Africa China



Bulelani Jili is a nonresident fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s under the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) and a PhD candidate at Harvard University, as an Oppenheimer graduate fellow. His research interests include Africa-China relations, Chinese geopolitical expansion, cybersecurity, Information and communications technology (ICT) development, internet policy, and privacy law. He is also a cybersecurity fellow at the Belfer Center, research associate with the China, Law, Development project at Oxford University, visiting fellow at Yale Law School, and former futures fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies. His research brief discerns the exportation of Chinese surveillance technology in Africa. His writing has appeared in leading publications and think tanks like the African Affairs, Theory, Culture and Society, Mail & Guardian, Africa Is a Country, the Elephant, and the African Center for Security Studies. Prior to attending Harvard, he earned a master of philosophy from Cambridge University, where he studied as a Standard Bank Africa Chairman’s scholar. In 2016, he was awarded a Yenching Scholarship to study at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. He holds an BA with honors in philosophy, politics, and economics (known as the College of Social Studies), from Wesleyan University, where he was a Pfeiffer scholar.