Yifan Hu is chief economist and head of research at Haitong International in Hong Kong, where she leads a team that has been awarded the "Outstanding Financial Research Diamond Award" by Institutional Investor Online (IIChina.com) in 2013 and named "The Best Overseas Research Team" by Hexun in 2012. Hu was a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute June 2013–September 2014. She has written columns for and been interviewed by leading financial media including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, Finance, CNBC, CCTV, and Phoenix TV.
Prior to joining Haitong International, Hu was chief economist for CITIC Securities in Hong Kong, head of Asian Economics for Natixis in Paris, and vice president and strategist for Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong. Before that Hu was assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong and published extensively in international and Chinese academic journals. Hu has considerable experiences in research and consulting, and she has served in various organizations such as the World Bank, and KPMG Consulting in Washington. She holds a PhD in economics from Georgetown University and a BA with honors in economics from Zhejiang University.