Mandira Bagwandeen is a Non-resident Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Africa Program. She has experience working at think tanks, in the corporate sector, and lecturing at universities in South Africa. Mandira is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, and an alumna of Fudan University in China. She is also a Research Associate at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Foundation for Strategic Research) in France, a Research Fellow at the Afro-Sino Centre of International Relations in Ghana, and a Research Contributor for the Nanyang Technical University-Singapore Business Federation (NTU-SBF) Centre for African Studies. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, China-Africa relations, Africa’s regional integration, infrastructure development on the continent, emerging powers and Africa, and African and Asian geopolitics.