Xiaolan Fu is Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green College at Oxford University. She was President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) (2010-2011). In 2015 and 2016 she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Ten-Member High Level Advisory Group of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism and to the Governing Council of the UN’s Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries. Her recent books include China’s Path to Innovation, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, and The Rise of Technological Power in the South. Her papers appeared widely in leading international journals. She received the European Commission Gate2Growth Academic Network 2005 ‘European Best Paper’ Award. She currently leads an ESRC/DFID funded project on The Diffusion of Innovation in Low Income Countries and an EC FP7 funded project on MNEs and Development. She is also a Senior Research Associate of the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University.
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