Siegfried O. Wolf is the Director of Research at the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), a Brussels-based think tank, and he is a Senior Researcher (member) at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. He authored the book: ‘The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor of the Belt and Road Initiative Concept, Context and Assessment’ (Cham, Springer, 2019).
Daniel Thumpston is a PhD student at SOAS, University of London in the department of politics and international studies. His research is within political economy and international relations with a focus on China. His research interests are centred around Chinese and European trade and investment policy, in particular the dynamics of the Belt and Road Initiative and Digital Silk Road in Europe. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked in research and consultancy roles in the UK and China. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and French.
Dr. Niklas Swanström is the Executive Director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, and one of its co-founders. He is a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Vita Spivak is analytical projects head at “Expert RA” credit rating agency. Prior to that she worked as the Russia in the Asia Pacific Program Coordinator at the Carnegie Moscow Center. Her research interests focus on contemporary Chinese economy and foreign investment in the energy sector, the anti-corruption campaign in the PRC, and the development of the One Belt, One Road Initiative.
Frank Maracchione is a PhD candidate of the School of East Asian Studies and recipient of an ESRC White Rose Pathway Award at the University of Sheffield, England. He was also a visiting research student at the Renmin University of China in Beijing, where he conducted research for his Master’s thesis on counterterrorism in Xinjiang and Central Asia. His area of interest includes Chinese foreign policy and foreign aid (particularly in Central Asia and along the Belt and Road), together with Central Asian politics and international relations.
Dr Marcin Kaczmarski is a lecturer in the School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. In his research, Marcin focuses on Russia-China relations, comparative regionalism, Russia’s foreign and security policy and the role of rising powers in international politics. He is currently finalising a research project that compares Russia’s Eurasian Union and China’s New Silk Road. Marcin is the author of Russia-China relations in the post-crisis international order (Routledge 2015).
Bruno Hellendorff is Joint Research Fellow at the Egmont Institute and European Policy Centre (EPC) since 2018.
Italian senior diplomat with 25 years of experience in economic governmental relations and strategic investments in over 40 countries in all continents, and particularly in the MENA region. Currently, Global Head of Italian Infrastructure Industry for both the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Italian Contractors’ Association (ANCE – with euro 130 billion of works and concessions in over 100 countries).