Headshot of Bulelani Jili
Headshot of Bulelani Jili


Bulelani Jili

Harvard University


I am a PhD candidate at Harvard University, as an Oppenheimer Graduate Fellow. My research focuses on Africa-China relations, Cybersecurity, ICT development, Internet Policy, Law and Development, and Privacy Law. I am also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, Cybersecurity Fellow at the Belfer Center, Futures Fellow at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), and Research Associate with the China, Law, Development project at Oxford University. I have supported the Freedom House Africa Program and the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Human Rights Initiative at large, which investigates the spread of facial recognition technology in Africa. Prior to attending Harvard, I earned an MPhil from Cambridge University, where I studied as a Standard Bank Africa Chairman’s Scholar. In 2016, I was awarded a Yenching Scholarship to study at the Yenching Academy of Peking University, where I received a MA in Economics. Studying with Prof. He Yafei, former Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Prof. Jiang Guo Hua, I studied Chinese global governance strategies and economic approaches. I hold an AB honors, in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (College of Social Studies), from Wesleyan University (CT), where I was a Pfeiffer Scholar.