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Veeresh Kanduriread bio
Veeresh Kanduri graduated in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He extensively studied ecological approaches to environmental sustainability and completed his thesis titled “Towards a methodology for Cumulative Impact Assessment”. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kakatiya University in Mechanical Engineering. Veeresh has been actively involved in student union elections and served as a General Secretary during his undergraduate studies and as a Literary Secretary during his graduate studies. In his capacity as the Literary Secretary, Veeresh initiated a Literature Festival, which featured personalities from various spectra of everyday life. Veeresh also volunteered at length in the recent Nepal earthquake disaster and worked with the community to construct 200 shelters in 3 months. His focus at the Yenching Academy is on the environmental politics of developing nations and the role of civil societies in sustainable development.
Harriet Kariukiread bio
Harriet Kariuki was born and raised in Kenya, and graduated from Harvard where she studied Government and East Asian Studies with a Korean language citation. Previously, she interned with the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs' China Desk and conducted comparative research on Japanese and Chinese foreign aid in East Africa. At the Yenching Academy, Harriet will pursue her interests in Chinese foreign policy, with a focus on Sino-African diplomatic and foreign relations.
Nishat Kazmiread bio
Nishat Kazmi is from Pakistan and worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), an Islamabad based think-tank. His work with CRSS focused on regional security and bilateral cooperation issues between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as part of a major track II initiative. Kazmi has also worked as an advisor with the Institute for Environmental Security (IES), headquartered in The Hague. During his association with IES, he contributed to The Hague Environmental Law Clinic project. He has also been a key member of the Bureau of Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, a network which brings together serving and retired military officers from around the world to promote actions that help counter the adverse impacts of climate change. During January-February 2016, Kazmi was based at The Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center in Japan on a fellowship focusing on peace-building, development, and international institutions. Previously, he has worked at the Pakistan office of Heinrich Boell Stiftung, the German Green Political Foundation, and the Embassy of Pakistan in The Netherlands. Nishat holds a B.A.LLB (Hons.) degree from Punjab University, Pakistan, and an LLM from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, where he specialized in international and European economic law. He has received several awards including the Heinrich Boell Fellowship at Philipps University Marburg, Germany, and the Huygens Scholarship of the Government of the Netherlands. At the Yenching Academy, he is specializing in Public Policy and International Affairs. His areas of interests include Chinese foreign and trade policies, and China’s role in the United Nations, particularly the issues of peace-building and sustainable development.
Mohnish Kediaread bio
Mohnish Kedia is Indian by citizenship and an economics graduate of the University of Cambridge. Before arriving in Cambridge, he did his undergraduate degree in economics at Ramjas College, University of Delhi. His area of research primarily focused on public policy with a special interest in education and healthcare. As an undergraduate student, he has worked with the Indian Statistical Institute and the Government of Bihar on projects focusing on law and order, corruption, etc. As a scholar at the Yenching Academy, Mohnish is focusing on the economy of China, with a special interest in the urbanization and structural transformation of China. Apart from his interest in China as a scholar of economics, Mohnish’s interest in China grew as a result of deep friendship with his colleagues from China at Cambridge. He believes that studying in China will give him new insights on human nature, culture, society and norms. Mohnish strongly believes in the Indian culture of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, which means ‘the world is one family,’ and aspires to spread this message to his fellow world citizens.
Kristen Kellyread bio
Kristen Kelly majored in Urban Studies and English and minored in Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in May. Her honors thesis focused on historic preservation and the adaptive reuse of sacred spaces in Philadelphia. As a multiracial Chinese-American, Kristen has also been devoted to research about Chinese immigration and community development patterns in the United States. At the Yenching Academy, Kristen is pursuing a concentration in History and Archeology. She looks forward to learning more about her Chinese heritage and culture while living in Beijing.
Sam Khabirread bio
Sam Khabir is trained in architecture, urban design and spatial planning. He graduated with distinction with a European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (KU Leuven, IUAV Venezia, TU Delft and UPC Barcelona) in 2013. His research interests are mainly grounded in the economic, social and spatial dynamics of urbanization in East & South-East Asia with a particular focus on the Chinese context. He has spent a significant amount of time in various regions of China since 2012, understanding the ground realities of urban development in the country. In his master’s thesis, Sam addressed the profound challenges to the sustainable development of Southeast Asian cities in the 21st century, and through a research-by-design approach, proposed resilient urbanism as an alternative to the current trends. As a designer and planner, he has been involved in a number of urban projects and acquired extensive experience in different contexts through international urban design studios and workshops across North America, Europe and East Asia. He completed his second Master’s in International Business, Economics and Management at KU Leuven (Belgium), before joining the Yenching Academy in September 2016. Also an international delegate to the inaugural Yenching Global Symposium, Sam is looking forward to returning to the Academy to further explore the consumption cultures of contemporary urban spaces in modern China and to continue his studies at the Ph.D. level.
Brian J. Kimread bio
Brian Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University with a degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and is currently a Yenching Scholar at Peking University pursuing a Master’s in China Studies. Kim focused his undergraduate studies on Korean reunification policy, conducting his thesis research in Germany on issues of transitional justice, regime transition, conflict resolution, and restoration of private property. In 2015, Kim worked for Choson Exchange in Singapore where he helped organize a 3-month MBA program for a delegation of North Korean bureaucrats. Previously he held an internship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for the former White House Director of Asian Affairs and a Virtual Foreign Service internship with the Office of Japanese Affairs at the US Department of State. In Beijing, Kim hopes to further his understanding of policy priorities in China with regard to North Korea.
Dongwoo Kimread bio
Dongwoo was born and raised in South Korea, but has mostly lived abroad, spending almost ten years in Nicaragua before moving to Dayton, Ohio, and then to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dongwoo studied History and Political Science at the University of Alberta, and in August 2016 he completed his Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship holder. Academically, Dongwoo is interested in the cross-section between culture and politics. He is studying Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy, with the goal of one day contributing towards a more constructive relationship between Canada and East Asia. Dongwoo has contributed to academic and non-academic publications, including The Globe and Mail, and he hopes to further engage in public debates in the future. Dongwoo is grateful for his family, friends, and professors at the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia for their support and encouragement. Nothing would have been possible or meaningful without them.
Moritz Kleinaltenkampread bio
Moritz Kleinaltenkamp, from Berlin, Germany, studied Political Science at Freie Universit?t Berlin, where he grew especially interested in topics of International Political Economy. His thesis, which his university published as part of their Papers on International Political Economy, used Berlin’s American-style startup industry as a backdrop to analyze the interaction of differing institutional settings. Alongside his undergraduate studies, Moritz gained experience working as a student assistant at Freie Universit?t Berlin and in an IT consulting firm. While at the Yenching Academy, he wishes to study China’s institutional setting and research the impact of increasingly automated production systems on the country’s economy.
Tuulia Koivistoinenread bio
Tuulia Koivistoinen studied International Relations at King’s College London. Originally from a small town in Finland, she has also lived in Japan and has had an internship in China. At the Yenching Academy, she hopes to expand her knowledge of Chinese urban transformations building on her undergraduate dissertation on the reform of the Chinese household registration system.