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Ryan Mikkelsenread bio
Ryan Mikkelsen graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2016 with a degree in Economics and International & Area Studies. Passionate about finding new and innovative ways of funding international development, Ryan has previously worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He was a research assistant for the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy and works remotely for the Development Credit Authority within the United States Agency for International Development. Ryan recently defended his honors thesis, which explored the patterns and determinants of global remittances. The paper expanded upon earlier research that Ryan conducted while living and studying in Nepal. In the past, Ryan has investigated the challenges confronting international climate change financing as an attendee to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. Ryan has a deep interest in China and has been studying Mandarin since he started college. He spent a summer at Fudan University in Shanghai and has published a historical analysis of the pro-population policies in China under Mao Zedong. As a Yenching Scholar with a concentration in Economics and Management, Ryan hopes to further his understanding of development finance from a Chinese perspective. Ryan is 22 years old.
Harry Mooreread bio
Harry Moore (officially known as Thomas) is from London, United Kingdom. He is a graduate of Pembroke College, University of Oxford, where he majored in Chinese and minored in Japanese. He has a panoramic interest in China, both modern and classical. Harry has previously worked as an intern in both the Beijing and London offices of Vermilion Partners, an investment advisory firm focusing on regulated sectors of the Chinese market. He was also recently director of marketing for the Oxford China Forum 2016, which brought together an audience of around 250 students together with leading experts to discuss issues relating to modern China. Harry has a great passion for early Chinese literature, and has recently submitted his final dissertation on the Zhuangzi. His dissertation provided a close textual analysis of the ‘Zhibeiyou’ chapter of the Zhuangzi, the last of the Outer Chapters. He earnestly pursued this area of research during his time at Oxford, and also spent the summer of 2015 studying literature at Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Centre. While there, he also founded and organized a weekly classical Chinese reading group. It is this passion for Chinese literature and culture that has led Harry to choose the Yenching Academy’s Literature and Culture concentration. Having previously spent his undergraduate year abroad at Peking University, he looks forward to enriching his understanding of this field in Peking University’s academic environment, an environment for which he has gained great respect. He hopes to focus in particular on early Chinese literature.
Christopher Jamal Murphyread bio
Christopher Jamal Murphy from Monroe, Michigan, is a Boren Scholar who majored in Chinese Language and Culture along with French at Michigan State University. Christopher is fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin and is passionate about foreign language acquisition and community building through service projects, and is particularly interested in the diplomatic relationship between China and the U.S. While studying at the Yenching Academy, Christopher hopes to acquire a profound understanding of Chinese diplomacy and foreign policy; after which, he plans to begin a career in the Foreign Service.
Santana Muthoniread bio
Santana Muthoni completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, with a concentration in Diplomacy and Foreign policy, at the United States International University-Africa. Born and raised in Kenya, Santana is an aspiring diplomat with an interest in fostering global peace and development through cross-cultural education for mutual understanding. This has been fueled by the leadership roles she has held while at her university, where she also served as President of AIESEC in USIU-Africa until December 2015. While at the Yenching Academy, Santana’s academic focus will be on Politics and International Relations and she will be exploring China’s foreign policy and its impact on Sino-Africa relations, by gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese politics and society. She is also looking forward to developing her Mandarin language skills while at the Academy.
Jeffrey Honghao Niuread bio
Jeff Niu is native of Flushing, New York, and grew up as a seasonal resident of Haidian, Beijing. He is a graduate of the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po; for two years he studied Political Science, Economics, and International Law in France, followed by two years of study in East Asian Studies and Business Management in the United States. Spurred by his own Chinese-American upbringing, Jeff’s academic interests focus primarily on Sino-U.S. affairs. Encouraged by a professional interest in experiential education, Jeff returned to China in 2013 to personally explore its evolving business landscape. During this time he helped found the China Youth Business League, a platform for business competition and education. Aided by his experience in developing extracurricular enrichment platforms, Jeff wrote his senior thesis on the stratifying forces of private education within existing socioeconomic disparities in China. As a Yenching Scholar, Jeff is studying Economics and Management, and hopes to use his time in Beijing to further analyze the relationship between private education development and macroeconomic trends.
Hylke de Sauvage Noltingread bio
Born and raised in Gouda, the Netherlands, Hylke de Sauvage Nolting studied at Leiden University College The Hague. In this interdisciplinary program he majored in World Politics. He took part in a wide variety of courses related to the field of International Relations. Hylke was already fascinated by China in high school, which resulted in him researching the Chinese Real Estate sector for his final project. After paying his first visit to China last year his interest intensified, and he is delighted to have the opportunity to explore China more at Yenching. His intended concentration is Politics and International Relations, with a focus on China-EU relations.
Stephanie Oduro-Mensahread bio
Stephanie Oduro-Mensah is a Ghanaian who worked as a Teaching Assistant in the University of Ghana’s Chinese Department. She is also a student of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK) where she has already earned an Advance Diploma in Accounting and Business. She was awarded the Confucius Scholarship to study Chinese language and culture at Zhejiang University of Technology in the 2013-2014 academic year and graduated from University of Ghana in 2015 with a B.A. in Chinese and Political Science. Stephanie is passionate about voluntarily serving in community development projects such as project GreenStamp, which saw her operate in Marrakech, Morocco, in December 2012 as well as project ExploreChina in January 2014 in Suzhou, China. Stephanie’s interest in China-African cooperation informed her decision to pursue Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy. She intends to focus on ‘The New Face of China-Africa Relations.”
Deniz Cem Ozensoyread bio
Deniz Cem Ozensoy arrived at the Yenching Academy from Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from the University of Chicago with BA degrees in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Economics. Currently he is interested in international relations and he is studying Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy. He intends to do research on projects that promote international integration and cooperation led by China such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank and the New Silk Road Project. He has been to China three times in the past, which all add up to 7 months of living in China. He is interested in modern and pre-modern Chinese history as well as China’s position in international politics.
Vaishnavi Patilread bio
Vaishnavi Patil (Satara, India) is enrolled in a PhD program in History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University in Fall 2018 and will study the transmission of artistic intelligence from South Asia to East Asia (400-700 CE). She was a 2016 Yenching Scholar at Peking University, where she studied History and Archaelogy, completeing a thesis titled "‘Land beyond the Sea’ in Qing China: Visualizing Taiwan through battle-prints from the Qianlong reign". Prior to that, she completed a Masters' in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2015, where she studied Chinese paintings, calligraphy and ceramics along with Western art theory. She received her Bachelors' degree from St. Xavier's College Autonomous, Mumbai studying ancient Indian culture, history and psychology. Her research papers have been selected for inclusion at the International Indian Art History Congress 2013, the Stanford-Berkeley Chinese Humanities conference, 2016, the European Association for Chinese Studies Conference, St. Petersburg, 2016 and the Oxford Humanities Conference, 2018.
Benjamin Phamread bio
Benjamin Pham is originally from the state of Georgia in the United States. He graduated from Stanford University, where he majored in political science and minored in both East Asian history and German studies. At Stanford, he worked as a research assistant to Professor and former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, as well as to Professor Takeo Hoshi. He assisted with Professor Hoshi's research, conducted in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade, and Industry, by carrying out statistical evaluations of Japanese innovation policy. He has interned at Caixin Media in Beijing and the National Institute of Research Advancement in Tokyo, and conducted independent research on representations of modernization in state-affiliated museums in Seoul as a Stanford Chappell Lougee Scholar. He won the 2015 Stanford Korea Program Korean Studies Writing Prize for a paper on the role of Japanese firms in spurring South Korea’s rapid industrialization during the 1960s and 1970s. Broadly, his academic interests as they pertain to China lie in the modern history of trilateral interactions between Korea, Japan, and China. At the Yenching Academy, he is concentrating in History and Archaeology, and he tentatively plans to write his thesis on a topic related to the history of Sino-Japanese and Sino-Korean intellectual exchanges during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.