reconstruction in West Africa.

Co-Founder and Project Lead

Jihane Benamar

  • Batool Abid is an MPhil candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID). Her previous work has been on gender equity (with USAID), religious freedoms in Pakistan (with The Asia Foundation), and rigging in the 2013 National Assembly Elections in Pakistan. Currently, Batool is working on the impact of the blasphemy law on religious minorities in Lahore.

Co-Founder and Project Lead

Batool Abid

Brian Oosthuizen is an MPhil candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) and is a committee member of the Oxford University China Africa Network. His past research has examined the shifting dynamics of China-Africa industrial relations and its impact on human development outcomes, the issues of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), and LGBT+ issues in international development. His current work examines the experiences of violence among LGBT+ refugees in East Africa.

Co-Founder and Advisor

Brian Oosthuizen

  • Charlotte is an MPhil candidate at the Oxford Department of International Development. She has experience in country risk analysis for development finance, trade and private sector consulting, and parliamentary advocacy. While studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Kings College London she focused on the economic and political impact of Chinese infrastructure investment in Ethiopia and Djibouti. During her graduate degree, she plans to expand her research to post-conflict environments in the broader region, as well as advance her Mandarin.

Project Analyst

Charlotte Baker

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