Shirley Yu is a leading voice in China’s political economy, Senior Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Global Affairs and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa of the LSE, Asia Fellow of the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School and Adjunct Professor of IE Business School. She is the founder of the New York-based business talk show Hey China! and a daily news and insight newsletter on China for Fortune Global 500 players – China BIG Idea by Shirley Yu (

Shirley Yu speaking topics

  • China’s Fintech rise and digital currency
  • China’s economy and technology
  • Huawei and global techno-geopolitics
  • The Silk Road – China’s vision and strategy
  • The economic future in Asia and the world
  • China’s Eurasian Ambition: Remapping Global Technology

Professor Yu is a frequent commentator and contributor to BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, Al Jazeera, PBS Frontline, SP Global, Channel News Asia on China. She is an Op-Ed contributor to the FT and has been appointed South China Morning Post Expert. She is also a keynote speaker for leading global think tanks, including Chatham House, Asia Society, Wilson Center, Harvard Kennedy School and the LSE, to name a few.

Shirley Yu was Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for the Xin Yuan Group (NYSE and HKEX-listed), responsible for global strategies and Fintech start-ups. She also led teams that participated in China’s national strategic development initiatives, including the Greater Bay Area Development Plan and China’s Fintech Reform.

Hey China!

She is the author of the book Huawei Goes Global: Made in China for the World by Palgrave Macmillan 2020, and has published books in Chinese, including On China, by Ambassadors, and The Rise of the RMB and the Fall of the Yen.

Should we be afraid of the rise of China? She has the answers. Shirley Yu holds a doctorate in political economy from the Chinese University of Beijing and a master’s degree in government studies from Harvard University. She is the mother of two daughters.

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