Dr Folashadé Soulé is a Senior Research Associate at Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. She holds a PhD in International Relations (summa cum laude) from Sciences Po Paris. She led extensive fieldwork (interviews, archive consultation, participant and non-participant observation) in India, Brazil, South Africa and at the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). During and since defending her PhD, she has been a lecturer in International Relations and Political Science at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Lille where she lectured courses on Africa and Global Politics, the Politics of Globalization and International Political Economy. As a researcher, the post-doctoral research project that she started at the London School of Economics has been investigating the strategies and bureaucratic politics of negotiation between African states and China (large infrastructure, mining and energy projects). As a policy-facing academic, connecting policy and research, she has been acting as an associate and Africa advisor to the Commission on Global Economic Transformation (CGET) hosted by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). She has also acted as an international strategy consultant for the OECD (General Secretariat and Development Cooperation Directorate), the French Development Agency (AFD). Folashadé also initiated the Africa-China Negotiators workshop series which aims to provide a platform for African negotiators and civil servants involved in infrastructure, mining and oil projects with China – to share knowledge and best practices.