Niva Yau is Senior Researcher at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and Central Asia Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. Her work follows Global China affairs with a particular focus on China’s foreign policy, trade and security in its western neighbourhood, including Central Asia and Afghanistan. Ms Yau is quoted by news agencies globally, such as BBC, The Independent, Nikkei Asia, The Economist, VICE, Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera and others. Ms Yau was awarded the Albert Otto Hirschman prize for best political economy writing in 2020 by The Washington Post for her work on the latest development of Chinese policy banks in Central Asia. Originally from Hong Kong, Ms Yau has been based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan since 2018, she is a native speaker of Cantonese, Mandarin, English and learner of Russian.