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Cao Mingyaoread bio
Cao Mingyao studies accounting and statistics in Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. As a business school student, she devoted to enrich her experience in various business fields via internships in KPMG, GF Securities, Aon Hewitt, and McKinsey & Co. During those internships, she served many different foreign clients and communicated with people with different cultural backgrounds, which aroused her interest in cross-cultural communication in multinational corporations. To explore this filed, she participated actively in international activities. During her undergraduate career, she exchanged at Bocconi University in Italy for half a year supported by government scholarship and interned in Los Angeles at BDO USA, LLP. As a Yenching Scholar, she explores cross-cultural communication with regard to the field of organizational behavior.
Kelsi Caywoodread bio
Kelsi Caywood, originally from Sturgis, Michigan, is a graduate of Yale University. Her studies in political science focused on international security and humanitarian affairs. She served as the President of the Yale International Relations Association, Yale’s largest undergraduate organization. Kelsi also directed the Yale Divinity School’s Life Worth Living Fellowship, researched organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management, and organized service initiatives in New Haven. Prior to Yale, Kelsi spent a year with the U.S. State Department in South Korea. Kelsi plans to build off of her experiences in international education and cross-cultural dialogue to pursue a career in peace-building and diplomacy. At the Yenching Academy, Kelsi concentrates on the Politics and International Relations research area with the aim of applying those studies to US-China relations.
José Pablo Ceballos Cantúread bio
Born and raised in Mexico City, José Pablo Ceballos Cantú is a graduate of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) where he studied Chemical Engineering, graduating with Honors. His main goal is the application of technology for benefit of society. For the past 3 years, Jose has worked as an associate in a solar Silicon Valley startup based in Mexico named Bright. José also has a technical degree as an emergency medical technician from Red-Cross belonging to the emergency first responder force since 2011 and the rescue diving team since 2013. His first interest in China came on a college exchange, where he studied business and management courses at Beijing Foreign Studies University (北京外国语大学). José intends to understand in a deeper way Chinese culture to tap its human talent looking to form bridges between China and Latin America.
Alicia Chenread bio
Alicia Chen graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in International Relations, and holds an MSc in China in Comparative Perspective from the London School of Economics. She is of Chinese descent, but was born and raised in Spain, before moving to England for her studies. Moreover, Alicia has previously lived in China, where she worked as a trainee in the Spanish Consulate in Shanghai. Currently based in Brussels, Alicia works as a Project Manager for several EU-funded projects in the International Development sector. She undertook a traineeship at the European External Action Service Headquarters, where she had the opportunity to contribute to the EU’s people-to-people external relations. Furthermore, Alicia worked for a Brussels-based international association, promoting digital innovation and ICT services between China and the EU, where she predominantly focused on creating synergies between the European and Chinese startup ecosystems. As a Yenching Academy scholar, Alicia looks forward to consolidate her Chinese and plans to develop her understanding of China’s role in the global economy. She is particularly interested in further exploring China’s increasing role in financing for sustainable development, especially through the OBOR Initiative and the AIIB.
Chen Changyuread bio
Chen Changyu was born in Hubei, China and lives in Nanjing currently. He received his Bachelor's degree from the Department of Liberal Arts at Nanjing University, majoring in Chinese language and literature. During his undergraduate career, he spent his junior year studying at the University of Pennsylvania as a visiting student, which inspired him to learn more about cultural communication and international relations. As the captain of school debate team, he is passionate about critical thinking and communication. He aims to continue and deepen his academic interest in Chinese modern literature and culture. At Yenching Academy, he focuses on International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy.
Michael Chenread bio
Michael grew up in Richmond, Virginia where he could not help but fall in love with history, especially the controversial aspects. That interest brought him to Wheaton College, where he studied History, Sociology, and Chinese. There, he became inspired by the possibility of enacting social change with rigorous research and conducted research on African-American families and labor markets in the post-Reconstruction period and the social function of Chinese immigrant entrepreneurs. He was a Princeton in Asia Fellow at the Linden Centre, an award-winning boutique hotel in rural Yunnan, where he explored sustainable tourism and the impact of development on local culture. Passionate about migrant workers and rural villagers in China’s evolving economy, Michael researches on social stratification and development at the Yenching Academy. He is also interested in religion’s growth and function in China as well as China’s deep culinary traditions and budding hip hop scene.
Eric Chienread bio
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Eric Chien graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics. While in college, Eric studied abroad for a semester at the Catholic University of Chile and participated in an intensive summer language program at Beijing Normal University. Since graduation, Eric has worked at DHL Consulting in Miami, FL, working on various corporate strategy and supply chain projects throughout the Americas region. At the Yenching Academy, Eric pursues a concentration in the Economics and Management track in order to explore the impact of Chinese investment in Latin America.
Ye Rin Churead bio
Ye Rin is a 2018 graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in Economics. Living off of one suitcase for 8 months in 8 countries and 28 cities for work, research, and academics, Ye Rin sourced gastrointestinal medical devices to provide corporate-financed diagnostics services to potential patients pan India; she investigated supply chains of food in San Francisco, Tanzania, India, and Italy, dived into a share-housing start up in Seoul to come up with a business plan to solve urban space usage problems, and met with international state leaders involved in North Korean affairs. Engaged in enterprising environments, Ye Rin is passionate about building the nation of Korea, where she is from. Particularly, she plans to explore infrastructure, education, agriculture, and built-environment solutions leveraging block-chain trust technology between inter-Korea and Southern China. Ye Rin wants to help develop the next generation’s minds and encourage entrepreneurial ventures in the region via these initiatives. At Yenching Academy, Ye Rin explores how the Chinese thought preserved in Chinese classical philosophy runs in continuum to China today, politically, socially, and economically. She is curious about the Chinese ‘way of thinking’ and wants to understand how the Chinese see the world.
Michael Collinsread bio
Michael Collins was born and raised in the United States of America. He attended Washington University in St. Louis as an Elizabeth Grey Danforth Scholar and earned a degree in Chinese Language and Culture. His coursework centered on 20th century Chinese history with a special interest in revolutionary movements during this period. Outside of the classroom, he was engaged in sexual assault prevention education and activism. As a Dick Gephardt Civic Scholar, Michael worked as a legal researcher for the Zhicheng Public Interest Law Firm where he comparatively analyzed child protection laws across the globe. Michael is excited to continue his study of Chinese history at the Yenching Academy, hoping to one day enters academia. He also enjoys immersing himself in Beijing's vibrant art and music community.
Kelly (Leena) Dairead bio
Born and raised in Philadelphia (where she went to the same high school as Kobe Bryant!), Leena graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and Chinese Literature. She spent the majority of college working in venture capital and growth equity, before an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore inspired her to explore a deepening interest in international trade in East and Southeast Asia. At Yenching, she uses her background in startups to research the interaction between ancient/contemporary Chinese culture and technological innovation, and its implications for China’s role in an increasingly integrated APAC. She also explores personal interests in pre-modern fiction, philosophical Daoism, and traditional forms of poetry. Leena studies under the Law and Society track, with plans to eventually pursue a JD/PhD. Outside of academics, Leena enjoys hiking, boxing, traveling, and jazz guitar.