He Yafei is a former Deputy Foreign Minister of China and former Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China. He was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, in March 1955. He graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and earned a master’s degree at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
As a professional diplomat, he has served in various positions related to foreign affairs. He was appointed Counselor of the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations in 1994, and Deputy Director General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997. In 1998, he was appointed Minister Counselor of China’s Embassy in the United States and was promoted to Minister of the Embassy in 2000. He served as Director General of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs from 2001 to 2006, and as Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he was appointed Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. And in 2010, he assumed the office of Representative and Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the UN office in Geneva, and also served at other international organizations in Switzerland. Mr. He has rich experiences in diplomatic practices, and in-depth research and studies on the global governance and China’s foreign policy, on which he has published several books. His latest book China and Global Governance was published in March 2019. On the basis of clarifying the concept and mechanism of global governance, he clarifies China’s role in the global governance, and summarizes the concepts and practices of China’s efforts in improving global governance system and innovating the model of global governance mechanism.