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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.
Julia Jacobsread bio
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Julia graduated with undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science from Northwestern University. Julia has reported on Midwest news for Reuters and has covered national news for The Boston Globe and NBC’s Meet the Press as an intern. Before her time in Beijing, Julia was a reporting fellow for The New York Times. At Yenching, Julia studies Politics and International Relations to provide a foundation for one day reporting on U.S.-China foreign policy. Julia also hopes to explore China’s environmental policy in a world in which climate change is already posing a tangible threat to the population.
Ujin Jargalanread bio
Ujin from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is a graduate of the National University of Mongolia, where she majored in International Relations. As an undergraduate student, she volunteered, worked for and lead international meetings as secretariat staff for NGOs, cooperation mechanisms and government departments such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Civil Service of Council of Mongolia and GIZ. She also worked as a Social and Economics Policy officer at the MPP caucus in the Parliament of Mongolia. At present, Ujin is a member of the working group on the 2018 draft law amendments to the Constitution of Mongolia. Prior to this, she represented and led her country as team leader on the 2017 "Belt and Road" International Cooperation seminar in China. As a Yenching Scholar, Ujin hopes to recognise the involvement of Mongolia in the “Belt and Road” initiative under the Politics and International Relations research area.
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.