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Jin Huyiread bio
Jin Huyi, from China, graduated from the school of Economics in Shandong University, majoring in Economics and Finance. During his undergraduate career, he was in an international academic environment where the courses were all taught by foreign faculty in English. In his senior year, he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had the chance to learn leading knowledge about finance and communicate with world-class experts at the Wharton School. He is passionate about research, and has joined two NSFC projects to research the informal finance and economic growth of China. In addition, he also has enjoyed many extra-curricular activities. He loves football and played as the captain of his school team. He served as the deputy chairman in the Student Union of his university, where he organized multiple student activities. What's more, he also worked as a volunteer in the 22nd International Congress of Historical Science and the 2nd Penn Wharton China Summit. In the future, as a Yenching Scholar in Peking University, Jin wants to pursue the Economics and Management research area, focusing on the research about China's economic growth, especially in the financial sector.
Paulina Kanarekread bio
Paulina, a native of Cracow, Poland spent the last 5 years in the United Kingdom, where she completed her degree in Chinese and Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She continued her education at postgraduate level at the University of Oxford, where she pursued MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies program. Her thesis was focused on Sino-Polish relations in light of recent developments in both bilateral terms and in the broader context of the EU relationship with China. Paulina is particularly interested in relations between China and Europe, as well as the role of the New Silk Road in the PRC’s cooperation with Central and Eastern European states. Paulina has experience working in the field of Sino-European relations, which she gained as an intern in the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing and the Trade and Investment Promotion Section of Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Shanghai. She is fluent in five languages including Mandarin, which she mastered while spending a year as an exchange student at Beijing Normal University. At the Yenching Academy she will pursue the Politics and International Relations research area, which will allow her to develop her interest in the One Belt One Road Initiative and its influence on trade and investment with the European Union.
Asmod Karkiread bio
Asmod Karki is from Kathmandu, Nepal. He graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a degree in Public and International Relations. He is also an inaugural Ullman Fellow in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. During his time at Yenching, he hopes to explore China through both the academia and experiences outside classrooms. He intends to explore the role of non-market forces in the growth that China has seen and its implications.
Kathryn Hart Kelleyread bio
Kathryn is a 2014 graduate of Harvard College, where she studied Human Evolutionary Biology, Government, and Mandarin, As a Rockefeller and Sunokis grant recipient, she attended Harvard Beijing Academy and the Kenchreai Archaeological Field School in Corinth, Greece. Her international and social service focus led her to staff a Model Congress in Hong Kong and lead Habitat for Humanity programs in Decatur, Alabama and Costa Rica. She is interested in health care policy at the national and international level and looks forward to learning about China's approach to issues of quality, cost and access to medical care. Currently, Kathryn is blending her interest in healthcare and business as a consultant at Trinity Partners, a life science consultancy in Boston, Massachusetts. where she addresses business problems for international clients in the pharmaceutical and the biotechnology space. At the Yenching Academy she intends to pursue a economics and management as her research area.
Teresa Joan Kennedyread bio
Teresa is from and currently lives in a small town in Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a double major in Anthropology and Peace Studies. Her interests lie in examining the relationship between culture and human rights, an area which she has explored through study and research in Latin America and Europe in instances ranging from indigenous rights to international migration. Teresa went on to teach at an international boarding school where she currently works. The deep connections between her school and China, in addition to an interest in learning more about how a culture and human rights framework exists within China, are what drew her to Yenching Academy. As a Yenching Scholar, Teresa looks forward to learning Chinese and plans to pursue a Law and Society as her research area.
Nita Josephine Killianread bio
Nita Killian is an Irish, first class honours graduate of both Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s Master’s of Accounting, and University College Dublin’s (UCD) Bachelor of Commerce International with Chinese. Throughout her university studies she has attained the prestigious UCD Ad Astra Academic scholarship, was awarded the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business Student of the Year 2016 and was a recipient of the Bachelor of Commerce (International) Graduate Scholarship. Introduced to China via her undergraduate studies, Nita possesses a keen interest in Chinese language and culture. She has studied in both Renmin University in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai. In 2015 Nita won the Chinese Bridge Competition for college students in Dublin and went on to represent Ireland in the finals in Changsha, appearing on Chinese national television. Nita is an accomplished pianist, having studied piano from the age of seven. She has competed in various competitions, winning the Feis Ceoil Esposito Cup in 2012 and has attained diplomas in piano teaching and performance. Nita is currently employed in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ dynamic aircraft leasing department in Dublin’s financial district. She is concurrently pursuing professional qualifications in Irish taxation and accountancy. At the Yenching Academy, Nita desires to broaden her understanding of the Chinese commercial market, with a particular focus on economics and management, thereby advancing her business knowledge and satiating her passion for China.
Anastasia Kimread bio
Anastasia Kim was born in Kyrgyzstan and currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. In 2012 she was one of two students chosen from Russia to be awarded a 5 year full scholarship from the Korean government. Anastasia studied English Interpretation and Translation along with Business Administration at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, where she received Certificates of Outstanding Academic Achievement for four consecutive years. During the past four years she has been an active member of several international student organizations, including the Global Student Association and International Alumni Association; volunteered in an orphanage; and organized a fundraising event for typhoon victims in the Philippines. She speaks Russian, English, Korean and French. Anastasia’s goal is to become a competent international manager in the creative and innovative industries. She intends to help South Korea and China’s creative and innovative industries go global.
Nan Sandar Kyawread bio
Miss Nan Sandar Kyaw who is known to her friends as Gwen San is from Myanmar. She is currently living in Mandalay and working on her own garment production business called “Timeless Garment”. She also teaches business management at Apex Business School part time. She studied Chinese for her undergraduate degree at Mandalay University of Foreign Languages and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Association of Business Executives (ABE,UK) at the same time. In 2011, she won the Global UGRAD exchange scholarship in the US and spent a semester at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She actively participated in and won several national and international business plan competitions in 2012 and 2013. As a youth leader, she has inspired many local students and has been involved in many voluntary works such as mobile library, public speaking and summer essay competitions at monastic schools in Mandalay. She founded a public speaking club called “Mandalay Toastmaster Club” at Jefferson Centre in Mandalay. She is the co-founder of Dedicated Next Generation which provides leadership training, supported by the US Embassy’s Small Grant. At the Yenching Academy, she will focus on Economics and Management as her research area, as she would like to sharpen her Chinese language and understand the impact of Chinese culture and traditions on China’s economic development and international trade.
Lynn Leeread bio
Lynn Lee studied International Politics and Asian Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lynn attended public school in Qingdao, China for five years before moving to the United States in 2009. Recently, in 2016, she studied at Sciences Po in Lyon, France for a semester. From her experiences abroad, Lynn learned to speak Korean, English, Mandarin Chinese and French. She has been interested in International Relations since age nine and is particularly passionate about security in Northeast Asia. At Georgetown, Lynn worked as a research assistant to a professor whose expertise includes China’s military strategy and led a student organization called Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THiNK). During her senior year, she conducted two independent research projects on China’s memory construction of the Korean War and North Korea’s nuclear discourse. During the past summer, Lynn interned with the Korea Studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a think tank in Washington DC. As an aspiring academic, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Political Science after the Yenching program and conduct research on the geopolitical implications of the U.S.-China relations in respect to the Korean Peninsula. At the Yenching Academy, Lynn will concentrate on Politics and International Relations.
Li Mengranread bio
Born and raised in a small town of Inner Mongolia, Li Mengran studied Biomedical English in Peking University Health Science Center, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of science and a minor of French. Leo has focused his studies at university on medical humanities and health policies, and is keen on cross-cultural communication. In addition to academic work, he also showed great interest in international relations, working in Peking University’s Asian International Model United Nations (AIMUN) for four consecutive years. He served as the Secretary-General of AIMUN in 2016, and was sponsored to travel to the U.S. to provide academic guidance to Chinese high school students participating in the Harvard Model United Nations and North American Invitational Model United Nations held in Georgetown University. He then took a step forward from model UN to the real UN system, interning at the World Health Organization China Office. Apart from his MUN career, Leo also actively contributed to a number of school and social activities, including serving as the president of PKU’s medical translation association, and voluntarily teaching for half a month in a remote Yunnan village. He enjoys different types of music in his spare time. At the Yenching Academy, he is eager to gain more insight and inspiration into his own country’s public policy and diplomatic relations.