Omolade Adunbi is a political anthropologist and an associate professor in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies and Program in the Environment (Pite), and faculty associate, Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His areas of research explore issues related to resource distribution, governance, human and environmental rights, power, culture, transnational institutions, multinational corporations, and the postcolonial state. His latest book is Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2015). He is currently working on two interrelated projects: China’s growing interest in Africa’s natural resources; and infrastructural projects, oil refineries, and special economic zones.
Chris Alden is a professor in the International Relations Department, London School of Economics and Political Science. He has held fellowships at several universities, including Cambridge University, Tokyo University, Ecole Normale Supérieure, and University of Pretoria. He has authored/co-authored numerous books, including New Directions in Africa–China Studies, co-edited with Dan Large (Routledge/SSRC, forthcoming); Apartheid’s Last Stand: The Rise and Fall of the South African Security State (Palgrave, 2017); Brazil and Mozambique: Forging New Partnerships or Developing Dependency?, co-edited with Sergio Chichava and Ana Cristina Alves (Jacana/IESE/SAIIA, 2017); and China and Africa: Building Peace and Security Cooperation on the Continent, co-edited with Abiodun Alao, Laura Barber, and Zhang Chun (Palgrave, 2017).
Deborah Brautigam is the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Political Economy, director of the International Development Program, and director of the China–Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her most recent books include The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (OUP, 2010) and Will Africa Feed China? (OUP, 2015). Before joining SAIS in 2012, she taught at Columbia University and the American University. Dr Brautigam’s teaching and research focus is on international development strategies, governance, and foreign aid. She has a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Richard Carey is a former OECD director of development cooperation, supporting the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). During his career at the OECD (1980–2010) he led on development issues, including aid effectiveness, aid for trade, participatory development and good governance, policy coherence, development finance, and conflict and fragility. He was the founding co-chair of the China-DAC Study Group in 2009. He has also been active in multilateral work, including MDGs, debt statistics, and multilateral coordination, and in developing a close relationship with the UN Economic Commission for Africa.
(p.xviii) Fantu Cheru is emeritus professor of International Relations, American University (Washington, DC) and a senior researcher at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University (The Netherlands). From 2007–12 he was a research director at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden and a member of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Panel on Mobilizing International Support for the New Partnership for African Development. Professor Cheru serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals, and among his publication are: Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy (with Cramer and Oqubay (OUP, 2019)); Agricultural Development and Food Security in Africa: The Impact of Chinese, Indian and Brazilian Investments (Zed Books, 2013); Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century (with Cornelissen and Shaw (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)); The Rise of China and India in Africa (Zed Books, 2010).
Jing Gu, PhD, is the director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development at the Institute of Development Studies. She has an interdisciplinary background in law, economics, and international development. She has led many interdisciplinary research projects involving multi-country teams, including the ground-breaking pioneering research on China in Africa which involved field research in fifteen African countries and ten Chinese provinces from 2007 to 2017. She has published widely on the BRICS in international development, China and emerging powers, China’s international development role, and China-Africa relations. She is a senior advisor to the China International Development Research Network, and a member of the international editorial board of Third World Quarterly.
Won L. Kidane is a tenured associate professor of law at the Seattle University School of Law. He teaches, writes, and practices in the areas of international arbitration and litigation. Professor Kidane has published four books (two co-authored) and dozens of law review articles. Among his notable books are: The Culture of International Arbitration (OUP, 2017), Litigating War (with Murphy and Snider, OUP, 2013), and Global Issues in Immigration Law (with Aldana, Lyon, and McKanders, West Academic, 2013). He holds an SJD (Georgetown), JD (University of Illinois), and LLM (University of Georgia).
Justin Yifu Lin is dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics and Institute of South–South Cooperation and Development, and professor and honorary dean of National School of Development at Peking University. He was the senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank, 2008–12. Prior to this, he served for fifteen years as founding director and professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He is a councillor of the State Council and a member of the Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference. He is the author of more than twenty books including Beating the Odds: Jump-Starting Developing Countries (Princeton University Press, 2017); Going beyond Aid: Development Cooperation for Structural Transformation (CUP, 2017); The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off (Princeton University Press, 2012); New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy (World Bank, 2012); Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession (CUP, 2013); and Demystifying the Chinese Economy (CUP, 2012). He is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.
(p.xix) Célestin Monga, PhD, is vice president of the African Development Bank. Prior to that he was managing director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and senior adviser and programme director at the World Bank. He has held various senior positions in academia and financial institutions. A graduate of MIT, Harvard, and the Universities of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Bordeaux, and Pau, Dr Monga has authored and co-edited several books on Africa including The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics, Vols 1 and 2 (OUP, 2015) with Justin Lin. He was also the economics editor for the five-volume New Encyclopedia of Africa (Charles Scribner’s, 2007).
Cyril Obi, PhD, is a programme director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and leads two Africa-related programmes: the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) and the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (NGSSA). Dr Obi is also a research associate at the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa. His publications include The Rise of China and India in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Critical Interventions (Zed Books, 2010), co-edited with Fantu Cheru.
Arkebe Oqubay, PhD, is a senior minister and special adviser to the Ethiopian Prime Minister and has been at the centre of policymaking for over twenty-five years. He is the former mayor of Addis Ababa and was awarded the Best African Mayor of 2006 by ABN, a finalist World Mayor Award 2006, for transforming the city. He currently serves as board chair of several leading public organizations and international advisory boards, and is a recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, presented by the Emperor of Japan. He is a research associate at the Centre of African Studies in the University of London, and holds a PhD in development studies from SOAS, University of London. His recent works include his path-breaking Made in Africa: Industrial Policy in Ethiopia (OUP, 2015); The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy (OUP, 2019), with Cheru and Cramer; How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch Up (OUP, 2019), with Ohno; African Economic Development: Evidence, Theory, and Policy (OUP, forthcoming), with Cramer and Sender; and The Oxford Handbook of Industrial Hubs and Economic Development (OUP, forthcoming), with Lin. Dr Arkebe was recognized by the New African as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2016 and a “leading thinker on Africa’s strategic development” for his work, both practical and theoretical, on industrial policies. His research focus includes structural transformation, catch-up, industrial policy, and policymaking, with a special emphasis on Africa.
Carlos Oya, PhD, is reader (associate professor) in the political economy of development at SOAS, University of London. His main research interests are labour relations and employment, agrarian political economy, development policy, poverty, and research methodology. He is currently leading a project on structural transformations and employment dynamics in the infrastructure construction and manufacturing sectors in Ethiopia and Angola, with a special focus on Chinese firms.
David H. Shinn, PhD, has been teaching in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University since 2001. He previously served for thirty-seven years in the US foreign service with assignments at embassies in Lebanon, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Cameroon, and Sudan, and as ambassador to Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. He is the co-author of China and Africa: A Century of Engagement (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia (Scarecrow Press, 2013) and author (p.xx) of Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Gülen Movement (2014). He has a PhD from George Washington University.
Howard Stein is a professor in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies (DAAS) and Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. He is a development economist educated in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He has held university appointments in Japan, Tanzania, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Portugal. He is the editor or author of more than a dozen books and edited collections. His research has focused on foreign aid, finance and development, structural adjustment and neoliberalism, health, gender and development, institutional transformation, industrial policy, export-processing zones, agricultural policy, poverty and rural property rights transformation, and Chinese and African economic relations.
Ian Taylor is a 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. He is interested in sub-Saharan Africa’s political economy and its international relations, the history of Afro-Asian diplomacy, the notion of ‘rising powers’, and the implications for global governance and development (and for Africa specifically). Focusing largely on sub-Saharan Africa, he has authored eight academic books, edited another eleven, and published over seventy peer-reviewed scholarly articles. He holds a DPhil from the University of Stellenbosch.
Jiajun Xu is an assistant professor and the executive deputy dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics at Peking University. Xu worked at the United Nations and World Bank and currently acts as the general secretary of the Global Research Consortium on Economic Structural Transformation. Her research focuses on development financing and global economic governance. She has published in academic journals in the field of international development. Her academic monograph Beyond US Hegemony in International Development was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Xu holds a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford.
Linda Yueh, DPhil, is fellow in economics at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford where she is director of the China Growth Centre. She is also adjunct professor of economics at the London Business School and visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was visiting professor of economics at Peking University. Her books include: China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower (OUP, 2013); Enterprising China: Business, Economic and Legal Development Since 1979 (OUP, 2011); and What Would the Great Economists Do? How Twelve Brilliant Minds Would Solve Today’s Biggest Problems (Picador, 2019).