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Sriharsha Masabathularead bio
Sriharsha Masabathula, from India, is a member of the Master’s of Public Policy, Class of 2016-17 at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government as a Chevening Scholar. During 2014-16, he worked with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Yangon, Myanmar, on issues related to sustainable livelihood-development, environmental conservation, and communication for development (C4D). He completed his undergraduate studies in Economics and Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University, USA, following which he pursued the Young India Fellowship in New Delhi, India. Sriharsha has also served as the President of a social-enterprise, Veda Climate Change Solutions Ltd. (VCCSL), established to make international climate change mechanisms work for marginalized communities. VCCSL has successfully delivered "carbon-revenue" from afforestation activities to over 1500 small-scale farmers, through a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, perhaps for the first-time in the afforestation sector in South-Asia, in partnership with the World Bank's carbon-finance business. Sriharsha believes that inter-cultural dialogue and understanding is essential to address today’s challenges, and envisions the Yenching Academy as a platform to deepen his understanding of how global issues can be addressed innovatively through perseverance, sacrifice, ambition and strategic vision, embedded in the Chinese approach to problem-solving. He is also keen on delving into how India and China, along with the ASEAN countries, can chart an innovative roadmap for socio-economic development through upcoming initiatives in the region, such as the New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
AnAstasiia Matrosread bio
Anastasiia Matros graduated with distinction from St. Petersburg State University in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in BRICS Studies at St. Petersburg State University. She was an exchange student at Peking University during the 2015 and 2017 spring semesters. She has interned at the Governor’s office in the Leningrad Region Government, and at the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg. She was actively involved in volunteer work at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and V St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum. Anastasiia is interested in multifaceted research on China’s internal and external policies, and in examining China’s information security and activities in international information space. Anastasiia’s Bachelor’s thesis was titled “China in the Global Information Space: Foreign Policy Aspect.” She will pursue the Politics and International Relations research area at the Yenching Academy. Her hobbies include intellectual games such as the popular Russian “What? Where? When?”
Zhengyuan Maread bio
Born in Nanjing, China, Zhengyuan Ma (Zheng) moved to Honolulu, HI when he was six years old. There, he came into contact with many diverse cultures and became interested in cross-cultural interactions, which encouraged him to maintain a keen interest in events in China, his country of origin. Zheng attended the high school of U.S. President Barack Obama and is the State of Hawai'i record holder for several U.S. mathematics competitions, including the USA Mathematical Olympiad. His passion for mathematics has developed into interests in various topics, including history, philosophy, religion, computer science, and economics, and he loves learning new ideas and reading as much as he can. This past year, he finished a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science at Stanford University. At Stanford, he was the president of O-Tone, an East Asian-focused a cappella group, and was a member of the Forum for American-Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES) and the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES). He also studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan, which was an extremely formative experience for him. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting historical sites, exploring cities and nature, and reading. From his current academic work in economics and data science, he hopes to be a professor or work in financial services, and is intending to study at Yenching under the Economics and Management track.
Ludovica Meacciread bio
Ludovica Meacci, from Italy, graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Intercultural Mediation from Sapienza University of Rome, where she focused on Chinese language and culture. During her second undergraduate year, Ludovica was a visiting student at Paris Diderot University on the Erasmus scholarship, where she improved her knowledge of French and Chinese language. Thanks to her stays at Beijing Foreign Studies University and Zhejiang University, Ludovica has also deepened her understanding of Chinese culture and has improved her language skills. After graduating from Sapienza University in 2014, she went to London to read for an MSc in Contemporary China Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she graduated with "Distinction". This experience has equipped her with a well-rounded understanding of contemporary Chinese society, of the functioning of the Chinese state and of the relationship between law, policy and administration. Following her interests in politics and journalism, Ludovica is a contributing writer for Il Caffè Geopolitico, an Italian online magazine, where she publishes articles about Chinese domestic politics. At the Yenching Academy, Ludovica intends to concentrate in Politics and International Relations: her interest is to investigate the growing role of China as an international actor and to analyse the key features of the country's foreign policy at the present stage.
William TG Millerread bio
Will TG Miller was originally born in the United States, but grew up mostly in the UK. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, his dissertation revolved around issues of historical consciousness and the impact of collective memory on the national consciousness and ideology of Japan in the postwar period. Will TG's interests lie in comparative studies of motivational structures such as ideology, religion, culture, and civilization. His intended area of study at the Yenching Academy is Politics and International Relations, through which he hopes to examine the influence of culture and national narratives on China's foreign policy and relations with other states. Will TG has a longstanding interest in China, which is compounded by its nature as the home to a diverse range of ethnic, religious, and cultural groups and denominations. A long-term interest of his is the compatibility of Chinese foreign policy within an international system that is increasingly characterized by a degree of populism and strongman-ism. Will TG's research and writing is heavily interdisciplinary in nature, and while rooted in specific fields such as Asian or Middle-Eastern Studies, he draws heavily on fields such as psychology and philosophy of the psychoanalytic tradition. He is concurrently writing several books of this nature on a number of topics.
Eduardo Monteiro Baptistaread bio
Eduardo Baptista is a 21-year old history undergraduate at Jesus College, Cambridge. Before moving to Cambridge in October 2014, Eduardo studied at St. Julian's International School in his country of birth, Portugal. The son of a Portuguese father and South Korean mother, Eduardo always wanted to live and study in East Asia. After studying China's anti-imperialist struggle between 1895 and 1927, he decided to apply to the Yenching Academy to further his studies. Eduardo plans to choose Politics and International Relations as his research area, and to reassess past research on the relations between the Korean Peninsula and the EU by learning about the past, present and future of China's relationship with the West. As an aspiring diplomat, Eduardo will pay particular attention to China's relations with Portugal. Eduardo has a strong interest in the Chinese language. Like many other Korean children, much of Eduardo's Korean was learnt through the use of Chinese characters, and this exposure has led to his desire of becoming fluent in Mandarin. As a fluent speaker of Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Korean, Eduardo is particularly excited to integrate into the multicultural environment of the Yenching Academy.
Christos Mourdoukoutasread bio
Christos Mourdoukoutas is from Kalamata, a small town in South Greece. He graduated first in his BA program in International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus. During his studies, he was predominantly interested in the foreign policy followed by Great Powers and in international political economy. He co-authored the papers “News Portrayals of Cynicism: The State System in the News about WikiLeaks” and “Major Factors in the Greek Economy’s Competitiveness” given at conferences in Greece. He was also a member of the Turkish & Eurasian Studies Lab and became increasingly interested in researching relations between China and the Caucasus region states. His analysis “China- Caucasus Relations: Beijing’s Efforts to Penetrate into a Peripheral Subsystem” was published in the Laboratory’s Eurasian Studies Journal. Christos’ main area of interest is Chinese foreign policy. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge on the political, military and economic means Beijing is willing to use to change the international status quo as a Great Power.
Aurelio Muzaurietaread bio
Aurelio (Al) Muzaurieta is 22 years old and a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He recently graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures and double-minored in Global Health/Health Policy and Mandarin Chinese. A varsity letterman in rowing and an orientation leader of Harvard's Outdoor Program, Al spent a great deal of his undergraduate career on the Charles River and hiking in New England. Al loves traveling, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Mandarin. During his undergraduate summers, he won grants to study language and culture in China, and to go to Brazil to conduct independent research on the Zika Virus and on public health campaigns during the Rio Olympics. At the Yenching Academy, Al plans to concentrate in Economics and Management with a particular focus on Chinese healthcare economics and reform. His long-term career goal is to practice medicine and to help improve global healthcare delivery.
Muzepaer Mutielifuread bio
Muzepaer Mutielifu (Muzappar Mutellip in Uygur language) is a Chinese Uygur student from Urumqi, a north-western city of China and the provincial capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. He is a 2017 graduate from the School of Archaeology and Museology in Peking University. As a student majoring in archaeology, Muzepaer participated in three excavations, once at the Qinyoungcheng Archaeological Site located in Shaanxi Province, and twice at the Tongguzbash Ancient City Site located in Xinjiang. He also interned at the Museum of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Aside from his major, coming from a multicultural and multilingual background has given him a strong interest in linguistics, and an appreciation of the importance of language and cultures. He went to Mauritius in 2014 and Egypt in 2015 for international volunteering programmes that focus on environmental and cultural issues. Meanwhile, he is passionate about making his hometown and country a better place. He decided to become a Mandarin teacher in Tashkurghan, the only Tajik Autonomous County in China, and a national-level poverty-stricken county, located closely to the border of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. As a Yenching Scholar, Muzepaer will be concentrating in Politics and International Relations. Given the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative, he will focus on the respective reactions of the Central Asian countries and Xinjiang, which is a crossroad in Asia and a place that connects the West and China. In the future, he aims to address the international stereotypes and misunderstandings about Xinjiang and China.
Jinggang (Jenny) Ngread bio
Originally from Hong Kong, Jenny graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science. After spending a summer in Ecuador, she developed an interest in China-Latin America relations, and has focused her research in the past three years on Chinese and Latin American politics. She intends to study Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy to further build on this interest. Beyond academia, Jenny, along with her classmate, has worked to build a school in South Sudan, which now serves 200 students from grades 9-10. She spends most of her energy looking for ways to sustain and grow this project in South Sudan. In her free time, Jenny can be found in the basement of her school gym rock-climbing.