In March 2016, Yenching Academy of Peking University announced the appointment of He Yafei as the Distinguished Professor of Yenching Academy. Dean Yuan Ming, leadership from the Yenching Academy, as well as staff members and students attended the announcement ceremony.
He Yafei graduated from the University of Hangzhou with English major in 1979, and completed United Nations interpretation master’s program at Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1981.
Between 1982 and 1984, He Yafei worked in the Secretariat of the United Nations (New York). After coming back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he held positions in the Department of African Affairs, the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, and the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs. In January 2005, he was appointed as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2008, he took office as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. Between 2010 and 2012, he served as the ambassador of China in United Nations Office at Geneva and representative of other international organizations in Switzerland. Between 2012 and 2016, he served as Deputy Director of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.
He Yafei has authored China’s Historical Choice in Global Governance and China’s Perspective on Global Affairs. He has written critics and columns for influential journals worldwide including Qiu Shi, People’s Daily, Guancha, US China Press andiNewsweek. He was invited to deliver speeches at international forums held by The Economist, Asia Society, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and other renowned universities and institutions.