HE Wenping


HWProfessor and Director, African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


Expertise/Research Interests: China-Africa relations

Languages: English, Mandarin

Bio: He Wenping is Professor and Director of African Studies at the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and specializes on Africa’s relations with China and major Western powers, and African democratic transition. She began her research and teaching career at CASS in 1989, and has served as a visiting scholar at Yale University (1993-1994), The University of London (1997), at the Nordic Africa Institute (2008) in Sweden, and at the German Development Institute (DIE; 2010) in Bonn. Dr. He is Secretary-General of the Chinese Asian & African Research Society as well as a Standing Member of the Research Society for African Problems and the Asian–African Development & Exchange Society of China. She received BA and MA degrees in international politics and a PhD in law from Peking University. Apart from research and guiding postgraduate students at CASS, Dr. He also serves as a regular commentator on African issues for China Central Television (CCTV) and China National Radio.

Dr. He also a regular lecturer on Sino-African relations for various African human resources training classes. She now serves as associate researcher at the Centre for Chinese Studies of Stellenbosch University in South Africa and has served as a Council Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Africa (2009 and 2010). Her major fields of study include: modern relations between China and African countries; relations between African countries and major Western powers; comparative study of African democratic transition; and South African politics. Her major publications include: 1) “The Study of African Countries’ Democratization Process” (Beijing: The Current Affairs Press, 2005); 2) “A Nation Undergoing Historical Changes: South Africa—Political and Economic Development” (co-author; Beijing: Chinese Social Sciences Press, 2004); 3) “The Contemporary African Political Changes” (co-author; Beijing: Economic Sciences Press 1998); 4) “A New Thought About African Socialism” (co-author; Beijing: Education Sciences Press, 1994); and 5) “The Contemporary Eastern Political Thoughts” (co-author; Guangzhou: Guangdong People's Press; 1993).