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Guo Yuanyuanread bio
Born in Wuhan, Guo Yuanyuan majored in French language and literature in Wuhan University. Apart from numerous scholarships for her academic achievements, she was named the Merit Student of her university and the Excellent Undergraduate of China Scholarship Council. As the head of English Street Club, Guo has been engaged in building international platforms for WHUers to bridge the gap of understanding between China and the world. To promote French and Francophone culture in Wuhan, she interned at Alliance Française as well as Business France and organized a range of large events and free cultural activities. During her stay in Algeria and Morocco, she served as an interpreter for China’s Foreign Aid to Africa. It was in France that Guo specialized in the interdisciplinary program “Humanistic and Scientific Culture” where the historical and epistemological approach deepened her understanding and her practice of interdisciplinarity. This is why, at the Yenching Academy, she concentrates on Politics and International Relations, to promote a better understanding of China’s development in comparison with the Francophone countries.
Shriyam Guptaread bio
Shriyam Gupta grew up in Dehri-on-Sone, a small town in Bihar and spent most of his life at a boarding school in Dehradun. He graduated with a degree in B.A (Hons.) History from the University of Delhi. In college, he worked with refugees in Delhi, which built his interest in policy, human rights, and governance. He has assisted Members of Parliament on issues of environment, communalism, and rural development; and spent close to a year mapping compensation processes for human-wildlife conflict across the country. These experiences built his interest in public administration and institutional reform in India. To pursue this, he spent the last two years consulting with government departments and the judiciary, helping them addresses their operational backlogs. He comes to China and Yenching Academy with an interest in learning about its bureaucratic system and government.
Daniel Antonio Guzman Brimanread bio
Daniel Antonio Guzman Briman graduated from National Chengchi University where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Human Resource Management. He also holds an MBA from Taipei University of Technology. In 2013, he was a finalist at the international Chinese Proficiency Contest "CCTV 6th Chinese Bridge" held in Beijing. In 2017, he represented the delegation of Sri Lanka in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference held in New York City. Daniel has worked as a Language Specialist and Investment Advisor in several countries and regions; including Russia, Mainland China, Taiwan, Nicaragua and the UAE. Passionate for community development and poverty alleviation, he has supported many social volunteer programs and NGOs throughout his college and high school years. He is fluent in Russian, Chinese, English, Spanish and French. Daniel is 25 years old and from the Russian Federation.
Michael Adu Gyekyeread bio
Michael Adu Gyekye lives in Accra, Ghana, and is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a BA in Political Studies (Economics Minor). Michael is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, UK, and serves on the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Human Rights and Democracy Network (CYHRDN). He has interned in Research and Administration with a host of civil society organizations in Ghana. He regularly contributes articles on current affairs in Africa to several international blogs. At the Yenching Academy, Michael concentrates in Politics and International Relations, focusing on the dynamics, emerging trends and prospects of the growing China-Africa relationship. He is very eager to learn the Chinese language and enhance his knowledge of other aspects of Chinese culture. Michael aspires to become a leading Sino-Africa policy analyst and innovator. He loves to read, write, mentor, plan and organize events, and engage in diverse public speaking activities.
Jacob Grant Hamelread bio
A native of Severna Park, Maryland, Jake Hamel has been interested in China since he began studying martial arts at an early age. Recently, he graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Public Policy and minors in Urban Studies and Chinese Language and Culture. As an undergraduate, Jake focused his research on the intersection of immigration, urban development and real estate, and he has published research on Chinese-American investment immigration policy through UC Berkeley’s Sociology department. During his summers, Jake has studied Mandarin at Beijing Normal University, interned for an environmental consulting NGO in Shanghai, served as an undergrad policy research fellow at the University of Tokyo, and worked for a Washington DC-based real estate developer. At the Yenching Academy, Jake researches the development of China’s housing markets and Chinese overseas real estate investment through the Law and Society concentration.
Wesley Harfieldread bio
Wesley grew up in Auckland, New Zealand where he attended The University of Auckland completing two bachelor degrees simultaneously, majoring in three separate subject areas – Computer Science, Finance, and Economics. After representing The University of Auckland as an undergraduate in an international research conference at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2014, he developed a strong interest in the economic development of China and the Chinese language. Throughout the remainder of his time as an undergraduate and his involvement with numerous New Zealand-China business organisations, he received several government scholarships allowing him opportunities to study at the Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan and Fudan University in Shanghai. While studying at Peking University, he hopes to use his experiences along with his technical and financial knowledge to research China’s rapid advancements in the smartphone-payments economy and how this technology can be used to tackle issues we face in the 21st century.
Olivia Holderread bio
Olivia Holder is 22 years old and lives in Greenville, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Honors, majoring in History with double minors in Chinese and Comparative Literature. She has studied and interned in China twice and was particularly impacted by her work with The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center which assesses and protects the historic integrity of Beijing’s vernacular architecture, the hutong. Olivia has spent her senior year writing an honors thesis, researching the role that architecture and artistic possessions that were created to represent the 'cultural other' played in the self-identification of the Chinese and British empires from the eighteenth century down to the present day. She enjoys cooking, developing her elementary skills on the guqin, engaging others in art education, and drinking tea. While studying History and Archaeology at Yenching Academy, she tries to understand how people both implant meaning in and exact meaning from their built environments. She is particularly interested in realizing the positive impacts that cultural art education and an understanding of our transcultural histories can have on our political landscapes.
Kourosh Houshmandread bio
Kourosh is a recipient of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award for his work in tech innovation and media. He was an Artificial Intelligence Strategist at the Associated Press in New York, researching methods to algorithmically quantify human emotions in text and speech. Kourosh completed his M.S. in data science and journalism at Columbia University on academic scholarship. Raised in Toronto, he received his B.A. from the University of Toronto (Trinity College). His first venture, Solar for Life, grew into an internationally operating non-profit organization with over 200 volunteers and almost $100,000 in funds raised through micro-donations. Kourosh was named a 'Climate Hero' by Canadian Geographic and Shell. Kourosh was also a documentary host and content developer for VICE. In February 2014, he self-produced an exclusive documentary with Noam Chomsky at MIT. In a consulting capacity, he serves as an education technology advisor at the MaRS Discovery District — one of North America’s largest innovation hubs— and is an alumnus of Canada’s leading startup accelerator, the Next 36 program. In 2016, he co-founded a social entrepreneurship incubator, which was integrated with a full-credit course at the University of Toronto, where he also lectured. Kourosh hopes to use his experience in technology and media to reimagine how knowledge is shared and consumed. China’s preeminence in experimental technologies, especially as it pertains to solving knowledge barriers, is what interests Kourosh most. As a Yenching Scholar, he studies Economics and Management.
Huang Chuyingread bio
Huang Chuying was born and brought up in Chongqing, China. She graduated from Beijing Normal University, where she majored in international economy and trade and Spanish. She spent a year as an exchange student at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain. During her undergraduate study, she published 3 SSCI journal papers as a co-author on organizational behaviors in Chinese companies. She visited and interviewed several successful Chinese startups to investigate their competitiveness. Also, she was a volunteer working on promoting mutual understanding between China and Latin American & the Caribbean region. Her research interest mainly lies in development economy and she wants to ameliorate the problem of inequity in China in the future. At Yenching Academy, she focuses on Economics and Management.
Caleb Huffmanread bio
Caleb Huffman graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with College Honors in both political science and communication. Raised in a small, rural town in the United States, Caleb overcame various socioeconomic barriers to begin college at sixteen and, by eighteen, formally represented youth in state government. Caleb completed three undergraduate theses, was a Gilman Scholar, Leadership Fellow with former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, inaugural student fellow at Georgetown’s U.S.-China Initiative, and delegate with the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford. Caleb’s interest in China was sparked through his studies of American politics, where he learned the importance of the U.S.-China relationship in shaping international norms. As a Yenching Scholar, Caleb studies Chinese Law & Society, with the goal of understanding China and its legal system better, before obtaining an American J.D. and entering the realm of international law.