Shirley Yu



Job Title

Political Economist, Professor, Keynote Speaker, Author


London School of Economics, The Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School


London, United Kingdom


English, Mandarin


She is uniquely positioned to advise Fortune Global 100 companies and international multilateral institutions on the economic and strategic risks/opportunities in China and Chinese companies’ globalization strategies. She looks to bring China’s expertise to global public company boards as a non-executive director.

Speaking Topics

  • China’s techno-geopolitics
  • China’s renewable energy transition and carbon economics
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative vs. the G7’s B3W
  • US-China strategic relations

Expert Profile

Professor Shirley Ze Yu  is a political economist, Director of the China-Africa Initiative at the London School of Economics, and a senior practitioner fellow with the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School. She is also a professor at the IE Business School, and a distinguished foreign faculty professor at the National Defence University, Pakistan. She is the creator of a daily intelligence and insights newsletter on China for Fortune Global 500 stakeholders-China BIG Idea by Shirley Yu. Shirley Yu is a frequent commentator at the BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, Al Jazeera, PBS Frontline, S&P Global, and Channel News Asia on China. She is a column contributor to the FT, the National News, among others. She is a member of the Davos World Economic Forum Expert Network on China, 5G, and geo-economics. She is also a South China Morning Post Expert. She has been the keynote speaker at leading global institutions including the Chatham House, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University, the LSE, and Asia Society, among many. She also serves as the non-executive director of Eurasia International Commercial Bank. She is a contributing author of a Palgrave Macmillan 2020 book Huawei Goes Global: Made in China for the World. She has a Ph.D. in political economy from China’s Peking University, and a Master’s degree from Harvard University.