Ian Taylor

Professor Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor is Professor in International Relations and African Political Economy at the University of St Andrews and also Chair Professor in the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China - the highest rank a non-Chinese academic can hold at a Chinese university. He also holds Honorary and Visiting Professorial positions at five other globally renown universities and institutes. 

Focusing his research on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Chinese foreign policy and critical theory he has authored 11 academic books, edited another 12 and has published over 70 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, over 90 chapters in books and numerous working papers, reports, op-eds, review articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews which have been translated into 12 languages. He has been invited to present his research in 52 different countries on 6 continents and has been described as 'one of the most authoritative academics on SSA IR'.

Outside of St Andrews, he is a Commissioner of the 14-persons Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, has conducted research in 28 countries, sits on 18 editorial boards and is regularly featured in radio and television broadcasts and newspaper publications internationally.


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Jonathan Hillman

Jon is the director of the Reconnecting Asia Project and is a fellow with the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy. His work focuses on the intersections between economics and foreign policy and takes a strong interest in China's Belt and Road initiative. He has written on these and other issues for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the National Interest, and other outlets.

Prior to his work with CSIS, he has served as a policy advisor, worked on US national security strategy and contributed as a researcher at several prestigious institutions, including the Council on Foreign Relations. At Harvard Kennedy School he graduated as a Presidential Scholar. At Brown University he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Garrison Prize for the best thesis in international relations.  


Chris Devonshire-Ellis

Chris Devonshire-Ellis is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Dezan Shira & Associates, a foreign investment consulting practice founded in 1992. The firm provides business intelligence, market entry, legal, tax and corporate support services to British and other foreign investors throughout China, Russia, India, ASEAN and Central Asia, employing some 600 staff among 28 regional offices. 

He is also the Publisher of Asia Briefing, including business titles about China, the Silk Road, Russia, India, ASEAN and Vietnam. He is a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, while his book "China's New Economic Silk Road" has been well received and is an international best seller.  He is regularly quoted on matters of China and the Belt & Road in international business TV and media. 

E: chris@dezshira.com 

W: www.dezshira.com 


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Professor Dariusz Wojcik

Dariusz Wojcik is Professor of Economic Geography at University of Oxford and inaugural Chair of the Global Network on Financial Geography (www.fingeo.net). He has published three books and over fifty articles and book chapters in leading journals and edited volumes and held Visiting positions at LSE, National University of Singapore, Beijing Normal University, University of Sydney and Hong Kong University where he recently co-led one of the largest ever research projects on financial centre development with lawyers and economists on Enhancing Hong Kong's Attractiveness as an International Financial Centre. 

Dariusz’s current work focuses on the global financial landscape in the wake of the global financial crisis including the emergence of new financial centres in China and the rest of Asia. He is currently leading a five year European Research Council funded project Cities in Global Financial Networks: Finance and Development in the 21st Century, and an Australian Research Council funded project on Australia in Global Financial and Production Networks. He is the co-editor of The New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography published by the Oxford University Press. Beyond academia, his research has been reported internationally in the Financial TimesFinancial News, the Sunday TimesForbesChina Economic ReviewRTÉ Ireland and the BBC World Service.


Chris Odgen

Dr Christopher Ogden

Chris is an Associate Professor in Asian Security at the University of Saint Andrews and a Visiting Scholar to the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has produced several single-authored books, edited numerous volumes, journal articles, and book chapters focusing on power politics, domestic politics, and security in East Asia and South Asia.

He frequently engages in extensive media and public engagement activities and is recognised as a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy. Chris has been appointed as a Senior Lecture Associate with the Foreign Policy Centre and as an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for South Asian Studies

His latest book A Dictionary of China’s Politics and International Relations will be published in 2019.