Hervé Lemahieu is Director of the Asian Power and Diplomacy Program at the Lowy Institute in Sydney.
His work analyses and quantifies shifts in the geo-economics, military balance, and diplomatic networks of Asia. Among other projects, Hervé leads the research for the annual Asia Power Index – launched by the Institute in 2018 – which is a data-driven assessment he developed to map the changing distribution of power in the region.
He writes widely on global power and diplomacy, Australian foreign policy, middle powers and Southeast Asia. He also co-chairs the annual track 1.5 Australia–France Strategic Dialogue.
Hervé joined Lowy from the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies where he was Research Associate for Political Economy and Security specialising in Southeast Asia. In an earlier role at Oxford Analytica he consulted on early warning and geopolitical risk for governments and international organisations.
Hervé has an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, and an MA with first-class honours in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He has also studied at Sciences-Po, Paris.
He has presented his research at the World Economic Forum in Davos and his analysis and commentary have appeared in international media outlets and publications, including the BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, and Nikkei Asian Review.
The Lowy Institute acknowledges the support of the Australian Government for the Engaging Asia Project.