Sebastien Goulard is the manager and consultant of Cooperans a French public affairs and project management consultancy based in Paris. Sebastien is also the coordinator of the OBOReurope platform that promotes the Belt and Road Initiative to European stakeholders. He received his PhD in economic and social development studies from EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Paris, in 2014. He previously graduated from IRIS (The French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs), Paris. Sebastien had worked for several European research programmes focusing on China’s urban challenges. He has published a number of articles related to China’s foreign policy, EU-China relations, migration studies, urbanization and sustainable development.