Dr. Yao Lixia is a Senior Research Fellow in Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore. She did her PhD at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She has a Bachelor's degree from Dalian Maritime University, China, and a Master's degree from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. She has done research on the quantitative measurement of energy security, the impacts of China's macroeconomic reforms on its energy sector, and the energy security and energy policies of Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. Her current research focuses on China's Belt and Road Initiative, China's energy security and energy policies, and ASEAN's energy sector.