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Maikel Holger Schmaelingread bio
Born in Germany, Maikel H. Schmaeling studied Philosophy, Ancient Greek, History, and Art History at Freie Universitaet Berlin, National University of Singapore, and University College London. In 2017 Maikel participated in an excursion on “Law, Justice, and Society in the People's Republic of China” in Beijing, where he had been carrying out research on “Sustainability in the Light of 体 and 用” as visiting scholar at Peking University before. Currently, he is setting up a Philosophical Consultancy. At Yenching Academy, Maikel focuses on Politics and International Relations, but also aspires to deepen his insights into Chinese Philosophy as well as getting hands-on experience of venturing into China. Having led a chess tournament team in the past, Maikel hopes to improve his wéiqí while being back in Beijing.
Péter Sczigelread bio
Péter Sczigel is 24 years old and from Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the Corvinus University of Budapest and spent two semesters abroad at Sciences Po Paris and the University of Tartu respectively. He completed his Master’s program in the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, where he studied International Relations. Peter wrote his Master’s thesis on the Belt and Road Initiative, and its implications for Europe. Having studied Chinese language since high school and focusing on China throughout his studies, Péter is keen to learn more about China’s growing global political role and its relations with the EU. After having participated in a Summer School in Shanghai in Summer 2017, Péter is very excited to be back in China and experience life in Beijing, moreover travel all around China to see the different faces of this vast country.
Ankur Samir Shahread bio
Ankur Shah is a 24-year-old British Indian from Manchester. In June 2016, he graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first-class degree in Chinese and Russian. During his undergraduate studies he spent 15 months studying in Sichuan and St Petersburg, culminating in him working on the Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow to Vladivostok. Swapping train tracks for the open road, this desire to explore saw Ankur partake in a 20,000km Silk Road expedition, sponsored by the National Geographic, driving from Venice to Xi'an. Ankur spent four months retracing the footsteps of Marco Polo, researching China's Belt and Road initiative (BRI), interviewing key stakeholders and visiting flagship projects across Eurasia. This project built on his time spent working at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on the organisation's Silk Road Online Platform. Ankur returned to London to work as an analyst at a leading political risk consultancy in the firm's Former Soviet Union team. Ankur’s time at the Yenching Academy will be focused on politics and international relations, studying the Sino-Russian strategic partnership, BRI and its compatibility with the Eurasian Economic Union. After Yenching, Ankur intends to work in international, multilateral organisations, with the intention to eventually move back to the UK to help bridge political gaps between the UK and Asian cultures.
Harel Sholovitzread bio
Harel Sholovitz is an Israeli-Polish citizen. Harel graduated with distinction from leading universities in Australia, Israel and China, and received his M.A. in Development Studies from the University of Sydney in 2017, where he also won the Nicholson Medal and the Sydney Innovation Hub awards. In China, Harel had won scholarships to Tsinghua University, Fudan University and earned a diploma in Mandarin Studies from Beijing Language and Culture University. At the Yenching Academy, he intends to focus on economics and management while developing related research on social data science, making use of his bilingual proficiency in English and Hebrew and intermediate proficiency in Mandarin and Spanish. Harel previously held project and research management positions in Sydney, Budapest, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, before being appointed to manage the operations of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in 2018. A former journalist for leading Israeli media and travel photographer, he has travelled to more than 70 countries to date.
Bernice Tak Soread bio
Bernice is from Hong Kong, and studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford. Growing up in Hong Kong, she has witnessed the development of Hong Kong since the 1997 handover, and developed a strong interest in how Hong Kong is affected by various economic development strategies in Mainland China. Hence, she studied subjects such as development economics and Chinese politics, and cultivated a strong interest in Chinese economic development strategies and their political backdrop. Besides this, she has researched on Chinese urban entrepreneurialism while interning at the University of Hong Kong. Through this experience, she developed insights into the influence of institutional arrangements on regional economic development projects in China. Bernice specialises in Economics and Management as a Yenching Scholar, and explores the social and political underpinnings of Chinese economic development strategies at Yenching Academy.
Risa Soneread bio
Risa Sone was born in Hong Kong and spent her childhood in China (Beijing and Hong Kong), Thailand and Japan, and prior to Yenching, resided in Tokyo. Her experience of seeing the tensions between Japan and China during her formative years gave her a great interest in the Sino-Japanese Relations as well as the motivation to improve them as her life’s mission. Risa graduated in June 2018 from International Christian University with a B.A. in International Relations. Her senior thesis explored national identity in Japan and China and its impact on the bilateral relations today. During her time as an undergraduate, she was passionate in engaging in intercultural exchange activities between the Northeast Asian nations. She also studied abroad (2016-2017) as an exchange student at SOAS, University of London. At Yenching Academy, she intends to develop her knowledge of Chinese diplomacy through its interdisciplinary courses.
Veronika Spurnáread bio
Veronika Spurná, originally from the Czech Republic, obtained a BA in Chinese & Korean from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She participated in exchanges at Beijing Normal University, Princeton in Beijing, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies where she developed a deep appreciation for intercultural collaboration. This also gave her an opportunity to be part of numerous start-ups and tech companies in China. Academically, Veronika is interested in China on two levels – the trilateral cooperation between China, the EU, and Central Europe and China’s role in renewable energy technologies and the transition to a sustainable world. Veronika looks forward to exploring these topics in the Politics and International Relations concentration area, which will enable her to pursue a career in high-level policy making. Ultimately, Veronika aspires to use her multicultural background to facilitate a productive dialogue and cooperation between China and the West.
Sun Anliread bio
Sun Anli, a Chinese student from Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, is a 2018 graduate of Nanjing Normal University. She majors in Sociology and minors in English. In 2016, she attended Global Leadership Program in the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied with the support of JESIE Scholarship from Jiangsu Provincial Government. After returning to China, she launched an educational commonweal school, where she provided Natural Course and Therapeutic Reading for migrant children. What's more, she developed her passion for English speech. She once won the First Prize in the National Final of CCTV “Star of Outlook” English Talent Competition, ranking as the sixteenth in China. At Yenching Academy, she concentrates on public policies and international relations, and in particular, the Strategy of Rural Vitalization, which was recently released by Chinese Government. She would like to serve in government or other public organizations in the future.
Zi Xiang Tanread bio
Zi Xiang graduated from University of Oxford with a BA (First Class Hons) in Jurisprudence and is currently pursuing a LLM at UC Berkeley, where he focuses on technology law. As a Yenching Scholar, he hopes to acquire a deeper understanding of the burgeoning Chinese tech sector, Beijing’s approach to technology policymaking, and the larger geopolitical implications of emerging technologies. After his studies, he will work for the Singapore government. Like beauty pageant contestants, he is currently dieting and he hopes for world peace in the 21st century.
Pim ten Haafread bio
Pim ten Haaf is a 2018 Yenching Scholar from the Netherlands. He completed his BSc and MSc in Forestry and Climate Studies at Wageningen University. During this time, he worked at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and Chatham House, where he conducted research on China’s role in natural resources and environmental policy. Furthermore, he was a liaison for the official visit of the PRC’s NDRC to the Netherlands, and acted as academic director for a Model United Nations Conference in Shanghai. It was during the fieldwork of his thesis, which focused on the governance of climate finance in Vietnam, that he became interested in China’s expanding role in Southeast Asia. He therefore accepted a scholarship after his graduation to study Mandarin at Renmin University in Beijing. At the Yenching Academy, Pim concentrates in the Economics and Management research area, and examines Chinese activities in the Mekong river basin.