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Veda Vaidyanathan

Visiting Associate Fellow at Institute of Chinese Studies

I have been working on Indian and Chinese engagement in Africa for the past eight years and am a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi. Previously, I've worked as a Consultant for the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association in Harare and as an Academic Advisor at the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence in Nairobi. I specialize in gathering grassroots perspectives to conduct evidence-based research and have curated and lead transnational, multi-cultural teams in projects examining Chinese and Indian engagement in various African countries, across sectors, including Infrastructure development in Tanzania and Kenya, Pharmaceutical manufacturing in Ethiopia, Agriculture cooperation in Zambia and Mining in Zimbabwe.

I completed my Ph.D. from the Centre for African Studies at the University of Mumbai on the 'Resource Diplomacy Strategies of India and China in Africa'. Initially a doctoral fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), in 2014 received the Institute of Chinese Studies-Harvard Yenching Institute (ICS-HYI) China-India studies fellowship. From 2015-16 I was a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, Peking University, China and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Harvard University the following year.

A paper titled 'Reimagining Engagement and Realigning Priorities: How India and China are Informing the African Growth Story', won the World Society Foundation Award in Switzerland in April 2019. I have conducted extensive fieldwork across Asia, Africa and North America and have been invited to speak in conferences hosted by Harvard University, University of Neuchâtel, Peking University, Addis Ababa University, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library and was part of the Indian delegation at the 17th Russia India China (RIC) Trilateral Academic Conference, Beijing.

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