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Chloe Dempseyread bio
Chloe Dempsey received a combined Bachelors of Laws and Arts, alongside a Diploma in Mandarin from the University of Western Australia. During her degree, Chloe spent over two years working and studying in Greater China and the Asia-Pacific under the Australian government’s New Colombo Plan and as a Westpac Scholar. Chloe has experience working in Australia and internationally in both commercial law and non-governmental organisations. She has been heavily involved in both the Australia China Youth Dialogue and the Australia China Youth Association, which connect young Australians and Chinese for the purposes of enhancing the bilateral relationship and future cooperation on regional and global issues. Chloe’s passion for China originated in an initial six-month visit as a volunteer in rural Sichuan in 2012. Chloe is passionate about the intersection between philanthropy, business and social movements.
Olesya Dovgalyukread bio
Born in Ukraine and raised in Russia, Olesya is currently pursuing her BSc in Politics and International Relations at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Her intellectual curiosity and research in interdisciplinary issues at the intersection of International Relations, International Law and Political Economy led her to present her work at international conferences and hold positions with non-governmental institutions (United Nations University) and student-led associations (IAPSS, ELSA, Bristol Law Review). Her major interest in the embryonic field of Cyber Law resulted in Olesya's co-authoring a subsequently published article on the interregional judicial cooperation in cybercrime prosecution, which also sparked her interest in Chinese legal tradition. Olesya intends to further pursue this interest at Yenching Academy through the Law and Society pathway to deepen her understanding of China’s distinct approach to international law, and contribute to the effective international dialogue on the principles of internet governance.
Tobi Wang Duread bio
Tobi Du is from Seattle, Washington in the United States. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors in 2018, majoring in political science with a focus on international security and minoring in English. While at the University of Washington, she studied abroad in Japan and wrote an honors thesis on the North Korean nuclear agenda. She continues her study of international relations and East Asian security politics at the Yenching Academy, especially the topics of cross-strait relations with Taiwan and China’s role in the North Korean nuclear crisis. In the future, she hopes to apply her knowledge and international experience as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State.
Kennedy Chiduziem Ekezie-Josephread bio
Hailing from Ehime-Mbano, Nigeria, Kennedy graduated from University of Calabar, Nigeria where he majored in Philosophy. Kennedy's unique concentration focused on systematizing an axiological system for African Philosophy based off the abstraction of the values implicit in the life of Nelson Mandela. He completed a Diploma in Leading Change at the University of Cambridge specially designed for Queen's Young Leaders Award Winners. While studying at Calabar, he founded the Calabar Youth Council for Women's Rights: a youth-led non-profit that seeks to end gender-based violence with a specific focus on female genital mutilation in Nigeria. His work has been recognized by President Obama's YALI Initiative and has won a Resolution Fellowship. He has also worked with Athena Global Advisors in Philadelphia, U.S.A. as a Management Consulting Intern. Prior to Yenching, Kennedy worked remotely from Nigeria on a team of 3 to build a sustainable company targeted at one or more of the SDGs, which recently developed a product concept for a leading European electricity company to improve electricity generation and storage using Organic Photovoltaics. As a Yenching Scholar, Kennedy pursues a concentration in Economics and Management where he researches the impact of China's investment in Africa and its impact in the development of the continent with specific focus on Nigeria. He looks forward to extensive travel, learning Mandarin, and exploring Chinese cuisine. Kennedy is 19-years-old and he aspires to be the youngest President of Nigeria in future.
Fu Yiread bio
Born and raised in Quzhou, Zhejiang, Fu Yi graduated from the University of International Business and Economics with a bachelor degree in Spanish Language and Literature and another degree in Finance. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded the National Scholarship and CSC Scholarship. She spent six months studying in Spain as an exchange student and went to Mexico for one month, where she conducted research on Mexican Architecture and Aztec Civilization. Outside of the classroom, Yi enjoys learning languages; she speaks fluent Chinese, English, Spanish, and currently studies French and German. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, photography and intercultural communication. She has completed internships at UNIDO Green Industry Platform, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Ministry of Commerce, through which experiences she found her interest in economic development and international organizations. Throughout her studies she has focused on China-Latin America economic relations and wrote her graduation thesis about China-Latin America Economic and Trade Cooperation under the Influence of the Belt and Road Initiative. At the Yenching Academy, she concentrates in Economics and Management, and hopes to develop deeper insights into the current state of China’s economy.
Amit Shmuel Gal Orread bio
Amit Shmuel Gal Or is from Ra’anana, a small suburb city in Israel. He has spent the past ten years in China, living between Hong Kong, Beijing, and Shanghai. Using the opportunities presented to him, he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University Shanghai while being on full scholarship. Throughout his college experience, Amit has founded several start-ups and is currently leading his most recent company, Phresh - an operational platform for Israeli start-ups entering China. At Yenching Academy, he focuses on Law and Society to further enhance his understanding of the gears that make the Middle Kingdom tick and the precedent they represent for the future. Having established two homes in Israel and China, Amit will continue to pursue his ultimate goal of constructing the bridge between them.
Gao Zihaoread bio
Gao Zihao is from Sichuan, China. He completed his undergraduate degree at Maxdo College of Beijing Normal University. Although he majored in Economics, Gao is enthusiastic about educational policy and economics. He has spent 1 year working as a Research Assistant at the China Institute of Education Policy. During his junior year, he participated in several research projects such as “Study on Education Policy of Trump’s Administration” and “Reform of Educational Institutional System of Beijing”. Gao has also been actively engaged in cross-cultural communication, and has studied in several exchange programs in France, the US and the UK. He was the co-founder of Club of Minority Language and Campus Ambassador of Operation Smile in Beijing Normal University. Because of his interest both in education and language, Gao is currently working with a French EdTech project named LoginChinese. Based on cutting-edge technologies like AI and knowledge map, LoginChinese is dedicated in bringing the best Chinese language learning experience to people around the world. As a Yenching Scholar, Gao hopes to study the impact of technological innovation on education and economics in order to form a comprehensive understanding of the development of EdTech industry in the future.
Kaloyan Georgievread bio
Kaloyan Georgiev graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in July 2018 with a degree in Politics and International Relations. During his time in London, he founded ‘Mentors BG’ – an innovative mentorship program in Bulgaria aiming to develop the next generation of leaders in the country. In 2016, he was an intern at UNESCO working on Social Transformations. Kaloyan plans to dedicate his life to service through politics domestically and globally. In the long run, he hopes to shape his country’s foreign policy and foster cooperation between Bulgaria and China. At Yenching, Kaloyan focuses on International Affairs. He is primarily interested in China’s approach to multilateral diplomacy and its role in the United Nations (UN). Kaloyan is 21 years old and from Bulgaria.
Noah Gittaread bio
Noah Gitta, a Ugandan American, graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he majored in Public Policy and Law and minored in Chinese Language Studies. His first trip to China was for his study abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai. While there, he interned at Dacheng Law Offices and later worked briefly at their Wall Street office in New York City. After graduation, he taught English to high school students in Shanxi Province as an Ameson Educational Ambassador. He spent the following year in Beijing, as a Mandarin language student at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He concurrently interned at Winchannel —a Chinese data management company and worked on a collaborative project that involved Chinese software developers and Indian distributors of Huawei cellphones. Most recently, Noah has worked on the sales development team for Square, an innovative firm in the mobile payments industry in the U.S. As a Yenching Scholar, Noah explores the legal and regulatory environment encountered by foreign companies entering China and Chinese companies venturing overseas to gain the expertise needed to become a bridge builder between China and its global commercial partners.
Guo Jingyuanread bio
Guo Jingyuan received a bachelor’s degree of Public Administration from Minzu University of China in 2018. She focused on the public administration in Autonomous Region and social enterprises in China, and actively participated in the research group of the index of the Chinese Social Enterprise Authentication. She published her findings about these two subjects in CSSCI journals. Besides her academic work, Jingyuan has also interned in Bain&Co. and Sequoia Capital China. Jingyuan has a pleasant mature attitude towards literally everything. She enjoys learning, working and exchanging knowledge with people from diverse backgrounds. She is especially interested in social innovation in China, and explores this more in the Economics and Management track at Yenching.