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Younghyun Jeonread bio
Younghyun Jeon, is a graduate of the Tsinghua University with a Master’s degree in Global Business Journalism. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication from Hanyang University. Besides studying, she worked as a journalist in Hankookilbo, one of the renowned newspaper in Korea. While working for international department she decided to pursue a career as a China specialist and came to China. She also worked in Caixin Media as an intern while pursuing her Master's degree in Tsinghua. She considers participating a Master's degree in Yenching will play a critical role in her future goal to cultivate a global perspective on overall China reporting.
Zoe Jordanread bio
Zoe Jordan holds a bachelor's degree in Global China Studies from New York University Shanghai, where she lived and studied for the past four years. During her time at NYU Shanghai, she spent semesters abroad in Abu Dhabi, New York City, Washington, D.C., as well as one summer of immersive Mandarin study in Hebei province. From these experiences, Zoe developed a strong foundation in Chinese politics, language, and online media culture. Zoe was also a researcher for the South Asia program at the Stimson Center, a policy research center based out of Washington, D.C. Her research interests lie in Sino-Indian relations, and at Yenching Academy she pursues the concentration in International Politics, particularly on China-South Asia strategic relations. Zoe is originally from Maryland, USA, and eventually hopes to return to the United States to complete her PhD.
Tatum Zinzi Josephread bio
Tatum Zinzi Joseph was born in South Africa and lives in Cape Town. In 2014, she completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Cape Town, majoring in Politics and Public Policy and Administration. In 2015, she completed her Honours degree, specializing in Public Policy and Administration. Her research focused on performance management in the South African basic education sector, as part of the requirements for completing her Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration. Pursuing a Masters degree in China Studies at the Yenching Academy is the next step to attaining her career goals of joining the Diplomatic Academy in South Africa and working in academia. Tatum specializes in Politics and International Relations at the Yenching Academy. Her research applies a comparative policy lens to China's response to social development issues and investigate what Africa can learn from their approach. She hopes her research will enhance Sino-Africa relations by enhancing a powerful partnership in global politics.
Supral Raj Joshiread bio
Supral Raj Joshi comes from Kathmandu, Nepal and is from the Newa (尼瓦) community, the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley. He was a recipient of the Confucius Institute Scholarship, and thus studied Mandarin in Hebei. Supral was a radio program producer and presenter in Nepal from 2011 to 2017. Supral has also worked in advertising and is also a voice-over artist. A graduate of International Relations and Diplomacy from Tribhuvan University, at the Yenching Academy, Supral plans on researching on how the Belt and Road Initiative can encourage more cultural and economic exchanges between China and his home country of Nepal. During his stay at Beida, Supral also plans to improve his Chinese while developing lifelong friendships with future leaders from China and all over the world. In his spare time, Supral enjoys reading, volunteering, singing and listening to songs by Zhao Lei (赵雷) and Zhang Xuan (张悬).
Ting Ting (Michelle) Kanread bio
Michelle grew up in Hong Kong and moved abroad to the UK to study Social Policy with Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In her dissertation, she discussed the use of private providers in publicly funded health care systems, and its implications on the quality of health care services. During her time at the Yenching Academy, Michelle is interested in learning more about China’s social policies and examining the cross-section between public and private spheres in developing countries.
Hannah Rose Kirkread bio
Hannah Kirk holds a degree in Economics from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Hannah's primary academic interests lie in behavioural economics. Her dissertation explored the incorporation of societal norms into a game-theoretic framework, designing an experiment to test the effect of religiosity on strategic interactions. The opportunity of studying in China provides a first-hand view of how culture and religion become deeply imbued in societies, affecting trust and cooperation. Hannah has a keen interest in programming and has completed projects applying machine-learning techniques to consumer data. Working at the Bank of England and Goldman Sachs lended insight into the scope for data science in the public and private sector. Beyond academia, Hannah competed for the University Modern Pentathlon team and was Chair of Cambridge’s Economics Society. Aside from English, the only other language Hannah is fluent in is Python but she looks forward to adding Mandarin to this list.
Anastasia Kurbatovaread bio
Anastasia Kurbatova is originally from the Russian Federation, but has lived and studied in USA and China. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from University of International Business and Economics. As a winner of Future Leaders Exchange Program, she was entrusted with enhancing of cultural understanding between USA and Russia. During her studies in Beijing, she volunteered to organize the World Youth Forum, promoting Sustainable Development Goals and encouraging youth action in solving of global issues. Being an active participant in university life, she has received awards in different public speaking contests. At Yenching Academy, she aims to deepen her comprehension of China’s mission at the global stage and to contribute to the research on strategy of effective implementation of Belt Road initiative among cross-cultural and economically diversified areas.
Andreas Kyriakosread bio
From Toronto, Canada, Andreas Kyriakos completed his undergraduate degree in international relations at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. In his third year, he undertook an academic exchange to Science Po Paris. Andreas interned simultaneously at UNESCO headquarters, in the diversity of cultural expressions. There he saw the growing role of China in multilateral organizations, spurring an interest that forms the foundation of his exploration at the Yenching Academy. Andreas also interned at Prince’s Charities Canada, supporting the Canadian charitable work of HRH The Prince of Wales and leading media relations for the philanthropic component of the 2017 Royal Tour of Canada. He has interned previously at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm, and at a Toronto public relations agency. Andreas aims to learn more about the strategy and factors driving China’s engagement in international organizations, and how that engagement can be a vector for understanding Chinese foreign policy more broadly.
Lisa Stefanie Laevenread bio
Lisa Laeven is from The Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) with a degree in Sinology focusing on Chinese archaeology. She is currently studying for a graduate degree in corporate communication at KU Leuven, where she focuses on ideological and viewpoint diversity in the academia. She worked as an intern at the Provincial Government of Limburg (NL) and conducted research on Chinese incoming tourism in the Netherlands and Limburg in the context of the China-EU Touristic Year 2018. Before starting her master degree at KU Leuven, she spent a year at Peking University studying Chinese language and became interested in intercultural communication and China’s relation to the rest of the world. At Yenching Academy, she concentrates on Politics and International Relations thereby broadening her understanding of China’s role on the international stage. Her other interests include organizing educational projects and travelling.
David Lee Jr.read bio
David Lee is from Potomac, Maryland. He recently graduated with honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he majored in Economics and Spanish. Besides academics, David led the Chinese Language and Culture Forum and served as the portfolio manager of the Academy’s Investment Fund. Passionate about understanding developing economies, he worked on interdisciplinary field research on the economic developments of the Pearl River Delta, Southern China. He is also fascinated by Spanish culture and studied for a semester at the Academia General Militar in Spain. David continues pursuing his interest in economics at Peking University, and concentrates in Economics and Management at the Yenching Academy. After his military service, David hopes to make an impact on developing countries through better policy design.