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Mandira Bagwandeen

Lecturer/PhD Candidate at University of Cape Town

Mandira is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and also a part-time lecturer at UCT’s Political Studies Department. She holds a Graduate Research Associate position at the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at UCT, and a Research Associate position at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Foundation for Strategic Research), in France. Mandira is also a member of UNESCO's Inclusive Policy Lab and a mentor at the New Silk Roads Academy at the International Institute for Asian Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is also an alumna of Fudan University, in China, and was a guest lecturer at Stellenbosch University, in South Africa. Her research interests include China's Rise, the Belt and Road Initiative, China-Africa Relations, Africa's Infrastructure Development, African geopolitics and Asian geopolitics.

Mandira has experience working at think tanks and in the corporate sector. She was a research assistant at the Centre for Conflict Resolution, an independent non-governmental pan-African organisation. Mandira has also worked as an Asia-Pacific political and country risk analyst for S-RM, a British risk and intelligence consultancy and provided consulting services for Africa-focused research intelligence companies. She often writes articles for the Diplomatist an India-based foreign affairs magazine and has written thought pieces and discussion papers for the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University. Additionally, she also provides insightful commentary on China-Africa relations for local news outlets and international media outlets.

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