The Secretariat is responsible for organizing annual conferences, administering the Consortium budget, and facilitating communications among members. Housed at the INSE, the Secretariat of the Consortium is led by one general secretary, and consists of focal points from all member institutes and an advisory group.


Dr. Jiajun Xu

General Secretary

·  General Secretary

Dr. Jiajun Xu is an Assistant Professor and the Executive Deputy Dean of the Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University. Jiajun specializes on China-Africa development cooperation, sustainable development financing, and international financial institutions. She worked as a Junior Research Specialist at the United Nations’ High-Level Panel Secretariat on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in charge of the research on development financing and South-South Cooperation. She also worked as an international consultant on debt sustainability in the World Bank Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships Vice-Presidency (now the Development Finance Vice-Presidency) and productive capacity building in least-developed countries for the USDESA Committee for Development Policy Secretariat. She holds a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford.


Dr. Jia Yu

Deputy General Secretary

·  Deputy General Secretary

Jia Yu is the Director of International Development Cooperation Department of the Institute of New Structural Economics (INSE) at Peking University. She is responsible for the application of New Structural Economics to the international investment practice. Her research fields focus on empirical studies of China’s “Going Global”, diagnosis of industrial park and Special Economic Zones, as well as China's overseas investment and the interaction of the manufacturing, energy and mining sector and their roles in the process of industrialization for Belts & Roads countries. Prior to joining the INSE, Dr. Yu had worked as a Director of Dept. of Business Development & Public Relations at State Power Investment Corp. (SPIC) where she gained over eight years’ experience in overseas investments (energy and mining), research on global resources market and China’s outward FDI, business negotiations, government affairs and public relations at corporate level. She started her career as a consultant for the utility industry with Accenture after receiving her Ph.D. degree in Development Economics from CERDI-CNRS in France and her two bachelor’s degrees in French Language and Literature and Economics from Peking University.