The Contours of China’s Engagement with Africa
Prevailing narratives in the discourse on China-Africa engagement include the distorted assumption that China is developing Africa. The agency of Africa’s political elites is also a major determinant of the permutations in China’s engagement across the continent. This panel will explore the many dimensions of China’s engagement across industries and the implications on national security, domestic markets, and regional cooperation across the continent.
Professor, Harvard Law School; Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program
Professor William P. Alford is a scholar of Chinese law and legal history. He is the Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law and the Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. His books include “”To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization”” (Stanford University Press 1995), “”Raising the Bar: The Emerging Legal Profession in East Asia”” (Harvard East Asian Legal Studies 2007), 残疾人法律保障机制研究 (A Study of Legal Mechanisms to Protect Persons with Disabilities) (Huaxia Press 2008, with Wang Liming and Ma Yu’er) and “”Prospects for the Professions in China”” (Routledge 2011, with William Kirby and Kenneth Winston).
Professor Alford is the founding Chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability which provides pro bono services on issues of disability in China, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vietnam and several other nations. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on US-China relations, Professor Alford has served as a consultant or advisor to multilateral organizations, various offices of the United States government and foreign governments.
Africa Editor, Quartz
Yinka Adegoke is the founding editor of Quartz Africa, coordinating its news and events in partnership with a team across the continent. In 2018 he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine for his role in developing Quartz Africa as a vital news and features platform on the continent. As a journalist, Yinka has reported from over 20 countries across Europe, Africa and North America. Before Quartz, Yinka was deputy editor at Billboard where he ran the business coverage for the world’s leading music magazine brand. Prior to that he was Reuters’ senior media correspondent covering the global media business where he focused on the digital disruption of traditional media. Earlier in his career Yinka was an editor at New Media Age in London covering the early days of the digital media revolution and a regular writer for The Guardian and The Financial Times. He has spoken at the World Bank, WTO and numerous business and technology events around the world. He’s also a pundit on broadcast outlets including BBC, CNN and NPR.”
Manager, Legal Services, Afreximbank
“Enga is Manager, Legal Services of the African Export-Import Bank, Cairo, where he negotiates, and structures transactions where the Bank is a lender or borrower. To date, he has assisted the Bank in negotiating and documenting loan transactions of over US$5 billion and has also assisted in negotiating and raising over US$6 billion from banks and capital markets. Prior to joining the Bank, Enga worked as: International Associate, Finance & Capital Markets, Clifford Chance, Paris; Legal Advisor, Perenco Oil & Gas, London and Manager, Tax & Legal Services, Ernst & Young.
Enga holds a master’s degree in corporate law and governance from Harvard Law School where he was a Dean Clarke Scholar, Frank Lally Scholar and Harman Fellow. He holds a doctorate degree in international trade law from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and was a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and Republic of Cameroon. Recently, he was recognized by the prestigious Crans Montana Forum as a New Leader for Tomorrow.
Enga is a visiting lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and LUISS University, Rome. He will be teaching at Harvard Law School this fall.
S.J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School
Ying Xia is a sixth 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, environmental law and legal anthropology. Ying has a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a LL.M., ll.b. and B.S. in Economics from Peking University.
Harvard Law School
Kibrom Teweldebirhan is a doctoral candidate at Harvard Law School. He received his LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School and Wuhan University and his LL.B. from University of Asmara. His area of interest includes international and comparative law, legal and social theory, and law and social change in postcolonial Africa. His doctoral dissertation is on “Labor after the Developmental State: Law, State, and Chinese State Enterprises on the African Copperbelt”.
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