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Tahel Garionread bio
Tahel Garion was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, and is currently an undergraduate student in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem expected to graduate in July 2017. Tahel is working towards a double major in business administration and Asia studies (The department of China). At the end of her second year of university, Tahel received a full scholarship to attend the Renmin University International Summer Program in Beijing, where she enrolled in classes focusing on China’s economy. She is also a United World Colleges (UWC) graduate, as she was a student at "UWC in Mostar" high school in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Tahel currently works within the Asia-Pacific Department for the Foreign Trade Administration of the Israel Ministry of Economy. She is also a member of the first student-run venture fund in Israel, fresh.fund, where she takes part as a student investor. Tahel has a passion for linguistics, with Chinese being the fifth language that she has learnt, as she wishes to fully immerse herself in Chinese culture. Her Bachelor's thesis discussed the image of Mao Zedong in the Chinese avant-garde art, and in her studies in the Yenching Academy, Tahel intends to focus on China's economy and business, viewing them as an interesting reflection of cultural, historical and political changes.
Alexandre Nicolas Gascoinread bio
Alexandre Gascoin was born in Paris, France. From 2012 to 2014, he followed an interdisciplinary course at the Lycée Fénelon in Paris 06, specializing in Philosophy. He majored in Philosophy at the Université Paris-X with honors. In 2014, he joined the Philosophy Department of the Lyons école Normale Supérieure (E.N.S.). Being convinced of the importance of collaborative knowledge, his first Master’s thesis brought together the study of the contemporary philosophy of language and French literature. Choosing to focus his work on today’s issues, Alexandre is currently working on contemporary Western political philosophy, and more precisely, on the concepts prevalent in current tensions and debates, such as “identity” and “multiculturalism.” This is why he chose to work on the fascinating work of the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor for his second Master’s thesis. Alexandre's keen interest in Chinese culture began in high school, where he started to learn Mandarin. In 2011, he traveled to Beijing to live with a Chinese family for three weeks, experiencing Chinese customs firsthand. His growing interest in philosophy led him to study classical Chinese philosophy, and more recently, contemporary political Chinese thinkers such as Zhou Lian and Zhao Tingyang. At the Yenching Academy, he aims to develop a critical approach to Western political tradition through the study of contemporary and classical Chinese philosophical concepts.
Elaine Jessica Giangread bio
Jessica was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with Honors, majoring in Political Science and International Relations. As an undergraduate student she focused her studies on peace-building in post-conflict societies and civilian protection strategies. She also examined the media's representation of minority groups in Canada for potential racist discourse. After graduation Jessica worked for local nonprofits, and as a researcher for the provincial government of British Columbia, before moving to China to live and work. When blessed by blue Beijing skies, Jessica enjoys collecting stories and photographs of the people she meets on the street. As a Yenching scholar, she hopes to build upon her undergraduate interests as well as learn more about China’s immigration and refugee policies.
Travis Jamaal Gidadoread bio
Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida as the proud son of Nigerian immigrants to the United States, Travis Gidado is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Ethics, Politics and Economics. At Yale, Travis's unique concentration focused on globalization as it relates to culture and identity formation, and his capstone thesis addressed far right-wing responses to multiculturalism and immigration policies in Western Europe. Last summer, Travis completed an MPhil in Public Policy at King’s College, Cambridge (UK), during which he was able to conduct research on behalf of the Cabinet Office’s Social Investment and Finance Team in Westminster. In between academic programs, Travis has worked for several organizations at the intersection of business and public policy, including Goldman Sachs, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Atlantic Media Company. Most recently, Travis was a member of the final class of White House interns under President Obama, and he supported the National Economic Council’s International Economics and Trade team on various multilateral engagements. Travis is now working on research and business development projects for Veyo Care, an early-stage healthcare and tech startup in Berlin (DE). As a Yenching Scholar, Travis hopes to analyze the rationale behind China's investment activities in Africa under the Politics and International Relations research area. A first-time visitor to China, Travis also looks forward to extensive travel, learning Chinese and writing about his experiences all while learning from an extraordinarily diverse community of scholars and educators.
Jacob Gladyszread bio
Jacob Gladysz is originally from The Bronx, New York, but spent his early years in Poland. He is currently studying at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a degree in International Politics and Russian. He also studied abroad for a semester in Russia at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Jacob has interned at several Washington, D.C. think tanks, including the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he researched Eurasian integration projects and the trilateral relationship between Russia, China, and the United States. He hopes to dive deeper into these issues with the Politics and International Relations research area at the Yenching Academy. At Georgetown, Jacob worked as an editor with the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, assisted former Governor and Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley at the Institute for Politics and Public Service, and played in the Georgetown University Orchestra. Outside of class, Jacob enjoys playing classical piano, travelling, and debating international politics with anyone and everyone. Jacob is passionate about learning foreign languages. He speaks English, Polish, Russian, French, and Turkish and is looking forward to beginning Mandarin. After the Yenching Academy, he hopes to complete a doctorate in Political Science and begin a career in Academia and/or Government.
Joseph Goodmanread bio
Born and raised in San Francisco, Joey Goodman is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he studied International Political Economy and Asian Studies, graduating magna cum laude with honors. He first studied Mandarin at Minzu University in Beijing through a Fulbright-Hays scholarship and then at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. For the past two years, he has been on a fellowship at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -– a new government agency created to protect Americans from financial predation following the 2008 financial crisis -- working as a data scientist and a mortgage analyst. In college, he was an editor at the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, a research assistant at the Brookings Institution, and a delegate to the Forum for American-Chinese Exchange at Stanford. At the Yenching Academy, he is excited to explore the intersection of public policy and technology through pursuing the Politics and International Relations research area. Joseph currently lives in Washington, DC.
Pearson Goodmanread bio
Pearson Goodman graduated from the University of Chicago in 2017 with a degree in Economics. He has spent time previously in China, spending the summer of 2016 studying Mandarin in Beijing. At the University of Chicago, he was deeply involved in the comedy community, serving as Assistant Production Manager and then Production Manager for Off-Off Campus, the nation’s second oldest collegiate sketch and improv comedy group. At the Yenching Academy he plans to concentrate in Economics and Management. In particular, he intends to study the similarities and differences between the American and Chinese business environment. Pearson proudly hails from Boston, Massachusetts.
Honorine Goueth-M'Bele Ekineread bio
Honorine Goueth, born in France but originally from Cameroon, is a graduate student who has obtained a dual degree in Spanish and Latin-American Studies and History from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After a one-year Erasmus program at the University of Barcelona, Honorine conducted research on Euro-Latin-American partnerships and the subsequent impact of Europe’s renewed interest in emerging economies throughout the world. She has professional experience in the fields of diplomacy, higher education, and entrepreneurship. Honorine worked for the Bolivian and American Ambassadors to the French Republic, the delegation of Cabo Verde during the COP 21, the United Nations and for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a recipient of the Lantos - Humanity in Action Congressional fellowship at Washington DC, one of her missions is providing support on legislative work to Congresswoman Cheri Bustos at the U.S. House of Representatives. Honorine has held strategic positions in International Relations Offices of Pierre & Marie and Paris-Sorbonne Universities. Since November 2014, she has assisted the director of Little Africa, a cultural and tourist agency promoting Africa beyond borders. As a Yenching scholar, Honorine wants to deepen her knowledge in the sustainable ways of building a trilateral cooperation between China, France, and the African continent.
Padmapriya Govindarajanread bio
Padmapriya obtained her Integrated Master’s in Development Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She is deeply interested in Chinese politics, particularly domestic, stemming from her coursework, a summer research internship in Taiwan in 2016, and her Master's Thesis on understanding Citizenship as articulated by Social Movements within China and Hong Kong. She has written expansively about Indian politics as a correspondent for The Diplomat, publishing over 50 articles in the magazine. Marrying this with her love for foreign policy, she will focus on International Relations and Politics as part of her China Studies program at Yenching. In addition to her academic engagement with China, she has worked extensively with urban policy, and presented her work in multiple international conferences. As part of the selection committee to the National Debate team, she is now a trainer for an NGO that is taking debate to school students across 10 Indian cities, after having represented India at the World Schools Debating Championships, as a debater, an adjudicator and a coach herself. Her association with educational work continues in her capacity as a project manager liaising with the University of California, Berkeley, to create and disperse a hygiene education curriculum in state-schools in India, as well as writing play-scripts part-time for a theatre-based education start-up in her home city, Chennai.
Miles Grahamread bio
Miles Ulmer Graham graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College in May 2016, majoring in East Asian Studies and minoring in Government. A Washington, DC native, he returned to the capital after graduation to work as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Miles’ interests include international relations, American foreign policy, and economics. He has worked for the State Department in Japan, spent a summer studying Japanese in Hokkaido, Japan, and wrote a thesis on the Japanese defense budget. He intends to pursue the Economics and Management research area. Outside of the classroom, Miles enjoys hiking, running, and rowing, and ran the Boston Marathon as a senior. He also enjoys community service, and spent time in college mentoring college freshmen and recent Chinese immigrant children.