Hongfeng Xu is the Deputy Director and Special Research Fellow at the IIGF, as well as a Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She was a Rajawali Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Ford Foundation International Fellow. She gained her post-doctorate at Tsinghua University and her doctorate in law at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on energy economy and international energy investments. She is the director of several research projects, such as China’s National Social Sciences Foundation and China’s Science and Technology Funds for the Excellent Overseas Fellows. She authored several books, such as Energy Diplomacy of the U.S. in Central Asia, China’s Energy Finance Development Report (2018) and U.S. Economic Diplomacy Towards Russia: from Ronald Reagan to George. H.W. Bush.