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Junyang Ngread bio
Junyang Ng was born in Singapore, and studied at the University of Dundee, where he graduated with distinction, majoring in European Studies and Philosophy. Always seeking the most fitting place to explore his interests, Junyang spent one semester at Sciences Po (Grenoble), where he focused on the question of national identity, and one semester at Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, where he examined psychological concepts derived from Nietzsche's works. He now resides in Frascati, Italy, where he received a scholarship from Accademia Vivarium Novum (AVN) to study the ancient Roman and Greek civilisations through their literature and philosophy, and to reflect on the humanist tradition through neo-Latin works. Aligning himself with the goal of AVN, Junyang dreams of a new Renaissance, where a moral and learned society would form part of the solution to global problems faced today. Junyang is currently researching the "accommodation method" employed by early European missionaries in China. He admires the missionaries’ humility and their depth of understanding of a culture so foreign to their own, which, together with the openness and generosity of the Chinese mandarins and emperors, eventually led to a meaningful East-West exchange of ideas and technology. Junyang hopes to take this research further while at Yenching, and to consider how the "accommodation method" can be applied in a secular manner to today's globalising society. Junyang aspires to be like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whom he looks up to as not only a brilliant poet, but a perspicacious philosopher, a tireless scientist, and a great statesman.
Minjoo Nohread bio
Minjoo was born in South Korea and has lived there for most of her life, with notable exceptions. At age 9, she moved to the US with her family for five years where she developed fluency in English and a very multicultural attitude towards the world. She attended Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul with a full 4-year Samsung Scholarship in the Global Leader Department, where she majored in Law and International Politics. During her junior year, she was selected for the Campus Asia Program, a joint exchange student program for law students from China, Korea, and Japan, and studied at the Renmin University Law School for one year. She was inspired by the program's initiative to establish a community law within East Asia and became interested in political integration within the region, as well as becoming enchanted with Chinese culture, prompting her to promise to return. After graduating, she was sent to Nairobi, Kenya as a United Nations Volunteer to work at the UN Environment Programme Headquarters for 6 months, and then came back to South Korea to intern for 2 months at the UN Commission on International Trade Law, Regional Office for the Asia Pacific. Recently, she moved back to Nairobi to work at a non-profit organization called the World Bicycle Relief for 6 months. Minjoo is passionate about jazz music and the arts as well as traveling and discovering new cultures.
Joel Odotaread bio
Joel Odota is a 26-year old Ugandan man, currently residing in Lamwo district, Northern Uganda, which is just recovering from war. He has a Bachelor's degree of arts with education (Geography and history majors) from Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda (2011-2014). Joel went to Padibe Girls' Primary school (1998-2004) during the Northern Uganda war and later joined Kitgum High School (2005-2010) in Kitgum, Northern Uganda for both levels of secondary school. He was the best high school student in northern Uganda class of 2010, leading to the award of a 3-year undergraduate course at Makerere University by Government of Uganda. In 2016, Joel was selected to represent Ugandan youth in a 3-month leadership course in Nairobi, Kenya by Young African Leaders Initiative, YALI. As a former refugee, young leader, activist, change maker and teacher, Joel is so honored to pursue a Master’s in Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy. He is passionate about leveraging change in the leadership spectrum of Uganda and Africa at large as the leadership gap is the root cause of political, social and economic unrest in the world today. He believes that China is a role model both politically, socially and economically as evidenced by the thriving economy of the nation, hospitality, high level of respect to one another, foreign aid to war ravaged economies of the world and the high levels of technology in the country. His major focus and area of research is on "Youth at the forefront of change”.
William Qiangread bio
William Qiang studied Economics and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. He is an associate at China Europe International Business School Publishing Group – the media affiliate of China’s top-ranked business school – where, among other topics, he examines the economic and political implications of new advances in technology. Leveraging his bicultural heritage and multidisciplinary background, William co-founded the Sanren Society, a group of young political philosophers and thinkers interested in understanding the systemic changes necessary to promote a peaceful prosperous world. His long-term aspiration is to help build an international regulatory body coordinating efforts to monitor and reduce A.I. risk.
Jennifer Quread bio
Jennifer Wells-Qu graduated in 2014 from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Gender & Sexuality Studies and East Asian Studies. She has conducted research for a reproductive mental health clinic, wrote an HPV policy recommendation for the NYC Health Department, advised underprivileged Chicago residents through Health Leads, and coordinated an international summit in D.C. to end female genital mutilation. Jen currently works at Equality Now, where she advocates for the rights of women and girls around the world. At Yenching Academy, she plans to research the potential for China to use its growing economic investments in Southeast Asia and Africa as leverage to advance human rights, as well as what effective methods for convincing Chinese businesses to do so. Jennifer is 24 years old.
Jessica Reillyread bio
Jessica graduated with first class honours from Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, where she was also elected President of her Student Union. After completion of her first degree, she worked as a strategy consultant before beginning a postgraduate course in Chinese studies at SOAS University in London. Her current thesis investigates the influence of corporates in the pharmaceutical industry on the Chinese domestic health market. Jessica grew up between the U.S., the UK and Singapore. Her numerous internships, including with the British Foreign Office’s Chevening Scholarship, inspired her interest in diplomacy and cross-cultural communication. At the Yenching Academy, Jessica is pursuing Politics and International Relations as her research area. She hopes to focus further on the role of transnational corporations in the global policy environment, and more specifically on Anglo-Chinese bilateral ties.
Sebastian Johannes Reilread bio
Sebastian Reil, who was born and raised in Germany, is currently finishing a Master’s degree in International Economics and Business as well as an Honour’s Master’s degree in Leadership at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. His two long-term passions are the rise of Asia and innovation. After High School, Sebastian worked for one year in a development assistance project in Vietnam. He did his undergraduate studies in economics at Heidelberg University specializing in economic development and growth. During this time, he also spent one semester at National Taiwan University in Taipei studying Chinese language and East Asian economic development. Besides his studies, he gained extensive work experience in the innovation economy from a startup, corporate and public sector perspective. He worked, amongst other things, on innovation strategy at the start-up unit of the German industrial giant Siemens and graduated from an open innovation accelerator where he was developing smart traffic solutions for the city of Tel Aviv. In his free time, he contributes to the NGO Refugee Cities which aims to expand the options for displaced people by promoting special status settlements. At Yenching Academy Sebastian wants to deepen his understanding of China and the Chinese language as well as study the economic development of China and China’s emerging role as an innovator with the aim to become a connector between Chinese and Western innovation.
James Ellison Riseleyread bio
James Riseley is an Australian citizen who studied for his BA in Politics and International Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 2014 to 2017. Much of his undergraduate study was in the history of political thought - a field that Cambridge has pioneered – though during that time he also cultivated interests in global ethics and comparative politics. In his third year, he completed a dissertation on the politics and the broader theoretical significance of Australia’s former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. While at Cambridge, James also engaged in a wide range of activities – from debating, to being the Mental Health and Disabilities’ Officer on his college’s students’ union, to standup – and he hopes to engage broadly with student life in Beijing as well. At the Yenching Academy, James intends to take the Politics and International Relations track. His hope is to acquire a general understanding of contemporary Chinese politics and political economy, but also to work on specific projects related to the history of Chinese political thought and current-day Chinese energy policy and reform. James is looking forward to applying the methods he acquired at Cambridge to the history of Chinese political thought, as well as engaging in dialogue with Chinese practitioners of political thought in order to reflect on how that field of study is approached in a different intellectual and cultural context.
Dominic Joseph Romeoread bio
Dominic was born in St. Louis and raised in the almond capital of the world, Turlock, California. His upbringing was largely shaped by his parents’ coaching, playing basketball with his three siblings, and lifting weights with his Uncle Sam. After graduating from Pitman High School, he began studying Political Science and Chinese at the University of Notre Dame. Thanks to the tireless guidance of Professor Victoria Hui and Notre Dame’s generous funding, Dom spent time in inner-city Los Angeles, Western Kenya, and rural Guizhou. In these places he witnessed drastic inequalities plaguing the world, and felt challenged to offset such imbalance. While at the Yenching Academy, Dom hopes to use his fluent Mandarin to study traditional Chinese medicine and its modern applications. After completing his studies at Peking University, Dom plans to begin his premedical studies in the United States and eventually return to live in developing parts of the world.
Teresa Romero Sánchez-Herreroread bio
Teresa Romero Sánchez-Herrero, from Spain, is a Fine Arts graduate from the University Complutense of Madrid. After her graduation in 2014 she worked for over two years at Veremonte, an investment company based in London whose aim is to create and promote sustainability projects around the globe. In her role as Head of Communications and Image Teresa participated in the enterprise FIA Formula E Championship and in the development of QEV, both projects dedicated to the promotion of electric vehicles on a worldwide scale with a special focus on China. During this time, she pursued higher studies in Professional Photography, and in Business Management through the British Open University. Having received a bilingual education in English and Spanish, Teresa is an avid language learner, proficient in French and currently studying Mandarin Chinese, including a short-term course at the Shanghai International Studies University in 2016. She is also passionate about social justice, and particularly about sustainability, gender issues, and the development of education. As a voluntary worker for the Spanish Association Against Cancer Teresa has carried out many didactic initiatives, most notably an English language learning program for adults in need of labor insertion, and an equivalent one for children. At the Yenching Academy she plans to explore the economic, social and artistic aspects of the Chinese culture while pursuing Economics and Management as her research area, with the aim of contributing to communication and understanding in the business relations between China and the West.